Le Nid Porte-bonheure, 2022-11-13

The title is in French, and as far as I can make out, it means “The Nest Lucky Charme”. I love the image, but it was much more difficult than I expected. Not as bad as my previous puzzle by the same artists 🙂 It took a while to get into, but I did enjoy it on the end.

Le Nid Porte-bonheure by Anne Poiré & Patrick Guallino, Grafika, 1500 pieces. Completed on November 13, 2022.

L’Adorazione, 2022-09-19

A painting from 1931 by Italian futurist painter Luigi Colombo, who also used the name Fillìa. There’s only the Italian title on the box, the word adorazione means ‘adoration, worship’. I didn’t know of this artist before, but many of his paintings look like they would make very entertaining puzzles (here are some images). He sadly died at the early age of 31 in 1936.

This was the last puzzle I did in Dortmund before returning to Helsinki a week ago. I actually didn’t expect to finish it before leaving, but it turned out to be easier than I thought. I did the red ball first, then the blue cross, then the black shape, then the brown shape and finally the background. Even the background wasn’t too difficult, there was so much variation in shades. Loved it!

L’Adorazione by Luigi Colombo, Grafika, 2000 pieces. Completed on September 19, 2022.

Himmel, 2022-04-02

I managed to finish Himmel. This was so much more difficult than I expected it to be. It became more entertaining towards the end, but somehow, I also expected this to be more fun than it actually was. The image is a painting from 1914-1915 by American modernist Marsden Hartley, who was in Berlin at the time. The title, “Himmel”, is also present in the image, and it’s German for sky or heaven. In this case, it’s should probably be translated as heaven, as there is another word in the painting, Hölle, which is German for hell.

Himmel by Marsden Hartley, Grafika, 1500 pieces. Completed on April 2, 2022.

Himmel, In Progress

Here’s another typical example of a puzzle that I expected to be much easier than it turned out. I actually thought I would be able to finish it before leaving Dortmund, but that definitely didn’t happen. My next visit will be a short weekend trip, so I may even have to wait until Easter until it’s finished.

The image is a painting by American modernist Marsden Hartley.

Dominant Curve, 2021-12-13

This wonderful Kandinsky painting from 1936 makes a great puzzle. It also happens to be one of the best quality Grafika puzzles I’ve ever done, and the end result was one of of my favourite puzzles ever. And this is the second Kandinsky on that list (The first was Balancement). I’m not sure what makes these so appealing to me, but I love them, and find them almost impossible to leave until the last piece is in place.

Dominant Curve by Kandinsky, Grafika, 1500 pieces. Completed on December 13, 2021.

Clocks, 2021-09-03

Lovely collage of clocks by Grafika. Fun and easy, and probably the best quality Grafika that I’ve ever done. The pieces were thicker than usual, and very few pieces were stuck together, which is a problem I’ve had with Grafika in the past.

Clocks, Grafika, 1000 pieces. Completed on September 3, 2021.

Fish Magic, 2021-08-25

I finally managed to finish Fish Magic, a painting by Paul Klee from 1925. The dark parts were quite challenging, and some pieces probably are placed wrong (there were at least two places for each piece where they fit perfectly, and sometimes it was very difficult to know which slot was correct). Each row had a repeating pattern, so that the exact same shape would appear twice in each row. I used this to identify what shape of piece I was looking for, and that helped a lot.

Fish Magic by Paul Klee, Grafika, 2000 pieces. Completed on August 25, 2021.

I even had some of the pieces in orderly rows to make it easier to find pieces. I’m usually far too lazy for something like this, but with this one, I really needed all the help I could get.

Next, I will do something much easier!

Fish Magic, In Progress & Shopping

I’ve now reached the “WTF was I thinking?”-stage with this puzzle. All of the remaining pieces (1000+) of this 2000-piece puzzle are very dark. At least it’s a Grafika and the precision of the cut is excellent, but this will take some time.

This year I’ve been very good about not buing a lot of puzzles, but now that I’m in Germany and get free shipping from my favourite puzzle vendors, I put in two rather large orders. Here’s what I got:

Mariana, 2020-11-07

Great painting by John Everett Millais from 1851. The woman in the picture, Mariana, is a character in Maesure by Measure by Shakespeare. I love the way the setting and dress is mediaeval, but her pose looks very natural and relaxed. On the table in front of her there is some sort of needlework, and she’s clearely got up to stretch her back a little.

As a puzzle, the left half was great, but the right half was a bit too dark. The puzzle itself was darker than the image on the box.

Mariana by John Everett Millais, Grafika, 1000 pieces.