For years, the internet has been basking in the happy little trees and clouds and streams and meadows of the Bob Ross universe. Many full episodes of the painter’s PBS series The Joy of Painting are on YouTube, but all this time, fans probably didn't know they were missing out on something else: the pilot episode.
Good news, Ross-heads. “A Walk in the Woods,” season 1, episode 1, appeared online in 2015 through the Bob Ross YouTube channel. The description reads: “Bob Ross introduces us to his ‘Almighty’ assortment of tools and colors, tells us that anyone can paint, and creates a landscape of a forest path just after a rain shower.”
In it, our favorite afro-ed television personality paints a golden woods scene (yes, complete with “happy little leaves”) and shows that, from the very beginning, he had that signature way with words.
“We start with a vision in our heart, and we put it on canvas,” he says.