August 16, 2004

Damn, I Miss Bob Ross

POST #    1205

I wish Bob Ross were still alive. He had such a calming and relaxing voice. I remember when I was younger and I would return home from school, find The Joy of Painting, and watch him paint another calming nature scene. In the half hour, I would start with him, doze off, and wake up to find a completed painting. When I stayed awake, I would watch him paint and actually question his painting. It always looked great, and then he would add something else, totally ruining the painting. That is, until he finished that addition and it looked even better. And his fro, gotta love that fro.

Maybe I'll find his show on PBS and start TiVO-ing it so I can have something to calm me down and get to sleep (not that I need that). Just thinking about his voice saying stuff is calming...

"Lets put a little tree here. And lets add a friend for him...there we are. Chooo, choo, choo. Just like so. Lets put little leaves on this. I just decided to do this, but just put these where you think they should be."

"Ready to get crazy?!? Let's go."

Posted by tien mao in TV at 7:35 AM



my brother and i used to watch that show all the time. so great.

Posted by: rachelleb at August 16, 2004 8:23 AM

I used to watch the show with my brother, too. Actually, my brother watched it more than I did.

But, yeah, Bob Ross would always ruin (in my opinion) his paintings at the end. He'd be pretty much all done with a decent landscape painting and then he'd drop a huge tree into the foreground! Most artists are taught to use their "artistic license" and take out an object if it's in the way, but Bob would actually put it in! Maybe he felt sorry for all of those "happy little trees" that got kicked out of paintings all around the world, and put them into his paintings. He's sorta like a "painted tree" unemployment office, I guess.

We don't make mistakes, we make happy accidents. - Bob Ross

Posted by: matt at August 16, 2004 4:19 PM

"He's sorta like a "painted tree" unemployment office, I guess."

That's fucking classic.

Posted by: tien at August 16, 2004 4:21 PM

i know he's the "happy little clouds" guy, but did he use the "magic white" also, or was that the german accent painter??

Posted by: chris ives at August 16, 2004 7:37 PM

Oh goodness. My childhood encapsulated in a few paragraphs. You know, after watching countless Bob Ross shows, I convinced my parents to get me oil paint. Bad idea. THe oil fumes gave me a headache---esp. considering that I did not think to open my windows.

Posted by: sharon at August 16, 2004 7:45 PM

Wow, at least I was not the only one coming home from school to take a nap to Bob Ross' soothing vocal rhythm.

Posted by: wayne at August 17, 2004 2:43 PM

were, not was. You wish he were still alive.

Posted by: grammar maven at August 17, 2004 11:02 PM

bah! that's what i get for updating my site at night.

Posted by: tien at August 17, 2004 11:13 PM

He was better than Children's Tylenol on any sick day. I think his voice might have had restorative powers beyond just the sleep-inducing goodness we all credit him with. RIP.

Posted by: saltydog at August 25, 2004 11:02 AM

Bob taught me how to paint 25 years ago-after I quit drinking-I needed a new past time and I began my creating! I would have died with out his "happy accidents" theory to make my painting MINE. It taught me all was Ok and it was. Drink free for 3 years and happily addicted to Ross.

Posted by: sherrysherman at September 5, 2004 10:08 AM

How did Bob Ross pass away? Accident or sickness? or something else?
I sure MISS HIM , Ben DeVries.

Posted by: Ben DeVries at January 5, 2005 7:27 PM

bob ross was a magical man.
his happy trees will forever live on in my heart.

Posted by: kristine at February 28, 2005 10:29 PM

I'm thrilled by Bob Ross'style.

Posted by: Jean Joseph Dominique at April 5, 2005 1:02 AM

I wish I had gotten to meet him more than a couple times. He was a nice man and my dad says he was a wonderful person as well. When my dad was growing up, Uncle Bob would always send my dad postcards, especially when he was stationed in Alaska. For those of you questioning, he died of lymphatic cancer, which he kept to himself until the very end. Anyway, thanks for all the kind things you said about my uncle. I was just looking through some of the sites pertaining to him and ran across this one.

Posted by: Stephen Ross at June 6, 2005 3:11 PM

bob ross was the best that soothing voice and lovely presence helped me through some bad times,i was so sad to learn bob had died ,hell never be forgotten. mark

Posted by: mark stevens at July 9, 2005 10:11 AM

I was and still am a large Bob Ross fan, although many say the cause of death was cancer, I was curious as to which cancer died of, skin cancer, lung cancer, brain cancer. Does anybody know?

Posted by: Brad at August 8, 2005 1:04 AM

Since a few years we have Bob Ross in TV (Austria). I didn't know he died, he must have been a wonderful man, I love his paintings and I don't miss watching his shows, even though they send it at 1:00 in the morning! Now I paint too! Does somebody know what happened to his son steve? does he have a website?

