Tag: Creative Process

Bob Ross Was That Dude

As an artist and generally curious person, I am always looking for ways to learn and my preferred medium right now is online. There’s a wealth of information on the ‘interwebs’ and people are constantly sharing new and even old ideas through their content.

I like learning how to DO things, which is why I was hyped to discover that I could watch every episode of The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross online!

Bob Ross was a national treasure. He made you believe that painting was an attainable endeavor. I’ve actually never tried to paint from one of his tutorial videos, I merely watched the show as entertainment. Ross was encouraging about the learning process and confident in the ability of anyone who wanted to paint. Granted, his paintings weren’t the most creative and some might argue that they were formulaic, but it doesn’t negate the magic of seeing a snow-capped mountain appear before your eyes within minutes. I think it’s a special trait of an educator, to capture someone’s attention and inspire them.

Bob Ross was ‘THAT DUDE’ and his work is a testament to the power of media and education.

Artist In Progress

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Color study sketch. Watercolor on paper.

I spend a lot of time reading, writing, listening to podcasts and audiobooks. When I’m in the studio, podcasts and audiobooks are my go-to because I can listen while working.

On my commute this week, I listened to a book about creativity by a professor in the Architecture department at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). She presented some interesting ideas about how creativity develops and how we engage in creative work

Chapter 6, ‘Perceiving and Conceiving’ was especially interesting as I examine the importance of drawing as a foundation for other work. It’s a critical skill that I believe is useful for everyone, not just artists.

If you’re interested in learning how to draw or improve your drawing skills, check out the book by Betty Edwards, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. It’s been around for years and it still holds up.

Drawing is all about observing. I’m trying to improve my drawing skills, which means I draw something everyday. It’s forcing me to be more focused and attentive to what I see.