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Saturday, May 09, 2009

Saturday mornings with Bob

As a child, Joel looked forward to Saturday mornings for one reason and one reason only:

Bob Ross' Joy of Painting television show.

Yes, really.

He loved everything about it (so I'm told): The afro (have you seen this picture of Joel? (scroll down)), Bob's existential way of teaching his art, and especially the "happy little accidents." In fact, I'd wager that he enjoyed the entertainment experience much more than he did the actual creation of beautiful Rossian landscapes.

Recently, he has discovered a channel on our newfangled rabbit-eared digital TV (we have no cable, no sattelite, no DVR) that shows Bob Ross almost all day. I mean, who knew he was in such demand? And I have to admit, he does draw you in with all of his happy trees and cute little squirrels that just might live behind them.

Chloe is hooked.

The thing is, she really cares about the art. I don't think it matters to her that Bob has great hair, is a flower-child, or that he doesn't make mistakes. She can't wait to try everything he does herself.

So, I'm thinking that I'll need to buy her a couple canvases, an easel and some paints. Maybe.

We'll see.

For now, we'll just keep spending our Saturday mornings (and afternoons and evenings) with Bob.

26 comments :

  1. I used to love that show, too, but as an art incompetent I just sat and stared in disbelief that he could paint that stuff in half an hour. Or was it an hour?

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  2. I was always bored with that show...and that's why I am a terrible artist!

    For Aidan's birthday he got those Color Wonder paints, where they only turn color on the special paper. He has made numerous "creations" of art, and on each one he has written the name of who he drew it for. I bet Chloe could do amazing things with that paint!

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  3. I was mesmerized by his show as a kid too. It would probably drive me bonkers now, though.

    (Go, Chloe!)

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  4. I don't think I've ever seen this show!

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  5. Oh my goodness. How could Kristina P have not seen this show? My brother and I adored Bob as kids. I actually squeled in delight when I discovered your post this morning, Lara. Hilariously funny and it brought back very good memories for me.

    I still remember when Bob passed on. I was in college. My roomates and I had a day of mourning/remembrance.

    Thanks for making me smile first thing on Saturday morning.

    -Francesca

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  6. LOVED him on Sat. AM's.
    I always wanted his different brushes so I could try his stuff on my own.

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  7. What a riot! I totally remember that afro!

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  8. That is toooooooooo funny! I loved the show too, and when I was younger decided I wanted to become a painter because he made it look so stinkin easy! I even went out and bought the book "The Joy of the Painting with Bob Ross" and all the supplies. I did one of his paintings (which is hanging in my bedroom) before I decided it wasn't as easy as it looked!

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  9. I remember Bob, and I remember thinking that he was the only person on television that was more sedate than Mr. Rogers! He was so quiet, and funny. I have always had trouble thinking spacialy so painting is difficult for me, but Ryans Grandma was a pupil of Bobs, and she has tremendous talent.

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  10. I love his voice!! That is what always drew me in initially. Watching him was mesmerizing too.

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  11. I love it too! He just pulls you right in with those gentle words and crazy talent.

    A little budding artist, what a good thing :)

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  12. I love him, too! I have to find time to sit down and watch him again but I love how he made painting so easy! I know Chloe will have a great time learning from him. ;-)

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  13. I never had the patience to watch Bob Ross, but now I really wish I had. I can't even draw stick figures (well, I can, but they aren't very HAPPY stick figures)

    How cute that Chloe and her dad share this common interest. These are the tethers that keep us connected to our kids when they get older and seem to be actively looking for opportunities to separate themselves from us. He really needs to stay involved in this somehow; it will pay great dividends a few years from now.

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  14. That is hilarious and darling! I do remember feeling oddly sucked in when I watched...I couldn't pull my eyes away. (Until my brothers walked in and loudly made fun of whatever I was watching....a common occurrence) I loved The Price is Right. Watched it faithfully when I was 12.

    I LOVE your new header!!

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  15. I wish I could get rid of all the sat. tv stuff. . . one of these days. As it is, we only watch very carefully selected shows on the DVR, so we can fast-forward thru all the skanky commercials. Can you believe all of them, even during children's programs? It's nuts!
    And you have a wonderful little daughter, there. So gifted. So much like her mommy! (and daddy!)
    :~D

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  16. Ahhh, Yes. Bob Ross. Another one of Joel's favorites! "happy, little trees".

    So, I've fallen off the top commenters since my departure...

    Yay for Sophie girl!!

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  17. I would have to say that the man himself was a happy little accident (he's dead, now, right? I think . .. was it a (happy little) accident? I can't quite recall . . .

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  18. I love Bob Ross! Get her some paint! (Tell her not to be discouraged if she can't whip out masterpieces in half an hour right off. That wet-canvas stuff that he does is kind of a specialized technique.)

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  19. My friend Tess from http://Cheftessbakeresse.blogspot.com is a HUGE Bob Ross fan! She even paints her bread and talks about happy little trees on her blog from time to time. You'll have to check her out.

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  20. We only have rabbit ears and am HD converter as well, saves a lot of money not paying for cable or satellite. I don't think I have noticed that channel though.

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  21. hehehe, like father, like daughter :)!

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  22. I never watched much Bob Ross when I was a kid (I think my mom probably didn't want to deal with messy paints!), but every Saturday morning, really early, was a show called "Captain Bob" (a different artist Bob!). He was this old salty sea captain type, and he did these incredible drawings with crayons! I used to draw along with him, and it was the highlight of my weekend. Maybe until you decide about the paints you could see if Captain Bob is on DVD? I bet Chloe would love him, too.

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  23. That dude is totally hypnotic. I used to watch him with my mom.

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  24. Ah Bob Ross. Who knew that a dude with a fro like that could work magic with his brushes and his voice? I loved watching his show.

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  25. No wonder your children will be artists. I bet they love it too.

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  26. I loved Bob Ross and his happy little trees! There's a car dealer named Bob Ross here and I giggle every time I see a license plate with his name on it. Mark thinks I'm crazy. :)

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