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Bob Ross painter, why had i never heard of him?

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Samcro Tue 30-Jun-20 19:45:18

Just watching a random tv show on Bbc 4
Just him painting. He is amazing.
Even my ds had heard of him.

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RaelImperialAerosolKid Tue 30-Jun-20 20:00:10

He's kind of a cult in my DS(16) circle they watch you tube videos of him after parties. I always preferred Nancy Kiminski!

ArriettyJones Tue 30-Jun-20 20:01:53

Yes DD (20) showed me his videos a year or so ago. They all watch him on YouTube. The youth are strange. grin

puzzledpiece Tue 30-Jun-20 20:03:58

He's on You tube and TV. I love him, listening to him is so soothing and his paintings are amazing. Apparently he never made any money from the actual paintings, although that may be a folk myth!

ShaunaTheSheep Tue 30-Jun-20 20:04:44

He’s in loads of memes.
DS had made a Lego minifigure Bob Ross.

ArriettyJones Tue 30-Jun-20 20:05:50

He probably made much more from having his programme syndicated all over North America for 30 years!

His art isn’t to my taste but he is incredibly good at what he does.

Prokupatuscrakedatus Tue 30-Jun-20 20:07:15

happy trees and happy clouds

SurreyHillsGirl Tue 30-Jun-20 20:08:41

He is very big in the ASMR community. He was such a lovely, gentle man.

EatsShootsAndRuns Tue 30-Jun-20 20:09:21

It's your world smile so calming.

ThousandsAreSailing Tue 30-Jun-20 20:11:01

Are you the wrong age op?
I grew up watching him and he seems to have got cult status with 16-20ish year old.
You should watch his songrin

NervousInYorkshire Tue 30-Jun-20 20:11:25

He's so relaxing! I sometimes just listen to the show instead of watching what he's doing grin
Apparently he used to be in the military, and was so soft spoken because when he left he said he never wanted to yell at anyone again. He seems like he was a really nice person.

MintyMabel Tue 30-Jun-20 20:13:36

First time I saw him I was at a restaurant at lunch time with TVs at each table and he was painting a naked woman. It was bizarre.

ExclamationPerfume Tue 30-Jun-20 20:15:12

My Dd's love him. He is so relaxing to listen to. It's the way he says white it's lovely.

Samcro Tue 30-Jun-20 20:16:37

I am old, my adult ds was all, oh yes he,s great.
Such a calm half hour watching him.

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FedUpAtHomeTroels Tue 30-Jun-20 20:17:01

My 31 year old son used to watch him on PBS in the US. Very calming, all my kids watched him in turn. I love that he has become so poular here. He didn't even make money doing the show, he did it to sell his painting supplies in his shop.

corlan Tue 30-Jun-20 20:18:03

Bob died in 1995, but he is very big with teenagers at the moment!

LevoMental Tue 30-Jun-20 20:18:25

I could watch him all day. His voice is so soothing.

applepineapple Tue 30-Jun-20 20:19:13

Beat the devil out of it! grin

SummerBreeze20 Tue 30-Jun-20 20:22:16

My DS (aged 9yrs) has just discovered Bob Ross, and he loves watching him. Bob has a lovely voice, but the sound of the brush on the canvas makes me want to leave the room!

cleanasawhistle Tue 30-Jun-20 20:24:42

We thought the same.......then read about William Alexander

Lightsareon Tue 30-Jun-20 20:25:54

I love him, DH loves him, even DD(11) loves him smile I used to watch him at about 3am when DD was newborn, perfect watching for night feeds.

FrothyB Tue 30-Jun-20 20:35:42

Well he died around 25 years ago and he was on air from 83-94. I don't know if his show was ever aired in the UK back then.

His story is quite interesting. How he became so big now though? I'm not sure, the internet has a bizarre way of making cult figures out of the most random people. When I were a teen it was Chuck Norris for example. People just seem to capture the collective consciousness of the online space.

I like to think people found enjoyment from his videos because they were something of a tranquil island in the sea of toxicity that is the internet at large. Since 2015, although more likely 2012 if you're of a certain age and a gamer, the online space has really gone to shit. Wherever you fall on the political spectrum, commentators are angry, they want you to be angry, they want you to hate the other side and the opposing views. You couldn't really escape it in 2016 if you were on Twitter or YouTube regularly, and I'm sure the tendrils of division made it to plenty of other places aswell.

Yet there, in the middle of it all, was a kindly man with a soothing voice, who loved what he was doing. His art isn't complex, he's not trying to make any bold statements, but it's accessible. For the time you are watching him, the problems of the real world fall away as you watch him guide you through the creation of his world and he assures you that you are capable of creating your own little worlds, full of happiness and peace. He's that reassuring voice that I think alot of millennials especially were drawn to.

RB68 Tue 30-Jun-20 20:36:52

I have childhood memories of a sewing programme, bob and nancy and being facinated

deste Tue 30-Jun-20 20:37:31

My DD is 34 and I remember watching him when she was a baby.
I also remember Nancy Koninsky that someone else also mentioned.

Friedbluetomatoes Tue 30-Jun-20 20:48:20

My 12 year old dd loves Bob Ross (she is very much I to art), I was really surprised when I found her on YouTube glued to this 70’s looking clip. He was great though.

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