These are smaller items that I hope to accomplish by the end of 2015.
5. Catch a fish in Oregon
Considering how much water Oregon has I am disappointed to have not a caught a fish here. I am starting to wonder if the fish here are a myth like bigfoot. Salmon here are allegedly really good to eat.
This French Painting Easel was a birthday gift from my beautiful wife 🙂
Getting back into oil painting has been on my bucket list for a long time. And today… I finally re-engaged with my inner van Gogh. This was a 6″ x 6″ canvas board for me to practice with and begin the road back to where I once was as an oil painter. It was frustrating, and fun… and it looks like I have a few months at least to return to my former glory days. But this was great for a first attempt after twenty years!!
So, this was my return to oil painting.It has been on my bucket list for over a year to get back into painting, and today I finally returned. A year from now I hope to be doing bigger and better things. But after a twenty year hiatus I am happy with this work.
Wednesday night I opened a (belated) birthday present from my beautiful wife. It was not her fault it was over a month late. Hobby Lobby had shipped the wrong item, and then gave her the run-around trying to get the correct item. The box arrived last week… and my wife’s mom and pop were in town for nearly a week. After her parents left town I opened the present. This time, the present was what my wife had ordered… and something I have wanted for a long time: A French Painting Easel.
Now I can finally re-engage my dream of oil painting, heavily influenced by Bob Ross. I grew up watching his show… and I remember him saying “Happy Little Tree…” or “Happy Little Clouds” while he painted amazing landscapes in what seemed like only minutes.
Saturday at the book store I rummaged through shelves of painting books, looking for a painting intro book so I can remember everything I’ve forgotten about painting… and instead found two books about Bob Ross and the Joy of Painting. For those who are too young or did not watch television in the 80s or 90s, Bob Ross became a pop culture painting guru while hosting a painting show on PBS. I grew up watching his show… and I remember him saying “Happy Little Tree…” or “Happy Little Clouds” while he painted amazing landscapes in what seemed like only minutes. Although Ross died in 1995 he left behind a painting legacy. It bothered me when I first saw the books. Why? Because I haven’t thought about Bob Ross, or painted, for years. Continue reading Searching for Bob Ross and The Joy of Painting→