I love high art but I'm not ashamed to admit that I also enjoy a good paint by number painting. This do-it-yourself concept was invented in 1951 when an artist named Dan Robbins joined with Max Klein, owner of the Palmer Paint Company, to create and sell paint by number kits. Today, searching for vintage paint by numbers can be a fun and affordable way to start a collection and cover a blank wall in your home. They have a great graphic quality and the subjects are endless: portraits, floral still lifes, idyllic landscapes, Da Vinci's The Last Supper...
When grouped together, paint by numbers can look especially great:
Etsy and ebay are great places to hunt for paint by numbers. Just listed in the shop, this quaint snowy village scene reminds me of New England in the winter!
--Images: Country Living (1), Dan Wheeler via Mint Design Blog (2-3), Dan Wheeler via OK Great (4), Estate Eclectic (5-6)