Bob Ross in New Smyrna Beach
After doing some grocery shopping at Publix in New Smyrna Beach we discovered the Bob Ross Art Workshop and Gallery, which occupied a storefront in the adjacent strip mall.We entered to find a room full of students, all learning about landscape painting on their way to becoming certified in the Ross technique
Bob Ross is known for the The Joy of Painting is an American half-hour instructional television show hosted by painter Bob Ross which ran from January 11, 1983 until May 17, 1994. In each episode, Ross taught techniques for landscape oil painting, completing a painting in each session. Ross used the wet-on-wet oil painting technique, in which the painter continues adding paint on top of still-wet paint rather than waiting a lengthy amount of time to allow each layer of paint to dry. From the beginning, the program kept the selection of tools and colors simple so that viewers would not have to make large investments in expensive equipment. Combining the wet painting method with the use of large one- and two-inch brushes, as well as painting knives, allowed Ross to paint trees, clouds, mountains, and water in a matter of seconds. Each painting would start with simple strokes that appeared as nothing more than smudges of color. As he added more and more strokes, the blotches would transform into intricate landscapes
.Video of Ernie, one of the instructors.