|The Mothership |
This brought a lot of good thoughts to my heart.
This was great but I have a complaint to register about Mr. Ross.
Shows like his are inspiring and, like anyone practiced, he makes it look effortless. Shiz, you mean you just say you want to paint a tree, lay a few brush strokes down and BAM! you have an awesome freaking tree? My inability must rest in the fact that I am not believing strong enough...or letting things flow enough....
I don't know anyone who can paint representation-ally* without having trained their eye to break down an image in front of them into abstract little two dimensional shapes (let us ignore familiarity with the medium for now). Unless someone can show you how to do that, the ability to paint well seems magical (as opposed to something that you know you could do if you just put enough hours into it). I remember watching Bob and getting frustrated that I could only imitate him coarsely (oh look if I sort of dab my brush does look like a realistic pine tree!). Just about anyone can paint, it is hard to find someone that can show you how...maybe the entire show went over my head...but I can't remember him telling me how to paint well...just little tricks that I could barely imitate, but no principles.
*.andscape/plein air is a little different I guess...but still representaitonal
There's only so much a guy can do for you in a one-way medium. It's probably like doing tech support with a clueless relative over the phone.
His technique for a lot of this stuff is impressionistic, where you just do dabs of color that happen to look like things. It's like making squished "m" shapes with a pencil, and if you make enough of them, they start to actually look like flying birds in the sky.
This is going to sound kind of patronizing, but you could have been trying too hard to make it look real. Fast and easy is the way to do this stuff, and if you're making tons of little jabs at the canvas instead of a few, it's probably going to look bad. If you play an instrument, it's the difference between someone who obsessively stares at their hands, the music, their hands, etc. and even if they know how to play the piece, it's jerky and doesn't seem to flow.
It's also something you'd really have to practice at.
also, paint really weird shit. it helps if you have demons.
nobody can tell you your painting sucks if it has enough realistic penises in it
This man always made me happy, always.
|Rodents of Unusual Size |
I listened to this just a day after Patton Oswalt's routine about him and William Alexander. I have to say I think I prefer Alexander's School of Angry German Expressionism.
But yeah, this made me pretty happy so...rock on.
This needs to be done for Norm Abrams. Internet: I command you, have it on my desk by Monday.
|Miss Henson's 6th grade class |
Okay. so this has kind of a Postal Service vibe going for it, but I think that if nobody on the Web cooks up an Orb mashup featuring Bob Ross after hearing this, I'll be very disappointed indeed.
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