17 September 2021

Published September 15, 2021 by rochellewisoff

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PHOTO PROMPT © Krista Strutz
Thanks to Keith Hillman for the frog Click to Join the Fun.

Genre: Questionable Fiction
Word Count: 100


“There are no mistakes,” said the artist. “Only happy accidents.”

His soft voice caressed the TV viewer’s ears while he made love to a cloud with his wide brush. Often, he brought wild animals onto the set. He was nature lover first. Artist second. Passion on canvas.

Magnificent scenes appeared under his skillful hand in half an hour week after happy week.

“Believe strongly enough and you can make it happen,” he’d say.

We believed, didn’t we?

Mystery paints his final days. Smoking and inhaling paint thinner may have taken his life, but who owns the rights to his legacy?

Some extra curricular reading.

26 comments on “17 September 2021

  • Dear Rochelle,

    A timely tribute to a man many loved to mock while others loved to watch, inspired by what he made look so ver easy. Thanks for the link, too. The documentary is on my list of ‘to-watch”.

    Shalom and lotsa artistic love,


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  • Whenever I stayed over with my Granny, we would watch Mr. Ross. I often fell asleep to the quiet sounds of his soft voice and paint brush slapping the canvas. Maybe he was part of why I became an artist myself. I never could afford oils, but I would try to imitate his style with acrylics… it CAN be done, you just have to plan ahead and think about what you’re doing. He is greatly missed in this world.


  • Rochelle,

    Your story hit all the right notes of art, passion, and belief. I like this quote from the article: “Talent is a pursued interest,” Ross says in one episode. “Anything that you’re willing to practice, you can do.” It’s a pity that where money is involved, skulduggery lurks.



  • That documentary is in my queue. My friend is a painter and in a painting club. She is somehow distantly acquainted with someone who was interviewed for the documentary. I just remember the elapsed-time painting clips they used to play during Saturday morning cartoons.


  • Interesting story – yours and the one you link. I don’t know Bob Ross, but it reminds me of the painter on TV during my childhood, Rolf Harris. His legacy turned out to be very different from what we expected too.


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