Posted by: balue at September 7, 2005 5:34 AM

bob ross my hero. i've modeled my life after his. i've grown a 'fro. i've gone through extensively vigorous voice training to capture the bob rossity of my voice. thousands of hours of painting classes. i own and study all of his videos and tutorials extensively. my three children are named bob, bob the 2nd, and bobbi-jo ross. i've had my name legally changed to bob ross. all three of my wives have left me complaining about my excessive bob rossousness. my house and my 10 acre estate are filled with all the bob ross memoribilia ever produced. each day i paint a bouquet of happy flowers and place them at the site of his final resting place in orlando. i take pilgrimage to my mecca in alaska where robert dean ross was stationed and began his illustrious painting career. all aspects of my life are a shrine to bob ross. i will never forget the impact he had on me the first i met him and found true love. my moto is and always will be bob ross's..."CHILL OUT"

Posted by: jared at September 12, 2005 11:48 PM

I came across on TV show on Bob Ross painting last Sunday I was mystified his painting looks so easy I want to paint right away. I did not have paint or paint brush so I jumped on my computer and used 'paint' and to my surprise for the first time I made an image on paper that make scene.


Posted by: Lecia Miller at September 20, 2005 4:23 PM

(Bob Ross)

There’s a canvas on the easel
It’s stretched tightly and held fast
Across it’s textured surface
In unseen shadows, shapes are cast.

The artist holds his palette
Stained with oils from yesterday
With new paint squeezed from tubes
Arranged there, in a special way.

On a shelf beside the easel
Lay brushes, paint, a knife
Some cleaner for those instruments
To bring that canvas to life.

With creative wheels turning
And a love for what he does
The talent of that artist
Transforms that cloth from what it was.

With the power of the mind
And sure strokes from steady hand
Shapes and forms start to appear
Into the beauty which was planned.

Then, through that labor of love
Framed and hanging on some wall
There’ll be another masterpiece
To bring great pleasure to us all.

Born: 29-Oct-1942 Birthplace: Daytona Beach, FL Died: 4-Jul-1995 Location of death: New Smyrna Beach, FL

Del “Abe” Jones

Posted by: Del "Abe" Jones at October 22, 2005 12:36 PM

4 July 1995
We will never see Bob again.
The word loses a real treasure.I hope that Bob watches us from his little clouds.R.I.P. my friend and god bless you.

Kostas Daskaloy Greece

Posted by: Kostas Daskaloy at December 25, 2005 12:31 PM

Bob Ross is still shown every weekday at 9.00 in the UK on Discovery Real Time (and repeated at 5.00am). Big fan of Bob Ross but you have some scary comments on here. Esp the Bob Ross my hero who has named her/his kids all Bob!!!???

Does anyone know what his very last painting was and where I can find a photo of it?

Posted by: Charles Rapson at January 18, 2006 6:50 AM

Could anyone please inform me if Bob Ross son Steve is still painting,or has he got a website?
I have watched him guesting in his fathers show,and thought he was great.Thankyou.

Posted by: Daphne Varnum at January 25, 2006 6:28 AM

I was reading letters recently - I can't remember which Bob Ross site it was - and someone asked what "gesso" is. I saw a programme on "Travel & Living" about homes, and a lady had gesso on her walls. She said it's made of boiled bunny skin, so there's your answer!

Posted by: Sandie Berman at February 10, 2006 4:51 AM

For Daphne Varnum:

I have been searching for information about Steve for months and the only thing i learned is that Steve lives in Bob's old house in Orlando. He has nothing to do with the business/company, and now works in computers.If you ever learn something else,please inform me.

Posted by: Kostas Daskaloy at February 22, 2006 12:34 PM


Posted by: steve r at February 25, 2006 6:36 PM

BOB ROSS's shows are always a treat and for me he's the Mozart of painting, a true inspiration to the viewers of his shows. Bob Ross is one of those extremely rare TV-personalities, who don't put themselves in the forefront, but their works and the best interest of their viewers. Now truly, which painter makes painting a pictue look so easy that he can actually inspire millipns around the world to run off and buy their first paint tube - and that's what makes Bob Ross so special to me and I bet to many of you, too. God bless Bob Ross and his family!
'Happy Painting and God Bless' Mahima

PS: Some of that rather shameless and cheap criticism about Bob Ross & his superb works is just sheer jealousy - boo!

