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Monday, October 29, 2012
BOB ROSS - A Cranky re-run
The Google page reminds me that today is the 70 birthday of Bob Ross, so I am re-runing my post from last year honoring this American painting icon. His TV show made me not just accept people
who were a bit “different”, but also taught me to appreciate and embrace their
Bob Ross was nothing if not unique!
remember Bob Ross?Bob Ross was that
painter dude on PBS. It’s OK; you can admit you watched him.It turns out there were many closet Bob Ross
fans.Bob was boring, boring, boring.And yet when he was on, you could not change the
channel.His quiet demeanor and slow
delivery was hypnotic.
finished a painting on every show in under an hour.His style was deliberate, slow and calm.The result was quick and amazing.I guess his paintings were not museum quality
works of art, but his TV style was classic.He taught his technique as he painted.Every step of the way it looked as if he would take a nice painting and
ruin it, but every change was an eye opening improvement.
with a beautiful stream, Bob had to add some trees.
I’ll add some trees here, you can too if you want.It’s your world; you can put them where ever
you want.There that’s nice.Over here perhaps some bushes.I think a little grass would be growing
around the bushes, and right by the stream I think I see some happy little cat
tails.”As easy as Bob stated what he saw,
it was on the canvas.
Bob used a different
brush for each of his special effects; instant leaves, snow on tree limbs, dead
branches and more.He didn’t just mix
any colors; it would be “titanium white”, or “cadmium red”, “burnt siena,” “yellow
ochre”, and “midnight black”.
The move that
impressed me the most was the reflection on the water trick.Bob had his lake and his trees on the bank,
now he needed the trees to reflect on the water.Grabbing a dry fan brush, Bob drew the brush
quickly over the trees down across the water and created a perfect reflection
in seconds.“No FUCKING WAY,” I would
respond to this move no matter how many times I witnessed his technique.If this was not enough, Bob would then step
back and look at his world on the canvas and say, “I think there is a little
breeze today.”He then cleaned and dried
his fan brush and stroked sideways with a slight wiggle across the water and
the perfect reflection was now a slightly distorted reflection representing the
ripples on the water that a slight breeze would cause.
Bob Ross was
not a master painter.I don’t believe
his works sell for large sums of money.Maybe that’s because he could create a beautiful landscape in less than
an hour.There must be thousands of Bob
Ross originals in circulation.
I think the
man was a genius!He would capture my
attention for an hour, even though I had no real interest in painting.I thought I was the only one who appreciated
Bob Ross.I never mentioned to any one
that I watched his show. I never knew
there were other Bob Ross fans.
died in 1995 from lymphoma.He was only
52 years old.When I learned of his passing,
I mentioned to several people that I missed this strange artist.He had a fluffy afro hairdo, a full beard,
and he sounded like Mr. Rodgers as he painted.“Oh yeah, you mean Bob Ross.”Was
the inevitable reply.“He was great, I
watched him all the time.”Apparently
there were millions of Bob Ross fans.I
am no longer ashamed to admit I could not change the channel when he was doing
I miss you
Bob.I think I’ll put a tree over here,
it’s my world I can put it where ever I want.Maybe, just maybe there is a little stream running happily through the
trees!I never saw these things before,
thanks Bob, for pointing them out.