Netflix has “The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross” and I can’t get enough of it. As a kid, I remember being mesmerized by seeing his paintings come together but I always thought he was dated and goofy. Watching it as an adult, I’m still mesmerized by the painting, but what I thought was goofy is what I love best: a half-hour of affirmations and wisdom and non-attachment that could come from the mouth of a Buddhist monk.
Sure, it’s a show about painting, but it’s also about creative expression, and joy, and seeing the spirit of every living thing. It’s about freedom and being in charge of your own happiness. Watch any episode of “The Joy Of Painting” (they’re also on YouTube) and you’ll see what I mean.
Also, I have this song in my head today: