Can’t Pick a Favorite Season? You Don’t Have to!

Your favorite season says a lot about you. If, like me, you prefer the cold, dreariness of winter, you might be a homebody that prefers the comfort of a blanket and a fire and a good book. A summer person might be active and energetic, ready to go out and play in the sunshine. Spring and autumn people are the most easygoing, accepting all types of weather, with spring folk seeming optimistic and ready for fresh beginnings and autumn people seeming productive as it’s the start of the school year and the end of the vacation months.

But if you just can’t decide between the warmth of a sunny day, the crispness of freshly fallen orange leaves, the thrill of the first snowfall of the season, or the cleansing feeling of rainy afternoons, then check out these puzzles: all four seasons with all their best qualities wrapped up into one puzzle! They could keep you busy the whole year long!

4 Seasons by Clementoni. 3000 pieces. 32.” x 44.85 inches.

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The Seasons by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. 16 x 24 inches.

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The Four Seasons by Clementoni. 1000 pieces. 26.5 x 18.75 inches.

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

Ecological Seasons by Pomegranate. 1000 pieces. 32 x 16 inches.

Change of Seasons by Buffalo Games. 750 pieces.

The New Yorker – Seasonal Scenes by New York Puzzle Co. 1000 pieces. 20 x 27 inches.

3D Pyramid – Four Seasons by Master Pieces. 300 pieces. 9.25 x 9.25 x 7 inches.

The Four Seasons by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. 19 x 30 inches.

 

Artist Profile: Jim Daly

In our last post, we featured a puzzle with the artwork of Jim Daly. Barbara’s comment that she loved the puzzle of the little boy taking a bath inspired me to look up what other Jim Daly art we have. Turns out, there’s quite a few! Some of them I’d even saved to my wishlist without realizing that they were from the same artist.

If you like art that “shows life as good, honest, wholesome and clean, full of hope and inspiration,” then Jim Daly’s art is for you. He says that if he can attract people to these kinds of principles then “I feel as if I’ve said something in my art.”

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A Quick Sniff by SunsOut. 500 pieces.

Jim Daly’s images feature a lot of children. Of them he says, “In a sense my paintings are just me reliving my own childhood and my own life experiences, or maybe the way I would have liked it to be. I’m really moved by the memories of days gone by. Sometimes I think the memories are better than the reality. I love to paint children. There’s an innocence they have that I never get tired of trying to put on canvas.”

Childhood Friends by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

Daly knew he wanted to be an artist even when he was a young boy. He was born in Oklahoma but moved to Los Angeles at an early age in the years right after WWII. Of his childhood, Daly remembers that he was always drawing—and his mom was always encouraging.

“I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t drawing. My Mom was always telling me what a great artist I was. She would make so much out of my drawings that I believed her. She made [my brother] Clayne and I think we were great.”

Back to the Barn by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

“My paintings are just a reflection of my boyhood,” Daly says. “We rode our bikes, played baseball in vacant lots, and shot marbles, all the things kids do, and there was always a dog following us around.”

Pep Talk by SunsOut. 500 pieces.

Before becoming an artist, Daly dropped out of school to join the army, then while stationed in Panama in the infantry division, he joined the boxing team. He considered becoming a professional boxer, but went to art school instead.

Just a Cowboy Buckeroo by SunsOut. 550 pieces.

He married and had four children, but tragically lost his youngest at the age of six years old. After he divorced his first wife, he married his second wife, Carol. They have been together for 33 years. She teaches at the University of Oregon.

Just Hanging Around by SunsOut. 500 pieces.

Daly finds that his work and art is always evolving.

“Art for me is a continuous search,” he says. “When I was young and starting out as an artist I wanted to learn everything I could. I wanted to know exactly what I was doing but every time I finished a painting it never met up to my expectations and I felt like a failure. As time went by it didn’t get any easier and I still didn’t understand what I was doing. When I heard the joke, ‘By the time I found out I had no talent it was to late; I was already famous’ it scared the heck out of me. Then one day I was watching TV and I happened to catch Allan Alda giving the commencement speech at his daughter’s graduation and he said a sentence that changed my life: ‘CREATIVITY IS NEVER QUITE KNOWING WHAT YOU’RE DOING.’ I then realized that it’s not desirable to know exactly what I’m doing and I’ve never looked back.”

To learn more about Jim Daly, check out his website’s autobiography section. And remember that all the Jim Daly puzzles are offered by SunsOut and right now we are running a special where you can buy 3 SunsOut puzzles and get one FREE!

 

Puzzle of the Day – At the Station

Even though you may not be a travel fanatic and your home armchair feels like the most comfortable place in the world, it’s unlikely that today’s jigsaw puzzle of the day from Sunsout won’t get to your heart.

Although the station seems like a crowded, dusty and agitated place, it is also a place where many stories are born and reunite: love stories, family stories, and friend stories. It is amazing how that heavy metal machine on wheels, which also looks a bit scary, has an essential role in people lives, some of them depending on it to get to their jobs.

Artist Susan Brabeau did a great job by taking us back in time with “At the Station,” to a day when we used to travel by train along with our grandparents and pets.

We’re sure that this jigsaw puzzle will allow you to take a break from your busy daily schedule to assemble its 500 pieces and even cause at least a couple of smiles. If you have the patience and time to assemble this 16 X 16 inches jigsaw puzzle, you will see that in the center of the image, there’s a little white dog making sure the luggage of the lady smoking a cigarette gets wet.

Lots of other funny and interesting things can happen at a train station, but we won’t tell you anything else. We’d rather let you discover the story all by yourself at Puzzle Warehouse, the largest puzzle store in the US.