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Why Is Bob Ross Still So Popular?

Why Is Bob Ross Still So Popular?

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Bob Ross

"Every day’s a good day when you paint."

  • Bob Ross created and hosted Joy of Painting, an instructional television show that ran for years.
  • Even 25 years after his death, Bob Ross Inc. is still thriving. The official Bob Ross YouTube channel has over 4 million subscribers and more than 360 million total views. With the pan...

The show was as meditative as it was instructive. Ross put out pure positivity into the world.

In every episode, Bob Ross explained his art as a way of capturing the eternal beauty of the world. When he filled his canvas with color, he'd say things like, "...

The contemporary art community never took the work of Ross seriously. Ross thought his art was for anyone who ever wanted to put a dream on canvas.

One comment under the YouTube videos captured his work this way: "He didn't paint to show how good of a painter he was. He painted to show...

A lot of what we know about Bob Ross can be gleaned from his art. He always painted scenes of nature, full of trees and mountains and clouds, and filled with animals. He almost never painted people.

He spent 20 years in the Air Force. During this time, he learned to paint. He enjoyed paint...

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