WATCH | Bob Ross is the legendary painting instructor from PBS's show, "The Joy of Painting." His iconic hair, smooth voice and method in painting landscapes caught the attention of American TV viewers during the 80's/90's. Twenty-two years after his death, his popularity continues to soar.
Nicole Bonneau of New York is one of those Ross fans. After visiting her in-laws for Christmas she was amused when she saw her brother-in-law watching episodes on Netflix. They reminisced how they used to see the show as kids and how great Bob was. That nostalgic moment blossomed into an idea for Nicole -- recreating all 403 paintings of Bob Ross from "The Joy of Painting," one happy tree, almighty mountain and fluffy cloud at a time. She's documenting her process through her Instagram, @almightypainting.
We were there filming a live session of Nicole painting Season 4, Episode 9.
The Joy of Painting's predecessor program was "The Magic of Oil Painting" with Bob Ross' mentor, Bill Alexander. The two had a falling out and Ross' show was the one that took off. His legendary "status" is evident in several instances. Popular streaming service Twitch.tv hosted a marathon over a 9 day period in 2015 airing every episode. 5.6 million people streamed the event. He's an unintended pre-cursor figure in the ASMR movement and there's even a biennial Bob Ross painting convention organized by The Bob Ross company.
WATCH | Nicole explains Bob Ross' "Wet on wet" technique she utilizes in the paintings.
Dozens of articles on the internet highlight some of the unknown facts behind Bob Ross. This article took a deep dive and listed how many trees, clouds, and mountains were painted through the entirety of his show.
Miniature Bob Ross paintings have been created by Nicole as well. Cards, anyone?
WATCH | Nicole describes the struggle she initially had when learning Ross' technique and style of painting.