by Kristin Nador/@KristinNador
I ran into Bob Ross about 1990, while mothering three kiddos under the age of five. We spent a lot of time on Sesame Street, at The Electric Company and under the Reading Rainbow. In the midst of all our PBS intake, Bob Ross’s show “The Joy of Painting” was a happy little respite. I wasn’t a painter, but I loved watching the show. Bob’s soothing voice and lush enthusiasm for painting calmed my harried soul. I never did any painting, but I created masterpieces vicariously through Bob and his happy little trees.
Fast forward twenty-plus years when I ran into Bob again, on of all things, a YouTube video. Have you seen this?
It’s a lovely video that auto-tunes scenes from “The Joy of Painting”. But it’s actually more than that. It’s like a creative manifesto set to music:
I believe every day’s a good day when you paint
I believe it will bring a lot of good thoughts to your heart
There are no limits here
Start out by believing here (in your mind)
All you have to do is practice
This is your world
You’re the creator
Find freedom on this canvas
Believe that you can do it, cause you can do it
Let it flow
Think like water
We don’t make mistakes just happy accidents
You can do anything that you want to do, total power
You can apply what Bob says to writing or any creative pursuit.
Believe every day’s a good day when you write. All you have to do is practice. There are no limits. Relax. Let the words flow. The story is your world, you’re the creator. Find freedom on the page. Believe that you can do it, cause you can do it.
Go create worlds. Pursue your passion like Bob Ross did. You can do it.