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The World According To Bob Ross

So often we avoid running water, and running water is a lot of fun. You got your heavy coat out yet? It's getting colder. It's beautiful - and we haven't even done anything to it yet. If you overwork it you become a cloud killer. There's nothing worse than a cloud killer. See there, told you that would be easy.

The secret to doing anything is believing that you can do it. Anything that you believe you can do strong enough, you can do. Anything. As long as you believe. If you didn't have baby clouds, you wouldn't have big clouds. I get carried away with this brush cleaning.

For the lack of a better word I call them hangy downs. Now we can begin working on lots of happy little things. Steve wants reflections, so let's give him reflections. This present moment is perfect simply due to the fact you're experiencing it. Only think about one thing at a time. Don't get greedy.

Maybe there was an old trapper that lived out here and maybe one day he went to check his beaver traps, and maybe he fell into the river and drowned. See. We take the corner of the brush and let it play back-and-forth. We might as well make some Almighty mountains today as well, what the heck.

Use what happens naturally, don't fight it. Be brave. There we are. These little son of a guns hide in your brush and you just have to push them out. The light is your friend. Preserve it. Don't hurry. Take your time and enjoy.

Happy Little Facts About Bob Ross

  1. He Kept an Alligator In The Bathtub As A Kid.
    A lifelong animal lover, Ross was always rescuing wounded animals and nursing them back to health. As a kid growing up in Florida, this meant one rather strange addition to the family: an alligator, which he attempted to nurse back to health in the Ross family bathtub. Even in his adult life, Ross was always playing host to orphaned and injured animals, including an epileptic squirrel that lived in his empty Jacuzzi.
    Ross’s quiet voice and gentle demeanor were two of his most iconic traits, which makes the fact that he spent 20 years in the United States Air Force and retired with the rank of master sergeant all the more surprising. Basically, he was the guy who told everyone else what to do.
    Before he lent his dulcet voice to The Joy of Painting, Ross spent a lot of time yelling. "I was the guy who makes you scrub the latrine, the guy who makes you make your bed, the guy who screams at you for being late to work,” Ross once said. “The job requires you to be a mean, tough person. And I was fed up with it. I promised myself that if I ever got away from it, it wasn't going to be that way anymore."
    From 1974 to 1982, German painter Bill Alexander hosted an art instruction show on PBS, The Magic of Oil Painting, where he shared his “wet-on-wet” oil painting technique. Ross discovered the series while working as a bartender, and became an immediate fan of the artist. He ended up studying under Alexander, who became his mentor. In fact, Ross dedicated the first episode of his own PBS show, The Joy of Painting, to Alexander. “Years ago, Bill taught me this fantastic technique,” Ross told viewers. “And I feel as though he gave me a precious gift, and I'd like to share that gift with you.”
    In the early 1980s, as Alexander was preparing to retire, he asked Ross to take over teaching his painting classes. Ross agreed, and set out to tour the country on his own in a motor home, traveling and teaching people Alexander’s “wet-on-wet” technique. He told his wife Jane that he’d try it out for one year, and if he didn’t make enough money, he would return to Alaska.

About Bob Ross

Robert Norman Ross was an American painter, art instructor, and television host. He was the creator and host of The Joy of Painting, an instructional television program that aired from 1983 to 1994 on PBS in the United States, and also aired in Canada, Latin America, and Europe. Wikipedia

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Use what you see, don't plan it. Brown is such a nice color. There are no limits in this world. Learn when to stop. We wash our brush with odorless thinner. Give him a friend, we forget the trees get lonely too.