We recently got in a batch of several fun, new series of jigsaw puzzles!
For folk artist fans, you’ll love the new Art of Anthony Kleem series! With six new puzzles from Karmin, all at 550 pieces, folks will have fun putting together the whole series, which features great folk art themes such as the mountains, the beach, and hot air balloons.
New series now feature captions that feature a list of all the other puzzles in the series by name, so they’re extra easy to find! You’ll find the list with hyperlinks that will take you directly to the new puzzle underneath the caption and before the information in the details. It will look like this:
For those that are a fan of vintage Americana jigsaw puzzles, especially ones that feature old advertisements, look no further than the Kellogg’s series, which includes collages of retro Kellogg’s characters and the box art of Snap, Crackle, and Pop from Rice Krispies cereal! With tons of detail and color and a dash of nostalgia, these are some great puzzles to do to bring back some memories!
If vintage and Americana artwork aren’t your thing, the contemporary photography art of Terry Border might be right up your alley! Border makes humorous scenes using everyday objects to tell tiny stories. In one, an ice-cube-person lifts weights (made out of a toothpick and Lifesaver gummies!) while staring longingly at a poster of the Titanic that says, “If you can dream it, you can achieve it.” His photographs will be sure to amuse young and old puzzlers alike!
Recently we did a post on Eric Dowdle Folk Art puzzles. While we love Eric Dowdle (and we know you do, too, based on his popularity) we thought it might also be nice to get some comparisons across the folk art genre.
The genre of folk art reflects the traditional values of society. Popular images include cozy neighborhoods, horse and buggies, farms, quilts, balloons, and parades. There’s a sense of serenity, warmth, and community in them. Folk art is characterized by a style that is not concerned with either correct perspective or proportion.
The folk artists with the most puzzles on our site include Charles Wysocki, Eric Dowdle, and Jane Wooster Scott, but we have even more! Some only have one or two puzzles, but their presence is still appreciated. But browse along these images and tell us who you like best!
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BOB PETTES is from Minneapolis, Minnesota and his talent for art was discovered in grade school. After the war, he took advantage of the GI Bill to study art at the college level. He focuses on Americana and European landscapes.
CHARLES WYSOCKI was born in Detroit, Michigan to Polish parents. He credits his influences to Edward Hopper and Norman Rockwell. He considers himself a painter of early American life with a “love for the old-fashioned values.”
ELLEN STOUFFER is an artist that draws inspiration from everyday things, and she often includes things in her paintings inspired by her faith in God and her 1848 homestead. Sometimes her artwork features meaningful scripture.
ERIC DOWDLE appreciates the values of hard work and faith in God and devotion to one’s country. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah but many of his artworks feature beautiful renditions of other famous towns and cities. Here are 2 more generic puzzles of his that may appeal more to someone from anywhere that’s less of a travel buff.
SHEILA LEE was born in Baltimore and says her upbringing and her Irish Catholic heritage combined left her with a “terminal sense of humor” that she tries to inject in her art of people in simpler times who have that same humor. She is influenced by Charles Wysocki and Linda Nelson Stocks but adds her own flair with trademarks of a Celtic cross, a shooting star, calico prints, quilt patterns, a white dog with black spots, an antagonistic cat, or a mischievous child playing a prank.
LINDA NELSON STOCKS makes art that celebrates America’s remarkable heritage injected with values of community and family. She enjoys painting farms and villages in rich detail.
MATTIE LOU O’KELLEY started beginning to paint at age 60 as a hobby. She died 19 years later, but in that time, she painted beautiful nostalgic works that depicted the Georgia countryside from the 20th century. She had always wanted to paint, but she had to leave school in 9th grade to help out on the family farm. She worked as a seamstress, cook, and waitress in town after her father died, and when she retired at age 60 she said she “finally had the time” to learn to paint, and quickly went on to be a celebrated folk artist.
WILFREDO LIMVALENCIA considers his style “folk-realism” because he has a penchant for minute details. There is a unique blending of naieve art and realistic elements that makes Limvalencia’s art really special. He brainstorms with his family and says he really feels blessed to live an artist’s life.
