... until I break out the paint brushes, that is.
(Rowdy watching art in progress....on the forbidden paper zone)
If I rinse out a brush in the middle of a project, I'll always return to find Rowdy sprawled out on my newspaper, sniffing the latest creation. He's always careful never to spill anything, or do anything more than sniff, but he clearly considers the workspace (and latest work of art) his own.
I'm considering buying him a non-toxic paints set and letting him paint postcards.... in a tarped-off area, of course.