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Bob Ross - The king of the Brush

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Everybody knows Bob Ross. From the oldest people from the 80s or the 90s or our recent young generation, who'd been brought to such a jolly person through the YouTube. Everybody knows him.
Bob Ross played an important role to bring out the creativity that was inside of me, yet I've never ever dedicated a word for him.

Bob Ross was a landscape painter, who frequently appeared on a television program, Joys of Painting, that ran from 1983 to 1994 on PBS. In each of the show's episode, Bob will guide the viewer to paint a painting in under 30 minutes timelapse using a technique known as "Alla Prima" (Or most commonly known as wet-on-wet). If anybody else had painted using oil paints, they'll know how long they take to dry. Most artists wait for a single layer of paint to dry out and apply the next after that. This could lead the painting taking a lengthy time to finish, that can extend to months, or even years. (Mona lisa took 5 years to complete). But, using the Bob's technique, one could finish a painting in under 30 minutes of time span. 

While he was great landscape painter, a really good one indeed, but what shone out more in him was his cheerful, happy behavior. Bob served as a Sergeant in the USAF for over 20 years. It's rather hard, or even impossible to imagine Bob screaming at somebody. 

Bob would often utter phrases like "There are no mistakes, just happy little accidents" or "Beat the devil outta' it" whenever he cleaned his brush in paint thinner. He would start out his painting as odd blobs of color on his canvas, but in a matter of minutes, he could convert those blobs into a fantastic scenery that you've ever seen.

So how did Bob shaped me out as I am now? Well, I used Bob's motivation. He made everything look rather easy. In fact, he made you feel like you can grab a brush and some paints and get on with it. This got me involved in this fantastic world of art. 

Unfortunately, Bob died in 1995 due to Lymphoma, which he had for several years. He had kept it hidden so well, you cannot even notice if he was suffering from a disease. He made his final televised appearance;

Bob Ross would never be dead, and his legacy will live on forever.
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