December 11, 2023

Attention all Bob Ross fans: The new movie Paint is officially in theaters. Inspired by the legendary artist’s work and distinct look (signature perm and all!), the indie film follows Carl Nargle played by Owen Wilson. As Vermont’s number one public television painter, Nargle is living the dream… until a younger artist comes on the scene and steals his thunder. While the story is set in Burlington, Vermont, the production was actually filmed in Saratoga Springs, New York. Ahead, take a look at everything we know about the charming locations that were tapped for the comedy.

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Where was Paint filmed?

According to Saratoga Living, Paint was entirely filmed in and around Saratoga Springs. Known for its horse races and mineral springs, the small city is located in Upstate New York. The movie tapped various spots in the area for its quaint backdrops. Houses on Circular Street in Saratoga Springs can be seen as Nargle drives around town in a custom van. His art studio is actually a barn in Greenfield Center, a hamlet in Saratoga County, while the building where he works is the local WMHT television station.

The outlet notes a number of other locations throughout the film, including Lucy’s Bar, Desperate Annie’s, Olde Bryan Inn, the Lincoln Baths, and Hidden Lake Girl Scout Camp.

Should watching the film make you eager to consume real Bob Ross content, all 31 seasons of his widely beloved show The Joy of Painting are available to watch on YouTube. Or if it puts you in the mood to plan a small-town getaway to Saratoga Springs, the city features many more must-see spots. There’s the Saratoga Race Course, which is the oldest active sporting venue in the country, as well as the Roosevelt Baths and Spa at the Gideon Putnam Resort, where guests can relax. And while you’re at it, consider adding design-forward locations in the Hudson Valley to your itinerary for even more fun.

You love filming locations. So do we. Let’s obsess over them together.

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Kelly Allen is the current Associate Editor at House Beautiful, where she covers design, pop culture, and travel for digital and the print magazine. She’s been with the team for nearly three years, attending industry events and covering a range of topics. When she’s not watching every new TV show and movie, she’s browsing vintage home stores, admiring hotel interiors, and wandering around New York City. She previously worked for Delish and Cosmopolitan. Follow her on Instagram.


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