5. Ross painted each piece featured on The Joy of Painting a total of three times.
The first one was the reference painting that he hid off-camera.
The second was the painting completed during the taping.
And the third he did for his instructional book.
In case you’re doing the math…
5. Ross did a lot of paintings.
More than 30,000 of ’em just for the show!
But he didn’t sell them (not during his lifetime, at least.)
6. He donated his paintings to PBS stations.
Tour your local PBS station and you just might find an original Bob Ross creation.
After his death in 1995, some paintings were sold. One even brought in $2 million!
7. That's a lot of Happy Little Trees.
You’re right! It is!
In fact, 91 percent of the paintings Ross created for The Joy of Painting include at least one “happy little tree.”
39 percent featured a mountain of some sort, while a mere 2 percent featured a bridge.
403 episodes sure is a lot. You might think he made quite a chunk of change from the show. But you’d be wrong!