Posted by: Mahima at April 22, 2006 5:57 PM

Should anybody have any info on his son Steven - whether he has a web site - please care to inform! Cheers Mahima

Posted by: Mahima at April 22, 2006 6:08 PM

Hi Yes every morning i watch Bob on discovery real time he has hypnotised me also:) Ive bought all the oil paints the gessos the liquid clear and white and soon I will try and make a painting i love his programes and little peepod the squirrell how cute is he it just shows how special Bob was in life I am so sory to hear he has passed away may he rest in peace he will never be forgotton a special human being

Posted by: helena at May 4, 2006 6:49 PM

Bob Ross was an amazing man and artist. I would love to buy an original oil of his.

Posted by: dede dancey at May 12, 2006 4:54 PM

I just found out today that Bob Ross died eleven years ago. I've only watched a few of his shows, but I loved them. I almost cried, but I remembered all the things that Bob Ross said on his television shows. He was like a modern day Buddha, at peace with the world.

Posted by: Achilles at June 2, 2006 11:00 PM

I believe that Bob Ross was a Buddha. We can all learn from his life and his teachings. I have, and will continue to do so. His life was special, one in ten thousand generations. May he, and his gentle wisdom live on in our hearts and minds forever. Amen.

Posted by: Rod at August 12, 2006 1:06 PM

Hi everyone I have just recently come across sites containing information about Bobb Ross.Wow what a man,what a painter.I have watched DVD's of Bob doing his thing and I want to paint using his style.He has to be the greatest of recent times.He is a great loss to the whole world.I wish we had instructors here in New Zealand who could teach us Bob's way of painting.I guess I will have to teach myself.Thanks Bob .Rest in the arms of our creator,you will not be forgotten,your latest fan.
Reginald Summersby,
173a The Esplanade,
North Island,
New Zealand.

Posted by: Reginald Summersby at October 6, 2006 4:16 PM

Hi folks,
Just wanna take a few typing strokes for this gentle giant called Bob Ross... gentle for his kindness, true love for nature, defender of all living....and giant for what he acomplished within his generosity, his way of seeing, and how a dear friend he is still today for all of us. Watched him put on canvas what we should call his soul since his very begening, and still enjoy every minutes of it. People like you make people like us Bob...
Signed: a Canadian on top of a high mountain

Posted by: Dan at October 24, 2006 1:36 AM

Hi all,
I cant belive that is dead. I m watching his show years now, and tonight come here to look, if I could find out some data how is he.
Yes, like you said, he was a person who find the way to the peoples heart. I will miss him.

Posted by: Jane at November 1, 2006 4:22 PM

BOB ROSS!!! was an amazing man thats for sure! First discovered him only a month ago or so flipping through late night tele in ENGLAND! just imagine.....three art students, tired and bored suddenly discovering a man with an afro painting......

"Wow thats quite good"
"Oh no what's that?"
"Looks like a smudge!"
"He made a MISTAKE????!"
"Good he was too good"
"Its rubbish"
"Oh no, whats he doing with the smudge"
"He's not that good if he made a mistake, it looks funny now"
"O.......its a tree"
"OK OK!...... NOW its amazing!!"

Posted by: stef at December 5, 2006 1:16 PM

Yush me and my mayte, who I named Bob cos shes always on bowt me not doin' ma work in art at school, well we were up all night moaning bowt Bob's random splodges everywhere
We were like..WTf?! Hes ruined it damn him!

But then..Its like


Posted by: Happy Tree no.1204120872637 at December 5, 2006 1:19 PM

I read in a previous blog about an artist with a German accent that used to be on PBS. Does anyone know what his name is,and can I find a dvd or tape of his shows. If you know this information, please contact me thru my e-mail. ( Thanx for the info....

Posted by: jim at December 12, 2006 8:12 AM

Now speaking of Bob Ross.. He is a true mentor for anyone learning to paint. His manorisms and calmness are reassuring to his students and viewers. " Happy little accidents," never a mistake, was his way of giving confidence to all of the frustrated wannabe Rembrandts of the art world. I have spent many splendid hours having happy little accidents, on an obscure canvas. Thanks Bob, for many enjoyable moments I have spent through your teachings, You are missed by many.......!!

Posted by: Jim at December 12, 2006 8:20 AM

Bob Ross ...The man has no equal , sensitive to all in this great big world of ours , refreshing because he saw the good in everything and every race this majestical man will be missed by all who ever came across him and spent time to watch learn and listen ,God Bless you Bob Ross.

