Bob Ross-Inspired Beauty: Landscapes Straight off His Canvas

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Bob Ross and his mesmerizing paintings have transcended generations. From kids rushing home from school in the 1980s and ’90s to watch The Joy of Painting to people finding comfort in his calm manner and soothing voice on TikTok and YouTube today, Bob Ross is universally loved, and rightly so.

The inspiration for his paintings can be seen around the globe, from his home country of America to the mountainous landscapes of Bavaria. So, let’s take a journey to ‘Bob Ross country’!

Lake Fusine, Province of Udine, Italy

Lake Fusine Italy
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Known to the Italians as Laghi di Fusine, Lake Fusine is in the northeastern region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. This lake is especially beautiful during the fall when the trees showcase a beautiful blend of greens, reds, and oranges. Bob Ross always enjoyed adding a foreground subject to his paintings, and we think he’d appreciate the row boats here!

Lake Bow, Alberta, Canada

Lake Bow Canada
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Crystal clear waters with a snow-capped mountain reflection? Check. A path leading the viewer’s eye? Check. One singular ‘friendly little tree’? Check. Yep, Lake Bow in Alberta, Canada, is a Bob Ross kind of place. In fact, you might call all of Alberta ‘Bob Ross country’; with its mountainous landscapes, snow-sprinkled trees, and abundant wildlife, you’d expect the beloved painter to call the area his home.

Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Alaska
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It might come as a surprise, but previous to Bob Ross’ painting career, he was a military man. When he was 18, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He rose in ranks and was soon stationed in Alaska, where he first saw snowy, mountainous scenes that soon became a staple of his art. So, it’s safe to say he took a lot of inspiration during his time stationed in the breathtakingly beautiful state.

Sparks Lake, Oregon, USA

Sparks Lake, Oregon
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Sparks Lake in Deschutes National Forest, found in Bend, Oregon, screams Bob Ross, especially during sunset. We all know Bob loved a lake reflection, especially when there’s a snowcapped mountain and some alpine trees scattered along the shoreline.

Ozette Lake, Washington, USA

Ozette Lake, Washington
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Although Bob Ross is most famous for his wide lake and mountainous landscapes, he would every so often treat viewers to a river or smaller lake masterpiece. Ozette Lake in Washington State has several narrow areas, and they look like they’ve been lifted straight from Bob’s canvas. We know he’d be pleased to see some “happy little clouds” in this scene!

Lake Solitude, Wyoming, USA

Lake Solitude
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If you’ve watched enough episodes of The Joy of Painting, you’ll know Bob Ross loves to frame a lake with tall, towering trees. Lake Solitude in Wyoming is a perfect example of the inspiration he was taking and putting onto his canvas. The only thing we think Bob would add? A huge mountain in the foreground and maybe a little wooden cabin down by the waterfront!

Winfield, Kansas, USA

Mountain wooden cabin
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Talking of cabins, who didn’t enjoy seeing Bob Ross imagine cozy fairytale-like scenes, typically with a wooden retreat nestled within the mountains? Usually, with a little wooden fence and a winding path leading up to the door, we always wanted to jump right into these paintings.

Lake Eibsee, Bavaria, Germany

Lake Eibsee, germany
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Bavaria, a region in southeast Germany, is home to some of the world’s most scenic views. We don’t know if Bob Ross ever made it to that part of the world, but we can be sure he’d have felt right at home. Lake Eibsee stands as one of Bavaria’s most famous lakes, and for good reason – look at it! No matter the time of the year, the lake and surrounding area offer the perfect Bob Ross scene.

Crater Lake, Oregon, USA

Crater Lake, Oregon
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This shot of Crater Lake actually looks like a direct picture of a Bob Ross masterpiece. The sunset-soaked cloudy sky, vibrant blue water, and plenty of happy little trees to boot, there’s no denying Crater Lake in Oregon could well be taken right off a Bob Ross canvas (one covered with liquid wuh-ite, of course!).

Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada

Bob Ross Landscape
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We couldn’t finish this list without throwing in Banff National Park’s crown jewel, Moraine Lake. With sweeping trees on one side, jagged mountains on the other, and a turquoise lake that reflects both, Moraine Lake might be the most Bob Ross kind of lake in the whole of North America. 

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