Why you cannot buy Bob Ross paintings.

A question that you did not think to ask prior to this moment, I reckon.

Also: there’s so much damn subtext going on behind the scenes, here. You can visibly see Bob Ross’s friend and her husband try to figure out how much information is too much information in this mini-documentary, and whether it’s anybody’s damned business anyway. I’m inclined to say that it’s not, but that’s hardly a surprise.

Anyway: now I kind of want a Bob Ross painting. Which I’m not going to be able to get. Heck, they apparently don’t even make prints.


  • bensdad00 says:

    Memory is a fragile thing, and I will do no research to support this, but it’s safe to assume that since the video comes from the NYT t is fundamentally flawed and incorrect.
    The story I’m familiar with is that BR paintings were never sold, and only were available in limited numbers through PBS pledge drives for donations at the highest levels, and of the three versions it was the on-air version that got sent to people, along with a tape of the episode as authentication.

  • nicklevi86 says:

    So we’re just gonna breeze by that factoid that Mr. Kowalski worked for the CIA?
    Whats that?
    Oh. We are. Yes… Of course, I don’t know what I possibly could have been thinking.

    • Moe_Lane says:

      Breeze by it? That’s when my speculations went truly lurid. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • nicklevi86 says:

        Now Mr Lane, we all know these are just simple paintings.
        I had similar thoughts, but then man in a really good suit had me look at this cool device with a nice friendly light….
        I was clearly mistak.., er, happy-little-accident -en.

  • Rockphed says:

    Get yourself a set of paint, brushes, easel, and canvas and follow along to an episode of “The Joy of Painting”. If you do so, you will get a genuine painting that is reminiscent of Bob Ross for … about what his paintings sold for.

  • DemosthenesVW says:

    I found this fascinating.

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