Posted by: pete at December 29, 2006 7:39 PM

bob i am cherokee i like to know how to do oil. home like learn to oil paint native.
american.indians and graywolf how to get strat. my frist step thank you.gregrunningwolf

Posted by: gregrunningwolf at December 29, 2006 7:44 PM

I have a Bob Ross original oil painting.its 19x23.its painted as so you are looking out a pane window,it has six panes and a curve at the top,,this painting is breathtaking.colors of vivid pastel blues and pinks in the sky,white mountains a lake with skys reflection~~~its a masterpice,,,I LUV IT,but I would sell it to the right person.someonewho loves him and would apprisate what they its fabulos~~~~~~``

Posted by: diana sweitzer at January 17, 2007 4:51 AM

diana please can you contact me regarding your painting
thank you phil

Posted by: phil at February 13, 2007 1:19 AM

Bob Ross always reminded me of the nature of what I would expect God to be. Calming, Loving sure, strong, Kind, Loving, Tender, Meek. To have these atributes shine out could only mean one thing in this world of hostility and selfishness, that God was in him. I hate it when good men die, but in a sense he is not but rather lives in our memories and videos.

Posted by: Mevyn at February 26, 2007 5:19 PM

I am watchin bob as i type this msg and im gutted he has passd away. A truly talented artist and a quietly captovating man. Im in liverpool, u.k. If any1 knows if there r instructors near id b grateful
God bless our friend

Posted by: Ant at March 4, 2007 8:18 PM

3/16/07 I just recently discovered Bob Ross. What a real loss to find he isn't here anymore. He woke an real desire in me to paint again, he made me think I can do it. Gentle voice, and yet such a real presence on TV. Goes to show you, all does not have to be vulgar to get noticed.

Posted by: DPutnam at March 16, 2007 11:52 AM

Bob fans,
I'm an Orlando writer and would love to know the addresses of the homes where Bob grew up and where he was living when he died. I want to go talk to some neighbors and do a retrospective. I'm amazed at his growing appeal after all these years. Bob is a cultural icon!


Bob K.

Posted by: bob at April 1, 2007 9:05 AM

I like the comparison of Bob Ross to a kind of Buddha. That really fits. God, I wish I would have the chance to meet him once. Just to see what he is like in real life.

Diana .... I honestly stopped breathing for some seconds when I read that you own a original Bob Ross - painting and that you would sell it.
So please ... contact me.

Posted by: Marie at April 18, 2007 8:12 PM

Hi, just to let you know I knew Bob quite well. Made a few guest appearence"s on Bob's show. Iwas Bob's friend for many year's. I to am a starving artist. He was quite a guy. Thanks!! Dana Jester.

Posted by: Dana Jester at May 1, 2007 3:12 AM

I can't say it any better than Mervyn did. It's how I've always felt too. Thank you Mervyn for putting my feelings into words. Hope you don't mind that I borrowed them.

"Bob Ross always reminded me of the nature of what I would expect God to be. Calming, Loving sure, strong, Kind, Loving, Tender, Meek. To have these atributes shine out could only mean one thing in this world of hostility and selfishness, that God was in him. I hate it when good men die, but in a sense he is not but rather lives in our memories and videos."

When my grandson was little he and I used to watch Bob together. I would ask "What does Bob Ross say?" and he would answer "Happy Painting, and God Bless."

Who could ever forget Bob and his wonderful, gentle, sweet ways? I heard an artist once say that she didn't like him, and I thought to myself there must be something wrong with her! Who would not like Bob?! He was the one person who made us all think we could do it if we wanted to. It didn't matter if it was perfect, just work around that "Happy Accident" Don't let it stop you...Go right ahead and keep painting.

I will forever miss him and the wonderful things he shared with this world. Not just his art, but his philosophy on life and his gentle ways. He was a truly good and loving man.

I still watch him whenever I can. Luckily I have many of his shows taped, so I can always go back and watch him when I want to.

Posted by: Linda King at May 5, 2007 2:44 PM

Hello, I just wanted to say how much I love and appreciate watching Bob on TV. I would like to say to his son what a wonderful inspiration your dad is to alot of people. He warms my heart and I know he is smiling down from heaven as we paint or watch him paint even still. Tuly an inspiring individual with gentleness that we would do well to emulate. God bless

Posted by: Geri at May 9, 2007 5:39 PM

i am reading all the wonderful comments regarding Bob Ross with his wonderful tv shows. I have purchased all the paints etc and I an determined to teach myself oils.I watched him for years.When I recently moved to the West Coast of Florida I was excited to find his taped shows. They run on WED 10 a.m of PBS channel 16 for me.He still brings a big tear to my eye. There are a few teachers on the West Coast but most Bob Ross teachers live on the East Coast. I wish we knew more about his son Steve and if he still paints.

