1. Bob Ross’s show on PBS,’ The Joy of Painting ,’ ran for over a decade, from 1983 to 1994 although, thanks to reruns, people have continued to be exposed to the show. All told there were 403 different episodes of the display during that period.
2. Each demonstrate operated merely thirty minutes during which Ross would create a fully realized landscape employing a’ wet on wet’ oil painting technique.
3. But Ross didn’t invent this technique contrary to popular understanding and never claimed to. He learned it from a human named Bill Alexander who actually had his own paint depict on PBS that ran even longer than Ross’s called’ The Magic World of Oil painting .’ It ran from 1974 to 1982 and is somehow less 70 s than Ross’s show.
4. Alexander lived through both World War I and II. During the first World War he and his family fled East Prussia to Berlin. As a outcome, during World War II, Alexander was drafted into the Nazi Wehrmacht( the German military ). He was eventually captured by Allied troops and ingratiated himself with American officers by creating portraits of their wives. This allowed him to attain his way to the U.S.
5. Ross also had a military background as a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He enlisted in 1961 and served for twenty years, until 1981. He was never deployed to Vietnam despite some claims that he was a sniper, etc.
6. The opinion from Alaska’s Eielson Air Force Base, the surrounding mountains and trees, made a lasting impression on him and became the subject of many of his paintings on’ The Joy of Painting’.
7. Ross’s program was far more popular than Alexander’s. One reason for this was simple enough. Ross was American and didn’t have a German accent. The other reason was Ross’s persona of a pacify, accepting dude that felt painting for his viewers should be a fun thing rather than just a discipline. Of course, there was also that voice.
8. Ross’s calming voice was intentional though. He’d had enough yelling during the course of its twenty years in the military to last a life time.” I was the guy who attains you scrub the latrine, the guy who stimulates you stimulate your bed, the guy who hollers at you for being late to run. The chore requires you to be a entail, tough person. And I was fed up with it .”
9. Ross was working part-time as a bartender where reference is first say Bill Alexander’s reveal’ The Magic World of Oil Painting.’
10. Ross had been looking for an art teacher that could teach him how to paint and complained that all the teachers he encountered up until Alexander had been deeply into abstract art which couldn’t teach him how to actually paint things he saw.
11. Ross had pets that anyone would envy including a pet crow and a pet squirrel.
12. Once Ross got his own depict his viewing numbers took off but it wasn’t because a lot more people were painting, it was because he was so relaxing and pleasant to watch. Ross and PBS apparently both knew this. People treated his depict like a kind of mental transgres from the world.
13. Ross knew people treated his present like adult nap day and he loved it.
14. Ross was also so earnest, so open and unabashedly unironic, that he was able to carry off his 70 s fro all through the 80 s and into the 90 s. I don’t know that there’s another human being alive who could have pulled that off. Here’s what he looked like when he was in the military, pre-fro.
15. Ross believed talent in art was overrated and that practice was key.” I truly believe that if you practice enough you could paint the’ Mona Lisa’ with a two-inch brush .”
16. But his peers didn’t generally agree and many felt his run was terrible. In a 1991 New York Times article, Richard Pousette-Dart, an Abstract Expressionist who was teaching at the Students Art League in New York at the time said 😛 TAGEND
Perhaps ironically, this was the very attitude that disappointed Ross, the lack of real teach, of devoting students a stylistic base from which they could search for their own style.
17. Regardless, Ross’s style was inviting and was intended to build people believe they too could make art and that it wasn’t some walled garden where only geniuses could create.
18. What’s more, expressionism wasn’t something he liked.
19. Ross was wedded twice. His first matrimony ended in divorce in 1981, the same year he ceased the Air force to be a painter. His second marriage ended sadly in 1993 when Jane Ross died.
20. Bob Ross died in1 995 of lymphoma( cancer of the lymph nodes) only two years after his second wifehad passed but reruns of his indicate continue to play all over the world.