I am a Bob Ross CRI (Certified Ross Instructor) but, I want people to be under no illusion as to the credentials this carries in terms of being a 'true Artist'. To be a Ross Instructor did not require me to have the skill of a genuine Artist. I merely had to be able to replicate the Wet-In-Wet technique to produce an oil painting in a step by step approach.
It's a narrow field of knowledge when set against the time served master artists.
As an example of the limitations I have as a CRI, I'm having to learn and practice the art of colour mixing, perspectives, compositions, balance, colour relationships and, a plethora of other areas I had no knowledge about. Without these skills I have been exposed as a non Artist when I believed as I was because of my qualification! I knew my confidence was poor and my knowledge was limited. Now I'm on the road to true Artistry and I look forward to sharing my work in the coming months. I'm a perfectionist and rarely satisfied!
Don't misunderstand me, I love the Bob Ross technique and way of 'teaching' and introducing people into the field of art that would otherwise stay on the sidelines. Many people have tried other mediums and gone on to be great artists as a result of the Bob Ross Wet-In-Wet speed painting.
If you have any experiences or views on my post, please share them.