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.
It might sound unlikely, but The Joy of Painting – a kitsch, gentle show from the 80s which returns to TV this week – is the ultimate antidote to the trials of the modern world
Vice’s TV channel has always been a decidedly patchy thing to watch. For every truly brilliant show it has – Action Bronson’s F***, That’s Delicious remains a contender for the best food show going – there are dozens and dozens of tiresome hipster documentaries that can’t work out whether they’re supposed to be ironic or earnest, or how smart their audience is meant to be. What it really needs in its schedule is something completely dependable.
The good news is this isn’t far off. From today, the channel is airing two back-to-back episodes of The Joy of Painting daily. If you haven’t seen it, you might be wondering why a 30-year-old show about one man quietly painting one landscape after another in a black studio deserves so much attention. But if you have, you’ll know. The Joy of Painting was a very, very special television programme. It is something everybody needs in their lives.
Like many of us, I’m guilty of falling down the proverbial rabbit hole known as the internet from time to time.
On this occasion, I came across a YouTube video of regular folks (i.e., non-artists) enjoying what they called a "Bob Ross Paint Night". I had heard of The Joy of Painting author and PBS television host before but had never given him much thought. But since I’ve recently started dabbling in watercolour painting for fun and relaxation, I thought I’d give his tutorials a try (even though he used oil paints as his medium of choice).
Keyboards click continuously under the typing fingers of an office. A diva with a sunrise yellow manicure taps their nails like spider legs from pinkie to index finger. A virgo doing origami folds a piece of paper, and with one quick motion, they smooth the crease between their fingers. Sounds like these are what we think of when we think of ASMR, but that sound is different for everyone, and often comes from a different place.
ASMR-inducing sounds can be found everywhere, as well as in some of your favorite movies and TV shows, so we went in search of these moments of unintentional ASMR to share for your listening pleasure. As an added bonus, you can click the links in each description of the videos ahead to find more of whatever ASMR-inducing sounds you hear in the clips.
You may remember the painter Bob Ross from his famed PBS show or his portrayals in pop culture. But, do you know the story of how he came to be the permed happy painter we know and love today? In recent years, he has ascended to internet fame. But why? What makes his legacy so enduring? How is it that he is still spreading joy to this day?
Bob Ross is best known for his perm, his PBS painting show, and for the “happy little trees” that adorn his landscapes. Just a few seconds watching any of his show episodes can leave any of us feeling a sense of calm, bliss, and happiness.
Perhaps it’s this feeling, one we rarely get from TV anymore, or our own nostalgia about his work that has caused this explosion in his popularity over the years. Or maybe it’s in the way he encourages us to see mistakes as happy accidents and to do what makes us feel happy. Whatever the reason, Bob Ross continues to captivate audiences with his own kind of magic.