For a long time, I searched high and low to find my very own vintage palm tree paint by number picture. Recently, I snagged this beauty. While there are many opinions about paint by number pictures, and whether or not they constitute real works of art, I have always been a fan of their easily recognizable style.
An artist named Dan Robbins came up with the idea in the 50’s. He realized that with a paint by number picture kit, anyone could produce a piece of wall worthy art. The 1950’s were the perfect time for such an idea. In post war America, people had more leisure hours to spend on hobbies and other artistic pursuits. Robbins teamed up with Max Klein of the Palmer Paint Company, and under the Craft Master Brand, produced the first paint by number kits. I love the slogan that was printed on every paint by number kit box:
"Every man a Rembrandt!"
Critics saw them as an attack on creativity. In the end though, they became worthy icons of pop culture.
I wish I knew who painted my palm trees. I do know that my mother’s mom painted a wonderful pair of flamingo paint by number pictures. Are there any of these masterpieces on your own walls?