28 March, 2018
Painting is something that allows people to express themselves. One can easily get lost in the various hues while bringing out our emotions, or messages. In fact, it is such a powerful medium that it is even being explored as a therapy. The best part about painting is that you need not be extremely gifted to paint; anyone can paint. All it takes is a will to paint and you can get going. And there is always the possibility that you just might discover a talent that was hidden in you. Most of us give up painting once we move out of school and perhaps, this is one way to rediscover that.
Also, if you find that you are doing rather well, you could follow it up with a few lessons to get into the nuances. There are many who start off as amateurs and then turn pro and start selling their wares. There always is a demand for paintings and you could even gift them to your loved ones for any occasion. A self-done painting can be one of the best possible gifts that you can give to people.
Bob Ross and his YouTube classes
It is the age of technology and you can pick up pretty much anything on the Internet. YouTube is a medium that is greatly popular with the young and the old alike. The ‘How To’ videos on YouTube have taught many people to do many things. Painting too can be learned from YouTube, there are enough videos that tell you how to go about it. However, one of the most popular video series is that of Bob Ross, a television artist. Though he is no more, his 31 seasons of “The Joy of Painting” is now available freely on YouTube for anyone who wants to learn painting. And this was made available due to popular demand.
Each episode of this series is half an hour and covers many different techniques of landscape oil painting, and is dotted with encouragement for the viewers and a reminder “you can do it”. Incidentally, Ross claimed in one of his episodes that painting had the power to move mountains and bend rivers. He is also very understanding about beginners and starts them off with a technique called wet-on-wet, in which he says that one couldn’t make mistakes, rather only happy accidents! That is the kind of encouragement that keeps people going.
Why is it popular?
If you are wondering why Bob Ross is so popular, when there are many other videos out there, then it is only because of his soft, mesmerizing voice, funny anecdotes and a way of connecting with audiences like no other. Ross teaches you to paint landscapes from out of nowhere, using simple strokes, and before you realize it, lo behold, and you have a beautiful scenery ready in front of you. That’s the amazing way in which Ross teaches. Ross makes you aware of the power of the brush in your hand that you can use to create magic. The magic that can bring to life trees, forests, mountains, rivers, etc. Most of all, Ross makes clear that painting as a medium is for all.
He also constantly keeps sharing anecdotes from his own life, which are quite interesting to hear. You have a total of 403 episodes across the 31 seasons and you could well end up being a painting buff at the end of it. So, get going and pick up that brush and revel in the landscapes you create.
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