That tingling feeling
We’ve all felt it, that mesmerizing effect that Bob can have on you. You’re watching along as Bob paints and all of a sudden you look up and realize you’ve watched the whole show.
Bob has that effect on you and it’s not a crazy notion. It’s real and it happens to everybody.
It’s called ASMR or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response and it’s that static feeling you get at the back of your neck and down your spine and Bob is at the center of it.
The Bob Ross Effect
Dr. Craig Richards of Shenandoah University explains the scientific phenomenon behind the tingles.
The USS George HW Bush Naval Ship decided on a little rest and relaxation at sea, and how better than with a genuine Bob Ross painting class – the ship’s MWR Team (that’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation) recommended that the craft “decompress and paint some happy little trees” with Certified Bob Ross Instructor Ted Simpson CRI at the helm (virtually). As always, thank you for your service sailors, and happy painting! #Avengers #HappyLittleTrees #FreedomAtWork
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From our CRI® Ted Simpson
The series of videos that I created aims to teach the sailors on the USS H.W. Bush how to paint like Bob Ross. Instead of just a one time, in person class, they wanted videos that they can use again and again to all service personnel who want to take a break between their duties.
In these videos, I provided step-by-step instructions and guidance while also providing tips and tricks to help them get the most out of their painting experience. I spent several days recording and editing the videos myself in my home studio. It took a few attempts to not flub my words! Bob made that look easy too.
Painting has been shown to have therapeutic benefits and can help relieve stress and anxiety. By learning to paint like Bob Ross, I hope to bring some of his calming influence and creative spirit to the lives of the members of the Navy. Whether they are on deployment or stationed at home, I believe that these videos will provide a welcome distraction and help bring joy and fulfillment to their lives.
Last month for Bob Ross’ 80th birthday, over 300 people painted his technique for the first time in a huge tent at Ball State University, on a perfectly sunny fall day in Muncie Indiana.
Learn more about it here: https://open.spotify.com/show/
Celebrate all things Bob Ross at the first Happy Little Fest at Ball State University October 29, 2022.
A local painter is honoring the memory of legendary artist Bob Ross by recreating every single one of his paintings.
Plenty of pooches have sartorial personality, but few are as impressive as Agador, a poodle mix based in New York City. Known as the “Bob Ross of dogs,” this pup has a perfectly crafted coif that bears a striking resemblance to the iconic painter’s afro.
June 6, 2022
Cinedigm the premier streaming, technology and entertainment company super-serving enthusiast fan bases, announced today that The Bob Ross Channel en Espaol has launched as a free, ad-supported linear Spanish language channel through Espacio Latino on The Roku Channel in the U.S.
The cross-generational appeal and sweetly mannered messaging made The Bob Ross Channel en Español a natural selection for the platform and is now available through Espacio Latino on The Roku Channel.
Still inspiring people with his encouraging can-do message
Art Basel Miami, the international art fair hosting some 269 galleries from 29 countries was the scene of a giant “live-painted” outdoor mural featuring Americas favorite TV artist. Over 75,000 people attended the four-day Art Basel event many venturing out to the famous Wynwood Arts District to enjoy the Basel House Mural Festival where they were treated to live painting and unique art installations. And what a treat it was for those who were witness to the Bob Ross themed mural taking place before their eyes.
Over five long days Andaluz the Artist, a hip-hop inspired artist and designer from Long Island New York, worked to craft his personal tribute to Bob Ross. Andaluz, who has four other murals in the Wynwood Arts District had already included Bob in a previous mural in NY but wasn’t quite finished with his subject. “I’m a huge Bob Ross fan and I felt like it was the right time to make a mural of him.” Much like Bob, Andaluz hopes to inspire people to start creating. “I want people to feel the joy of a creator finishing their masterpiece. Being that it’s hot in Miami I felt the need to make a cold northern lights theme to help people get through the hot days.”
Working with the blank side of a building, 15 feet high by 45 feet wide the artist used Montana 94 spray cans for the rendering of Bob and the northern lights and Behr exterior paint for the background. Employing Bob Ross painting techniques, large brushes and brooms were used to make the mountains and happy trees. Assisting Andaluz with those Bob Ross landscape techniques was Nic Hankins, Bob Ross Art Workshop and Gallery manager and Certified Teacher Trainer. “Andaluz graciously allowed me to be a part of this project with my focus being on the Bob Ross style landscape featured in the background. It took some creative thinking to scale up Bob's methods to fit an outdoor wall, but I feel as though we pulled it off.” Nic has painted murals before, though admittedly much smaller. At the Bob Ross Workshop he teaches with smaller canvases the largest being 18” x 24”. “They all seem so tiny now.” says Nic.
Judging by the response they received from the people who watched them work there were many delighted fans. Andaluz recalls, “So many people would beep their horns at us while we were painting as a sign of respect. Lots of people would say ‘Hey isn’t this that painting guy’ or ‘Happy trees’. Even if people didn’t remember his name they remembered his face and his hair”. Nic was also moved by the out pouring of love for Bob, “What a marvelous tribute to a gentle soul who so many of us never met but still consider a dear friend nonetheless.” And Nic reminds us that “Bob is now living on, in a new spot in Miami, doing just what I think he'd want the most; inspiring and exciting a whole new crop of happy little painters to pick up a paintbrush for the very first time.”
