Today would be Bob Ross‘s 70th birthday.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Bob Ross, he was an artist who’s best known for his PBS show, The Joy of Painting. I’d say that Bob Ross informed a LOT of my creative processes growing up. I’d watch this show religiously even though my family would never have been able to afford oil paints or canvas. For a short while, I tried to reproduce his techniques with poster paint and notebook paper, but without much success.
According to the wikipedia article, Bob spent time in the Air Force before dedicating himself to painting. It’s hard to imagine the painter in a military environment… but apparently, he got quite a lot of the inspirations for his famous landscapes from where he was stationed in Alaska.
Happy Birthday, Bob. Thank you for being such an inspiration.