ART POULIN has a deep appreciation of America’s simplicity and a knowledge of 20th century architecture that he infuses in his art in a seamless blend. His work is warm and gentle countryside scenes which embrace an alliance between accuracy in perspective and architecture not typically found in folk art. Before working in art, Poulin was in the military and had the honor to meet six presidents.
TOM ANTONISHAK grew up in Pennsylvania as an Eagle Scout and there developed a deep appreciation of nature. His interest in art was a combination of his interest in history, specifically the American West. Before attending the Art Institute of Pittsburgh for graphic design, he served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He says he tries to infuse an acute sense of detail and intensity in his art.
JANE WOOSTER SCOTT is in the Guinness Book of World Records as one of the most reproduced artists in America. At first she began by copying the style of artist Grandma Moses but eventually she developed her own style. Most of her shows today sell out on opening night. She describes herself as a very happy person, and hopes that her art brings out that same emotion in her viewers because, “We have enough stressful things in the world. We don’t need it hanging on our walls.”
Feeling nostalgic lately? With spring around the corner and the focus on things being new and fresh maybe now’s as good a time as ever to do a little look back and focus on revivals…revivals of the beautiful look and feel of some classic cars.
If you or someone you know loves tinkering around on engines, especially of the old variety, maybe they’ll also like to build some puzzles that celebrate the sleekness of some classic Chevys. Seeing how things fit and match together to create a seamless new product is an activity for both the car-lover and the puzzle-lover, after all!
By far one of our best selling puzzle artists, Folk Artist Charles Wysocki is recognized across the globe and his puzzles create a feeling of nostalgia of old time Americana.
Charles Wysocki was born in 1928 in Detroit, Michigan to Polish parents. Though he had a happy childhood, his early enthusiasm was not equally shared by his father who worried about his future and tried to redirect his interests into more stable hobbies for a future income. His mother, however, fully supported his artistic tendencies.
He grew up continuing his art but was drafted during the Korean War. He was stationed in Germany, and after his two year obligation he left the army and and picked up the pen again, although it wasn’t in the way he dreamed: he found a job in the Polish community of Detroit making drawings of tools and car parts for manuals and catalogs.
Eventually he attend the Art Center in Los Angeles, which he as able to do on the G.I. Bill. He majored in design and advertising illustration.
In 1959 that Wysocki formed an advertising agency called “Group West” and became a successful freelance artist for three years, serving such companies as Chrysler and General Tire. Around this time, Wysocki met his wife, Elizabeth, whom he married after six weeks of dating and whom would become a strong influence on Wysocki’s life and art. Elizabeth came from the countryside, and Wysocki would be drawn to the simplicity he found in her upbringing and he loved the wholesome values of the more rural life.
In the five years before Wysocki and Elizabeth’s first child was born, they traveled often to the New England states, of which Wysocki says “I feel the serenity of this life, and it became enhanced on our vacations to New England. We fell immediately in love with this section of our country because the pace so closely resembled our way of thinking—a love for the very small personal closeness of each other’s company and being content with ‘little’ things, happy in activities city folks might find boring.”
He credits his other influences as Rousseau, Edward Hopper, Normal Rockwell, and “of course, Grandma Moses.” While he is considered a folk artist, Wysocki wouldn’t describe himself as that, and he definitely wouldn’t describe himself as primitive. Instead, he says he “consider[s] [him]self simply a painter of early American life with a wide mixture of influences and with a love for the old-fashioned values.”
In the ‘60s, though Wysocki worked commercially, his heart was always for the simpler style that he felt represented himself. In his free time he worked on the Americana paintings which depict imagined places with details of the places and values familiar to him. These paintings are filled with Wysocki’s signature warmth and sentimentality. A very successful one-man show in which every single piece was sold convinced Wysocki to leave the commercial art world forever. He continued making a living off of original paintings and calendar prints, and then he worked with AMCAL to produce his images on puzzles, collector plates, serving trays, cards, magnets and more.
Wysocki continued painting until the end of his life. He died at the age of 73 in July 2002.