Part meditative tutorial, part fireside chat, each episode finds the artist ensconced at his worktable, where he hones his intricate watercolour techniques and shares his reflections on life.
S1 E1: Bob Ross Was Wrong
After contemplating how to open his show, John discusses his parents’ approach to nurturing their kids’ creativity.
S1 E2: The Explosion Story
John crashes his seventh drone in his attempt to film a show open. Next, he shares how his cancer treatment led to a middle-of-the-night disastrous shrimp curry incident and recalls meeting Barry White.
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S1 E3: Elephant
John recounts how the obsession he and his brother shared for John Coltrane’s "Live at Birdland" resulted in an unfortunate Sunday breakfast, and chronicles his epic quest to procure a live eel in Manhattan.
S1 E4: Fame Is Bad
John explains the origin of the painting he made in "honour" of Gore Vidal, tells the story of the now-famous actor who used to clean his house, and ponders the toll that fame took on his friend Anthony Bourdain.
S1 E5: The Disappearance Of Chicken Man
John contemplates uncanny disappearances on the island where he lives. Next, he tells the story of being turned away from the DMV at 17 and how his mother tried to intervene.
S1 E6: Finding Rudolph
John considers the complex songs of tree frogs, recounts ongoing attempts to make his cameraman Erik laugh, and reflects on the challenges and benefits of painting with watercolours.