Is Bob Ross A Good Place To Start

Painters and critics have argued over the merits of Bob Ross’ teaching style since the time he began his PBS Show in 1983

Painters and critics have argued over the merits of Bob Ross’s teaching style since the time he began his PBS Show in 1983. He did hundreds of paintings for his show, which was geared to beginners for 11 years. The object of his PBC broadcast was to break down the barriers for beginner painters who were wanting step by step instruction.

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Logical Sequence in Acrylic Painting

Yes, it does matter what order your tones are applied to the surface. Dark to light.

A great example of the sequence of tones from dark to light. (Image from rawpixel.com )

People often ask, “does it matter if you paint light to dark in acrylic paintings?” Yes, it does matter what order your tones are applied to the surface. Dark to light.

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Into the Weeds

Some color theory will go a long way toward mixing accurate colors.

Today we dive into color theory and I apologize in advance if it gets complicated, but I will try to keep it in layman’s language. The science of color is a field unto itself, but we are only going to touch the big ideas. We almost never want to use a tube color on the canvas since it is always garish.

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Painting Texture

There is something called Painterliness. This describes a painting done in a style that celebrates the medium used.

There is something called Painterliness. This describes a painting done in a style that celebrates the medium used. Instead of hiding the brushstrokes of knife texture, we want to enhance it, even exaggerate it.

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Make Cement Live

There’s something poetic about abandoned buildings that have a special appeal to painters

There’s something poetic about abandoned buildings that have a special appeal to painters. Numerous historic mine sites abound in Cobalt Ontario. I chose to give old cement in the ruins of an old mine mill some life, simply by changing the color of the century-old cement slabs.

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Face the Rocks

make the viewer feel the majesty and grandeur of rocks

Start With Reference Photos

I wanted to make the viewer feel the majesty and grandeur of rocks. No object is included this time to give the rocks an indefinite scale, so they could only look at the nearly abstract quality of the rock facets.

I began by taking pictures of a rock-cut beside the highway near where I live in northern Ontario. Then I chose four photos and printed them out on 8×11 medium quality paper. I didn’t use photo paper as it was a waste since the pictures were only for reference.

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Anatomy of a Failed Painting

Learn from someone else’s mistakes.

Failed River Scene 24×30″ Acrylic on Masonite

This was supposed to be a mosaic-style painting, using the one-touch approach. I had such wonderful plans for this painting, but it careened out of control before I recognized it. This is an example of how NOT to do a painting. I truly believe that the best examples are someone’s mistakes. So I will tear me up, not someone else.

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