Let all these things just sort of happen. The light is your friend. Preserve it. We’ll make some happy little bushes here. Let’s make a nice big leafy tree. And just raise cain. This is probably the greatest thing to happen in my life – to be able to share this with you. I was blessed with a very steady hand; and it comes in very handy when you’re doing these little delicate things. Just use the old one inch brush.

If you didn’t have baby clouds, you wouldn’t have big clouds. Put it in, leave it alone. Just let these leaves jump off the brush Let’s have a little bit of fun today. Let’s put some happy little clouds in our world. Now we’ll take the almighty fan brush. Just make a decision and let it go.

Don’t forget to tell these special people in your life just how special they are to you. I’m going to mix up a little color. We’ll use Van Dyke Brown, Permanent Red, and a little bit of Prussian Blue. Be brave. Anyone can paint. That’s a son of a gun of a cloud. Automatically, all of these beautiful, beautiful things will happen.

In painting, you have unlimited power. You have the ability to move mountains. We must be quiet, soft and gentle. Everything is happy if you choose to make it that way. We want to use a lot pressure while using no pressure at all. See. We take the corner of the brush and let it play back-and-forth. We wash our brush with odorless thinner. There he comes. A tree cannot be straight if it has a crooked trunk.

If you’ve been in Alaska less than a year you’re a Cheechako. Trees grow in all kinds of ways. They’re not all perfectly straight. Not every limb is perfect. Isn’t it great to do something you can’t fail at? Follow the lay of the land. It’s most important. Now it’s beginning to make a little sense. I really recommend you use odorless thinner or your spouse is gonna run you right out into the yard and you’ll be working by yourself. When you buy that first tube of paint it gives you an artist license. Work on one thing at a time. Don’t get carried away – we have plenty of time.

Clouds are free. They just float around the sky all day and have fun. We might as well make some Almighty mountains today as well, what the heck. Nothing wrong with washing your brush. Take your time. Speed will come later. You can create beautiful things – but you have to see them in your mind first. This is the time to get out all your flustrations, much better than kicking the dog around the house or taking it out on your spouse. A tree needs to be your friend if you’re going to paint him. Let’s put a touch more of the magic here.


That’s the way I look when I get home late; black and blue. When you do it your way you can go anywhere you choose. Think about a cloud. Just float around and be there. No pressure. Just relax and watch it happen. You don’t have to be crazy to do this but it does help. Absolutely no pressure. You are just a whisper floating across a mountain. You have to make those little noises or it won’t work.

All you need to paint is a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind. These trees are so much fun. I get started on them and I have a hard time stopping. This is gonna be a happy little seascape. Just let your mind wander and enjoy. This should make you happy. It all happens automatically. Isn’t that fantastic? You can just push a little tree out of your brush like that.

But we’re not there yet, so we don’t need to worry about it. It’s important to me that you’re happy. Van Dyke Brown is a very nice brown, it’s almost like a chocolate brown. You have to make these big decisions. Painting should do one thing. It should put happiness in your heart. See how easy it is to create a little tree right in your world. We start with a vision in our heart, and we put it on canvas.

You can bend rivers. But when I get home, the only thing I have power over is the garbage. Water’s like me. It’s laaazy … Boy, it always looks for the easiest way to do things Now we can begin working on lots of happy little things. If these lines aren’t straight, your water’s going to run right out of your painting and get your floor wet. You can spend all day playing with mountains. Now then, let’s play. All you have to do is let your imagination go wild.

You got your heavy coat out yet? It’s getting colder. With something so strong, a little bit can go a long way. We don’t have to be concerned about it. We just have to let it fall where it will. A fan brush is a fantastic piece of equipment. Use it. Make friends with it. But they’re very easily killed. Clouds are delicate. I thought today we would do a happy little picture. You have to make almighty decisions when you’re the creator.

Get away from those little Christmas tree things we used to make in school. A beautiful little sunset. You have to allow the paint to break to make it beautiful. At home you have unlimited time. Nice little clouds playing around in the sky. And that’s when it becomes fun – you don’t have to spend your time thinking about what’s happening – you just let it happen. We don’t need any guidelines or formats. All we need to do is just let it flow right out of us.


Trees get lonely too, so we’ll give him a little friend. The very fact that you’re aware of suffering is enough reason to be overjoyed that you’re alive and can experience it. A happy cloud. We need a shadow side and a highlight side. Every day I learn. That’s a crooked tree. We’ll send him to Washington.

You need to have a very firm paint to do this. We have no limits to our world. We’re only limited by our imagination. If I paint something, I don’t want to have to explain what it is. There are no limits in this world. Fluff it up a little and hypnotize it. You want your tree to have some character. Make it special. You can do anything your heart can imagine.

