The Joy of Painting

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The Joy of Painting
Bob at Easel.jpg
Bob Ross at his easel
Starring Bob Ross
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 31
No. of episodes 403
Original channel PBS
Original release January 11, 1983 – May 17, 1994
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The Joy of Painting was an American half-hour instructional television show hosted by painter Bob Ross which ran from January 11, 1983, until May 17, 1994. In each episode, Ross taught techniques for landscape oil painting, completing a painting in each session.


Broadcast by non-commercial public television stations, the show's first season was in 1983, and initially produced by WNVC in Falls Church, Virginia, then by WIPB in Muncie, Indiana, from 1984 until the show was cancelled in 1994, and later by Blue Ridge Public Television in Roanoke, Virginia. Most of the series was distributed by what is now American Public Television.


Each 30-minute show begins with Ross standing in front of a dark room with a blank canvas. Within the 30-minute program, Ross painted an imaginary landscape, using the wet-on-wet oil painting technique, in which the painter continues adding paint on top of still-wet paint rather than waiting for each layer of paint to dry. Combining this method with the use of two-inch and other types of brushes, as well as painting knives, allowed him to paint trees, water, clouds, and mountains in a matter of seconds. Each painting would start with simple strokes that appeared to be nothing more than colored smudges. As he added more and more strokes, the blotches transformed into intricate landscapes.[1] 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. He would also mention snippets of his own life, including his military career and the time he spent in Alaska, family anecdotes, and his affection for small animals, which he raised and set free. The show would occasionally feature a video of Ross with a baby squirrel or deer. Each program was shot in real time with two cameras: a medium shot of Ross and his canvas, and a close-up shot of the canvas or palette.

Guests included a long-time friend of Ross, artist Dana Jester, who made a number of appearances on the show.[2][3]

Video game[edit]

In March 2006, AGFRAG Entertainment Group announced that it was in the process of developing a video game based on The Joy of Painting for the Nintendo DS and Wii console systems and for the personal computer. The games would focus on the art of painting in the Bob Ross style.[4] In December 2006, Bob Ross Incorporated dropped developer AGFRAG from the project and began searching for a new developer.[5]


  1. ^ Thill, Scott (2008-09-05). "Annuals + Bob Ross = Such Fun". Wired. Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  2. ^ Dana Jester Painting Bob Ross Style on YouTube
  3. ^ Sally Schenck (director). "Sunlight in Shadows". The Joy of Painting. Season 27. Episode 10. PBS. 
  4. ^ Casamassina, Matt (2006-03-31). "Bob Ross Paints on Revolution: Yes, it's true - the famous cult painter goes virtual on Nintendo's new generation platform.". IGN Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-10-21. 
  5. ^ Ashcraft, Brian (2006-12-07). "Bob Ross Game Still On, Folks". Kotaku. Retrieved 2007-10-21. {}

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