Periodically, things go really well. Property values grow at unprecedented rates. The S & P 500 grows 13% year over year. And, once in a blue moon, a single pretty good (but not great) idea will catch the right executive’s eye and move someone from the creative class into the realm of the nouveau riche (and they will buy Jet Skis for all of their friends). Then other times, the unemployment rate more than doubles inflation and the best solution anyone can think of is to tax high-earners in excess of 50% of their income. In the latter scenario, romance, entertainment and romantic entertainment* become a bit superfluous when budget time comes around. That’s when the tough get creative.
Before I get started, scrap booking (and the dreaded collage) is to most guys what couples skating is to friendships: poison. But working on a little art project is a good way to burn a few hours and perhaps grow a little closer. The art project doesn’t have to be the ceiling of the Sixteenth Chapel or anything, just something that you can both work on together.
Typically, one person is better at artistic endeavors (this person is generally me, everything I do is art**) and that’s OK. If this person is of the patient artist variety: good. If this person belongs to the temperamental artist subcategory: not good. Maybe choosing something that neither party is professional at would be a good start. Plus a time limit and an agreement to keep all the criticism constructive would be wise (I’m thinking of Royal Tenenbaum’s critique of Margo’s play: “What characters? There’s a bunch of little kids in animal costumes.”) So, throw on some music, uncap a fifth of Mad Dog and let your creative flag fly.
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-Written by Tom Miller for Yourtango.com