What is something I identify with?
Being an artist.
How are artists represented in media?
One of the most common stereotypes of artists, particularly painters and filmmakers, are pretentious elitists with their heads up their butts. It’s commonly described as “arts-fartsy.”
In many pieces of media of both the past and present, particularly comedy films, artists are portrayed this way.
“I think there’s an artist hidden at the bottom of every single one of us.” – Bob Ross
Yet if you watch Bob Ross, you learn everyone is an artist. He perfectly exemplifies art as an inclusive activity. I want to focus on Bob Ross as a positive example of an artist, rather than a negative depiction or one I don’t agree with.
I feel like no matter your profession there will be a subset of those people with elitist and pretentious “I’m better than you” attitudes. I could easily point out some pretentious filmmakers, both that I know and in the mainstream. Though those are only a small group among many other amazing filmmakers and collaborators. Though I can’t speak for other areas of the arts, such as painters, musicians, actors, architects, etc. My view is indeed very limited only to filmmaking, photography, and design. So I can’t speak for most. Most people can’t.
What did I do about it?
Art is not elitist or pretentious. Art is for everyone!
I painted along with his “Frozen Beauty in Vignette” episode from his show “Bob Ross: Beauty Is Everywhere”. I’m not a watercolor painter myself. The last time I painted with watercolors was probably about 9th grade?
While watching, he even suggests that the viewer paint it the way they want, without copying him exactly. Halfway through the painting, I started deviating from Bob Ross’s version. I actually became less frustrated with my novice talent as I starting painting it my way.
“You can do anything you want to do. This is your world.”