2021 Week 35: Light And Dark

Put light against light - you have nothing. Put dark against dark - you have nothing. It's the contrast of light and dark that each give the other one meaning.

Bob Ross
Light And Dark

Bob Ross was an American artist, art instructor and television host, most known by his show The Joy of Painting.

Watching an incredible documentary Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal and Greed was quite an emotional rollercoaster. On one hand there was his well deserved success, his kindness and generosity. On the other hand the betrayal and greed of those who used his good nature. At the end of the day though, what matters most is that Bob Ross brought joy and happiness to millions of people who found inspiration in his art and support in his kind words.

Here are some of his famous quotes:

There are no mistakes, just happy accidents.
Ever make mistakes in life? Let's make them birds. Yeah, they're birds now.
It's the imperfections that make something beautiful, that's what makes it different and unique from everything else.
Whatever makes you happy, you put in your world.
It's so important to do something every day that will make you happy
I guess I’m a little weird. I like to talk to trees and animals. That’s okay though; I have more fun than most people.
People might look at you a bit funny, but it's okay. Artists are allowed to be a bit different.
Trees don't grow even, they don't grow straight just however it makes them happy.
I don't know if anything in nature ever grows exactly the same, but they are always exactly as the way it should be, perfectly itself.
We don't laugh because we feel good; we feel good because we laugh.
Talent is a pursued interest. Anything that you're willing to practice, you can do.
Everyone is going to see things differently - and that's the way it should be.
We have no limits to our world. We're only limited by our imagination.
You can do anything you want to do. This is your world.
The secret to doing anything is believing that you can do it. Anything that you believe you can do strong enough, you can do. Anything. As long as you believe.
Possessing talent is nothing more than the continuous pursuit of a life-long interest.
The secret to doing anything is believing you can do it.
Think about a cloud. Just float around and be there.
Just let go - and fall like a little waterfall.
No pressure. Just relax and watch it happen.
Let's build us a happy little cloud that floats around the sky.
There are thousands of very, very talented artists who will never be known, even after they are dead.
Tree Detail

We nicely finished the week by completing the first section of the Downs Link. A long distance path connecting the North Downs Way and South Downs Way National Trails, starting at St. Martha's Hill in Surrey and finishing in Shoreham-by-Sea in West Sussex.

For much of its route, the Downs Link follows the course of two dismantled railways - the Cranleigh Line and the Steyning Line - both of which were closed in the 1960s. As you can imagine, it is a straightforward path, leading mostly through woodland areas with not many open views. Though not as exciting as the trails that it links, it was still worth doing. Even just to find out what it was like.


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