Painter Bob Ross is a well-known and calming influence in the world of art classes. His signature calm tone of voice and unique sense of humor are ever present in the TV episodes airing on PBS starting in 1983. His tapings of painting tutorials still air regularly, long after his passing. Nicole Bonneau decided to dedicate her free time to painting through Bob Ross’s 403 masterfully taught “Joy of Painting” classes as a solution to her creative block and to help her ease her anxiety. Each episode of “Joy of Painting” walks the watcher through a painting, and by the end of the episode both the audience and the teacher have a final product.
As an artist and studied painter, Bonneau has struggled to find her creative outlet and her own voice. She is hoping that through this painting journey she will reduce her anxiety levels and increase her own voice and sense of self artistically. Bonneau is charting her journey, which she estimates may take up to ten years, on Instagram and various social media under the title of Almighty Painting. She recently finished the first season on 13 paintings and says she feels accomplished already. Bonneau’s favorite quote of Ross’ is an example of his calm attitude and sense of humor: “Ever make mistakes in life? Let’s make them birds. Yeah, they’re birds now.” His ability to restructure and talk through the difficulties in painting and making mistakes is what makes him so soothing and encouraging to Bonneau and others.
Taking interest in a creative class is an excellent way to find your voice and to decrease stress and anxiety. Wellness requires multiples coping skills and outlets that are unique to each person. Think about skills and mentors that help you create more creativity and reduce stress in your life.