Jan 11, 1983: “The Joy of Painting” Made its Debut
On Tuesday, January 11, 1983, 'The Joy of Painting" with Bob Ross made its debut on PBS. The show ran for a total of 31 seasons until 1994 featuring a total of 403 episodes.
The first episode was titled "A Walk in the Woods."
Bob Ross painted more than 1,000 canvases for his television show. According to the New York Times, he painted three versions of each painting that appeared on “The Joy of Painting.” The first was made before the show, to be used as a reference. He painted the second during the taping of his show, and the third was made after the taping, for instructional books.
The website FiveThirtyEight, says that Ross painted in 381 of the 403 episodes of the show (the rest featured a guest).
....and that's just from his time on TV. Biography.com estimates that Bob Ross made over 30,000 paintings in his lifetime.
Most of his paintings from the TV show are stored in a warehouse in Virginia, which is the headquarters of Bob Ross Inc. But recently, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington acquired a select few.
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