Today is the birthday of quite possibly the world's happiest painter, Bob Ross. The artist, known for his decade-long PBS show "The Joy of Painting" and his affinity for adorable squirrels, would turn 70 years old if he were still alive today.


Ross, a former military man born in Orlando, Florida, rose to cult fame in the 1980s and '90s when his television series, "The Joy of Painting," brought light-hearted art instruction to the PBS airwaves. Regarded for his trademarked Wet-on-Wet Technique and soft-spoken demeanor, the afro'd host would treat viewers to 30 minutes of "happy little trees" and other crucial elements to nature paintings.

In honor of Mr. Ross' birthday, Google is celebrating the painter with their very own Google Doodle, featuring the artist, his squirrel, and a lovely little landscape. We wanted to do our part to celebrate the glorious day as well, so we put together a slideshow of our favorite Bob Ross moments. Scroll through the videos below and have a happy little day, everyone.

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  • Mountains

    Bob makes his favorite little snow-covered mountains.

  • Quiet Pond

    Bob gives some happy little tree shapes a quiet pond pal. Let it happen.

  • Evergreen Tree

    Yes, everybody knows there's 500 branches on an evergreen tree.

  • Clouds

    Bob breaks out the fan brush to make little fluffy things, also known as clouds.

  • Sky

    "This is when the brush beater rack will save your marriage."

  • Snow

    Bob gets serious with snow.

  • Winter

    "The secret to doing anything is believing that you can do it."

  • Path

    "We don't make mistakes, we just have happy accidents."

  • Glacier

    "We don't want pure white. That would be disturbing."

  • Bob Washes His Brushes

    He just likes to wash brushes.

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