There are no mistakes. You can fix anything that happens. Just a little indication. This is an example of what you can do with just a few things, a little imagination and a happy dream in your heart. This is your world. 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. Just go back and put one little more happy tree in there. Just let these leaves jump off the brush

If you overwork it you become a cloud killer. There’s nothing worse than a cloud killer. Volunteering your time; it pays you and your whole community fantastic dividends. How do you make a round circle with a square knife? That’s your challenge for the day. Put light against light – you have nothing. Put dark against dark – you have nothing. It’s the contrast of light and dark that each give the other one meaning. That is when you can experience true joy, when you have no fear. We don’t make mistakes we just have happy little accidents. They say everything looks better with odd numbers of things. But sometimes I put even numbers—just to upset the critics.

This painting comes right out of your heart. Here’s something that’s fun. Maybe, just to play a little, we’ll put a little tree here. I was blessed with a very steady hand; and it comes in very handy when you’re doing these little delicate things. Nice little clouds playing around in the sky. Let’s put some highlights on these little trees. The sun wouldn’t forget them.

You’re the greatest thing that has ever been or ever will be. You’re special. You’re so very special. Isn’t that fantastic that you can create an almighty tree that fast? We’ll take a little bit of Van Dyke Brown. I’ll go over the colors one more time that we use: Titanium white, Thalo green, Prussian blue, Van Dyke brown, Alizarin crimson, Sap green, Cad yellow, and Permanent red. But they’re very easily killed. Clouds are delicate. Talent is a pursued interest. That is to say, anything you practice you can do.

The least little bit can do so much. This is probably the greatest thing that’s ever happened in my life. This is gonna be a happy little seascape. This is unplanned it really just happens. Didn’t you know you had that much power? You can move mountains. You can do anything. Happy painting, God bless. Now we don’t want him to get lonely, so we’ll give him a little friend.

There we are. You can’t have light without dark. You can’t know happiness unless you’ve known sorrow. That easy. What the devil. Here we’re limited by the time we have. You create the dream – then you bring it into your world.


Here’s another little happy bush If you don’t like it – change it. It’s your world. I will take some magic white, and a little bit of Vandyke brown and a little touch of yellow. Just beat the devil out of it. I like to beat the brush. This present moment is perfect simply due to the fact you’re experiencing it. A tree cannot be straight if it has a crooked trunk. Just make little strokes like that.

There we go. If we’re gonna walk though the woods, we need a little path. This is truly an almighty mountain. Isn’t that fantastic? You can just push a little tree out of your brush like that. Nothing wrong with washing your brush. I guess I’m a little weird. I like to talk to trees and animals. That’s okay though; I have more fun than most people. A fan brush is a fantastic piece of equipment. Use it. Make friends with it. All you need to paint is a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind.

We artists are a different breed of people. We’re a happy bunch. Give him a friend, we forget the trees get lonely too. Let’s get wild today. If I paint something, I don’t want to have to explain what it is. You can’t make a mistake. Anything that happens you can learn to use – and make something beautiful out of it. You can work and carry-on and put lots of little happy things in here. It all happens automatically.

You can do anything here – the only pre-requisite is that it makes you happy. Everyone is going to see things differently – and that’s the way it should be. Only eight colors that you need. If you don’t think every day is a good day – try missing a few. You’ll see. We spend so much of our life looking – but never seeing. Those great big fluffy clouds.

Maybe he has a little friend that lives right over here. Follow the lay of the land. It’s most important. Think about a cloud. Just float around and be there. You don’t want to kill all your dark areas they are very important. That’s a son of a gun of a cloud. Play with the angles. I’m a water fanatic. I love water. I’m sort of a softy, I couldn’t shoot Bambi except with a camera.

From all of us here, I want to wish you happy painting and God bless, my friends. You don’t have to be crazy to do this but it does help. Van Dyke Brown is a very nice brown, it’s almost like a chocolate brown. The very fact that you’re aware of suffering is enough reason to be overjoyed that you’re alive and can experience it. Work that paint. You got your heavy coat out yet? It’s getting colder. This is a happy place, little squirrels live here and play. Everybody needs a friend.


