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Old 11-02-2000, 02:34 PM
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Question Bob Ross...

OK...I know a lot of artists don't like Bob Ross and his art...in fact a lot of you don't even think he is an ARTIST. My question is why? Why is he not considered an artist by the artist community? What makes his work not worthy?

I used to watch him as a kid and always loved to watch him paint. In fact, he is the reason that I want to get into oil painting as of this day!

I am not knocking you that don't like him and his work, I just want to know the reasons behind not liking his work. Nothing more, nothing less.

"I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing...that it was all started by a mouse!" - Walter Elias Disney
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Old 11-02-2000, 03:13 PM
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Allen: In my humble opinion, art is about self expression. Bob R. expressed himself and chose to do it in a certain way, albeit, a repetitive one. But that is what made him happy (and rich, I might add). So many folks are a bit "snobbish" about art because it is specialized knowledge and they want to appear to be "smarter" than just a repetitive painter. And art has, since "modern" art began, always pursued the "new". I.e. how can I ADD something to the world of art? As a result, many contemporary artists pursue the NEW at all costs. But if that is what makes them happy, so be it. My take? Pursue your passion, do what makes you happy and to heck with everyone elses criticisms.
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Old 11-02-2000, 03:37 PM
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Thanks, Doug! I just think that Bob was a great artist with his work...I used to be fascinated watching him take a blank piece of cloth and transform it into these awesome landscapes before my eyes! And then for him to tell me that I could do it too...I just didnt believe him. Traditional artist? Maybe not, but he IS an artist none the less! He spread his knowledge and brought many people joy. He also helped to bring more people into the world of art and painting than any other artist that I can think of.

I guess that is what he was shooting for, though, to get more people into art and to have them enJOY themselves while doing it!

"I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing...that it was all started by a mouse!" - Walter Elias Disney

[This message has been edited by SorcerersApprentice (edited November 02, 2000).]
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Old 11-02-2000, 04:08 PM
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Truth is Allen, this is a debate and artss cultural issue and really belongs over on the "Debate Forum." Not just because I am one of the moderators there ...

I assure you a long thread and much exchange over there....as it often does. I have my opinions, but won't share them here on this forum.


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Old 11-02-2000, 06:01 PM
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Moving it there now.....<DUCK!>

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