A year in the making, another local art collaboration finally blossoms to fruition!
This time the beautiful artwork comes from the talented mind and handiwork of Calgary's own Melissa McKinnon. ‘Bursting Blooms’ is a joyfully modern interpretation of a traditional flower arrangement. These vibrant flowers are a celebration of life and the beauty of nature.Melissa's rich, unctuous textures and brush strokes are enhanced by puzzle pieces in the form of floral bouquets and vases, as well as a challenging circular outer edge. It's a perfect puzzle gift for that special someone who might enjoy flowers that won't wilt with time.
Note: all small StumpCraft puzzles, including this one, only come with a small reference label on the side of the box. For those wishing to use a larger reference image, please use the following link to display on your preferred digital display (iPad, phone, smart TV, etc.)
Artist: Monique Munoz Dimensions: 37cm x 50cm Piece Count: 888
Monique is a visionary artist and digital illustrator from Toronto, Ontario. Extracting wisdom and emotions from personal experiences and inner work, Monique excels at drawing out psychological archetypes within magical & mystical worlds dripping with saturated hues. We Are the Lotus Kids is one of her favourite pieces. She writes:
We are born as innocent children and as we grow older we let that innocence slip away. As hard as life gets, there are people who will remember the innocence and compassion that we were all born with. It’s the simplest lesson but it’s hardest to practice in a busy society. It requires patience and discipline. But once we start practicing, it will come easy to us and we remember, “Oh ya, I knew this all along.”
Whimsies in this extra large are linked to themes of compassion, enlightenment, nature and eastern mystical spirituality. Be forewarned: as is the case for those seeking enlightenment, the path chosen is fraught with challenges, twists and turns. This puzzle is not for the faint of heart nor the meek minded! We pulled out all the tricks in this puzzle: line cuts, small pieces, an irregular non-rectangular edge, symmetry and spirals. Good luck. :D
Artist: Julie deBoer Dimensions: 40cm x 33cm Piece Count: 540
Julie is known for her use of bold color and sharp contrast in her prairie and foothills inspired art. It was her dynamic skies that drew me to her work and ultimately led to a local artist collaboration. After sharing a few HDR photos for inspiration Julie was able to meld the bold fluidity depicted in her cloud-filled skies, into the earth-bound landscapes seen in typical Alberta Badlands morphology.
Beyond the creation of a stunning art piece, our goal was to provide a backdrop for a dinosaur-themed puzzle. The experience of solving a StumpCraft jigsaw puzzle is very much akin to that of a paleontologist. Enjoy sifting through the dinosaur bones and see how many species you can recognize and discover!
Artist: Katerina Mertikas Dimensions: 41cm x 27cm Piece Count: 424
Given our Canadian roots, it seemed only right to have a winter sports and hockey themed puzzle within the StumpCraft portfolio! When Katerina contacted me last year, I thought Another Goal would be a perfect fit.
Katerina is a self-taught artist based out of Ottawa. Her clear passion for family and children shine through in her colourful and vibrant "naive" expressionist art. Her work has been featured regularly on cards, calendars and stamps for Unicef & the Canadian Lung Association and her originals can be found in many galleries across the country.
Puzzle piece design for Another Goal was focussed on outdoor winter activities, particularly hockey and skating. You will find several multi-piece whimsies including many hockey players and a zamboni. The multi-piece whimsy designs make the whimsies fairly stealthy and the puzzle quite challenging - only the keenest eye will find them all. He shoots, he scores!
Artist: Sam Millard Dimensions: 20cm x 30cm Piece Count: 122
After meeting Sam at the 2018 Art & Craft Market in Calgary, we agreed to work together on a smallish, budget-friendly "snack" or "teaser" puzzle that would appeal to kids of all ages. The result is a fun, quick diversion that highlights the hidden geometry and animals that often populate Sam's eye-catching abstract landscapes. You'll have fun finding many hidden creatures in the puzzle and the art!
Sam works from her home studio in Kimberley, BC. To see more of Sam's art, make sure you visit her website at How Original Art.