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[–] lorlipone 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

Being crappy at something is the first step to being kinda-alright at something. keep going.

PS: painting isn't bad

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[–] ReverantRevenant [S] 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago  (edited ago)

But in some respects it's easier than I thought it would be. Plus I thought maybe creating something was a better use of my time than playing video games or watching movies.

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[–] Gravspeed 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Your off to a great start. Me and my 5 year old have about the same painting skill, so I'm a little jealous.

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[–] chirogonemd 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Dude, this really isn't that bad. Seriously. For just starting out you're doing really well.

You've got to keep in mind, Bob Ross makes it look easy because he'd been doing it for YEARS prior to ever landing that television spot. And he'd studied under one of the more famous practitioners of that style of painting.

What he is showing is not, per se, an objectively "easy" type of painting. Its just easier for a lot of people to start this style out than some other forms of art. In other words, its more accessible to people without any experience than other styles.

He is keeping actual technique rather simple, and the simplicity isn't even the important part, just uniform across landscapes. Using a single technique to accomplish as much as possible within the same painting, so you can get more done learning less. To keep newer people interested. And though it isn't acknowledged often, simple things don't always translate to "easy". I'm a woodworker, and there are many things about that hobby which are conceptually simple, but not always easy to execute.

Keep workin.

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[–] R34p_Th3_Wh0r1w1nd 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

A happy little stream.

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[–] Firevine 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Man, that's actually pretty nice. Are you just starting?

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[–] ReverantRevenant [S] 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Yeah it's only the third painting I've ever done. I started about a month ago. I got a Bob Ross master starter kit for Christmas and have been trying various techniques to see how it all works.

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[–] Spaceballs-1 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Does the kit include a huge afro, a baby squirrel, and diazepam?

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[–] ratsmack 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Looks like a whole lot of happy little mistakes to me. :)

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[–] dan_k 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

You ever heard that saying It goes sort of like: "a steak is always better when someone else cooks it"? Painting in a way is like that, where you see a tree you try to translate it onto the canvas, although it may not look the same as you had tried to paint it, when another person sees the outcome, they are not aware of the branch that you left out, or the rock that is not really the right color. I think you did a great job, keep it up and soon the branches will somehow manage to paint themselves into place, and the shade will magically mix themselves. Obviously not, but your steak will have a flavor all its own.

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[–] ReverantRevenant [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Well I've always been my own worst critic.

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[–] dan_k 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Try doing a portrait, and see how fast that changes :)

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[–] xenoPsychologist 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

i can see something like that by not wearing glasses. i guess the style appeals to some, though.

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[–] ReverantRevenant [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Well I suck at it still. Maybe some time in the future I will be halfway decent.

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[–] xenoPsychologist 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

it just seems weird that something that loks like everywhere to me is effectively a fancy stylization for others.

im not exactly qualified to judge whether you suck or not. though practice is always good for everyone.

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[–] think- 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Don't worry, that's really neat for someone who just started!

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[–] Mjazz 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

That's not bad, actually. Maybe try taking photos of a place you like and work off of them, and like someone here said, don't worry if it's not an exact replica.

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