Back story: A quiet moment cleaning a closet over the weekend between Christmas and New Year’s sparked the idea to actually put together the 1500-piece puzzle that had sat there un-assembled for over 20-years. Momentarily forgetting that the real world was only a week away, the puzzle was pulled from the closet. The idea that it didn’t seem right to give it away without having first appreciated the finished product firsthand seemed sane at the time.
Real time: Two days after St. Patrick’s Day the tide has turned. It’s all downhill from here. The end is in sight. The puzzle is more than half full. Optimism in the face of adversity. You fill in the cliche, because keeping one’s enthusiasm for the goal line is vital. Otherwise, the dust that settles around the pieces (Have you ever tried to dust a jigsaw puzzle?) is a constant reminder of the challenge ahead–the top section that represents the sky, which is especially monochromatic.
To help the process along, an organizing tip for puzzles that have very little difference in colors or other distinctive features is to sort similar colors by shape. For example, this puzzle has dark and light pieces that have “four innies,” “four outies,” “two innies and two outies, ” etc. Many pieces have been found because it was easier to look in the needed configuration by color than to scan the remaining 1300 pieces for that one special piece.
An FYI for those who might ask, the lampshade is a Tiffany reproduction that required 72-hours of assembly. Now that I think about it, putting this puzzle together by its light seems very fitting. Lampshade making is very much like putting a puzzle together.
PS: This is the cover of the box showing what the finished product will look like. 881 done and 619 to go–not that anyone’s counting….
M.C. Escher (1898-1972) was a famous graphic artist who is known all over the world for his drawings of seemingly impossible structures. He is most famous for his optical illusions. Visit the official website for other examples of his work: http://www.mcescher.com/