You can do anything here – the only pre-requisite is that it makes you happy. We have a fantastic little sky! Be so very light. Be a gentle whisper. Have fun with it. There is immense joy in just watching – watching all the little creatures in nature. You gotta think like a tree. Let your imagination just wonder around when you’re doing these things. Didn’t you know you had that much power? You can move mountains. You can do anything.

It just happens – whether or not you worried about it or tried to plan it. Son of a gun. See there how easy that is. Each highlight must have it’s own private shadow. Work that paint. Don’t fiddle with it all day. It’s beautiful – and we haven’t even done anything to it yet. Look at them little rascals.

And right there you got an almighty cloud. Now we don’t want him to get lonely, so we’ll give him a little friend. Exercising the imagination, experimenting with talents, being creative; these things, to me, are truly the windows to your soul. Let’s just drop a little Evergreen right here. You can work and carry-on and put lots of little happy things in here. We’ll put all the little clouds in and let them dance around and have fun.

Even the worst thing we can do here is good. You don’t want to kill all your dark areas they are very important. Put your feelings into it, your heart, it’s your world. What the devil. You can do anything here. So don’t worry about it. It’s amazing what you can do with a little love in your heart. The only thing worse than yellow snow is green snow.

Decide where your cloud lives. Maybe he lives right in here. Life is too short to be alone, too precious. Share it with a friend. There it is. You need the dark in order to show the light. Don’t be bashful drop me a line. Trees grow however makes them happy.

Give him a friend, we forget the trees get lonely too. Maybe there was an old trapper that lived out here and maybe one day he went to check his beaver traps, and maybe he fell into the river and drowned. You create the dream – then you bring it into your world. We’ll do another happy little painting. This is a fantastic little painting. We artists are a different breed of people. We’re a happy bunch. There’s not a thing in the world wrong with washing your brush. Let the paint work.

Here’s something that’s fun. If you don’t think every day is a good day – try missing a few. You’ll see. A thin paint will stick to a thick paint. With practice comes confidence. Zip. That easy. You’re the greatest thing that has ever been or ever will be. You’re special. You’re so very special.

Let your heart take you to wherever you want to be. Just go out and talk to a tree. Make friends with it. We’ll take a little bit of Van Dyke Brown. Every time you practice, you learn more. Don’t hurry. Take your time and enjoy. The more we do this – the more it will do good things to our heart. You could sit here for weeks with your one hair brush trying to do that – or you could do it with one stroke with an almighty brush. Remember how free clouds are. They just lay around in the sky all day long.

This piece of canvas is your world. It’s so important to do something every day that will make you happy. It looks so good, I might as well not stop. As trees get older they lose their chlorophyll. Nature is so fantastic, enjoy it. Let it make you happy. We have all at one time or another mixed some mud. Pretend you’re water. Just floating without any effort. Having a good day. There are no mistakes. You can fix anything that happens.

That’s what makes life fun. That you can make these decisions. That you can create the world that you want. Be careful. You can always add more – but you can’t take it away. I like to beat the brush. Just a little indication. You’re meant to have fun in life. A big strong tree needs big strong roots.


Don’t kill all your dark areas – you need them to show the light. There isn’t a rule. You just practice and find out which way works best for you. Let’s build some happy little clouds up here. If we’re going to have animals around we all have to be concerned about them and take care of them. In nature, dead trees are just as normal as live trees. Maybe there’s a happy little waterfall happening over here.

They say everything looks better with odd numbers of things. But sometimes I put even numbers—just to upset the critics. You can do it. And I know you’re saying, ‘Oh Bob, you’ve done it this time.’ And you may be right. Let’s get wild today. You’ve got to learn to fight the temptation to resist these things. Just let them happen. Working it up and down, back and forth.

You can get away with a lot. How do you make a round circle with a square knife? That’s your challenge for the day. We’ll paint one happy little tree right here. Let your imagination be your guide. Use what you see, don’t plan it. It’s a good way of getting rid of all your anxieties and hostilities.

Volunteering your time; it pays you and your whole community fantastic dividends. That’s why I paint – because I can create the kind of world I want – and I can make this world as happy as I want it. Everything’s not great in life, but we can still find beauty in it. In your imagination you can go anywhere you want. We’ll play with clouds today. This is probably the greatest thing that’s ever happened in my life.

Let your heart be your guide. I’m gonna add just a tiny little amount of Prussian Blue. La- da- da- da- dah. Just be happy. Fluff that up. This painting comes right out of your heart. Anything you want to do you can do here. Once you learn the technique, ohhh! Turn you loose on the world; you become a tiger.

Let all these little things happen. Don’t fight them. Learn to use them. This is your world, whatever makes you happy you can put in it. Go crazy. Maybe there’s a little something happening right here. We’ll have a super time. I’m a water fanatic. I love water. Just think about these things in your mind and drop em’ on canvas. Almost everything is going to happen for you automatically – you don’t have to spend any time working or worrying.