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 This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Six Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 50 Close Knit Close Knit: Meet the weavers keeping traditional Egyptian tapestrymaking alive. Arts & Culture Issue 50 New Roots The Palestinian art and agriculture collective sowing seeds of community. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Checked Out Why is hotel art so boring? Arts & Culture Issue 49 Cult Rooms The history—and future—of Luna Luna Park. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Last Night What did gallerist Selma Modéer Wiking do with her evening? Arts & Culture Issue 47 That’s Life The quiet tyranny of clichés.