Well, the father/daughter team is at it again! We finished another Bob Ross paint-a-long session for the Autumn Mountains painting. I am happy to say that we have improved from our first one. We learned quite a bit!
What we learned from the last time is watch the whole video first, then start from the beginning. That way you’ll see where Bob is leaving space for rivers and what not. He also follows the rule of thirds, which is something to keep in mind to judge if you are putting that tree in the right spot. We also learned this time around that paint from college can go bad 🙂 College was many moons ago, yet the thought never crossed my mind that paint might separate or dry out. At times it felt like I was painting with Play-Doh, which is when I would try to mix linseed oil into my paint. Probably not what you are supposed to do, but it worked.
My dad has never taken an art class before so I talked him through creating form and color mixing. I’m happy to say he now knows how to make the color brown! He’s most proud of his mountains, which took us an hour to create because he really wanted to work on the form. They turned out fantastic!
We still need to understand how Ross layers color and doesn’t just pick up the paint from the first layer. Any tips from the oil painting veterans out there?
As usual there were some mishaps along the way. Like when I left to find a snack and come back and my dad is on his knees trying to clean paint off the tile. When I asked how he managed this he said, “It just jumped out of my hands.” We had a GIANT drop cloth on the floor where we were painting and he managed to flip his palette under a chair where we had no drop cloth. This was after he got paint on his “favorite” jeans. PRO TIP: Don’t where your favorite anything when painting.
For reference, Bob Ross paints these works of art in 30 minutes. Around hour 7 my dad and I decided, “Screw it, the painting doesn’t need that left hand side.” So I just painted a random tree and dad left his side blank. But you know what, now they are uniquely our paintings and I am even more proud of them because of it.
Overall, it was just nice to hangout with my dad and paint. If you haven’t yet taken on a Bob Ross painting, I suggest you do! You can find a lot of Joy of Painting episodes to choose from on YouTube! Below you will see our materials list, setup, and some process shots.
WHAT WE USED:
- Oil Paint ( color list from beginning of episode)
- Black Canvas
- Turpenoid / Paint thinner
- Paper towels (LOTS!)
- Bob Ross episode and TV
- Old clothes (recommended)
- A well-ventilated area
Process shots below.
Have you ever painted along with a Bob Ross episode? If you haven’t do you think you will one day? Let me know below in the comments!
Lastly, remember these words of wisdom from the legend himself:
“We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”— Bob Ross