Bob Ross wasn’t just a skilled yet self-taught artist—who taught older generations how to paint the perfect tree or sunset. He also was pretty eloquent, even poetic, a quality that 90% of today’s influencers lack. Ross’ fame is carried on by countless memes, Halloween costumes and even Lego figures. Unnecessary to mention that he would love to see his work embraced by so many people even more than 20 years after his passing.

Here are some of his best bits of words and wisdom:


  • “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.”


  • “No pressure. Just relax and watch it happen.”


  • “Make love to the canvas.”


  • “This is a happy place; little squirrels live here and play.”


  • “There’s nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend.”


  • “How do you make a round circle with a square knife? That’s your challenge for the day.”


  • “I remember when my Dad told me as a kid, ‘If you want to catch a rabbit, stand behind a tree and make a noise like a carrot. Then when the rabbit comes by you grab him.’ Works pretty good until you try to figure out what kind of noise a carrot makes…”


  • “That’s where the crows will sit. But we’ll have to put an elevator to put them up there because they can’t fly, but they don’t know that, so they still try.”


  • “I really believe that if you practice enough you could paint the ‘Mona Lisa’ with a two-inch brush.”


  • “If I paint something, I don’t want to have to explain what it is.”


  • “We artists are a different breed of people. We’re a happy bunch.”


  • “We don’t make mistakes. We just have happy accidents.”


—From “The Joy of Painting”

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