A screengrab of Google's doodle honoring Bob Ross' birthday. (Source: Google)
(RNN) – Google has turned its canvass into a happy little tribute to an American artist.
It was no happy accident that the search engine's logo honored Bob Ross, the host of PBS' The Joy of Painting, with a doodle. Oct. 29 is his birthday.
Ross was known for painting landscapes featuring "happy little clouds" and "happy little trees" with a fast pace, calm demeanor and sly wit.
Google's celebratory logo puts its second "g" over a mountainous landscape, similar to the ones Ross was famous for during his 11-year run on the TV show. It also features a squirrel on Ross' shoulder as a nod to the occasional appearance on the show of small animals Ross cared for.
Perhaps more famous than his landscapes was Ross' afro-style haircut and beard, and his tendency to "beat the devil" out of a paintbrush.
Ross would have been 70 years old this year, but he died in 1995 after a bout with lymphoma. He was stationed in Alaska while in the Air Force, which is where much of the inspiration for his paintings came from.
Ross' paintings from the show were not sold, but were donated to PBS stations or auctioned for charities. Ross did, however, create a line of painting supplies and instruction books, which can still be purchased at www.bobross.com, helping thousands of other people have good days when they paint.
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