The Joy of Painting was a half-hour instructional TV show hosted by painter Bob Ross which ran from 1983 to 1994. In each episode, Ross taught techniques for landscape oil painting, completing a painting in each session. Ross painted imaginary landscapes, each painting starting with simple strokes that appeared to be nothing more than colored smudges, adding more and more strokes that transformed into landscapes. As he painted, he instructed viewers regarding the techniques he was using, he added comments describing the “happy little clouds” and “happy little trees” that he was creating.
Ross’ soothing voice was perhaps his most famous characteristic, and lulled viewers into a relaxed state while they watched him paint. His public access program became a huge hit, and Ross became a cultural icon, with his “happy little clouds” and “happy little trees”. Sadly, Ross passed away in 1994, but his legacy lives on.
This is the very first episode of Ross’ iconic program, The Joy of Painting, followed by an episode from his sixth season. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!