I think that Bob Ross is an incredible person. The Joy of Painting episodes are some of the most relaxing, magical episodes I have ever seen. The fact that he makes these masterpieces look so seamless enticed others and me to paint along with him. Well, I can tell you from experience that it’s not as seamless and easy as he makes it seem.
It took my fiance and me, who tag-teamed the painting, about three days to finish (probably four-five hours in total). Maybe it’s because we’re both perfectionists, but we had the most impossible time keeping up with the 20-minute episode. We had to stop the video every minute or two so we could paint our own. Also, something you don’t think about while painting along with his wet-on-wet technique, it takes basically forever for the paint to fully dry. And by forever, I mean set aside at least a week for your masterpiece to dry…unless we did it completely wrong and added way too much paint.
Regardless though, I at least had fun painting along. Maybe one day, after giving myself some time to mentally relax, I’ll try it again.