Book Review: Painting with Bob Ross

Book Review: Painting with Bob Ross

Painting with Bob Ross
Annette Kowalski
Quarto Publishing – Walter Foster

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What the Book is About

Painting with Bob Ross is an instructional book for oil painting based on the instructional style of Bob Ross.

First Impressions

The book seems very beginner friendly and the photography is stunning. There are a lot of examples of the paintings that are being taught throughout the book.

What I Liked

The first thing I’d like to note is the detailed instructions provided for each piece. The paintings are gone through step by step so that a beginner knows where to start their piece and how to put finishing touches on it. Painting with Bob Ross also includes details for what paint types to use as well as how to adapt with other methods of painting if one wishes to.

One of the best parts of this book are Bob Ross’ inspirational quotes and the liberal usage of happy little trees and clouds.

What I Didn’t Like

I felt there weren’t enough steps for the paintings which made the paintings seem extra intimidating. The steps jump from filling in the sky to the foreground and then a few details and finishing touches. I wish there were broader explanations for how to make the sky the way that it is and how the painter arrives at the parts in the foreground.

Final Thoughts

Overall, this book is a fun and beginner-friendly instruction book. I would definitely recommend it for anyone that loves Bob Ross or is interested in learning how to paint the way that he does.


I was provided a copy of this book through the website Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Special thanks to Annette Kowalski and Quarto Publishing – Walter Foster for making this book available for review.

Finley Jane Farmer is a non-binary mother of 2. When they’re not homeschooling their son (with Autism) or running after their preschool daughter, they are busy knitting, reading, and drinking a good cup of coffee. Finley wants to share their joy of reading with the world by reviewing books whether old or available for pre-order. They hope that they can share the best parts of the magical worlds contained within the books, providing you with an endless list of adventures to sate your reading appetite.

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