The Joy of Painting (1983– )

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In this half-hour program, artist Bob Ross paints on canvas a beautiful oil painting.

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Bob Ross ...
 Himself / ... (128 episodes, 1984-1994)


In this half-hour program, artist Bob Ross paints on canvas a beautiful oil painting.

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If you look closely at Bob's left hard during close up shots of the palate, you can see he is missing the end of his index finger. His former business partner Annette Kowalski claimed that it was one of the only ways that people who knew him during his military career in Alaska would recognize him on the show, as he had a perm haircut while he was in the army before he got his trademark afro. See more »


Bob Ross: We're gonna make some big decisions in our little world.
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The Joy of Painting (1983)
25 April 2005 | by (Dallas, Tx) – See all my reviews

I so enjoy Bob Ross "The Joy Of Painting" and used to watch it each day it was on. I found it entrancing the way he can create, describe and instruct us to do the painting. He has such a soft embracing voice as he instructs as though he really cares about what he is doing. I have not watched till recently when I decided to paint again went searching internet and TV guides to see if it is still on. It is but not the "every day" it used to be but once a week. Although I would like more I will take what I can get. I like the way he would instruct by saying, "this is your world put as many trees as you want wherever you want them. It was as if he were saying you do not have to copy me you can create how you want it to be. I would love for it to be back on TV everyday. I just watch the first show since I found it again and he answered a question I had about how to create a certain illusion in my painting.

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