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I posted a question in the discussion forum concerning Bob Ross because of the negative use of his name I had heard. Now I'm wondering if there is anyone in this WetCanvas community that is producing video instructions? I know there are lots on the market. I'm just curious if anyone here is delving into that line. I usually miss seeing the art shows on my local PBS stations, and for some insane reason they dropped all the watercolorists.
06-04-2000, 08:59 PM
Stay tuned, Msue - will be opening our Artist Marketplace this week - offering books, videos and other items from artists to artists. :-)
John S. Priddy
06-15-2000, 08:56 PM
Bob Ross probably created more interest in painting than all the art schools and workshops in the country in the past ten years or so. He, so far as I know, never claimed to be a fine artist, and said that he had never claimed his work to be investment art. He knew value, perspective, and composition, but also painted very freely. In an art world where the old tale of the monkey throwing paint on a canvas has some basis in fact, I can honestly say that he never painted anything I couldn't recognize. That's more than I can say for a lot of artists, if youchoose to call them that.
06-20-2000, 09:56 AM
Bob Ross was for hobbyists. He was good at what he did, maybe the best.
And that was a businessman. He knew he wasn't a wonderful artist. He tried the traditional ways of learning, and probably was not very good at it.
He was not even the inventor of his own "technique". that honor belongs to William Alexander.
Anybody who is serious about art though knows there is much more to painting than what you saw on TV. Isn't it time you painted something other than a landscape?
Landscape painters like Turner, Constable, Monet, Courbet...and others. Look at some of their works, suddenly the works of TV painters will look like paintings of Elvis on velvet.
The one good thing you did gain if you have painted this way is experience with your materials.
The key to improving your painting is to learn the secrets of painting techniques and to understand your art materials.
You must know your materials like a carpenter knows their tools.
This can be done with the proper instruction. Learning about brushes, mediums, canvases, how to begin and much more, can be achieved.
It's simply up to you if you want to take that next step.
Learn to become your own painting teacher http://www.esartstudio.com/index3.html
06-20-2000, 10:07 AM
Ethan, although your comments on Bob Ross have thier merit, if you'll go to the debates forum & read posts under Msues topic... BOB ROSS... you'll see that he inspired a lot of people to pick up a brush in the first place. I'm sure many of the people he appealed to in the biggining have gone well beyond the 'hobbyest' stage! No of course he would not be considered a great master under which one would make a life time study & i don't think anyone would disagree. But anyone who can motivate millions of people to try deserves a lot of credit http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Cheryl
06-20-2000, 03:51 PM
Did anyone else watch Paint Along with Nancy Kominsky?
06-20-2000, 04:02 PM
Each to their own - I don't particularly like Bob Ross's paintings, or for that matter Thomas Kinkades 'chocolate box' scenes - but my husband & mother-in-law think they're wonderful. As with some forms of abstract art, I can appreciate the work and talent that goes into them, but I could never have one hanging on my wall!
It's a shame PBS have got rid of all the watercolour programmes, I was looking forward to watching some old favourites from British TV that I had heard they were showing - I can't even watch any of my painting video's because they're all in UK format! Oh well, perhaps we should all e-mail PBS and complain (there are quite a lot of us after all...)
best wishes, Lynda
06-20-2000, 09:48 PM
When I watched PBS, I didn't stop until all
the Artists were finished. It wasn't so
much Ross who started my Art journey, but
all of them did. It wasn't so much how they painted but the spirit of it.
You might say they gave me the "want to".
(I guess this has basicly already been
John S. Priddy
06-26-2000, 12:35 AM
Speaking of William Alexander, is he still living? He seemed to be such a kind man, who loved not only art, but life and people as well.
06-26-2000, 12:46 AM
yes Tammy, your sentiments are pretty much the same thing that most have stated, but you put it into nice simple terms! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif I too wonder about William Alexander, any one know? Here's to all of the folks that have inspired us, no matter who they are http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Happy painting all! Cheryl
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