A few days ago I sent an email about How to Not paint like Bob Ross that really pissed off a guy on my email list.
And…it’s possible he wasn’t the only one.
He really let me have it..
…practically yelling at me through the monitor, how wonderful Bob Ross was and how he helped him and millions of other people learn to paint. How I would never be like him, nor as good as him, nor half the man he was etc…
Really tore me a new one.
Maybe you felt that way too.
So let me just say this…I think he missed the gist of my email and my blog post about this.
Now, first off…if someone loves Bob Ross, I understand that person getting all upset. He felt I was attacking someone he admires greatly. Fine…I can understand that, he was defending someone he admires. Perfectly normal thing to do.
I actually wasn’t attacking Bob Ross, just commenting on the limitations of that way of painting.
I was trying to get people to break through their self doubt that they can’t go beyond that way of painting.
I know for a fact that people can do it – especially with the right instruction. You know how I know that? Because I did myself!
If you equate those “happy little landscape” type paintings with the greatest traditional landscape painters…
…you simply haven’t seen enough great paintings.
Go visit a museum and look at a Turner landscape, or a Corot, or Thomas Cole or any of them. If you can’t see the difference between them and those tv painters, frankly, I can’t help you.
But, there is no comparison. It’s like equating a meal at Sparks Steak house with McDonalds.
As Ben Stahl said – as a special painting guest on Bob Ross’s show way back when…(See I really did watch it)
“You want to keep playing on a minature golf course all your life?…ok, that’s not for you. You want to get on that big 18 hole golf course…Do a good job…the real thing!” — Ben Stahl on Bob Ross’s TV Show.
It’s all about learning how to use your oil painting supplies to get the most out of them. Learning about your brushes. Learning when to use what brush. It’s about learning a method for seeing nature…anything in nature…and translating that real life into oil paint. It’s about learning how to paint the first layers of paint and then apply layers of paint on top of that – whether the paint is wet or dry when you do.
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