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Does Anyone Else Like Bob Ross

(31 Posts)
Alexa Tue 28-Jul-20 23:18:56

These half hour paintings by him are so relaxing and happy. "Happy" a word he uses a lot.

MayBee70 Tue 28-Jul-20 23:20:32

Yes. I watch them all the time. Did you see the documentary about him the other night?

geekesse Tue 28-Jul-20 23:24:06

Tell me more - I’ve never heard of him, but what you say sounds interesting.

MayBee70 Tue 28-Jul-20 23:43:33

He’s on BBC4. Half hour programmes. Has a cult following throughout the world. I’d never heard of him till BBC4 started showing his programmes.

BlueSky Wed 29-Jul-20 00:24:51

I looked him up and sadly he's no longer with us.sad

Grandmabatty Wed 29-Jul-20 07:39:43

I've always loved watching his programmes. His voice is very gentle and calm and relaxed, I agree.

Oopsadaisy3 Wed 29-Jul-20 07:41:24

I watched him donkeys years ago when the children were small, and also ‘painting with Nancy Kominski’ they were on the same channel.
During Lockdown DD found several of his programmes and she and GD have spent hours painting along with him.

Although I have to say he paints mostly trees with a lake, or a lake with trees, or just trees, with moonlight or sometimes without!

SpringyChicken Wed 29-Jul-20 07:51:35

He had talent but the paintings all looked the same to me and imaginary scenes. Very relaxing to watch though.

Lexisgranny Wed 29-Jul-20 08:00:38

My husband is a fan, and has introduced me to them, having watched nearly all of the present series. I find his voice very soothing, particularly after a stressful day. I must admit I hadn’t heard of him, but our teenage granddaughter had, and told us some amusing stories of trying, with friends to copy his technique. It did encourage me to have a go , but the only paints I could find were in primary colours, left from when our grandchildren were small and not so adaptable to his style!

Sparklefizz Wed 29-Jul-20 09:23:02

I watched a few of his programmes on BBC4 recently but everything he paints is the same.

henetha Wed 29-Jul-20 09:50:43

Yes, a bit samey maybe, but still lovely. It's very soothing to watch and listen to him.

yggdrasil Wed 29-Jul-20 10:04:15

Some years ago, when I was on a cruise, there was a class run by one of Bob Ross's people, (not himself but a franchise)
I still have two or three pictures I did myself. But they are all very similar, It is a good way to learn but not that original

Peardrop50 Wed 29-Jul-20 10:11:52

I have watched a few, seems he was a nice man with a soothing voice but personally I find his landscapes a bit twee. Actually a lot twee. Sorry, just not my taste.

MayBee70 Wed 29-Jul-20 10:20:10

I’m on several Bob Ross Facebook pages. People use his technique and interpret it in their own way. He was actually a very good artist but used the programmes to show people that anyone can paint. The programmes, for me, are more about him and his philosophy on life. A lover of wildlife and nature, he was way ahead of his time. I find his programmes more calming and relaxing than relaxation tapes.

Callistemon Wed 29-Jul-20 10:29:49

I used to watch him years ago when I first started painting; I think he inspired me because he made it look simple but my style developed completely differently.

ninathenana Wed 29-Jul-20 10:35:41

I caught a few minutes of his programme recently.
Sorry to say I really didn't like the painting he was working on. Too dark for my taste.

Callistemon Wed 29-Jul-20 10:54:58

There are other artists on TV whose styles I preferred. I went on a course with one, can't remember his name but it was very enjoyable.

Purplepixie Wed 29-Jul-20 11:51:48

Yes, I love to watch them. A tranquil time in a sea of horror!

Alishka Wed 29-Jul-20 12:38:26

does he paint kittens?

Alexa Wed 29-Jul-20 13:56:12

I stop my ability to criticise when I watch Bob Ross and I go into meditative mode. It takes me away from worrying about climate change.

tiredoldwoman Wed 29-Jul-20 13:57:56

Oh Dear , I didn't realise he was dead .
I stumbled upon his painting programme recently and liked his voice and his phrase ' beat the devil out of it' when cleaning his brush !
Nice and soothing to watch in the middle of the night .

Alexa Wed 29-Jul-20 14:05:19

I love the brush beating! He sometimes has a mischievous look when he does it.

Nanderin Wed 29-Jul-20 14:39:41

Oh most definitely yes.
My mum who is sadly not with us anymore use to watch it years ago I use to tape it for her she had all his stuff paints etc and painted some beautiful pieces I have a couple. They where just like his.

Callistemon Wed 29-Jul-20 15:21:20


does he paint kittens?

They don't sit still long enough.

MayBee70 Wed 29-Jul-20 15:38:03

He’s permeated my whole life. All clouds are happy. Whenever I make any sort of noise that sounds like him beating the devil out of his brush I have to smile to myself. Trees have friends around them. I think he’d love the fact that he’s helping people like me through a pandemic. Someone on Facebook who is recovering from the virus has written a song about him because he reckons he helped with his recovery.