If you’re into learning art and life lessons at the same time your search for something soul-feeding is over with Bob Ross’ painting tutorials has been the most beloved artist of America. The curly-haired, soft-spoken painting tutorials who makes happy artistic mistakes calling them “happy accidents” has been stealing our hearts through the PBS TV show, The Joy of Painting, which aired from 1983 to 1994. The most tragic thing out of such a meaningful life was that at the peak of his career in 1995 he passed away.
The artist was born on October 29, 1942, in Daytona Beach, Florida. His biography tells us he is a high school dropout during his freshman years and went on to work in U.S. Air Force. To cope up with all the pressure, he discovered oil painting in the 1960s. He went on to attend multiple art schools until he reached perfection in the wet-on-wet technique in which a layer of paint is applied on top of another layer. It enables artists to produce paintings in a short amount of time. Ross started giving lessons of the craft to his peers and eventually got a chance to star in his own show.
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This PBS series was aired for the first time in 1983. In each episode, Ross would paint landscape paintings and teaching it while encouraging the audience to join him as he sketched happy little clouds and happy little trees with so much positivity. But it is estimated that only about 3% of the fans were painting along with the artist. The rest of the audience just watched the show to hear his inspirational words and humor-filled anecdotes. After the hit show, the expansion of Ross’ brand was carried. The show followed the launch of how-to-books, art supplies, and courses in which his methods were taught to the students by instructors. It made him a bigger celebrity boosting his career.
In the year 1994, the show had to be canceled so that the artist could concentrate on his health and in getting better. Ross received a lymphoma diagnosis around the same time. He had finished more than 1000 paintings over a course of 403 episodes of the show. The following year on July 4, 1995, recorded the demise of the artist at the age of 52. The artist’s son, Steven, occasionally appeared on the PBS show after Ross died. At the time of his death, the artist had a net worth of $10 million.
Though the artist is not present among us and it has been decades but the artist is still an omnipresent force in American culture. His brand still has a name and is used for clothes, coloring books, puzzles and so much more. You can currently watch his video tutorials to learn how to paint on the official Bob Ross YouTube channel and Netflix, both of which you can find on Roku TV. You don’t have to paint for perfection you just need to enjoy yourself while doing it and applying those life lessons too. Contact our expert team for assistance on link activation Roku to stream and subscribe to all these channels.