Painting Flaws and All

Back in 2013, I started painting regularly. I watched Bob Ross on PBS every day while I ate my lunch. I was in awe of the way he made a canvas pop in just a half an hour show. I then went out in my garage and tried to replicate what I saw him do. Though I never really was able to master the paint brush like he did, I learned enough to create my own style of painting. I loved experimenting with paint and colors to see what I could come up with. This is one of those paintings. I was pleasantly surprised that some people actually enjoyed my work. Painting was as almost as gratifying as writing poetry!!

An amature’s attempt

Texture and imperfection

Flaws some might feel

detract from the value


Beauty is found

in the eye of the beholder

Where flaws add character

and uniqueness is perfection

Painting: Dwight L. Roth

Less is More

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My friend Vera from Barbados asked me to paint her a large tropical sunset for her bedroom wall. Her walls are a light shade of lavender so she wanted a lot of purple in the painting. The first painting I tried did not come together. It was over painted and turned into a jungle. So I took it off and started with a fresh canvas.

This time I went back to Bob Ross principles of painting. I put the colors in the sky and ocean and waited for the colors to set in a little, then used cream latex paint to blend all the colors using a wide sponge brush. I left it  dry a day.

Some artists don’t like their customer to see their work until it is finished, but the next day Vera came by and saw what I was doing. I told her I was going to go back and add more definition and some more color to the sky and ocean, but she said, “No, I like it just the way it is. Just add in the palm branches and some flower on the other side.” So I did, and it came out just the way she wanted! She was happy and I learned that sometimes less is more when it comes to painting!

Barbados sunset

Purple hues on the water

Sometimes less is more


Painting: Dwight L. Roth

30 x 48