Posted by: Fran at July 21, 2007 1:10 AM

Bob Ross was an angel who came to teach us through his paintings,his calming voice and his gentle ways the beauty and the real value of life!I'll always keep in mind that "we don't make mistakes,only happy accidents!"
Rest in peace,Bob!You will live in our memories for ever!!!
A new fan from Greece

Posted by: Irene at August 2, 2007 2:42 PM

I took my Dad to see Bob Ross paint in Peoria. My Dad started painting at age 65 after watchin Bob paint on t.v. Bob Ross was so nice to my Dad when he talked to him that day. It was one thing my Dad never forgot and talked about often. I know he and Bob are painting together in heaven.

Posted by: Donna Haig at September 3, 2007 3:00 PM

My Dad learned to paint while watching Bob. He started at age 65. We went and saw Bob in person. One of my Dad's greatest experiences. I know he and Bob are painting together in heaven.

Posted by: Donna Haig at September 3, 2007 3:03 PM

Hi, I'm a certified Bob Ross instructor. Have been since 1993 and I have met Bob. I also know Dana Jester, who posted a comment on May 1, 2007. Bob really was quite a guy, as is Dana Jester. What a wonderful opportunity to have experienced the "Joy of Painting"

Posted by: Peggy Vogt at September 5, 2007 12:32 AM

Bob was something; that's for sure. His death by cancer was a stark reminder to me that painting can be extremely hazardous to one's health. While majoring in painting in college, I learned that artists are many times more likely to get cancer than the average person, due to exposure to carcinogenic chemicals. So, if you want to paint those "happy little trees," be sure to avoid (as much as possible) direct exposure to said chemicals.

Posted by: Mark at September 20, 2007 1:01 AM

I hope that the highest angels gave Bob the ride to heaven,RIP Bob,we miss you and love you.God bless you.

Kostas D. Greece

Posted by: Kostas at November 14, 2007 12:18 PM


Posted by: jeanhart07 at April 16, 2008 5:44 AM

Bob Ross passed away from lymphoma from what I hear.

Miss him very much

Posted by: marc at August 23, 2008 8:00 PM

Been watching Bob for many years now and every time I watch his show his paintings still amaze me.Only found out today 9/9/08 that he was no longer with us and it made me feel very sad.I couldn't believe that he was gone.His warmth and love for the rest of the world shone through in every show and came across as a kind and gentle man.All I can say is that it must have been fantasic to such a man as a father and if there is a heaven,then I hope he's painting beautiful pictures with his wife by his side.RIP my friend.
From Jim in Lancashire,England.

Posted by: Jim Aspden at September 9, 2008 12:06 PM

love watching bob every morning for an hour on Sky TV. Good stuff

Posted by: pete at September 19, 2008 5:35 AM

I just started watching reruns of the Joy of Painting a few months ago. I remember my father watching an episode every now and then when I was little, but as an adult I have rediscovered the Joy of Painting.

Bob has opened up a world to me that I was never interested in before and I love him for it. What an amazing person and artist. God Bless!

Posted by: Jen at October 26, 2008 4:29 PM

Hi, I have been watching the Joy of Painting re runs on sky for the past few months. What a wonderful man! I was very sad, after discovering that this wonderful, gentle, inspiring,and truly talented man is no longer with us. I have asked for the all the materials for Christmas and can't wait to start painting. Steve, if you do read these messages, I hope you are well and happy, and take comfort in knowing what an inspiration you dad was. I hope you are still painting too.
Love and hugs xx and god bless my friend x

Posted by: Sue Starling at December 4, 2008 2:47 AM

Does anyone know why Bob's son Steve did not want to take over the business. I would have thought that he would have liked to continue his fathers legacy.

Posted by: KP at December 23, 2008 9:14 AM

I was amazed to find theses posts and want to add my sentiments about how much I loved Bob and would listen to his voice as he painted to go to sleep in the afternoon during both of my pregnancies!! I still stop and watch him paint when I find him on the air. What a nice guy! We miss him!

Posted by: fitbet at January 15, 2009 1:07 PM

does anyone know what are the timings of bob ross shows and in which tv.I am an artist.We just moved to wisconsin from India.I'll love to learn his style.

Posted by: jasmeet at January 16, 2009 3:24 PM

after watching the show for many years and being
inspired by bob ross, i finally began painting
in 1999 and still continue to do so. thank you for the inspiration and joy. god bless.

Posted by: lloyd w higgs at February 18, 2009 6:24 PM

I miss him so much. I check pbs and create channel so it feels like he's still here. I used to nap to his soothing voice too...I thought I was the only one who did that. What a wonderful soul.

Posted by: Tonya at May 7, 2009 3:35 PM

I just inherited an original Bob Ross (signed in red, Ross '83). My mother used to have an art gallery here in Florida and he was a frequent instructor at her shop and stayed with my parents when he was here giving classes. The painting I have is a framed 24 x 36 mountain scene, with woods and water leading out to the mountains. Guess that's the closest I can describe it.

