Monday, April 28, 2008
I am doing a 2000 piece puzzle.
It's mammoth, the largest puzzle I've ever done--39 by 30 inches. I love all sorts of jigsaw puzzles, but this one is really something. It's taking forever.
I love it.
I've been pretty busy lately, so I only allow myself a few minutes with the puzzle here and there. On the weekends, I indulge and spend and hour or two with it instead of the daily sudoku. Even so, I've studied it so closely that I've gotten to know it in a very intimate way. It's become a character in my life. I am fascinated by it. I am so familiar with the image that I'll be walking by the puzzle table, see a glint of color and say, "aha!" then pluck that piece from the hundreds of pieces on the table and fit it perfectly into the image. That drives my kid nuts.
The image is "Allegory of Sight" by Jan Brueghel the Elder and Peter Paul Rubens painted in 1618 (oil on wood).
My puzzle version is cropped on the right and does not have the picture of the garlanded Virgin and baby. Oh well.
Clementoni, Ravensburger and Springbok are my favorite brands. I'm very particular about the images on the puzzles. I like museum art images and I also love big colorful fun puzzles to do with my kid--particularly food and candy images. Her and her friends had a ball with School of Fish, which is a great puzzle as it has big simple pieces and smaller ones as well. I love a puzzle with a sense of humor.
I would pay $100 for a 1000 piece puzzle of Mike Rowe or Rally Caparas naked. And I'd want to get it with just a partial photo--so I could be surprised as I completed the puzzle (although I think everyone knows which parts I would fit together first).
My word, Mr. Rowe!
Wishful thinking. In the meantime, I'm saving up for this.