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! :)

Folk Art Comparisons

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.

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After the Chores by SunsOut. 300 pieces. Finished size: 18″ x 24″.

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Meeting the Train by SunsOut. 500 pieces. Finished size: 18″ x 24.”

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.”

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Virginia’s Nest by Buffalo Games. 300 pieces. Finished size: 21.25″ x 15″.

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Pumpkin Hollow by Buffalo Games. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 26.75″ x 19.75″.

Benjamin’s Music Store by Buffalo Games. 300 pieces. Finished size: 21.25″ x 15″.

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.

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Sheep Barn by Ceaco. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 27″ x 20″.

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.

Classic Car Show by Dowdle Folk Art. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 18″ x 24″.

Dog Walkers by Dowdle Folk Art. 500 pieces. Finished size: 16″ x 20″.

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.

Fourth of July by White Mountain. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 24″ x 30″.

Hometown Parade by White Mountain. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 24″ x 30″.

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.

Gifts from the Garden by Ceaco. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 20″ x 27″.

Sasha Salutes the Flag by Ceaco. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 20″ x 27″.

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.

Yard Sale by Pomegranate. 500 pieces. Finished size: 27″ x 18″.

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.

Pies, Pastries, and Pumpkins by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 20″ x 27″.

Great American Quilt Factory by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 20″ x 27″.

Dockside Bears by SunsOut. 500 pieces. Finished size: 19″ x 19″.

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.

To the Barns by Buffalo Games. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 20″ x 27″.

Roses at Snapdragon by Buffalo Games. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 20″ x 27″.

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.

The Family Wagon by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 19″ x 30″.

Chasing Summer Butterflies by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 19″ x 30″.

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Somerset Hills by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 19″ x 30″.

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.”

The Pet Vet by Ceaco. 300 pieces. Finished size: 18″ x 24″.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Ceaco. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 27″ x 20″.

Halloween Adventures by Ceaco. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 27″ x 20″.

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!

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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!