In the first moments of Spring break, Penelope developed a bad virus that kept her in bed for days incapable of stomaching anything except YouTube drawing videos. (Her favorites by: Super Rae Dizzle and Drawing Wiff Waffles)
With her buried under the covers, and me under my quilt, We watched a steady stream of videos. Both YouTubers are young women in their 20’s, who talk through their process of drawing. You watch their drawings progress as they talk through their decisions - their expectations - joys - and frustrations . They discuss the various merits of a variety of materials. All in all they are calm, humorous and relatable, and most importantly, they encourage their viewers to draw and to keep drawing!
In fact, when Pen was feeling better she pulled out her markers and sketchbook and went to work. Abe got on board, too. We spent the week in low key sketchbook mode. It was great.
Occasionally we took a break from the YouTubers to watch a Bob Ross Video. In fact one of the YouTubers (Super Rae Dizzle) makes videos of her painting along with Bob Ross' TV episode.
Recently, Bob Ross has spiked in popularity with younger generations. Abraham reports kids at school have Bob Ross t-shirts, sticky notes, mint tins, and more.
Ross' videos are easily accessible on YouTube and Netflix, and my kids love him unironically. Pen says he is calm and an art god. She also loves his paintings.
And during our bed ridden Spring break, it occurred to me that Bob Ross was the original YouTube Artist! He was doing a Public TV program years ago in a manner that so many young kids are repeating in their own videos today. He served us a cool, gentle inspiring, tutorial that left us feeling empowered and inspired. He explained his process, his tools, and helped us to feel secure in our own art journeys.
I think for me what was so great about Bob Ross was that he demystified the process of painting while maintaining its sacredness. You can sense his enjoyment in the process. While affirming that the same enjoyment was attainable for you. He had a magnanimous generosity of his spirit.
And in researching his quotes I realized that he was also an original creativity coach. Just check out his quotes that I sourced from goodreads.
What's your impression of Bob Ross?
Anna Lentz, artist, writer, and creativity coach who blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.