Artist profile: Lori Schory

Swan Lake by Lori Schory

One of our biggest and most popular collections from a particular artist are puzzles with images from Lori Schory. Her love of nature and collage-style artwork makes for a great puzzling experience, and these puzzles just fly off the shelf! She also have five brand new images you should be sure to check out below!

Lori was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1956, to parents who were also artists and studies at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Between a father who was an industrial designer, and a mother who was more of a portraitist, Lori was exposed to a diverse spectrum in the art world. It was clear at an early early age that she would pursue an art-related carrier. In 1981, she received her Master’s degree in Drawing and Painting, with honors, from Northern Illinois University. Lori has mastered the ancient craft of hand-painted signs, lettering on glass, and mural painting. She traveled the southern states doing murals for Carlson Restaurants Worldwide. Sometimes these commercial influences can even be seen in her fine art. She has a keen sense of composition, color and design.

Her artwork has been licensed for puzzles from SunsOut, White Mountain, Ravensburger and Elms, as well as a variety of journal covers, photo albums, screen savers and more. Lori’s art is distinctive and eye-catching with its vivid colors and thematic elements. She posts this beautiful quote on her website, which she says she does every day through her artwork:

“There’ll come a time in life
When there is nothing left to do
But go your own way
A time to follow your dreams
A time to finally stand up for your own beliefs.

Some things will always be stronger
Than time and distance
Deeper than language and ways
Like following your dreams

And learning to be yourself
Sharing with others
The magic you have found.”

Check out the new puzzles from SunsOut, now available on our website, here.

 

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.

Puzzle of the Day – Beer Bottles

Are you a beer drinker? Do you think you will become one someday? If so, or if you want to learn more about the beer culture, today’s jigsaw puzzle of the day might just be the right thing for you. Made by Piatnik, with a finished size of 26.5″ x 17.4″, it has as many as 1000 pieces, so you’d better get some six packs ready so sample while you’re assembling it. It will not only make the puzzling more fun, but you will also be able to taste and enjoy some of the different beers featured in the image at the same time you’re assembling their bottles.

Needless to say, a beer bottle stands for more than just beer. It stands for a recipe, sometimes even for a history, but also for a unique taste, flavour and colour. A Leffe is nothing like a Carlsberg and a Carlsberg is nothing like a Stella Artois. And don’t even try to compare those two to a Corona or worse, a Guinness. You might be accused of sacrilege by some.

The different beer bottles in this puzzle have different styles, different histories, and a sociological imagination would ascribe them different social communities. There are certainly Guinness drinkers that distinguish themselves from Carlsberg drinkers, and Corona drinkers that have nothing in common with the first two.

Puzzle Warehouse, the largest jigsaw puzzle store in the world, supports your quest for knowledge and your passions by offering you this beer puzzle at an attractive price. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn new things about beer types and beer bottles. You might even find it useful one day, when you’ll be able to impress your friends by recognizing different brands of beer only by looking at the bottles.

Puzzle of the Day – Woman with a Parasol, Spain

Today’s jigsaw puzzle of the day is a dreamy one. Though it is titled, “Woman with a Parasol, Spain,” it is much more than that. The name suggests a woman, a sunny day and an exotic, beautiful landscape. But the truth is that once you look at it, you’ll realize that the scene is actually taken from an idealistic, dreamy love story. One that you will have to narrate yourself, according to your own feelings and desires.

A beautiful silhouette, a white dress, a parasol and a hat make the intriguing main character, looking back through her dark sunglasses on a past she is ready to forget. You can see footsteps ahead of her in the sand and, right where they stop, an old luxury car and another silhouette waiting in a dark colored suit.

Could it be her lover? Or could it be something deeper and much more complicated? What does she think about as she approaches? What is she leaving behind? Why the pleasant sadness that you can identify in her eyes, half-hidden behind those protective sunglasses?

If you really want to find out, you’ll have to visit Puzzle Warehouse and get this amazing jigsaw puzzle of the day by Educa. With each one of its 1000 pieces, you’ll get closer to completing this beautiful story and solving the mystery behind the white dress, the dark suit and the gold sand. With a finished size of 26.75″ x 18.75″, this jigsaw puzzle looks so great you will have to frame it and put it on your wall, just like you would do with a painting.

Puzzle of the Day – Music

This week’s puzzle of the day will certainly be a challenge, even if you really like music. Not only is it incapable of singing to you, but it also requires a certain amount of musical knowledge in order to be deciphered. If you don’t know how to read the notes on a musical staff, you can forget about this jigsaw puzzle. Unless, of course, you’re willing to learn new things and you think this will motivate you to expand your knowledge.

Made by Piatnik, the Music jigsaw puzzle has a finished size of 22″x14″ and is everything but easy. Even if we forget for a second that we’re talking about no less than ten hundred pieces, the image itself is tricky. Black and white, with sequences that resemble one another, it can even fool a music teacher and jigsaw puzzle master.

The key to its difficulty lies in its simplicity and, with it, you’re bound to spend dozens of hours trying to assemble the final product. We’ll assume you don’t know much about music and the musical staff is not among your favorite pastimes. In that case, you’ll have to use your imagination to try and fill in the blanks and add a tune to the weird symbols on the image.

Will it be a famous Austrian composition, or a modern one? That all depends on your knowledge and availability to dream and let your imagination flow. The possibilities are endless, and the sky is the limit. You can think of the music puzzle as a blank disc that can play whatever you want, whenever you want. A magical disc, that you can find at Puzzle Warehouse, the largest jigsaw puzzle store in the world.