American painter and art instructor Bob Ross has become an unquestionable cultural icon, with his trademark afro, his chill attitude, and his catchphrases such as “happy little trees” being instantly recognizable by millions of people across the globe. Born in Jenny’s hometown of Daytona Beach, Florida, Bob had a long military career before deciding to take up painting in order to relax. Learning the alla prima, or wet on wet, technique popularized by German artist Bill Alexander, Bob Ross went on to have his own wildly successful TV show that aired on public stations across the United States. Most people know this much, but Bob Ross’s life is actually pretty fascinating, from his secretive and somewhat tumultuous private life to his conflicts with his business partners, the Kowalskis, who made tons of money off Bob’s image after his death. Join Tom and Jenny on a serene, artistic journey on which there are no mistakes, only happy accidents.
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