New Google Doodle celebrates Bob Ross

Art history majors, your time has come.

The popular Google Doodle feature on the Google homepage got an artsy twist today in honor of what would have been Bob Ross’ 70th birthday (The beloved painter and TV personality passed away in 1995).

Ross is best known as the creator and host of the PBS show The Joy of Painting, which ran for over a decade (1983-1994) and instructed people how to create oil paintings in easy, step-by-step instructions.

A fun added detail on Ross’ Doodle is the squirrel on his shoulder. In addition to his painting, Ross was an animal fan who often adopted wildlife creatures, squirrels in particular. The furry friends often made appearances on the show. In fact, the Internet recently unearthed¬†old video of Ross feeding a baby squirrel. It’s simply adorable.

Feeling crafty? Many Ross clips are still on YouTube. Check out an autotune of his class — the Internet’s favorite way of honoring someone! — below, and then get to work on your stuck-inside-during-Hurricane-Sandy art, east coasters.

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