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« on: October 24, 2015, 03:38:05 am »

The original Bob Ross.  Season 1, Episode 1

Bob Ross - A Walk in the Woods (Season 1 Episode 1)
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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2015, 08:23:37 am »



 [sorry i cant stop myself]

 he looks like Rolf Harris - don't go for a walk in the woods with him
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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2015, 02:22:51 pm »

How all what started? Drug addiction? Early life funky hair style? Paint eating?....

 Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2015, 07:21:46 pm »

Careful now, your talking about one of my heroes.
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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2015, 09:27:27 pm »

Mine too.

Mind you, though, pthalo blue's always been my favorite on hot wings...
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« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2015, 01:01:05 am »

Look at the size of that mans palette!

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« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2015, 04:00:59 am »

*erp* sorry. Undecided

Hey, I like cheesy early 80s music.
...wait, most of it is cheesy.
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« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2015, 12:32:56 pm »

Interesting. I have to say that I'd never heard of him and I'm not sure his programmes were ever shown in the U.K.

My introduction to 'art' would have been Tony Hart on 'Vision On'.
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« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2015, 01:00:55 pm »

Could I just ask the question, How what started?

Is this a thread about art and painting or, what/ who initially inspired you into making?

Although it turns out Rolf was more than a bit dodgy in the young ladies department, he was a good artist imo, and yep, I had a piss poor drawing shown on vision on, a pencil sketch of a deer head. Tongue

Tony Hart was one of my early years heros (probably dodgy as well no doubt  Roll Eyes)
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« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2015, 08:09:22 pm »

Interesting. I have to say that I'd never heard of him and I'm not sure his programmes were ever shown in the U.K.

My introduction to 'art' would have been Tony Hart on 'Vision On'.

I'm sure I've seen some of his programmes on TV in U.K., although I can't remember when or on which channel (must have been a long time ago).
Vision On - yes, Tony Hart & Pat Keysell 'signing', and the picture gallery which I failed totally to ever get shown on.  Ah, happy days.
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« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2015, 08:26:57 pm »

I had heard of Bob Ross, but primarily as a drinking game. Roll Eyes

I have fond memories of watching Vision On on TVOntario. My sisters referred to it as "that noisy show for deaf kids."
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« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2015, 11:41:42 pm »

Thank you Mr. Maets. I've been looking for the early episodes of Bob.
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« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2015, 12:48:41 am »

Thank you Mr. Maets. I've been looking for the early episodes of Bob.

My pleasure.  Enjoy.
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« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2015, 02:09:47 am »

I like to use his techniques for backgrounds; a nice naive-ish photorealist subject in the foreground goes well with Bob Ross-style landscaping in the distance. it also lends itself well to flat-style detailing.
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« Reply #14 on: November 06, 2015, 02:11:09 am »

Hard to believe his pre-art career was as a drill sergeant.
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« Reply #15 on: November 06, 2015, 10:19:34 am »

Displaying a bit of cultural centrism on both sides of the pond....

I'm not surprised that Commonwealth countries would not know who Bob Ross is.  This is strictly an American phenomenon.  Bob Ross was a rather hippie looking fellow, who became a legend in the Public Broadcasting Network for teaching otherwise untrained people to paint photo-realistic backgrounds using just a handful of techniques (knife, brush, etc), and always improvising his subjects during the broadcast, never using real photos or images as a guide.

He managed to device simple oil painting techniques to draw landscapes, mountains, clouds, trees, lakes.... each element of the landscape with a different set of techniques and tools. So someone who was not very artistically inclined could potentially draw a very realistic panorama just by learning those techniques.  

Bob Ross was unique in his great physical stature, gentle nature, and child-like descriptions of the objects to be painted, eg  "Maybe a happy mountain lives here....with one... no make it two, trees flanking it... perhaps a little squirrel lives here... and why not? Lets draw a creek in the middle"  

Just watching his programs was relaxing. He gave the impression of having a good smoke of Cannabis before shooting each episode  Grin , and he never planned anything ahead.

Generations of Americans grew watching this big old hippie talk about the "happy" landscapes, and for all his silliness it was ridiculous how he could, after just a few strokes, have an impressive landscape worthy of a National Geographic magazine, full of realistic detail with zero inspiration other than his improvisation on the canvas during the last 20-40 minutes.

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« Reply #16 on: November 06, 2015, 01:03:46 pm »

Not shown here, but I remember seeing ads for the videos in artists magazines, And he had some "How To ..." books - I seem to remember that I had one some time or another. Must look out for it when packing up.
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« Reply #17 on: November 06, 2015, 09:06:18 pm »

Ahhh Bob Ross. Love those videos. Not just for the techniques, but they are always so oddly calming. Started watching them while I was experimenting with a substance to keep acrylics wet longer (easier blending and all that).
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« Reply #18 on: May 10, 2016, 05:57:18 pm »

I don't know if anyone has heard of Kevin Hill? His work is very much in the style of the late Bob Ross.

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« Reply #19 on: May 10, 2016, 08:50:23 pm »

Displaying a bit of cultural centrism on both sides of the pond....

I'm not surprised that Commonwealth countries would not know who Bob Ross is.  This is strictly an American phenomenon.  Bob Ross was a rather hippie looking fellow, who became a legend in the Public Broadcasting Network for teaching otherwise untrained people to paint photo-realistic backgrounds using just a handful of techniques (knife, brush, etc), and always improvising his subjects during the broadcast, never using real photos or images as a guide.

He managed to device simple oil painting techniques to draw landscapes, mountains, clouds, trees, lakes.... each element of the landscape with a different set of techniques and tools. So someone who was not very artistically inclined could potentially draw a very realistic panorama just by learning those techniques.  

Bob Ross was unique in his great physical stature, gentle nature, and child-like descriptions of the objects to be painted, eg  "Maybe a happy mountain lives here....with one... no make it two, trees flanking it... perhaps a little squirrel lives here... and why not? Lets draw a creek in the middle"  

Just watching his programs was relaxing. He gave the impression of having a good smoke of Cannabis before shooting each episode  Grin , and he never planned anything ahead.

Generations of Americans grew watching this big old hippie talk about the "happy" landscapes, and for all his silliness it was ridiculous how he could, after just a few strokes, have an impressive landscape worthy of a National Geographic magazine, full of realistic detail with zero inspiration other than his improvisation on the canvas during the last 20-40 minutes.



So you're saying he was a considerably better artist than Nancy Kominsky?
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« Reply #20 on: May 10, 2016, 08:55:15 pm »

Displaying a bit of cultural centrism on both sides of the pond....

I'm not surprised that Commonwealth countries would not know who Bob Ross is.  This is strictly an American phenomenon.

I have to disagree, we watched Bob years ago on the Learning channel, I think, as soon as we got cable TV. At least 20 years at a guess.
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« Reply #21 on: May 10, 2016, 10:57:48 pm »

I remember watching Nancy Kominsky. Bob Ross was on the "Home & Leisure" channel.
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« Reply #22 on: May 19, 2016, 01:59:28 am »

It surprises me how wide spread how spread Bob is.  As an american i do not remember a time without him.  I love the fact that he was a retired Marine Drill instructor.  Even today my art student reference him.  Mostly as jokes, but I love that they still know who he is.
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« Reply #23 on: May 19, 2016, 04:15:42 pm »

I remember Bob Ross on Cable TV in the UK.  Lots of happy little trees.
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« Reply #24 on: June 02, 2016, 11:40:11 pm »

Good news everyone!  Grin

Netfix to stream Bob Ross.

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