Connie Fuller's Profile

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I grew up in the age of Paint By Number paintings, but in rural Kansas, my art consisted of crayons and pencils. I loved the simple beauty of the Kansas prairie grasslands, the colorful, ever changing sky... I saw beautiful design in all the nature that surrounded me. Childhood wonder gave way to creating art, summer art classes, then a degree in art and a job as a graphic artist.

It wasn't until I recently found some old paintings hanging high on a wall in a thrift shop that I fell in love with what I discovered was a simple, lost art started in the 50's by Palmer Paint Company. Everyone, regardless of artistic talent, could paint a masterpiece with the numbered cardboard canvases and premixed numbered paints. You simply needed to paint inside the lines... and painting each color inside the lines is what gives the Paint By Number it's very unique and beautiful look. The…

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  • Born on February 14
  • Joined April 15, 2012

About

I grew up in the age of Paint By Number paintings, but in rural Kansas, my art consisted of crayons and pencils. I loved the simple beauty of the Kansas prairie grasslands, the colorful, ever changing sky... I saw beautiful design in all the nature that surrounded me. Childhood wonder gave way to creating art, summer art classes, then a degree in art and a job as a graphic artist.

It wasn't until I recently found some old paintings hanging high on a wall in a thrift shop that I fell in love with what I discovered was a simple, lost art started in the 50's by Palmer Paint Company. Everyone, regardless of artistic talent, could paint a masterpiece with the numbered cardboard canvases and premixed numbered paints. You simply needed to paint inside the lines... and painting each color inside the lines is what gives the Paint By Number it's very unique and beautiful look. The composition and colors of the early Paint By Number paintings are beautiful, and are now highly sought after by avid collectors, with rare pieces bringing several hundred dollars.

I have found many old Paint By Number paintings that were tossed aside, their colors faded, some were started and never finished, some kits were never started at all, the paints long dried out and useless. That's when I decided to save as many of these paintings as I can, thus The Painted Prairie was born. It is challenging and time consuming, but very rewarding to see them in all their glory once again for future generations to see.

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