Bob Ross in the eyes of many was a teacher. He was a man that could make a mountain landscape look as easy to paint as a male stick figure. He was soft spoken, easy going, and had a great outlook on life. At least that is what he projected.
Who else could give you the confidence to pick up a brush and put it to a canvas and create a world that looks like it would exist anywhere but probably only exists in your mind. With common comments like, “this is your world, you can make anything you want”, how could you not believe it was true.
He was a motivator. Each time he said “all you have to do is believe” or “if you can imagine it in your head and believe it in your heart, you can put it on the canvas” he wasn’t just teaching how to be a good painter, he was instilling self-confidence. He was teaching one of the greatest lessons we can all learn in life…the lesson that will be the foundation to all success that we achieve. That lesson: believe in yourself and your abilities.
Bob Ross taught me that I can create whatever I want on a canvas. I can bring to life any picture that is in my head. I can be just as inspiring to others as he was to me. I can achieve whatever I truly believe is possible.
So what is so hard about actually believing that concept and moving forward with the idea? We all at one point in our life, maybe even at this current moment in time, have had an idea or a motivation to accomplish something but never even tried because we didn’t believe it could actually be done. I know I have. I still have an empty canvas. I still have unwritten songs and unpublished books.
What is the hold-up? What is holding me back? Me.
I was Bob Ross’s friend. He didn’t know me personally. I didn’t know him outside of that 30 minutes each week that I saw him on KBYU tv. But he talked like everyone was in the studio painting along side and receiving personal tutelage from a modern-day. hippie-looking Michelangelo.
And that kind of comparison would really bring out his critics. To them, he wasn’t a master painter. He was a hobbyist that couldn’t do anything more than a nature landscape. Well, Jackson Pollock doesn’t even come close to inspiring me…other than to give me a slight glimpse of hope that I can drip, spill, and splatter paint on a canvas and fetch $100,000 for it. But because he already did it, and I don’t have the right name, it won’t happen. So, I would rather follow the instruction of Bob Ross and paint something that I can look at an enjoy. If I want something that looks like a Pollock painting, I want it to come from my five-year-old.
This is my life. I need to paint the picture that is in my mind. I need to share my world. I need to give of myself. If I don’t, I won’t have a good day. Because, everyday is a good day when you paint. Bob said so. Don’t believe me? Why don’t you listen and watch for yourself. Just click here.
So what motivates you. What inspires you. What is holding you back from sharing your world and accomplishing that joy that you search for?
In my world there are happy trees, happy clouds, and happy rivers. It’s a great view, which I intend to share more often.
— Just another view from a palmtree.
- Bob Ross Reminds Us To Paint Our Little Hearts Out & Believe! (perezhilton.com)
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- Joy Of Painting: Bob Ross Video Mashup Will Make Your Day (huffingtonpost.com)
- Latest PBS Remix Stars Iconic Painter Bob Ross and Lots of Happy Little Clouds [Video] (gawker.com)
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- Bob Ross’s ‘Joy of Painting’ remixed by Symphony of Science – video (digitalspy.co.uk)