If you tuned into PBS during the '80s or early '90s, it's pretty likely you caught an episode of The Joy of Painting, the TV show that featured ultra-mellow oil painter Bob Ross crafting landscapes in 30-minute sessions. It was a relaxing, inspiring show in which Ross would encourage would-be artists to pursue their creativity as he painted happy little clouds and trees.
Now, thanks to Twitch, you can livestream more than 400 back-to-back episodes of Bob Ross' The Joy of Painting from today until Nov. 6.
Twitch is broadcasting nine days worth of Ross' oil painting to commemorate the launch of Twitch Creative, a landing page targeted at visual artists, composers and other creators who want to livestream their work. Today, Oct. 29, also happens to be Bob Ross' birthday.
"The Creative community was born from the gaming community on Twitch, as top broadcasters began broadcasting creation of fan art during gameplay down time," said Bill Morrier, head of Twitch Creative, in a release. "This attracted more broadcasters to the platform whose primary focus was on artistic endeavors. With their passion, variety, camaraderie, and sheer organic growth, they inspired us to put a much larger spotlight on their community."
While Twitch has primarily focused on streaming games and live gaming events, the company has expanded its scope to include live music broadcasts.
So, grab your palette, some tubes of Van Dyke brown and titanium white, and experience The Joy of Painting for yourself on Twitch.