My friend and collaborator C.S. Whitcomb heartily recommended I try painting by numbers. "After a long day using your brain to write, it's very relaxing," she says.
So I tried it out with fellow writer Susie Gilman, my partner, the the Long Suffering Floyd, and the co-creator of my godchildren, Lisa Sloan.
Our initial instinct was to not follow the rules--no cheesy kitsch art for us--but I realized that it's really no different than doing a jigsaw puzzle, an exercise to which none of us would object on the basis that it's not "real art." So we filled in dutifully, using it as a perfectly pleasant task to accompany conversation.
That said, we had our fill by the time we filled in the sky. I mean, those spaces are itty bitty. And I never said I had to finish a New Thing.
Here are Lisa and Susie, the pseudo-artists at work.