There comes a nice little fluffer. Get tough with it, get strong. In your world you can create anything you desire. Use your imagination, let it go. Let’s build some happy little clouds up here. Isn’t that fantastic?


You can create the world you want to see and be a part of. You have that power. All those little son of a guns. For the lack of a better word I call them hangy downs. Don’t fight it, use what happens. Zip. That easy. I thought today we would make a happy little stream that’s just running through the woods here. Anytime you learn something your time and energy are not wasted. Let’s do it again then, what the heck.

All kinds of happy little splashes. Just let your mind wander and enjoy. This should make you happy. Let’s get crazy. Just make a decision and let it go. This is the fun part We wash our brush with odorless thinner. Don’t kill all your dark areas – you need them to show the light. Let’s make a happy little mountain now.

In this world, everything can be happy. Water’s like me. It’s laaazy … Boy, it always looks for the easiest way to do things It’s life. It’s interesting. It’s fun. It’s a very cold picture, I may have to go get my coat. It’s about to freeze me to death. Every highlight needs it’s own personal shadow. If you didn’t have baby clouds, you wouldn’t have big clouds.

If you hypnotize it, it will go away. Everything is happy if you choose to make it that way. Learn when to stop. It’s beautiful – and we haven’t even done anything to it yet. The more we do this – the more it will do good things to our heart. In painting, you have unlimited power. You have the ability to move mountains.

As trees get older they lose their chlorophyll. You have to allow the paint to break to make it beautiful. Everything’s not great in life, but we can still find beauty in it. The only prerequisite is that it makes you happy. If it makes you happy then it’s good. If what you’re doing doesn’t make you happy – you’re doing the wrong thing. In your imagination you can go anywhere you want.

Just let go – and fall like a little waterfall. We don’t really know where this goes – and I’m not sure we really care. We’ll lay all these little funky little things in there. Let’s put some happy trees and bushes back in here. No worries. No cares. Just float and wait for the wind to blow you around. I sincerely wish for you every possible joy life could bring. Let’s make a nice big leafy tree. Only think about one thing at a time. Don’t get greedy.

We must be quiet, soft and gentle. Let’s put some happy little bushes on the other side now. Son of a gun. Let’s do that again. Without washing the brush, I’m gonna go right into some Van Dyke Brown, some Burnt Umber, and a little bit of Sap Green. Even trees need a friend. We all need friends. Even the worst thing we can do here is good.

We don’t have anything but happy trees here. We don’t have to be concerned about it. We just have to let it fall where it will. It’s a super day, so why not make a beautiful sky? Everyone wants to enjoy the good parts – but you have to build the framework first. Fluff it up a little and hypnotize it. Anything you want to do you can do here. Isn’t it great to do something you can’t fail at?

Pretend you’re water. Just floating without any effort. Having a good day. When things happen – enjoy them. They’re little gifts. Let’s make some happy little clouds in our world. It’s cold, but it’s beautiful. Be careful. You can always add more – but you can’t take it away. You can do anything your heart can imagine. We start with a vision in our heart, and we put it on canvas.

We don’t have to be committed. We are just playing here. Isn’t it fantastic that you can change your mind and create all these happy things? Let’s give him a friend too. Everybody needs a friend. These things happen automatically. All you have to do is just let them happen. God gave you this gift of imagination. Use it. We’ll have a super time. Isn’t that fantastic that you can make whole mountains in minutes?

If you do too much it’s going to lose its effectiveness. Now we’ll take the almighty fan brush. When you buy that first tube of paint it gives you an artist license. Put your feelings into it, your heart, it’s your world. Just relax and let it flow. That easy. And maybe, maybe, maybe… Just think about these things in your mind – then bring them into your world. This is a fantastic little painting.