I also inherited an original Bill Alexander painting, done in May,1981, when Bill also taught classes at my mother's shop and stayed with them. It's of three shacks in a woods clearing, slight mountains in the background. I'm no artist so that's the closest I can describe it. I cherish them both and was glad to find and read these postings.

Reading all your posts brought back memories for me. Thanks.

Posted by: Caly at May 13, 2009 1:23 PM

I wonder if swatting his brushes against hi easle legs contributed significantly to his contracting cancer (lymphoma). Denatured (oderless) mineral spirits are NOT healthy. You may be subject to high exposures and not know it's happening. Exhaust fan is a good idea. Winters can be especially hazardous. Respect the toxicity of certain pigments.

Posted by: Rick at June 24, 2009 1:50 AM

Ross reached a large audience and inspired many to become creative. That's a good thing. However, keep in mind that his skills and techniques from artistic viewpoint were not special. Excellent if you are just an enthusiast who just likes to paint and/or like the style. But if you are serious you should move over to real artists. There is a huge history to discover with many steps and discoveries that can be mastered.

If you do stick with Ross, read about composition. Only a few people have the skills to i.e. paint a decent tree over a finished work. Ross was quite ok at it, although such things destroy the genuine composition. It is very very very difficult to produce a decent painting that way and one can always tell something was added. Try to build up your painting evenly. Learn to see the rhythm of the painting that enfolds. Paint along this rhythm. It will give your paintings much more depth.

Posted by: Mikael Brutovsky, South Antarctica at September 4, 2009 2:56 AM

i have come across some shows of bob's in recent months and looked a bit at them. dad used to always watch him and was a big fan, especially after pop's arthritis got worse. dad had NO intention of ever painting anything himself, just watched the show to admire him and his works. as mr. ross said on the show, that is actually a large part of his audience, more than the ones who intend to pick up a brush. it's like cooking shows as well, mainly watching not doing. dad was torn up when bob passed. he joined him 7 years later. nancy in tucson, az

Posted by: nanCy at October 16, 2009 3:17 AM

Besides the 'paint being toxic' thing, do you think his military past and hair dye and perm chemicals, as well as probably, smoking as well, might have had a part in his illness? It's like all the others, you just don't know exactly what caused it, really.

Posted by: nanCy at October 16, 2009 3:23 AM

To the comment above, do not discount what Bob Ross was teaching. Of course he is no El Greco...! He's not trying to be, nor teach anyone else to be. He specialized in being able to paint with oil in a short time, while still wet, which makes it more accessible to amateur painters. And anyway, his genuine beauty has nothing to do with technique or composition. I don't think any of his fans would argue. Hence the show's title "the JOY of paining"; not the Composition of painting. He taught nature appreciation, how to find peace, and simply to enjoy being creative. Im not even a fan of landscape art, but I would spend my last cent on an original Bob Ross!

Posted by: brynn at November 20, 2009 5:29 PM

This man is a total cultural icon. I don't care what anyone says past, present, or future, but he has allowed an extensive amount of people young and old to enjoy the wonderful joy of painting.

Myself as an example, I don't have a creative bone in my 58 year old body, but Bob has allowed me to be creative by painting happy little clouds and happy trees. he taught me about the fact that there is no such thing as mistakes...only happy accidents.

He is a guru in the painting world and I for one wish I could have had the honor to shake his hand. His memory will NEVER die and his style will continue to garner new lovers of art.

Posted by: Kriss at December 31, 2009 3:20 PM

i am familiar with several ob bob's works.
i used to live in daytona beach area not far
from bob's home in smyrna.
when bob's wife died in 1993 he was very devastated. his tv show that began in 1983 ended in 1994 due to the discovery of metastatic lymphoma, cancer of the lymphatic system that quickly spread throughout his body.
only his closest friends knew of his illness.
but only 1 or 2 knew of the severity.
the last time i saw him was at a local restaurant where he looked very frail and old beyond his years. this was 6 months before his death. we spoke for a few minutes.
he faced death both admirably and courageously.
when he left the restaurant i knew i would never have the pleasure of our brief earthly encounters ever again. but he is always in my thoughts and i watch reruns of his show whenever i can.
the reason i am writing this is to simply say that the paintings bob made on the show were not all inclusive of his work.
he painted many larger, highly-detailed works
that took considerable amounts of time.
the tv part was the easy part, the fun part for him. to bob, all of his viewers were his family.
he did everything to make us feel apart of his life bringing a chuckle to our voice, a smile to our lips, and a warmth to our hearts.
i only met him a handful of times, but he remembered my name. i guess that makes me luckier than most and truly blessed.
God bless you bob ross and happy new year 2010, forever in our hearts.

