The Joy of Painting, hosted by Bob Ross, ran for 11 years on public television for a total of more than 400 episodes. The very first episode ever broadcast was just uploaded to Ross' YouTube channel.
The second in a series of remixed PBS icons is out with a super positive Bob Ross track, again by Symphony of Science's John Boswell. You may recall the brilliant Mr. Rogers remix from June. "Relax. Let it flow." and "Believe you can do it because you can do it."
And here are a couple profiles of Ross: Orlando Sentinel, 1990, and NY Times, 2001. Additionally, this NY Times, 1991 profile talks about how he didn't sell his paintings despite how prolific he was.
Mr. Ross, who said he has produced nearly 30,000 paintings (the prolific Picasso did not match that record), does not sell his paintings or show his work in galleries; he has only had one retrospective -- at the Minnetrista Cultural Center in Muncie, a town that boasts of the artist as an honorary native son. Mr. Ross said he had no desire for a major exhibit. "There are thousands of very, very talented artists who will never be known, even after they are dead," he said. "Most painters want recognition, especially by their peers. I achieved that a long time ago with TV. I don't need any more."