For years, millions of PBS Television viewers have watched Painter Bob Ross create "happy little clouds"...and happy trees, mountains, lakes, cabins and more.
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Although he passed away from Lymphoma in 1995, PBS continues to air his half hour show several times a week.
There was something in his delivery and style that was so soft, gentle and peaceful that made each episode quite mesmerizing.
If you've seen the show before...no doubt you'll agree.
Using auto-tune to set his words to music, PBS Digital Studios put together an awesome "remix" tribute video last July around the anniversary of his death.
Since today would have been his 70th birthday, it's fitting that he be celebrated again for all the warmth and joy he gave to so many people.
He is remembered for many sayings, some of which you'll see in this tribute video, like: ""We don't make mistakes, we just have happy little accidents." (Perhaps his most famous and probably most often repeated quip)
Other favorite Ross sayings include:
- As he closed each show he said, "Goodbye my friend and God Bless."
- He was fond of saying, "....It's as tender as a Mother's love."
- When emphasising to paint softly he'd say: "Barely touch the canvas, using just two hairs and some air".
- When adding another tree or mountain or bush he'd say: "Let's paint another one...because everyone needs a friend."
So to Bob Ross: Rest in Peace...Goodbye my friend and God Bless.
BTW...Bob was speaking only of his ability to create on the canvas...and he wasn't claiming to have power in any other way.
He often said: "In painting, you have unlimited power. You have the ability to move mountains. You can bend rivers. But when I get home, the only thing I have power over, is the garbage."
So it's very clear that he was talking about the power of imagination, developing our talents and creative power.
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