And maybe, maybe, maybe… 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. Just make little strokes like that. Even the worst thing we can do here is good. Nothing’s gonna make your husband or wife madder than coming home and having a snow-covered dinner. Anytime you learn something your time and energy are not wasted. It looks so good, I might as well not stop. You have freedom here. The only guide is your heart.

These trees are so much fun. I get started on them and I have a hard time stopping. If these lines aren’t straight, your water’s going to run right out of your painting and get your floor wet. You can get away with a lot. Let’s have a nice tree right here. Pretend you’re water. Just floating without any effort. Having a good day. They say everything looks better with odd numbers of things. But sometimes I put even numbers—just to upset the critics.

No worries. No cares. Just float and wait for the wind to blow you around. In your world you can create anything you desire. We can always carry this a step further. There’s really no end to this. Talk to trees, look at the birds. Whatever it takes. We start with a vision in our heart, and we put it on canvas. Use what happens naturally, don’t fight it.

In life you need colors. Every highlight needs it’s own personal shadow. With something so strong, a little bit can go a long way. Almost everything is going to happen for you automatically – you don’t have to spend any time working or worrying. Trees get lonely too, so we’ll give him a little friend. We must be quiet, soft and gentle. I’m sort of a softy, I couldn’t shoot Bambi except with a camera. It just happens – whether or not you worried about it or tried to plan it.

This painting comes right out of your heart. Here we’re limited by the time we have. We’ll play with clouds today. It’s cold, but it’s beautiful. Play with the angles. The light is your friend. Preserve it. As trees get older they lose their chlorophyll.

You can do it. Poor old tree. This piece of canvas is your world. Maybe he has a little friend that lives right over here. Have fun with it. I’m gonna add just a tiny little amount of Prussian Blue. Isn’t that fantastic?


Decide where your cloud lives. Maybe he lives right in here. You don’t want to kill all your dark areas they are very important. It’s beautiful – and we haven’t even done anything to it yet. Let’s put some happy little clouds in our world. Van Dyke Brown is a very nice brown, it’s almost like a chocolate brown. I spend a lot of time walking around in the woods and talking to trees, and squirrels, and little rabbits and stuff.

Give him a friend, we forget the trees get lonely too. This is the way you take out your flustrations. We want to use a lot pressure while using no pressure at all. You have to make almighty decisions when you’re the creator. Now we don’t want him to get lonely, so we’ll give him a little friend. Let your heart take you to wherever you want to be. Anything you want to do you can do here.

You need to have a very firm paint to do this. All you need is a dream in your heart, and an almighty knife. Just use the old one inch brush. With practice comes confidence. Get away from those little Christmas tree things we used to make in school. I thought today we would do a happy little picture. Just beat the devil out of it.

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There isn’t a rule. You just practice and find out which way works best for you. I thought today we would make a happy little stream that’s just running through the woods here. We tell people sometimes: we’re like drug dealers, come into town and get everybody absolutely addicted to painting. It doesn’t take much to get you addicted. This is truly an almighty mountain. Don’t be bashful drop me a line. You’re the greatest thing that has ever been or ever will be. You’re special. You’re so very special.

Very easy to work these to death. Let’s put some happy trees and bushes back in here. Just make a decision and let it go. We need a shadow side and a highlight side. Now let’s put some happy little clouds in here. Clouds are free. They just float around the sky all day and have fun.

Use what you see, don’t plan it. It all happens automatically. 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. Just let go – and fall like a little waterfall. The secret to doing anything is believing that you can do it. Anything that you believe you can do strong enough, you can do. Anything. As long as you believe. If you don’t like it – change it. It’s your world.


See there how easy that is. Nature is so fantastic, enjoy it. Let it make you happy. There it is. The little tiny Tim easels will let you down. Mountains are so simple, they’re hard. La- da- da- da- dah. Just be happy.

We’ll put some happy little leaves here and there. There we go. Paint anything you want on the canvas. Create your own world. Every single thing in the world has its own personality – and it is up to you to make friends with the little rascals. A happy cloud. We spend so much of our life looking – but never seeing.

Here’s another little happy bush We’ll put a happy little sky in here. Just let your mind wander and enjoy. This should make you happy. If you do too much it’s going to lose its effectiveness. Talent is a pursued interest. That is to say, anything you practice you can do. It’s life. It’s interesting. It’s fun.

