You’ve seen him before. He’s the soft-spoken guy painting happy clouds, mountains, and trees in about 26 television minutes, using big house-painting-type brushes and cooing soothing “you can do its” to his audience. Bob Ross’ The Joy of Painting program is the most recognized, most watched TV art show in history. Millions of viewers of all ages and from around the globe still relax and unwind with Bob’s gentle manner and encouraging words, captivated by the magic that takes place on canvas.
Bob Ross was born in Daytona Beach, Florida, on October 29, 1942. He grew up in Orlando with his father, Jack, a carpenter, and his mother, Ollie, who had the largest influence on him. She taught him to love wildlife. “I think when I was a kid, I must have had every kind of pet imaginable,” Bob said. At 18, Bob joined the Air Force, and after a couple of years was transferred to Alaska. Having been born and raised in Florida, Bob Ross was 21 years old when he saw snow for the first time. And yet that breathtaking Alaskan scenery, and the sights of nature in the years following, would serve as his ultimate inspiration on canvas.
For more than 35 years, Bob Ross has transformed TV viewers into canvas champions. Folks who never thought to pick up a paintbrush before decided to paint because of Bob Ross. Bob was always proud of the fact that while art has traditionally been accessible to only a select few, his technique brings everyone to the table. “Talent is nothing more than a pursued interest,” he would often say. “All you need to paint is a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind.”
By offering high-quality images, detailed supply lists, and expert advice straight from the artist, Painting with Bob Ross assures the authenticity of each art lesson, providing painters with ample, anxiety-free guidance and keeping Ross' words and legacy alive. After all, it was Ross himself who once noted that “all you need to paint is a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind.” A perfect resource for seasoned painters and amateur artists alike.—My Modern Met
For some, learning a new creative skill may be best accomplished in private rather than in a formal class setting. Painting with Bob Ross gives beginners a perfect format to gain mastery creating landscapes in oil. ... The fun you’ll have in the process — not to mention your utter absorption in the act of putting brush to canvas — will fill many hours of leisure time. When you’ve created your own work of art, the sense of accomplishment will surely enhance your life.—The Beacon