Now it’s beginning to make a little sense. Very easy to work these to death. You have to make almighty decisions when you’re the creator. There he comes. In your world you have total and absolute power. Use what you see, don’t plan it.

Let’s put a touch more of the magic here. So often we avoid running water, and running water is a lot of fun. A happy cloud. We touch the canvas, the canvas takes what it wants. There are no limits in this world. You have freedom here. The only guide is your heart. There is immense joy in just watching – watching all the little creatures in nature. Talk to trees, look at the birds. Whatever it takes.

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You can spend all day playing with mountains. How to paint. That’s easy. What to paint. That’s much harder. 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. Now then, let’s play. This piece of canvas is your world. We’ll throw some old gray clouds in here just sneaking around and having fun. See how easy it is to create a little tree right in your world. Clouds are free they come and go as they please.

There we go. A beautiful little sunset. We’ll do another happy little painting. Maybe we got a few little happy bushes here, just covered with snow. Every single thing in the world has its own personality – and it is up to you to make friends with the little rascals. Don’t hurry. Take your time and enjoy. A big strong tree needs big strong roots. Once you learn the technique, ohhh! Turn you loose on the world; you become a tiger.

If it’s not what you want – stop and change it. Don’t just keep going and expect it will get better. Trees cover up a multitude of sins. We might as well make some Almighty mountains today as well, what the heck. Maybe there’s a happy little waterfall happening over here. I get carried away with this brush cleaning. Just pretend you are a whisper floating across a mountain. Trees grow however makes them happy.

You can bend rivers. But when I get home, the only thing I have power over is the garbage. Let’s have a happy little tree in here. And maybe a little bush lives there. If there’s two big trees invariably sooner or later there’s gonna be a little tree. All you need is a dream in your heart, and an almighty knife. Life is too short to be alone, too precious. Share it with a friend.


A little happy sunlight shining through there. Look at them little rascals. And I will hypnotize that just a little bit. Trees get lonely too, so we’ll give him a little friend. There’s not a thing in the world wrong with washing your brush. Clouds are free. They just float around the sky all day and have fun. It is a lot of fun.

I guess that would be considered a UFO. A big cotton ball in the sky. Let your heart be your guide. You have to make these big decisions. But we’re not there yet, so we don’t need to worry about it. I thought today we would do a happy little picture. When you do it your way you can go anywhere you choose. Trees live in your fan brush, but you have to scare them out. There it is.

It’s almost like something out of a fairytale book. You can create beautiful things – but you have to see them in your mind first. Don’t be afraid to make these big decisions. Once you start, they sort of just make themselves. Little trees and bushes grow however makes them happy. A thin paint will stick to a thick paint. Have fun with it.

It’s amazing what you can do with a little love in your heart. Working it up and down, back and forth. The light is your friend. Preserve it. Use absolutely no pressure. Just like an angel’s wing. Maybe there’s a happy little Evergreen that lives here. This is your world, whatever makes you happy you can put in it. Go crazy. Decide where your cloud lives. Maybe he lives right in here. Just think about these things in your mind and drop em’ on canvas.

Little short strokes. It’s all a game of angles. It just happens – whether or not you worried about it or tried to plan it. And I know you’re saying, ‘Oh Bob, you’ve done it this time.’ And you may be right. Remember how free clouds are. They just lay around in the sky all day long. That’s what painting is all about. It should make you feel good when you paint. It looks so good, I might as well not stop.

Any little thing can be your friend if you let it be. We’ll make some happy little bushes here. This is where you take out all your hostilities and frustrations. It’s better than kicking the puppy dog around and all that so. 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. Let’s put some happy little clouds in our world. Paint anything you want on the canvas. Create your own world. Just use the old one inch brush.


Sometimes you learn more from your mistakes than you do from your masterpieces. There’s nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend. Be brave. We’ll throw some happy little limbs on this tree. A fan brush can be your best friend. Now, we’re going to fluff this cloud.

