36 years ago today, 'The Joy of Painting' starring artist Bob Ross premiered on @pbs.
Perhaps the most soothing television show of all time, it featured Ross' preferred style of "wet on wet" (adding new layers of wet paint over other layers of still wet paint), wherein each episode he would paint some sort of beautiful landscape that you'd be lucky to hang on your wall.
It was always fascinating to watch (particularly for an artistic muggle like myself), as the paintings would always begin with weird lines that looked like nothing, and within minutes would transform to gorgeous mountains, trees, lakes, etc. Plus, Ross' incredibly mellow demeanor along with his strange little Rossisms like "I think a happy little tree lives here", or (in reference to cleaning his brushes in turpentine) "just beat the devil out of them" were always endearing. And he would always donate the paintings to various @pbs affiliates.
The series ran for 31 seasons (though not over 31 years), with a total of 403 episodes between '83 and 1994.
Years later, I read that prior to his work on television, Ross was a Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force, which is insane because I'm not sure I've ever seen a more mellow, pacifistic kind of guy. He once went on record saying, "I was the guy who makes you scrub the latrine, the guy who makes you make your bed, the guy who screams at you for being late to work." He added, "the job requires you to be a mean, tough person. And I was fed up with it. I promised myself that if I ever got away from it, it wasn't going to be that way any more.'' The show would win three @televisionacad Emmys during its run. Ross passed away from Lymphoma in July of 1995. 🎨 #courtshake#thejoyofpainting#bobross#pbs#painting#paint#artwork#artist#art#mastersergeant#airforce#paintingwithbobross#wetonwet#joyofpainting#unitedstatesairforce#artclass#paintingofinstagram#artistagram#paintersofinstagram#famouspainters#ripbobross#thejoyofpaintingwithbobross#bobrosspainting#bobrossvibes#bobrossstyle#bobrossquotes#bobrossinspired#bobrossisgod#bobrossisboss#artistofinstagram