When I first heard about this documentary, I was afraid to watch. I have nothing but happy memories of watching The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross. I’m glad I watched it. Bob Ross was not perfect, he was human after all. But the people who spoke seemed to feel the Bob we saw on our television screens was Bob in real life. He seemed a nice, kind, gentle man. How many people can say that about anyone anymore?
With his show, Bob showed the world you can do anything you want to do. As it was said on the documentary, almost everyone has wanted to paint a picture once in their lifetime. Bob presented a way for anyone to discover what they could do if they used their passion and gave it a try.
When my daughter was little, she could run in circles, from morning to night. But put on Bob Ross and his happy, little trees and she was enthralled. That calm voice drew you in and his belief that we all could paint a picture if we wanted to made us believe we could.
The rest of the documentary was sad. Enough betrayal and greed to go around. If you have fond memories of Bob Ross, his paintings, and The Joy of Painting, you owe it to yourself and Bob’s legacy to learn the truth.
Watch the documentary!!
Jill James, author, not a painter! LOL