How do you go from being able to appreciate art to being able to create it?
The amiable Bob Ross showed you, in half-hour segments packed with simple but effective instructions.
Bob could make anyone willing to try into a capable painter. All you had to do was fill up a pallette, set up a clean canvas and follow his guidelines. Turn your thick brush sideways and press it down to make the branches of pine trees. Lean your exacto knife at an angle and slide to make the roof of a barn. It wasn't as difficult as it first looked.
Much of the fun to be had was in listening to Bob's pleasantly rambling narration. He'd tell stories of anything from his grandma to his military days. The show was like briefly stepping into another world where you could learn not only a new way to do things, but a different way to think about them as well.
Local public stations still run this show on occasion. Set your recorder. It's worth it.