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Almighty Mountains and Happy Trees

Almighty Mountains and Happy Trees

For our third Bob Ross painting, AJ and I decided to do something dramatic, and nabbed a stack of black canvases. The picture we had in mind was Winter Moon.

bob ross winter moon

 

Look at those almighty mountains and happy little trees! But what happened to the man who lived in the shed? Maybe he went fishing in the lake and drowned. Who know?!

I looooooove the blue in my sky. As the painting dries (it's going to take weeks to be completely dry) it just gets brighter.

This time AJ stuck to the script, but I love how we're painting the same picture and they're still so different. Check out these almighty mountains!

aj rose bob ross winter moon

 

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Kate and AJ’s Bob Ross Adventure Continues

Kate and AJ’s Bob Ross Adventure Continues

So we were two days before Christmas and just discovering the joys (and perils) of oil painting. AJ and I learn fast. We decided to watch The Grandeur of Summer, an hour-long Bob Ross special where he goes through every step of the painting for beginners like us. With hindsight, we probably should have watched that first. Oops.

Armed with a thinner coat of paint on our canvases and a couple of better brushes, we set to work on our second painting in two days: Golden Glow. Here's what we were aiming for:

bob ross golden glow

This time we shouted less at Bob, and listened more. There were no mistakes, but maybe one or two happy accidents.

I'm pleased with this one. Watching the hour-long episode and figuring out some of the mistakes we'd made at the start made a massive difference. This time when we blended the paint or added new layers, it looked like it was supposed to.

Because AJ doesn't like yellow she did her own version, and renamed it Winter Glow.

aj rose winter glow

Next time, we start with a black canvas. Don't miss it!

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Kate and AJ’s Bob Ross Christmas

Kate and AJ’s Bob Ross Christmas

AJ and I were kidless this Christmas. Sometime between realising we can have sushi for dinner and the little pang that we weren't going to see the cherubs on the day, we looked at each other. "So, what are we going to do?"

Fortunately, I had an answer. I've been binging Bob Ross on Netflix and decided I wanted to paint. With oils. For the first time ever. Happily for me, my wife's the indulgent type.

Two days before Christmas we went to the local art supply store, and spent more than we intended on brushes, canvases, paint thinner, linseed oil, palette knives, and more. We didn't even wait the two days to break out the first canvas and try our first painting — Sunset Aglow. For the uninitiated, here's what it's supposed to look like.

bob ross sunset aglow

Our attempts weren't perfect, and there was a lot of shouting at old Bob when he went zooming off and created something that looked effortlessly good, but for the most part we kept up.

Ta-daaaaaa!

We learnt pretty quickly about some of our mistakes. Less is definitely more when it comes to the first wash of paint on the canvas (hence my smeared sky). Also, thin paint sticks to thicker paint!

Here's AJ's attempt at the same picture. I covet her mountains.

bob ross sunset aglow aj rose

Stay tuned because now we've been bitten by the Bob Ross bug, there are many more paintings in our future.


Don't forget the Blowing It series is still on sale. Check it out now!

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Happy New Year — Blowing It Series on Sale!

Happy New Year — Blowing It Series on Sale!

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