MASON — Ahead of Kings Island’s opening later this month, the park sent a few special guests on a ride of their new giga coaster.
A train load of plush Bob Ross dolls were loaded onto the new Orion giga coaster this week for a test run of the new roller coaster. The park released video of the ride with the dolls reaching speeds up to 91 mph on the coaster.
August 25, 2021
Bob Ross Inc. takes strong issue with the inaccurate and heavily slanted portrayal of our company in the Netflix film, Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed.
Since the founding of Bob Ross Inc. in 1984, all of its equal partners – Bob and Jane Ross, and Walt and Annette Kowalski – shared the same goal: to promote and support the value of painting around the world. This was the company’s mission from its inception, through the latter days of Bob Ross’ life, and remains the company’s driving purpose after Bob’s untimely death over 25 years ago.
If not for the efforts of the remaining founders and their dedication to this mission, Bob’s artistic and cultural relevance – and his expressed desire to become the world’s most beloved painting teacher and friend – would have been lost decades ago with his passing.
Bob’s presence, inspiring positive outlook on everyday things, and his celebrated ability to provide serenity to audiences of all ages together, as accurately captured in the film, create the phenomenon we see today and are part of a business platform designed to nurture and amplify his gifts and turn them into the world’s treasure.
All of the products and merchandise seen today are just another way to share Bob’s message of positivity with people around the world. Bob Ross Inc.’s hope is that items bearing Bob’s likeness and messages prompt smiles as they remind people of the love of painting Bob shared with all. Bob was especially eager to explore ways to impart his sweet persona and the joy he found in making art with even non-painters, too – especially children – through collectibles, toys and knickknacks, and he was the driving creative force within the company until his passing.
While the producers of the Netflix film did contact Bob Ross Inc. twice, in late August and October 2020, each request arrived replete with a confounding lack of transparency. At no time did they pose specific questions to Bob Ross Inc. or ask for any form of rebuttal to specific assertions they had decided to include in the film. Nor was it stated that they had a distribution deal with Netflix.
Had the filmmakers communicated with openness in their correspondence, Bob Ross Inc. could have provided valuable information and context in an attempt to achieve a more balanced and informed film. However, as the director and producers carried on with the production without the perspective of Bob Ross Inc., the final narrative lacks considerable nuance and accuracy and carries a clear bias in favor of those who were interviewed. After seeing media reports about the film’s summer release, Bob Ross Inc. attempted to reach out to the filmmakers in May 2021 to offer comment. They did not return calls or emails and finally responded through their attorney. We provided a comprehensive statement, and the filmmakers chose not to use it.
Specifically, in the film, Steve Ross says, “I have been wanting to get this story out for years” – a statement that shapes the overall direction of the film, creating the idea that he was previously prevented from doing so. Bob Ross Inc. never pursued or threatened legal action against Steve Ross, and, in fact, no one at Bob Ross Inc. heard from Steve Ross for almost twenty years, until 2017 when Steve filed suit against the company without any prior communication.
Bob Ross may not have shared the inherent structural features of his company with family and friends – which are very common in small private companies – resulting in many of the unsubstantiated accusations made in the film. Many of these baseless accusations attempt to relitigate claims brought against Bob Ross Inc. in 2017 by RSR Art LLC, a company owned by Steve Ross, Dana Jester and Lawrence Kapp, all of whom appear in the film. Those claims were rejected by a court of law in 2019. RSR Art then filed an appeal, which was dismissed at RSR Art’s request after the parties reached a settlement through a standard court-ordered mediation process.
In 2011, Bob Ross Inc. and its host PBS station produced a documentary together entitled Bob Ross: The Happy Painter to be used by public television stations during pledge seasons and to enhance their fundraising efforts. Because of Bob Ross: The Happy Painter, Bob Ross Inc. has routinely declined to participate in any of the additional (dozen or so) Bob Ross-related film requests it has received over the years.
Bob Ross Inc. supports a vibrant, worldwide art community by putting a brush into the hands of more first time painters than any other movement in history. We embrace fans that never intend to paint at all, but still crave Bob’s delightful personality and loving, positive spirit. We enthusiastically support the public television system, a true American treasure; art-related education and charitable projects, including with the Smithsonian and the U.S. Air Force First Sergeant Academy; and the new Bob Ross Experience museum in Muncie, Indiana. The efforts of Bob Ross Inc. and our dozen employees have allowed Bob’s incredible accomplishments and his love of painting to thrive – and we remain committed to enhancing his wonderful legacy well into the future.
Good vibes from the first ever Bob Ross Sunflower maze!
The creative folks at Goldpetal Farms in Chaptico, Maryland have crafted a one-of-a-kind experience for Bob Ross fans. “Happy Little Sunflowers” is the theme for this years maze season and the first maze is none other than a depiction of Bob himself. Family owned and operated, Goldpetal Farms blends agriculture, ecology and visual arts to design mazes that are truly an interactive experience.
For more information checkout the Goldpetal Farms Facebook page here.