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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Slow Down, You talk TOO FAST.

OK This is IT. It's official. I've painted along with Bob Ross's first episode and my oddessy begins. After watching countless episodes (well maybe 10) on Saturday mornings and viewing the 3 hour workshop (twice) I was ready to paint along with Bob.

Well I thought I was all ready. Canvas covered in liquid medium, all paint on palette, camera on (with a 30 min disc because after all the show is only a half hour)and DVD player paused on Bob's shinning afro.

He looked so much younger. He was of course. 12-15 years younger than when he died I figure. And while he did develop his own style over the years, in the beginning he was clearly a student of Bill Alexander.  He called the palette knife "the almighty knife" and the easel too was "almighty."  (I have a Bill Alexander DVD too:) At the start of the episode he referenced Bill's work. He thanked Bill for teaching him this style and acknowledged him as teacher and friend.

During this part I was starting with my sky as I figured it couln't hurt to get ahead. Quickly however, even tho I was painting AsFastAsIcould,  I could not keep up. That's when I found myself uttering words to Bob Ross that I doubt anyone has ever said "SLOW DOWN! You talk too fast!"

By the time I got done with my sky, he was fluffing clouds. By the time I was making snow "break" down the mountainside, he was putting land between the water and trees so they didn't just fall into the lake. Whatever you want it's your world.  I can see that in MY world I'm going to have to take advantage of the "Pause" button and slow Bob Ross down a notch.

I have the video on my other computer and will edit and post it later today. I stopped after the disc was full so you won't see me finish the painting, but you can see by the photo I still suck at this.  My mountains are floating, my evergreens are christmas trees, and my other trees always like overgrown bushes. In the end I was just putting highlights all "willy nilly" and feeling very lost.  But it all happened so fast, I'm not to upset that it is horrible. Tomorrow is another day.

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Anonymous said...

I really like your painting! I am so glad to have found your blog.... I am a beginner painter with Bob Ross!

Ryan, Corrie, Max, and Jack said...

Hi, Kay! I have no painting ability whatsoever, but from the picture YOUR picture is beautiful!

If it makes you feel better, even when I was extremely fit and active I was still having to pause my workout videos!

Ayelet said...

lol! Your writing style is delightfully frank and telling Bob Ross to slow down? I totally understand. What were you thinking? Knock out a painting in half an hour?

As for the final product, I think your mountains look really good even if they are floating a bit. And, what's wrong with Christmas trees? They're very handsome Christmas trees!

This blog is very inspiring. If I ever do have chunks of free time in my life (and funds for materials), I'd like to give this stuff a go.

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