Rachel Paige
October 30, 2015 9:28 am

Not into horror movies or Halloween specials? Awesome, because we’ve got the perfect alternative for this holiday weekend, and every day, forever, from here on out. It’s time to catch up on some of Bob Ross’ The Joy of Painting episodes. This is the new joy of our lives.

The name Bob Ross might not ring any immediate bells, but his likeness most certainly will. He’s the big haired, big smiled, soft-spoken guy who used to do half-hour episodes on PBS about how to paint. He mostly worked in landscape oil paintings, and during each episode he’d actually paint a brand new picture. In a half hour. Like, he was some sort of painting wizard, and The Joy of Painting made us want to become better painters. But it’s totally OK if you’re still only just “really good” at stick figures.

Ross sadly passed away back in 1995, and October 29th would have been his 73rd birthday. Seems like just the right time to celebrate his life, legacy, and paintings. Thanks to Twitch — an online gaming platform where you can broadcast what you’re playing – and their recently launched Twitch Creative channel all 403 episodes of the Joy of Painting will be streaming all week long. That’s a lotta landscapes.

Honestly, who needs a scary movie when you can watch Ross paint a tree in .6 seconds? Like, in the time I typed that and clicked back to the Joy of Painting livestream, there were actually FOUR new trees on his canvas. Also don’t make all your trees straight, make them “bend and curve and play.” That’s some tree wisdom Ross just dropped on us for the next time we’re doing a landscape.

At last count, there were over 62,000 people watching the live Twitch stream, so go ahead and join those numbers here. If you’re art savvy enough to paint along with Ross, tweet your masterpieces to TwitchCreates, which is already full of all sorts of brand new landscapes, from actual oil paintings, to pencil sketches, and even some done in Photoshop.

And remember there are no mistakes in painting, only “happy accidents.”

[Image via PBS]

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