For over a decade, artist Bob Ross had an instructional painting television show on PBS called The Joy of Painting. Bob was well-known for his gentle personality and tendency to say "happy little clouds" and "happy little trees." His paintings were just a little corny, but he was technically skilled and I would watch in wonder at his magical ability to make a scene come alive with a single stroke of a brush (or more often, a palette knife loaded with $5 worth of alizarin crimson). Bob died in 1995. Earlier this year, PBS paid tribute to Bob with this autotuned remix of The Joy of Painting. (David posted this previously.)
Here's a 3-hour DVD of Bob Ross painting instruction that shows you how to paint lots of happy little things. It has received rave reviews on Amazon.
Photographer Brian Tomlinson creates beautiful stills of liquids dropped into an aquarium. Some of the results are below:
The intrepid counterculture archivists/publishers of Boo-Hooray have posted their “Top 100 Posters” for sale. What a stunning collection of avant-garde art and design. It makes me yearn for the downtown scenes of the prior century.
Wow! An edible drone with extruded vegetable spars that can be flown into famine-affected areas! Reworded press release posts popped up everywhere last week with this image attached. Ian Bogost wasn’t buying it.
You know the drill. You go to the dentist and they ask you how often you floss. You lie through your teeth and say, “every day!” (Bonus points if you have some cilantro or chives stuck in your gums from lunch). You don’t want to keep up the charade any longer, but rubbing that tiny strand […]
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has done outstanding work packing a fully capable desktop computer into a package the size of a deck cards—especially one that only costs $35. But if you already have a working laptop, why should you care? Oh, how much you have to learn. Besides operating well as a compact digital media hub, […]
Custom coffee vessels are the perfect piece of office flair, but it’s just a matter of time before your VOTE FOR PEDRO mug will start to lose its relevant wit. Why not have a new one every day, with whatever silly nonsense you want sticking off the sides? You can save big on your novelty […]