I meant to write a post about Bob Ross—he of the “happy little trees”—back in July, but…well, stuff happened. Once July ended, it kind of went on the back burner. Last week, however, College Humor published an article by Amir Khan entitled “15 Times Bob Ross Was EXTREMELY Bob Ross,” which offers a touching tribute to the man:
Bob, you taught us how to find those little happy trees within ourselves, and for that, we are eternally grateful.
The post is definitely worth a look.
Bob Ross, as you may know, hosted a public television show called “The Joy of Painting.” You might not think that this would be a path to a sort of superstardom, but here we are, talking about the man. I don’t think you could find anyone on Earth who, once they knew who Bob Ross is, wouldn’t love him, at least a little bit.
July 4, 2015 was the twentieth anniversary of Bob Ross’ death. This man, who remains a cultural icon, someone who seems perfect for the era of GIFs and memes, did not live to see “Internet” become a household word.
He might be the subject of gentle mockery, but any fun poked at him is respectful—he had funny hair, and he wasn’t “cool” in any expected sense, but he had a passion (dare I say he had a joy?) that cannot be denied. His very lack of “coolness” made him cooler than most of us could ever aspire to be.
Even those who never felt inspired by him to paint (like me) still found inspiration in the calm, soothing way he made it feel okay to be whomever we already were, and to dream of being a better version of ourselves.
Just watch the man for a few minutes and tell me you don’t feel inspired, or soothed, or becalmed.
Bob Ross isn’t just a cool guy with a soothing voice.
Bob Ross is immortal.