Jacek Yerka: An Artist of Perspective

Jacek Yerka is a Polish artist that was born in 1952. He attended the local Fine Arts Academy in Torun, the town he grew up in. Stubbornly resisting his professors insistence to conform to the simpler, less-detailed contemporary art styles, Yerka preferred and painted in the classic, meticulous Flemish style. For him, his teachers attempt to move him away from his fascination with realism was “an attempt to stifle [his] own creative style.” He refused to fall in line; his teachers relented, recognizing his talent.

Yerka’s art often features images from his childhood, especially the surroundings of his 1950′s Polish home and his grandmother’s kitchen. He also enjoys images of odd little beasts and whimsical and fantastic landscapes.

Our Yerka puzzles feature the bright colors of his art, as well as his interesting take on perspective, balance, and contrast.

Three Seasons by Ceaco. 750 pieces. 24 x 18 inches.

Checkmate by Ceaco. 750 pieces. 24 by 18 inches.

Holiday Room by Ceaco. 750 pieces. 24 by 18 inches.

Four Seasons by Ceaco. 550 pieces. 20 by 20 inches.

Gardener’s Garden by Ceaco. 550 pieces. 20 by 20 inches.

Polish Cuisine by Ceaco. 550 pieces. 20 by 20 inches.

Friday the 13th: Gothic Puzzles Highlight

It’s Friday the 13th—the day to avoid black cats, walking under ladders, and picking up pennies tails-side-up. The day has an otherworldly sense of gloom and mystery, so today we’re highlighting the bleak and beautiful art of gothic artists such as  Victoria Frances, Cris Ortega, and Nene Thomas.

Waterlilies by Victoria Frances from Heye. 1000 pieces. 13 by 37 inches.

Dress by Victoria Frances from Heye. 1000 pieces. 19 by 27 inches.

Curly by Victoria Frances from Heye. 2000 pieces. 19 by 53.3 inches.

Candelabra by Victoria Frances from Heye. 500 pieces. 19 x 14 inches.

Red by Cris Ortega from Heye. 3000 pieces. 46 by 33 inches.

Swans by Cris Ortega from Heye. 1000 pieces. 27 by 19 inches.

A Chance Encounter by Nene Thomas from Ceaco. 750 pieces.

Remembering 9/11

I love New York City. As a city that I have visited twice and lived in for my freshman year of college, it has a particularly special place in my heart.

I have visited Ground Zero when the rubble was still being cleared away five years later, as well as a WTC museum that still affects me to this day, with the quotes from the answering machines left on loved ones’ phones from the victims on the plane to the hundreds of missing posters on display that are both still prominently in my memory.

I lived in Brooklyn during the construction of One World Trade Center; I visited my friends a year later and had the privilege to visit the new Memorial Plaza, both beautiful and devastating with the pools whose walls are inscribed with the names of the 2,983 people that died.

Today we are all somber and reflective, remembering those we have lost in Flight 93, the Trade Centers, and in the Pentagon, as well as the strength of a city and nation that banded together.

New York #11 by Buffalo Games

9/11 Commemorative – God Bless America by Master Pieces

3D Puzzle – One World Trade Center by Daron Worldwide Trading

NYC – Brooklyn Bridge by Ravensburger

 

 

National Grandparents Day!

Every Sunday following Labor Day is National Grandparents Day, a day created by Marian McQuade in order to champion the lonely elderly in nursing homes and to encourage grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage that their grandparents could provide. Jimmy Carter proclaimed the holiday in 1978.

My grandparents have always had a fascinating wealth of knowledge, and I’ve always said that I would love to be friends with them even if we aren’t related. My maternal grandmother can recite our entire family history back so many generations, I can’t even count them! My maternal grandfather is a skilled woodworker; he helped me build two bookshelves which are among my favorite possessions. My paternal grandparents taught me to cook. I remember as a child playing card and board games with my grandparents, pretending to host tea time (to which my own grandfather played along very enthusiastically).

We have several puzzles which capture the love between a grandparent and grandchild—all to help you bring back memories of these special figures in our lives.

Do any of these puzzles remind you of your own grandparents? Let us know in the comments!

religious puzzles, christian jigsaw

The Blessing by SunsOut. 500 pieces.

Afternoon with Grandma by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

Grandpa’s Pumpkins by SunsOut. 300 pieces.

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Living Room by Pintoo. 1000 pieces.

Tea With Grandpa by Cobble Hill. 275 pieces.

Saturday Matinee by Cobble Hill. 275 pieces.

First Jar of the Year by Cobble Hill. 1000 pieces.

Grampa “Watches” the Kids by White Mountain. 1000 pieces.

The Gift by Eurographics. 1000 pieces.

These puzzles don’t feature people, but they do certainly evoke feelings of grandparents!

Grandma’s Attic by Ravensburger. 1000 pieces.

Grandma’s Kitchen by White Mountain. 1000 pieces.

Grandma’s Rocker by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

Grandma’s Hearthstone by Pomegranate. 500 pieces.

National Read a Book Day is September 6th!

Tomorrow is National Read a Book Day, so it will be a great day to unplug and unwind in a cozy chair.

There are some overlapping benefits between reading and puzzling. Both improve concentration and memory and lower stress and keep your brain active. Additionally benefits of reading are a more expansive vocabulary and glimpses to other times, places, and cultures.

Need some book recommendations? Goodreads is fantastic for every type of recommendation you may ever need, including books you should read and others you should avoid, with lists such as:

Pick up something new, reread something old, or try out something that’s been sitting on your shelves for ages. Whatever you do, read!

We’ve previously highlighted puzzles with a post on 5 Reasons You Should be Reading Game of Thrones and Book-Related Puzzles. Today here’s all of the Classic Book Puzzles we have, which come in a collectible packaging that looks just like a book on your shelf! It even has a magnetic closing.

Jack and the Beanstalk by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces.

The Queen’s Croquet by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces.

Romeo and Juliet by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces.

Huck Finn by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces.

Wizard of Oz by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces.

Gone with the Wind by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces.