Post a Reminiscence
My sister and I both got a set for Christmas when we were young.
I remember taking great pains to get it perfect. My Dad framed
each one. They hung in my parents home for many years. When we
broke up Mother's home, I took mine. My son is a painter, living
in Florence, Italy, so his paintings take precedence over mine.
Mine now hangs in the basement!
March 3, 2002
I have enjoyed pbn sets since I was a child . . . still do .
. . my latest are the ones by Kincaid . . . can't afford his paintings,
so these are great. I like to do these while the kids are settled
down and things are winding down for the day. Helps me to relax
and get ready for a good night sleep. Thanks for showing the exhibit
April 15, 2002
I painted the Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane (1955). My daddy
was so impressed, he took it to a professional framer, had it
framed and it hung in an honored spot in our living room in Grand
Forks, North Dakota. Wow this was fun to remember. I still have
April 17, 2002
Let me first tell you, I am now a middle school Art/Science teacher.
I, too had paint-by-number experiences--however, they were never
finished works. Because I had such a love for making art, my mom
would buy the kits for me. I would always begin with good intentions,
but would soon get bored. So, I had a way to get around that.
I turned the picture board over and painted, with the paints on
the back. It game me many hours of pleasurable painting experiences.
Scientifically, I learned that oil paints did not mix with water,
they were hard to wash off, and if you ran out of the paint thinner
supplied with the kit, the fun was over! Artistically, I learned
to create and self-express.
None of my works have survived, but the wonderful learning experiences
and memories have lived on with me and have been recanted to my
own two children and my students
April 21, 2002
I remember my brother painstakingly painting pictures. I was
much younger and would try, but my impatience would win out. I
remember being bored with painting with one color in one area
and I would never fail to reach across a freshly painted area
and smear what I had just attempted to paint.
My mother would not be happy with the paint all over my clothing
and skin and I would be so frustrated with my efforts. I am so
glad I discovered acrylic paints as an adult!
Steve & Bettie
April 21, 2002
I can remember paint by number kits. We lived in the country
when I was younger. We were poor and the kits were fairly cheap.
My mom still has one that I painted in the early 70s. I look at
it now and remember all the fun my 2 brothers, my sister and I
had painting them. It was our family time activity on the weekend.
Oh the memories, I can still smell the cheap paint and feel the
paint brushes in my fingers. I wish that I could go back to the
simple time that represents.
Thank you for your article and happy remembering. Sincerely,
April 22, 2002
I remember coming home from the hospital at age 8 after a two-week
stay with pneumonia and receiving a paint-by-number kit. I felt
very special, as "adults" did these, and I was being
trusted with one. Coming from a lower middle class immigrant family,
I probably would never have been exposed to "real" paintings,
or even just the wonderful smell of the oil paint as one snapped
open the lids. I remember the toothpicks I used as stirrers neatly
lined up on newspaper, each with its own color coat . . .
April 22, 2002
In the late 50s our family spent our summer vacations at Lake
Sunapee in NH. We always shared these vacations with friends.
To wile away the rainy and cool days at the lake we would gather
around the kitchen table and paint by number. Fall pictures which
reminded us of New England were our favorite subjects. When I
no longer wanted to have them in my home I gave them to my mother
who had them on her walls until recently. It seems so weird that
they have become so popular as to be on display in museums.
South Lancaster, MA
April 29, 2002
While I helped my mother clean out her home after my father died
we found a few of these old kits. Some partially finished, some
not even started. She took them with her. When I asked her why
these ugly paintings were so popular she said it was just a new
fad at the time and everyone wanted them. She went on to say how
difficult they were to paint and how little time as a housewife
she had to work on them when we kids weren't around to smear them.
I do remember going to people's homes and seeing the same pictures
on the wall. Whatever made people think these were pretty is beyond
May 15, 2002
I worked for the most wonderful man in the world, Max Klein for
4 1/2 years, and he was fascinating when he told his stories about
the first Air Shipment to London and when he was introduced at
a University as Dr. Klein and had to give a speech on what makes
the mind go around when making a painting. The students and faculty
were overwhelmed about the knowledge Dr. Klein had and he was
invited to Universities all over the world to give his speech.
Max spend most of his time in the office or on the road, but he
a wonderful wife and 2 good kids, one who is now a real doctor.
Jorge von Holstein
May 15, 2002
Hanging right above me is the painting that my mother did with
paint by numbers. It has always hung in our house. My mother painted
the snowy scene before she was married. This was in the 50s. As
a young girl she would tell me how much she liked paint by number.
I was wondering if you know of a way to clean the picture. Someone
suggested vinegar and water but I don't want to ruin it. I hung
the picture up in my house after my mother passed away in 1999.
It gives me peace of mind and a great remembrance of my mother.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
May 28, 2002
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