Seeing Puzzles Everywhere

Yesterday I was browsing through my friends’ Instagram posts when one caught my eye.

 

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I think I focused on all the wrong things in his post because all I could think was, “Hey! His phone’s background is an Eric Dowdle Folk Art painting!” I think he just chose it because it’s a cool image of our local college sports stadium, but still—all I could think was, “I wonder if he does puzzles?”

Have you guys ever been out and about in every day life and recognized a painting or an artist’s work because you’ve become so familiar with them as puzzle images?

Puzzles have so many benefits! Now we can be the art “experts” in our group of friends, too! :)

Artist Bio: Eric Dowdle

Eric Dowdle is a very popular artist for puzzles. So popular, in fact, that he has his own puzzle company: Dowdle Folk Art. We carry Dowdle Folk Art puzzles that feature images of some very recognizable towns in Dowdle’s very recognizable hand. Charming and colorful, these renditions are some of the most well-liked puzzles around!

dowdle folk art, new york city, statue of liberty, america

Statue of Liberty. 500 pieces. Finished size: 16″ x 20″.

Dowdle was born into a family of twelve children (ten boys and two girls) in the Western United States. His family focused on old fashioned values that he thinks are reflective in his art—those values of hard work and  devotion to God and country.

jerusalem, religious puzzles, folk art religious

Jerusalem. 500 pieces. Finished size: 16″ x 20″.

texas, travel, landmarks

Galveston, TX. 500 pieces. Finished size: 16″ x 20″.

Eventually the family lived in Boston, Massachusetts where Dowdle said he developed his fascination with folk art. His unique style has been applied to cities all around the country and world from Boise, Idaho New York, New York to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

new york city, central park, christmas puzzles, winter

Central Park. 500 pieces. Finished size: 16″ x 20″.

No matter the city, Dowdle applies the same unique style that somehow manages to cncompass an “essence” of what people feel about their home. It’s a sort of magical quality that makes everywhere beautiful and homey, no matter how big or small.

hong kong

Hong Kong. 500 pieces. Finished size: 16″ x 20″.

oregon puzzles, northwest jigsaw

Portland, OR. 500 pieces. Finished size: 16″ x 20″.

Dowdle’s first gallery was in the Cottonwood mall in Salt Lake City, Utah. Now his work has been featured all over the country in different galleries and historical pageants. Currently Dowdle, his wife, and five children reside in Lindon, Utah. To date, he says his most flattering award is the one he received at the 1997 Latter Day Saints Church Art Competition.

paris puzzles, france

Paris. 500 pieces. Finished size: 16″ x 20″.

Dowdle also loves to illustrate stadiums and fields of some of your favorite sports teams, from Wrigley Field to the Boise State Broncos football stadium. Check out more Dowdle Folk Art puzzles for puzzles of zoos, ballon festivals, more!

 

Old Sport: Puzzles for Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to everyone out there, whether you’re celebrating yours or celebrating being one!

My father is a big sports fan. Doesn’t matter what sport it is, he’ll watch it. Little League World Series? He’s watching it. Golf? He’s watching it. He’ll watch the FIFA World Cup even though he doesn’t even really like soccer. I’m sure if my favorite sport, Quidditch, made it onto the TV screen, he’d watch that too!

So, to celebrate my dad this Father’s Day, I’ve compiled some of our sports related puzzles. There’s tons for all your athletically-inclined lovers of the game!

What do your fathers love best, what puzzle theme would be perfect for them? Let us know in the comments!

To start, here’s a Dodgers puzzle, because that’s my dad’s team!

Pennant – Dodgers by TDC Games. 300 pieces.

Play Ball by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field 3D Puzzle by Promotional Partners Worldwide.

2011 World Series Champions – St. Louis Cardinals by White Mountain. 550 pieces.

Collector’s Closet by Springbok. 1000 pieces.

Sports Legends by White Mountain. 1000 pieces.

Texas A&M Football by Dowdle Folk Art. 500 pieces.

Wimbledon Tennis by Wentworth Wooden Puzzles. 200 pieces.

Golf Memories by White Mountain. 550 pieces.