Today, www.freelancereview.net posted a tribute to Bob Ross, the happy painter with the afro most of us know from PBS. I thought this was a bit unusual, as few “artists” refer to Bob Ross as anything but a joke.
I loved to watch Bob as a child – and even now, I will stop flipping channels when I find his shows.
There are naysayers – true artists, teachers and critics – who say he used tricks instead of skill and his work is nothing masterful – it’s flat, has little to no depth, and ‘superficial and repetitive’ could be used to describe most of his works.
Perhaps so. But he brought the world of painting into the living room. He made it easy to break the tools down and used step-processes so that “anyone can be an artist” if they want.
Bob Ross taught that anyone can be anything, if they want. And for that, he deserves much credit.
As tradition dictates, upon entering his Zen master’s house, the disciple left his shoes and umbrella outside.
“I saw through the window that you were arriving,” said the master. “Did you leave your shoes to the right or the left of the umbrella?”
“I haven’t the least idea. But what does that matter? I was thinking of the secret of Zen!”
“If you don’t pay attention in life, you will never learn anything. Communicate with life, pay each moment the attention it deserves – that is the only secret of Zen.”