Watched the video? Here are a number of extra particulars.
What shall be in the Smithsonian?
Bob Ross made three variations of every portray that appeared on “The Joy of Painting.” The first was made earlier than the present, for use for reference. The second was made in the 26 minutes of taping, typically with last-minute improvisations on the composition. The third was made afterward, for the educational books.
The donation to the Smithsonian contains the ebook model of “Blue Ridge Falls,” from Season 30:
As nicely as all three variations of the portray “On a Clear Day,” from Season 14:
Other objects embody an easel used throughout the first season of the present that had been transformed from a stepladder and two handwritten notebooks used to plan the manufacturing of Seasons 2 and three of “The Joy of Painting.”
How have been the objects chosen?
“The hardest part was choosing the paintings,” Eric Jentsch, the leisure and sports activities curator for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, stated. Mr. Jentsch and his colleague Ryan Lintelman visited Bob Ross Inc. in Herndon, Va., to seek out the photos and supplies that might finest exemplify Mr. Ross’s lifetime of labor.
The Smithsonian additionally acquired fan letters despatched to Mr. Ross, together with some written after he died of lymphoma in 1995 at the age of 52. “These letters help reveal the significant impact Ross has had on diverse individuals and communities, helping them to express and feel better about themselves,” Mr. Jentsch stated.
The work and different objects formally turned a part of the museum’s everlasting assortment on March 22, 2019. For now, the Smithsonian has no plans to show the work.
How many Bob Ross work are there precisely?
We don’t know. According to an evaluation achieved by the web site FiveThirtyEight, Mr. Ross painted in 381 of the 403 episodes of the show (the rest featured a guest). If three versions were made of each of those paintings, at least 1,143 originals would exist. Bob Ross Inc. estimates that it has 1,165 paintings stored on site.
But Mr. Ross also painted as an instructor, as well as for public events and for charity — so there may still be some paintings at large.
How much does one cost?
In the rare cases when a Bob Ross painting does surface, it depends who is buying. Joan Kowalski, president of Bob Ross Inc., says she has seen authentic Ross paintings sell online for between $8,000 to $10,000 in recent years.
Right now there is one listed on eBay for $55,000:
How do I have a painting authenticated?
Bob Ross Inc. will authenticate paintings that are sent to be inspected in person by Annette Kowalski, Joan Kowalski’s mother. (The company will not certify images that can be viewed only as scans or digital files.)
Annette Kowalski said that in addition to the brushwork and other signs of Mr. Ross’s hand, she looks for a specific detail in the quality of the signature:
If a painting is certified as an original Bob Ross, the owner will be provided with documentation attesting its authenticity.
Can I visit Bob Ross Inc.?
Bob Ross Inc. is not open to visitors. Some of the original paintings are displayed at the Bob Ross Art Workshop & Gallery in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. In 2020 people will be able to visit the studio where the show was filmed, in Muncie, Ind.
Is it true that there are no people in the paintings?
In his 11 years of painting on television, there are only a few known instances in which Mr. Ross included a human figure. In “Morning Walk” (Series 17, Episode 11) two people stroll through the woods:
In “Campfire” (Series 3, Episode 10) a figure in a hat reclines against a tree:
According to Annette Kowalski, “Campfire” was among Mr. Ross’s least favorite paintings.
Though cabins often appear in Mr. Ross’s landscapes, they are rarely depicted with chimneys (another sign of people).
How did the Kowalskis come to own the company?
Originally Bob Ross and his wife, Jane, shared ownership of the company with Annette and Walt Kowalski, who had helped to finance Mr. Ross’s early career. Jane Ross died in 1992; when Bob died in 1995, the company was left to the Kowalskis alone.
What’s the name of the Kowalskis’ dog?
What’s the name of the squirrel?
The squirrel is named Bobette — a combination of Bob and Annette. Bobette appears in several episodes of Series 18, but this is only one of Bob’s many squirrels. Peapod appears in Series 22 and 23, while Peapod Jr. joins in Series 30 and 31.
What’s the story with the hair?
Bob Ross did not always have a perm:
According to Annette Kowalski, Mr. Ross originally chose to perm his hair because it was cheaper than getting frequent haircuts.
Later, she said, he disliked the hairstyle but did not feel he could change it because it was depicted in the company logo:
Tell me more about Bill Alexander.
William Alexander was the creator of the PBS show “The Magic of Oil Painting,” which aired on PBS from 1974 to 1982. In 1984, he symbolically handed over his brush to Bob in a marketing campaign.
And what’s up with Phil Donahue?
In 1994, the talk show host Phil Donahue asked Mr. Ross to “say out loud your work will never hang in a museum.”
“Well, maybe it will,” Mr. Ross replied. “But probably not the Smithsonian.”