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While We Wait...Guest Spot

My first callout was to Franca Longobardi, a woman who I can confidently say is the most positive person I know, so I was eager to find out what she was up to. She didn’t disappoint and revealed a collection of the most incredible paint-by-numbers!

Here’s what she had to say about how the pandemic has given her the time and space to revisit her love of painting.

“My love for painting started years ago when I took an art class in my early thirties. Before that, I could only draw stick figures. My art teacher, at the time, suggested I take up paint-by-numbers to help with my drawing and painting. The next day I walked into an art supply store and found a whole section of paint-by-numbers kits for beginners as well as more advanced artists. My first painting was an 8 x 10 bowl of fruit, the difficulty was 0-5. The kit came with all the paints, brushes and the canvas. It took me a couple of weeks to finish it and I was hooked!

“Through the years life got busier and slowly I put away my brushes and kept my unfinished painting on my easel hoping to get back to it one day.

“When Covid hit I suddenly had all this time on my hands and needed to keep busy. Paint-by-numbers filled my days and kept my mind occupied for hours and hours.

“These days I order my paintings from Amazon and order three at a time so I don’t run out of paintings during Covid!”

Thank you for sharing this with us Franca! Your paintings are beautiful! I’m so glad you’ve been able to get those brushes back in action.

Stay tuned for next time when I’ll share more crafty inspirations and more glimpses into what the Mirvish team are up to While We Wait.

Have you turned to arts and crafts during this pandemic? We’d love to hear from you. We’d especially like to see photos of your creations. Don’t be shy. It’s time you blew your own horn and shared your work with others. If we feature your work in future issues of Meanwhile, we’ll reward you a $100 Mirvish gift card. Email us at