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March 18, 2017 10:15 AM   Subscribe

Did you know there's a database of all of Bob Ross's paintings from The Joy of Painting on the Internet? You do now, so no excuses! Includes some fan-made art and helpful lists of colors used, etc.
posted by pjern (17 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite

 
I'm convinced that somebody must have a 'painting along with Bob Ross' blog out there where they recreate every painting of every episode, but I've never actually managed to find one. This would make that so much easier.

Come on, Internet, this is what you're made for.
posted by jacquilynne at 10:27 AM on March 18 [6 favorites]


If you desire Bob Ross paintings that were never actually painted, may I suggest Bot Ross?

(twitter link)
posted by suckerpunch at 10:31 AM on March 18 [5 favorites]


My girlfriend pointed this out to me last week when she was surfing Twitch. There is apparently a channel devoted to playing these same videos on there.

The 21st century is always so much weirder than I would've imagined.
posted by mordax at 10:35 AM on March 18


I'm finding it tremendously difficult to resist the siren song of that Getting Started page.
posted by MrVisible at 10:47 AM on March 18 [3 favorites]


Interestingly, all of Bob Ross' painting titles are also the names of scented candle fragrances.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 11:14 AM on March 18 [1 favorite]


My girlfriend pointed this out to me last week when she was surfing Twitch. There is apparently a channel devoted to playing these same videos on there.

The original "livestream" of the videos (previously) was one of the nicest internet events I can remember. The chat was hilarious at the time‚Äč. I'm interested to note how popular they still are.
posted by howfar at 11:48 AM on March 18 [1 favorite]


Nice.

Shameless self promotion: I just did a story set in the Bob Ross Wildlife Dome.
posted by Artw at 11:48 AM on March 18 [2 favorites]


We may be closer to the singularity than we realized, because Bot Ross resembles nothing so much as '90s video games.
posted by randomkeystrike at 12:09 PM on March 18


I'm always happy to mention that there's an app for that.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 1:20 PM on March 18 [1 favorite]


Huh. Those thumbnails just look really lousy and corny. Is it the flat, face-on presentation, or something about the resolution, or what? (Alternately, what magic do they use to make them look good in the videos?)
posted by BrashTech at 1:58 PM on March 18


Those thumbnails just look really lousy and corny. Is it the flat, face-on presentation, or something about the resolution, or what?

Having watched way more of the Bob Ross Twitch channel than is probably healthy (I had it on in the background for much of today, even), those thumbnails look pretty representative of the final product. Bob Ross's paintings have always had an element of the corny; a lot of the magic is watching them come together from nothing, I feel. You're also missing a lot of the detail in the thumbnails (necessarily so), and I feel like the texture's somewhat important.

Finally, there's that classic VHS smear on top of it all, but you'd get the from the videos as well so that might not be a factor in why you think they look so bad.
posted by chrominance at 4:59 PM on March 18 [2 favorites]


Is there anything similar for Jon Gnagy?
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 6:37 PM on March 18 [1 favorite]


Bob Ross's paintings have always had an element of the corny; a lot of the magic is watching them come together from nothing, I feel. You're also missing a lot of the detail in the thumbnails (necessarily so), and I feel like the texture's somewhat important.

Indeed. Firstly the main point of what Ross did was "with a certain set of techniques painting can be a fun hobby" rather than to create particularly great pictures, and secondly, I feel like the nature of those wet-on-wet oil techniques is such that the texture is a bigger than usual part of what makes the pictures fun to look at.
posted by howfar at 6:43 PM on March 18 [2 favorites]


Fantastic!
posted by Secretariat at 8:11 PM on March 18


Like, I'm watching an episode now and Bob put an oval mask on a canvas, painted a desert landscape on top, then removed the mask and painted a full cactus over the boundary between blank canvas and painted oval. That's pretty darned corny if you ask me. That's just how Bob is, and it's why we love him.
posted by chrominance at 9:52 PM on March 18 [2 favorites]


Did it come out that the CIA funded this show? Or did I just dream that up? Hard to tell the difference, these days.
posted by thelonius at 2:57 AM on March 19


They preferred abstracts.
posted by Artw at 8:11 AM on March 19


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