NOTES FROM THE BEGINNING
I get asked a lot of times how did I get into photography well……… it all started with a TV programme that is currently having a revival.
I have to confess that I was (and still am) a frustrated artist. I knew what I wanted to paint but could never manage to get my paint brushes to produce what has in my minds eye. I could always draw, but totally made a horlicks of the drawing when I applied the paint. No matter what medium I used it would ultimately become a muddy mess….. I was soooooo frustrated .
Then one day I happened upon a TV programme featuring the charismatic Bob Ross and I was hooked….. it looked so simple. Lots of paintings of happy little clouds, wonderful landscapes using a palette knife, lots of carefree sploshes on the canvas using a “big brush” – I thought “even I could manage that !!!. Bob Ross was a painting evangelist who preached that there were “no mistakes just happy accidents” and he was right.
I bought all the stuff, Bob Ross brushes, Bob Ross palette knives, Bob Ross artist palette and the very special Bob Ross paint – “you could only achieve the best results by using this paint”. I eventually plucked up the courage to go on a Bob Ross weekend course in Scarborough and really got into his style of painting.
However, I quickly realised that Bob Ross (and his style of painting) was sneered at by “real artists” – but he brought joy to lots of people and helped them, and me with our first faltering steps in producing a painting to be proud of.
This was 2006 and I realised that art was my “thing” and decided that I was going to do a degree in Art via distance learning …………. this turned out to be a total disaster but it did introduce me to the wonderful world of photography……… but that will be my next story.
This is one of the first paintings I did in the Bob Ross style – I found it in my Mum’s house when we were clearing out her belongings. She was so proud of everything I did – even the happy little accidentsNOT