Jun 092014
 

Happy Clouds, Happy Trees.
Congdon, Blandly & Coeyman .
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When I saw this book on NetGalley I figured it could be interesting. Bob Ross had a way with making people feel comfortable and he made painting seem so simple.

I hope that I can pick up some ideas I can transfer to my photography. But, if nothing else, will learn how to photograph happy clouds & happy trees.

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  • Happy Clouds, Happy Trees by Congdon, Blandly & Coeyman

  • Book Info

    Happy Clouds, Happy Trees: The Bob Ross Phenomenon
    by Congdon, Blandly & Coeyman
    Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
    Published: 04/21/2014
    ISBN-10: 1617039950
    ISBN-13: 978-1617039959
    Started: 06/09/2014
    Source: NetGalley
    Format: e-book

    Publisher Synopsis

    Readers will know Bob Ross (1942-1995) as the gentle, afro’d painter of happy trees on PBS. And while the Florida-born artist is reviled or ignored by the elite art world and scholarly art educators, he continues to be embraced around the globe as a healer and painter, even decades after his death. In “Happy Clouds, Happy Trees,” the authors thoughtfully explore how the Bob Ross phenomenon grew into a juggernaut.

    Although his sincerity in embracing democracy, gift economies, conservation, and self-help may have left him previously denigrated as a subject of rigorous scholarship, this book uses contemporary art theory to explore the sophistication of Bob Ross’s vision as an artist. It traces the ways in which his many fans have worshiped, emulated, and parodied him and his work. His technique allowed him to paint over 35,000 paintings in his lifetime, mostly of mountains and trees in landscapes heavily influenced by his time in the Air Force and stationed in Alaska.

    The authors address issues of amateur art, sentimentality, imitation, boredom, seduction, and democratic practices in the art world. They fully examine Ross as a painter, teacher, healer, media star, performer, magician, and networker. In-depth comparisons are made to Andy Warhol and Thomas Kinkade, and mention is made of his life in relation to Joseph Beuys, Elvis Presley, St. Francis of Assisi, Carl Rogers, and many other creative personalities. In the end, “Happy Clouds, Happy Trees” presents Ross as a gift giver, someone who freely teaches the act of painting to anyone who believes in Ross’s vision that “this is your world.”


    Author Info

    Kristin G. Congdon is professor emerita of philosophy and humanities at the University of Central Florida. Her authored or coauthored books include American Folk Art: A Regional Reference and Just Above the Water: Florida Folk Art (published by Unversity Press of Mississippi).

    Doug Blandy is professor and senior vice provost for academic affairs at the University of Oregon. He has been published in Studies in Art Education and Art Education, among other journals, and has coedited five anthologies in art education.

    Painter Danny Coeyman earned his MFA from Parsons in 2006 and received a Jack Kent Cooke Fellowship.




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    Fish Fountain in Downtown Kennewick

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    Outside Sara Nelson Design

    One of my first shots of the evening with the Tri-City Digital Photography Club this past Thursday night. About a dozen of us from the club met together to walk around Downtown Kennewick to see what images we could capture and to enjoy the art on display by other local artists.


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