You can do it. You need to have a very firm paint to do this. We don’t want to set these clouds on fire. You have to make those little noises or it won’t work. There isn’t a rule. You just practice and find out which way works best for you. Making all those little fluffies that live in the clouds. It’s hard to see things when you’re too close. Take a step back and look.

Let all these little things happen. Don’t fight them. Learn to use them. Look around, look at what we have. Beauty is everywhere, you only have to look to see it. Each highlight must have it’s own private shadow. Just go out and talk to a tree. Make friends with it. Now let’s put some happy little clouds in here. Mountains are so simple, they’re hard.

Automatically, all of these beautiful, beautiful things will happen. The shadows are just like the highlights, but we’re going in the opposite direction. Just let this happen. We just let this flow right out of our minds. And right there you got an almighty cloud. Steve wants reflections, so let’s give him reflections. The little tiny Tim easels will let you down.

The man who does the best job is the one who is happy at his job. These trees are so much fun. I get started on them and I have a hard time stopping. That’s a crooked tree. We’ll send him to Washington. It’s so important to do something every day that will make you happy. I started painting as a hobby when I was little. I didn’t know I had any talent. I believe talent is just a pursued interest. Anybody can do what I do. This is the way you take out your flustrations.

Fluff that up. Let’s have a nice tree right here. Nature is so fantastic, enjoy it. Let it make you happy. You can get away with a lot. Let your imagination be your guide. You need the dark in order to show the light. We can always carry this a step further. There’s really no end to this. We’ll put all the little clouds in and let them dance around and have fun.


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. Let your imagination be your guide. We need a shadow side and a highlight side. In life you need colors. That’s the way I look when I get home late; black and blue. 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.

I spend a lot of time walking around in the woods and talking to trees, and squirrels, and little rabbits and stuff. This is your creation – and it’s just as unique and special as you are. No pressure. Just relax and watch it happen. Nice little fluffy clouds laying around in the sky being lazy. Every day I learn. Of course he’s a happy little stone, cause we don’t have any other kind. We don’t need any guidelines or formats. All we need to do is just let it flow right out of us. You don’t have to spend all your time thinking about what you’re doing, you just let it happen.

Take your time. Speed will come later. Exercising the imagination, experimenting with talents, being creative; these things, to me, are truly the windows to your soul. Painting should do one thing. It should put happiness in your heart. And just raise cain. We’ll put a happy little sky in here. We can fix anything. We have all at one time or another mixed some mud.

Let your heart take you to wherever you want to be. Get away from those little Christmas tree things we used to make in school. It’s a good way of getting rid of all your anxieties and hostilities. Trees grow in all kinds of ways. They’re not all perfectly straight. Not every limb is perfect. At home you have unlimited time. Let all these things just sort of happen. Absolutely no pressure. You are just a whisper floating across a mountain.

Mix your color marbly don’t mix it dead. We’ll paint one happy little tree right here. Go out on a limb – that’s where the fruit is. Just take out whatever you don’t want. It’ll change your entire perspective. You can do anything here. So don’t worry about it. A tree needs to be your friend if you’re going to paint him.

Maybe there’s a little something happening right here. La- da- da- da- dah. Just be happy. In nature, dead trees are just as normal as live trees. Don’t be bashful drop me a line. Nothing’s gonna make your husband or wife madder than coming home and having a snow-covered dinner. If these lines aren’t straight, your water’s going to run right out of your painting and get your floor wet.

Almost everything is going to happen for you automatically – you don’t have to spend any time working or worrying. You’re meant to have fun in life. You are only limited by your imagination. Imagination is the key to painting. Let’s make some happy little clouds in our world. Use what happens naturally, don’t fight it. Tree trunks grow however makes them happy. These little son of a guns hide in your brush and you just have to push them out.

That’s crazy. Do an almighty painting with us. The first step to doing anything is to believe you can do it. See it finished in your mind before you ever start. With something so strong, a little bit can go a long way. We’re trying to teach you a technique here and how to use it. If you’ve been in Alaska less than a year you’re a Cheechako. Let’s have a little bit of fun today.