About my ratings

Perhaps because of my day job, I'm a tough rater. Everything 3/5 and above I consider worth the time and money.

Monday, March 8, 2021

Lisa Graa Jensen, Starry River

 Liberty, 480 pieces. A pleasant, cool-toned Liberty with lots of snow themed whimsies. 3/5

Beetle with snow on wheels?

The Spot Sign

 Jigsaw Art/Thom Spencer, 222 pieces. This was a difficult, delightful, witty puzzle with lots of different piece styles, including some fakeouts because of the dropout sections. 8/10 Stave scale.

closeup on one of the very detailed pieces

Vincent Van Gogh, Bedroom in Arles

 Artifact, 347 pieces. Famous painting, warm colors, themed whimsies (furniture is a relatively unusual whimsy theme). Nicely done with some wavy internal lines. 3/5


artist silhouettes

table with portraits

Friday, March 5, 2021

La bella principessa, Leonardo da Vinci

 Sr. B Puzzles, 296 pieces. Well-cut puzzle with small pieces; the color variation in the background is minimal, making for a challenge. 4/5

Blue Forest, David Newton

 Liberty, 501 pieces. Impressive image--almost all blue, but with distinguishable areas within. 4/5

symmetrical deer at bottom

symmetrical nine-tailed foxes at top

fox woman? face in middle

Julius Leblanc Stewart, Yachting

 Artifact, 319 pieces. Some clever whimsies here mimicking the figures in the painting. 3/5

multi piece dolphin to go with the wheel

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Balancing Act

 Stave, 322 pieces. Surprisingly difficult for its piece count because of all the dropouts. Wonderful bright colors. 8/10