10 Life Lessons Learned from Bob Ross

Categories: Visual Art

Bob Ross was a beloved American artist and pop culture icon who taught quick lessons in painting on PBS's The Joy of Painting, which aired from January 11, 1983, to May 17, 1994. He died in July of 1995.

Ross was known for his slightly odd behavior and lessons imparted while painting during every show. He painted mostly natural scenes and taught viewers how to do the same in simple(ish) steps and commentary.

In honor of his birthday today, here are a few of our favorite Ross lessons:

See also:
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10. People might look at you a bit funny, but it's okay. Artists are allowed to be a bit different.

9. Just scrape in a few indications of sticks and twigs and other little things in there. People will think you spend hours doing this.

8. Shwooop. Hehe. You have to make those little noises, or it just doesn't work.

7. Talk to the tree, make friends with it.

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