In case you didn’t already know, someone who has been a major inspiration to me is Bob Ross. He was the host of a television show called The Joy of Painting where he would teach his viewers how to paint. Bob’s calm, ethereal demeanor on screen is something that I like to think about when I’m doing my tutorials.
One of my favorite parts about The Joy of Painting is how Bob would give a tip on the mental approach to a particular step in creating the piece of art. They’re often a little out there, but if you really think about what he’s saying, you’ll find that he’s quite philosophical and deep.
Bright Autumn Trees by Bob Ross
Here are some of my favorite words of wisdom from Bob Ross:
“Let that happen. Let it happen.”
“Once you learn to paint, it’s not how, it’s what to paint. And that is a problem.”
“We’re not really planning things at this point.”
“Just let it go.”
Winter Glow by Bob Ross
“Clouds are very, very free.Ã¢â�¬Â�
“There are no mistakes, only happy accidents.”
“We don’t know where it goes. We don’t really care.”
“In painting, you have unlimited power. You have the ability to move mountains. You can bend rivers. But when I get home, the only thing I have power over is the garbage.”
Mystic Mountain by Bob Ross
“This is your forest. You decide what trees go in it.”
“Any way you want it to be, that’s just right.”
“You can do anything you want to do. This is your world.”
“Any time you learn, you gain.”
I don’t really know what Bob Ross was on, and whether or not he meant for his little tidbits here and there to have such an effect on people, but he makes you think. He was more than just an art teacher.
What are the best and funkiest words of wisdom you’ve ever received? Share them in the comments section!