Bob Ross and Joy of Painting
yesterday I saw on TV for the first time Bob Ross and his fast painting of landscapes. I was amazed :O! Usually I don't take photos of landscapes, but for everyone who does - take a look on youtube if you don't know this legend . For ones that knows itabout Bob Ross - question: did it helped in your photography?
Use to watch his show often and still watch the reruns occasionally. The show had a documentary on his life after he died and it showed that he really had a huge affect on people around the world to just get out there and start painting. He was a very gentle and extremely well liked person and it never went to his head. We could use more people in this world like him.
Art is an amazing thing. It's squishy, malleable, like jelly. You think you've got it
right where you want it, and *glop* it squeezes out. Every time you think you
know exactly what it is... <grin> it surprises you again. Think Bob Ross isn't
an Artist? I'd say think again. Through whatever means, he communicated to
people, connected across the void, made them feel happy. Comparing him
[or anyone] to Leonardo, misses the point of Art. Each of us, if we find the way,
have deep Art inside us, which can only come to fruition - in my opinion - through
the experience others have of our work, in other words there must be a connection
between two people for Art to occur.
Whether you like him or not, whether he appeals to you or not, Bob Ross connected
with *alot* of people, and therein lies a great beauty and appeal to his character.
Who gets to be Leonardo, Mozart, Michaelangelo? - No one. Statistically they do not exist.
But Art needs to happen just the same for all the rest of us, the mediocre unwashed
masses, the 'Salieri's of the world. As a child, the 'happy cloud guy' made me and
my children feel like we too could make some Art, and so we have.
Here's to Bob Ross, to world needs more like him:
One last thing, maybe Bob Ross' Art was not his paintings, but his life...
I have not watched Bob Ross in years. As a younger adult I would still catch Bugs Bunny Road Runner on Saturday mornings. Yes, I did make that left turn at Albuquerque just to see where it went. At noon, I would flip through the channels before doing something for the day. I would invariably come across PBS and, dontcha know, there is Bob Ross. Painting a rock next to a trail so that the woodland creatures would have a place to sit to rest.
The guy was frickin' hypnotic. I never sought him out, but I enjoyed watching him work. He was no Picasso. But he was very talented nonetheless.
"Wubba, wubba, wubba. Bing, bang, bong. Yuck, yuck, yuck and a fiddle-dee-dee." - The Yeti
Never really cared for him as a painter. He has never really inspired me as a painter. In art school both him and Thomas Kinkade are considered jokes.
My photography has mainly been influenced by J.M.W Turner and Caspar David Friedrich.
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I am not saying that Bob is best painter in history, I was touched not only by paintings and speed of creating those works, but also the way he was explaining everything, by his personality, easy approach, positive attitude... somehow he put a spark in me to start thinking about photographing landscapes (in my photography it is all about people), nobody else before was able to do this.
Haters gonna hate.
Agree that Bob Ross was much more inspiring in his life and approach than his paintings. He inspired a lot of people to just get out there and paint or create despite their insecurities and self doubt. No, he's not Renoir, but he's helped my mom start painting (via reruns) and she gets a lot of pleasure out of it. Art snobs be damned.
The show was called the JOY of painting.
My English teacher in highschool used to stamp good papers with a Bob Ross portrait--I guess it was his way of saying good job. I've always wanted to know where he got a rubber stamp of him though...
...wait, what were we talking about?
Bob Ross was like a Richard Simmons of art and do it yourself art tv show: at first you hate or dislike him for all the right reasons and then he grows on you because he does what he loves, ignores the haters and just keeps on going and going. Well-liked and with a wonderful personality. Funny and humorous to watch those who take him too seriously actually try to critique him in some pedantic snobbish way. He was who he was and was loved by millions.
Last edited by Richard Sintchak (rich815); 12-25-2013 at 10:08 PM. Click to view previous post history.
He never put himself out there as a great painter. His mission was to encourage others to believe they could paint. His enthusiasm was infectious and, on the few occasions I watched, he made me believe I could do it. Quit hatin'...