Don’t kill all your dark areas – you need them to show the light. We’ll do another happy little painting. If you hypnotize it, it will go away. In your imagination you can go anywhere you want. This is a fantastic little painting. That’s a son of a gun of a cloud. We don’t make mistakes we just have happy little accidents. We wash our brush with odorless thinner.

Let your imagination be your guide. Take your time. Speed will come later. Now it’s beginning to make a little sense. There’s nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend. Let’s do it again then, what the heck. All you have to learn here is how to have fun.

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. If we’re going to have animals around we all have to be concerned about them and take care of them. A fan brush can be your best friend. Once you learn the technique, ohhh! Turn you loose on the world; you become a tiger. 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. All those little son of a guns. Maybe there’s a happy little bush that lives right there.

That’s what makes life fun. That you can make these decisions. That you can create the world that you want. Everyone needs a friend. Friends are the most valuable things in the world. It’s a good way of getting rid of all your anxieties and hostilities. This is an example of what you can do with just a few things, a little imagination and a happy dream in your heart. And maybe a little bush lives there. Don’t be afraid to make these big decisions. Once you start, they sort of just make themselves. Let’s give him a friend too. Everybody needs a friend. Just pretend you are a whisper floating across a mountain.

Let’s build an almighty mountain. Automatically, all of these beautiful, beautiful things will happen. That’s what painting is all about. It should make you feel good when you paint. Little short strokes. I get carried away with this brush cleaning. Be brave.

Let the paint work. Trees grow however makes them happy. You better get your coat out, this is going to be a cold painting. These things happen automatically. All you have to do is just let them happen. This is the fun part There he comes.

You can’t make a mistake. Anything that happens you can learn to use – and make something beautiful out of it. Put it in, leave it alone. This is gonna be a happy little seascape. You don’t have to spend all your time thinking about what you’re doing, you just let it happen. Let’s build some happy little clouds up here. Just take out whatever you don’t want. It’ll change your entire perspective.

Every day I learn. That’s the way I look when I get home late; black and blue. Let’s make some happy little clouds in our world. Don’t hurry. Take your time and enjoy. That easy. There we go. Let’s put some highlights on these little trees. The sun wouldn’t forget them.

Let your imagination be your guide. I want everbody to be happy. That’s what it’s all about. Maybe there’s a happy little waterfall happening over here. There’s not a thing in the world wrong with washing your brush. This is your world. Fluff it up a little and hypnotize it. All you need to paint is a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind. At home you have unlimited time.


The first step to doing anything is to believe you can do it. See it finished in your mind before you ever start. Brown is such a nice color. Put your feelings into it, your heart, it’s your world. Let’s make a nice big leafy tree. Zip. That easy. A thin paint will stick to a thick paint. We’ll make some happy little bushes here.

Let’s go up in here, and start having some fun Absolutely no pressure. You are just a whisper floating across a mountain. We don’t have anything but happy trees here. How to paint. That’s easy. What to paint. That’s much harder. A big strong tree needs big strong roots. Everything’s not great in life, but we can still find beauty in it. Let’s get wild today. Let’s do that again.

Exercising the imagination, experimenting with talents, being creative; these things, to me, are truly the windows to your soul. A tree cannot be straight if it has a crooked trunk. Son of a gun. This is where you take out all your hostilities and frustrations. It’s better than kicking the puppy dog around and all that so. Be careful. You can always add more – but you can’t take it away. The only thing worse than yellow snow is green snow.

Those great big fluffy clouds. God gave you this gift of imagination. Use it. You can’t have light without dark. You can’t know happiness unless you’ve known sorrow. If it’s not what you want – stop and change it. Don’t just keep going and expect it will get better. When you buy that first tube of paint it gives you an artist license. Making all those little fluffies that live in the clouds.

Just think about these things in your mind – then bring them into your world. You don’t have to be crazy to do this but it does help. You can create beautiful things – but you have to see them in your mind first. Didn’t you know you had that much power? You can move mountains. You can do anything. All kinds of happy little splashes. There are no limits in this world.

Now we can begin working on lots of happy little things. You have to make those little noises or it won’t work. Only think about one thing at a time. Don’t get greedy. Remember how free clouds are. They just lay around in the sky all day long. Here’s something that’s fun. It’s a very cold picture, I may have to go get my coat. It’s about to freeze me to death. Just a little indication. But we’re not there yet, so we don’t need to worry about it.