A Bob Ross landscape
Today would have been the 69th birthday of Bob Ross. And if you don’t know who Bob was, it’s high time you met him!
In the U.S., many of us grew up with The Joy of Painting on public television – a perfectly mesmerizing show in which a soft-spoken man with amazing hair would proceed to complete an entire nature painting in just under 25 minutes, telling us exactly how it did it along the way. If you’ve ever watched the show, you probably still get that autonomic relaxation response from the quiet tap, tap, tap of the bushes against the canvas.
A compliation of moments from The Joy of Painting, by RainbowBanana on Vimeo
Some people make fun of Bob, and lord knows I’ve made a “happy little tree” joke here and there myself. But the truth is, he just wanted people to try their hand at making some art. He developed a wet-in-wet painting method that allowed scores of folks who didn’t think they had any talent to create works they felt proud of. He wanted art to be fun and non-intimidating.
Bob said this line in just about every episode of his show: “We don’t make mistakes, we just have happy accidents.” So go out there today and have a few happy accidents of your own. And then if you will, pause a moment to thank Bob for his contribution to creativity.
Happy Birthday, Bob!