Going to a Happy Place with Bob Ross

“We don’t make mistakes. We just have happy accidents.”  – Bob Ross

So much awesomeness in this video… an autotuned amplification of the man’s carefully cultivated self-conscious blend of serenity and camp.

There is something to the wet-on-wet technique of oil painting that resembles contemporary micro-blogging culture: the rapid production of on-the-spot works using a few brief, quick gestures.  It’s about speed over composition,  spontaneity over originality, continuous process rather than singular product.  It’s about 250 paintings of water lilies versus 1 painting of a woman. It’s about the “do and re-do,”  instead of the “undo and edit.”

Bob Ross was a man who decided to create things without getting attached to them.

Bob Ross Blank Canvas


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Posted on December 6, 2012, in Art, Blogging, Inspiration, Metaphors, music, Positivity, Productivity, Social Media, Talent, Writing and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Bob Ross clearly did not have a toddler just out of diapers. If he did, he would know that there is no such thing as a “happy accident.”

    On Thu, Dec 6, 2012 at 8:56 AM, Meme Menagerie

    • LOL… and that actually connects well with one of the self-defining themes in Bob Ross’ life.

      Having held military positions that required him to be, in his own words, “mean” and “tough,” “the guy who makes you scrub the latrine, the guy who makes you make your bed, the guy who screams at you for being late to work,” Ross decided that if he ever moved on from the military, “it wasn’t going to be that way any more,” vowing “never to scream again.”

  2. From a friend via email:


    “Then why bother creating at all? Some of yourself is put into every creation. Not to get too attached, so one (objectively?) Look at the mistakes and re-create or redo. There has to be some sort of attachment…. i don’t think you can do it w/o any attachment at all.”


    Interesting points…and it seems to me that Bob Ross *tried* to live without attachment, but couldn’t completely do it.

  3. I love it! Funny enough, I just wrote about Bob Ross last night too. I can’t get enough of that vid lately. It makes me happy.

  4. if it wasnt for Bob Ross, i would have never picked up a brush!

    i agree that BobRoss was more about the process of creation and less about the creation. journey v/s destination. very zen.

  5. cf. Epic Rap Battles of History: Bob Ross vs Pablo Picasso http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGN5xaQkFk0

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