Happy Little eClouds: First Episode of ‘Joy of Painting’ Goes on YouTube

25 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Flashback: Watch the First-Ever Episode of Bob Ross”s Joy of Painting. News Source.

Fans of happy little trees should take note of the video above. Via twitter site The wonderful thing aboutRoss”s series used to behow he mightmake everyonefeel like they were only a fewsteps clear ofbeing a Renaissance master. “Anyone can paint” used to behis oft-repeated mantra, and whilstthat attitude left a number ofquickly desertedpaint sets and half-finished landscapes clogging the attics and garages of America, you can”t blame in that on Ross.Bob Ross, the exceedingly gentle Florida-born painter and art instructor known for his tranquil landscapes, died at the age of 52 a little over 20 years ago.

The official Bob Ross YouTube page has re-released the first-ever episode of The Joy of Painting, Ross’ serene and addictive painting series that aired on PBS from 1983 through 1994. If there’s anything that can perk up your afternoon, it’s some “almighty trees” and some “nice little bushes.” “I think each of us sometime during our life has wanted to paint a picture,” muses Ross at the beginning of the episode, which first aired on January 11, 1983.

He goes on to explain that anyone can paint, and promises viewers that the manageable amount of paints and brushes he uses while painting “A Walk in the Woods” will be at the center of future works of art. However the change-up did not stop there: Bosworth additionally went super-blonde, with the hue applied by Justin Anderson from The Chris McMillan Salon in Beverly Hills & a customized color kit by dpHUE (artistic director Jason DeRusha). From the get-go he speaks in his trademark soothing voice, has his hair in that unforgettable perm, and leaves the top buttons of his button-down shirt undone. As always, the show consists of Ross, armed with an easel and a canvas, talking directly to the viewer at home while standing in front of a stark black background. But hey, it’s much cheaper and cheerier than an MFA (and much calmer than any current art-themed TV shows). “Anybody can paint,” says Ross. “All you need is a dream in your heart [and] a little practice.”

In other words, Bob Ross loved the experience of painting so much that he wanted to bring it to the masses in the easiest, least-threatening way possible.

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