Posted by: lawrence joseph at January 1, 2010 2:10 AM

I never feel as powerful as God when I am painting but to watch Bob Ross paint, I felt like he had indulged me on a few secrets of the trade. I am fortunate to have seen a handful of his TV presentations. This would help me to make needed changes to my approach to painting.I have learned methods to reproduce actual scenes even using sponges, crushed socks, and other tools. When you see him strive for perfection and your canvas is blank, oh he can make you excited at least to try!

Posted by: Cathie at February 5, 2010 7:22 AM

I have just spent over an hour reading through all these wonderful tributes to Bob. It's taken me ages to purchase all the items he used and cost me a fortune!!! It seems just as I'm about to start my very first painting, I'm missing some very important product, such as the Liquid clear!! I watched Bob many years ago and taped several of his TV episodes because I would be setting off to work. I too cried when I found out that this wonderful man had in fact died years before, but still felt a great loss of a friend (although I didn't know him personally). I'm still trying to get DVDs of his TV shows, especially Series 13, but they are far too expensive for me. So until then, my old battered VHS tape recorder will have to suffice! Anyway, once the liquid clear turns up from ebay seller Millersart, I shall be making a start. As I'm also not very pc techie, I would like to set up a 'blog' of my own with my own little worlds, for all those out there who say they can't do it - 'cos you can!!

Posted by: Trisha at February 18, 2010 12:17 PM

I started watching the pbs series joy of painting about a year ago, It reinterduced me to a hobby I had mamy years ago, and had fogoten how much enjoyment it had given me. Thanks to Bob Ross I have started up painting again. Although I'm rusty at it, his idea of "we don't make mistakes,we have happy accidents." makes it all the more enjoyable. I was looking forward to sending him a picture of one of mine, that he asks his viewers to do. Then I found out that he had passed away in 1995. I will never be able to thank him for giving me back something that I had thought I had loss. I will countinue to paint and I will continue to watch his joy of painting series. Someday I would like to take his instructors course and be able to teach others the gift he gave back to me, painting.

Posted by: tori at February 21, 2010 1:16 PM

I was also gutted when i knew Bob was dead, though i do remember watching a few of his later shows and thought to myself how ill he looked and how much weight he had lost. He had one of the most gentle hypnotic voices I have ever heard, and his love of animals was wonderful to see, who can forget peapod the pocket squirrel? what a wonderful man and a great loss. God bless you Bob wherever you are now

Posted by: alison kirkbride at March 10, 2010 4:17 AM

Bob Ross was a great person. I, like most everyone else on this site, am happy that we can still watch him do a beautiful painting, yet; still feel a sense of loss that he is no longer of this world. His legacy lives on. We can only hope we can all leave some small mark behind. I watch everytime I can find the show on and sometimes, the beauty of his paintings and the kindness of his heart, causes a tear to slide down my face. I have painted several paintings from his book. They are definitely no Bob Ross' but he would be so proud that he gave us the drive to want to paint. For that 30 minutes, he seemed to know us all. By me, he was always be remembered and missed. RIP, my friend! Happy Painting in Heaven!

Posted by: Donna Pulliam at April 8, 2010 4:39 PM

This is an incredible site. I've loved reading the years of comments about Bob and the passion for painting he inspired. It is clear that Bob was a very spiritual person. I've recently discovered the "Joy of Painting" and have found so much peace from the process of painting and listening to Bob's soothing voice on each 30 minute segment. God Bless you Bob. I hope that Steve is doing well too.

Posted by: Jill at April 16, 2010 11:35 PM

i became ill after returning back from South Africa Nov 2008 i trek allover the world Brazil 2004 Nepal 2006 raising funds for CANCER,it was`t till 2010 that i first saw the show and was in ore of bob Ross so much so i went out and paid £200 to get some paints and canvases brushes and so on, i new i could draw, and always wanted to do oils and because of Bob Ross now i can and i hope to sell them and raise more funds for Cancer i must admit i did not no bob had died till i got a laptop a few weeks ago and googled bob Ross, i was so shocked as i wanted to ask so many questions,on how dose he get rid of the excess waist of oil paint,and can you save any paint if you had put to much on your palate, in stead of disposing of it,and the paint cleaner were do you dispose of that as i no you can not through it down the drains, can any one answer these questions for me at the moment i am poring the pain thinner in to a very large plastic bottle ,then i can put that in the bin, i have done four paintings and added some think of my self into the paintings so that its not a replica of bob`s BUT thank you Bob Ross for inspiring me and i tell every one that Bob Ross was my teacher REST IN PEACE BOB ROSS

Posted by: wendy freakley at April 30, 2010 4:34 AM

"Cathie" summed it up for us all:

"he can make you excited at least to try!"

