Do you recognize the term used in my title? For those who don’t, long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away lived a calm, soft spoken man named Bob Ross. Bob hosted a show on PBS where in 30 minutes or less, he painted a natural scene while narrating instructions for his viewers. He made it look so easy, but more so, he was so calm and so happy. While no one has said so outright, I think Bob Ross and Mr. Rogers must have been related.
I painted the picture above at our local library when, pre-Covid 19, free painting classes were offered. The library supplied all the materials, hired an instructor who played a Bob Ross video and gave positive encouragement to all attendees.
Can you see the little cabin in the corner? I asked my daughter if she knew what my painting was, and I was so happy when she answered correctly! Do you know what the painting depicts? Let me know in the comments below.
The demand for these free classes was high, so I waited about a year and a half before signing up again. Below is the painting we did in my second class; my version is on the right.
I was happy with how my painting turned out. I really like how you can almost see the ice on the pond on the right. At one point when I was painting the tree, the instructor said, “You are getting it”, meaning the technique. Here I am 60 years old, and I felt as happy as a little kid whose mother put her painting on the refrigerator door. Since I am not longer a little kid, I showed it to my daughter instead.
The following Christmas, my daughter gave me “The Official Bob Ross Coloring Book.” I didn’t use it for several months. But on our recent trip to Meramec State Park where we had no phone service, no hot spot, no wifi, no digital TV, out came my coloring book and my markers. It was really relaxing to sit at our campsite, enjoy the scenery, and … color.
In case you don’t know or can’t remember, the entire quote:
Anything we don’t like, we’ll turn it into a happy little tree or something, because as you know, we don’t make mistakes, we just have happy accidents.Bob Ross 1942-1995