The Bob Ross style of painting, which I’ve used for years, can create some amazing, vibrant paintings. It uses rich colors and stark contrasts to make the landscape pop.
I’m done with it.
The problem is, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. Everything ends up looking similar, because you’re running on a stylistic formula. It’s great when first learning to paint but is now boring, uninteresting.
I’m now more interested in capturing real landscapes, from photo or plein air. Real landscapes have life, light and shadow that lends truth to the painting. Which is why the impressionists were so successful. Its not photo realistic, but you know, you feel what the scene is.
I’ve now put away my giant easel and scaled down my gear to a portable setup. I can’t wait to get outside and paint directly from nature, from life.