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Learning the art of relaxation from the master of happy accidents (and accidental life advice).

It is difficult to recall any one Bob Ross painting. Mountain Waterfall looks a lot like Mountain Retreat, which looks a lot like Brown Mountain before it and Autumn Mountain before that. As the host of The Joy of Painting, an American television tutorial that ran for 31 seasons between 1983 and 1994, Ross painted over 400 variations on the theme. His was an oeuvre of quantity—a prolific series of boreal mirages, like New Age desktop wallpapers. “Talent is a

  • Words:
    John Clifford Burns
  • Photograph:
    © Bob Ross Inc.

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  • Words:
    John Clifford Burns
  • Photograph:
    © Bob Ross Inc.
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