An artist-friend recently gave me a Bob Ross Bobblehead (with sound, eh!). Thanks again! Bob’s head bobbles of course and at the press of a button, I can now hear a few of Bob’s words of wisdom, including “lets make some nice little clouds that just float around and have fun all day”, “lets have a big ol’ tree rrrrrright about there, let’s give him a friend, everybody needs a friend” and “That’s a good place for my little squirrel to live”.
I should say I never actually watched any of Bob’s “Joy of Painting” TV episodes when they ran on PBS (ending in the early 90s) however you can easily check these out online these days. No one would ever confuse our respective styles and WOW, I would not spray solvent around that way!
I’m invariably fascinated by truisms from different ages and genres. There are, not surprisingly, many of Bob Ross’s quotes about the internet. I’ve regularly repeated his upbeat gem that “There are no mistakes, only happy accidents” and I can relate to the underlying truism of “You have to have dark in order to show light, it’s just like in life”. And how about: “In painting, you have unlimited power. You have the ability to move mountains”. I smiled at “That’s a crooked tree, we’ll send it to Washington” and “Water’s like me. It’s laaazy … boy, it always looks for the easiest way to do things”. However if I was to choose a favorite Bob Ross expression it would have to be:
“Every day is a good day when you paint.”…Bob Ross