Bob Ross used to be a drill sergeant but quit because he hated having to shout at people.
I remember at the university there was debate about Bob Ross’ artistic influence. It was argued that he wasn’t much of a true artist and that he just learned a number of tricks that enabled him to make his paintings. He then taught these “tricks” to other people cheapening the idea concept of what it is to make art.
However his methods were obviously developed over years and years of painting from observation and to liken his stylistic abilities to some sort of “pretend” technique is incredibly stupid.
I always admired his approach to painting and his influence in introducing a lot of people to the world of art; some of which would have never been interested unless they saw Ross’ show. I feel that as an artist I should be grateful to Ross and others for being able to show the world the beauty of our craft.