Bob Ross and Ben Stahl

Everyone knows the calming voice and happy little trees of Bob Ross. Every once in a while Ross would bring in a guest painter to do an episode. I recently stumbled across this fantastic episode featuring painter Ben Stahl.

 

It doesn’t take long to realize that Stahl is a wealth of knowledge. This 20-some-odd minutes is a crash course in painting and illustration. Watch it multiple times and soak it in.

 

 

If you’re not familiar with Stahl’s work, here’s a quick bio at illustration history.org.

 

Some of his paintings were the subject of an Unsolved Mystery episode, too. Thieves broke in and stole an entire series of paintings, fourteen in all, featuring the crucifixion of Christ. The paintings were never recovered and there were never any suspects.

 

Some other examples of Stahl’s work:

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