Bob Ross, the man who taught us that there is nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend, is now streaming on Netflix.
Suddenly, we are both happy and very sleepy.
Ross, who died in 1995 at age 52, hosted the “The Joy of Painting” on PBS from 1983 to 1994. During every 30-minute show he would complete one landscape oil painting, teaching viewers the ins and outs of brushes, strokes and Van Dyke brown.
Netflix is streaming his lesser-known show, “Beauty is Everywhere,” which followed the same format.
With a giant brown Afro, Ross grew a cult-like following for the zen-like way he dropped advice about life and happiness in his mellow, pleasant voice.
Netflix referenced that - and reminded us that Ross had a pet squirrel - in its announcement this week.
Ross was the Dalai Lama with a filbert brush.
“We don’t make mistakes. We just have happy accidents.”
“Don’t forget to tell these special people in your life just how special they are to you.”
“It’s so important to do something every day that will make you happy.”
“In the land of telly, there's only one program that's so easily recommendable to whisk you off to the Land of Nod feeling calm and cuddled and that's The Joy Of Painting,” Den of Geek once wrote of Ross.
“While describing the shadowed areas beside trees and shrubs (which he often painted in pairs so they'd have a friend), Bob Ross wouldn't talk in artsy terms of contrast, but rather, he'd ask you to imagine places where little (unseen and unpainted) critters and creatures could live cozily, and a constant lyrical mantra was that there are no mistakes in art, only ‘happy accidents.’
Ross fans are feeling all warm and cozy about the Netflix news.