While I might admire the "greats", famous artists like the Masters, and their works, it is Bob Ross who gets me excited and awakens something deep inside that makes me want to try it myself. My 10 year old son has started watching him as well. Bob Ross has awakened something inside my son and I cannot believe the terrific artwork my son is creating. We use acrylics and flow medium though, not oils and turpentine.

We don't think we can creat a Rembrandt. But we can follow Bob Ross and surprise ourselves with the results!

Posted by: Beth at May 5, 2010 8:01 PM

>>>Posted by: grammar maven at August 17, 2004 11:02 PM "were, not was. You wish he were still alive."

Sorry "grammar maven" but you are NOT correct. You use "was" when speaking of one person. You use "were" when speaking of more than one person. So, you DO wish he "was" still alive. Regarding Bob and his wife, you wish they "were" still alive.

Posted by: Beth at May 5, 2010 8:07 PM

Hi, I´m a big fan of Bob and live in Germany. Sorry for my bad English. I´m paining now 7 years and will Bob never forget. He´s the great luck of my live. I can´t say it in other words. I wish, I could show him one painting of mine. A dream...
But, I had the luck to show Dana Jester some paintings and I´m very proud of it. So...thanks Dana!! That´s so special to me!!
Bob...see you in heaven. I hope so...

Posted by: Katja at June 6, 2010 4:20 PM

UK - June 2010. I just discovered Joy of Painting on Discovery Shed on Sky TV. I am learning to paint at present, having pencil-sketched since school; I was happy to find such a lovely, easy to follow person such as Bob Ross to demonstrate how easy it could be to paint in oils. But when I Googled him, I learned he'd died back in 1995. His JOP programmes are very good and show how timeless his painting-style is. I just want to say 'Sorry I missed you Bob' and hope Sky will run the shows for a long time to come, so others can discover Bob too. RIP.

Posted by: Margaret Rooke at June 8, 2010 12:37 PM

I just discovered Bob Ross this spring. He has inspired me to start painting again.

I only recently learned that Bob died fifteen years ago. I felt like I had lost a friend.
I continue to watch his painting show on PBS
twice a week.
I taught painting for years but have developed a muscular disease that tires me out easily,
however I think i could paint again using the
Bob Ross style. I think my hands can do it.
I do hope this show stays on for a very long time. We have a lot to learn from Bob Ross.
I know that some day we will be able to visit with this kind man in heaven.
Gods blessings on his son Steve.

Posted by: Elizabeth Morris at June 23, 2010 7:18 PM

Bob Ross was a truly gentle spirit, and human being. He was in the military from 1963 to 1983, and was in charge of medical personnel, as I understand it, and, in his words, did a lot of "yelling" in his military capacity. Painting was what he really loved. I've taped many of his shows, and usually watch two or three at night, to unwind and relax. He is truly missed.

Posted by: Jim at July 14, 2010 10:08 PM

How sad, I just learned that Bob Ross died several years ago.
I recently had some surgery and had to rest, I found his programme The Joy of Painting and what a joy it is. His soothing voice and painting skills have taught me such a great deal.
Wonderfull....such a talent lost.

Posted by: Lindy at August 23, 2010 7:16 AM

Bob was wonderful. Was just reminded ilof him recently. Would like to know how his son is faring.

Posted by: Joanne at August 26, 2010 9:49 PM

"beat the devil out of it"!!! bob ross style...

Posted by: jimmy t. at October 11, 2010 7:21 PM

I only discovered Bob Ross a few months ago and I asked my whole family to watch his programme.
We all thought what a lovely, gentle and gifted man he was. At the end of his programme, when he used to say "Happy Painting and God Bless my friends", I used to wave to him and say "Bye Bob".

I wanted to find out more about him so you can imagine my dismay when I googled his name and found out he had died years ago. I could not believe how upset I was over someone I had never met, my family were upset as well.

Bob could teach the world a thing or two. What a wonderful place it would be if more people were like him. He was kind and caring and he loved animals so much. He had such a wonderful calming voice, I could just listen to him talk forever.

Having read all of the other comments, I know I am not alone in my feelings. It is clear to see what an extrodinary effect he had on people.

The world has lost a gentle soul and heaven has gained an Angel. My heart goes out to Steve his son, he must miss his Dad so much but he can take comfort from the fact that his Dad left such a mark on the world and is mourned by many. His legacy will live forever. Thank you Bob and God bless you.

Iris - Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, England

Posted by: Iris at April 26, 2011 3:30 PM

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