My dear friend Katie gifted me a book titled “Happy Little Accidents, the Wit and Wisdom of Bob Ross”. Bob was not only a great artist, animal activist, service member, husband and father…. he was an extremely intelligent and insightful man. I will be sharing some of his wit and wisdom on this forum because I think it is a reminder for us. We need to just stop. To reflect. To think. To feel. To evaluate.
“If painting teaches you nothing else, it’ll teach you to appreciate some of the beauty that’s around us every day that we take for granted.” – Bob Ross
If we are so busy, so consumed in work, obligations or commitments that life throws at us, that we do not see and appreciate the beauty, the gifts that God gives us each and everyday….. then we NEED to stop! We need to stop and absorb it like a sponge – everything that is around us and be thankful we can stop and enjoy it. Be thankful that it is was freely given to us.
When you paint, and you break down the object, you see how amazing it is. Take a tree for example. Trees are down right beautiful. The most amazing creation. Trees are so beautiful that Joyce Kilmer, an American writer and poet, who is mainly remembered for his short poem titled “Trees”, which was published in the collection Trees and Other Poems in 1914, wrote a poem about a tree: