One of the aspects I love the most about this puzzle artisan adventure I'm on, is the opportunity to meet great artists from across the country. I had the pleasure of doing just that this past weekend as I planned to hand off the first copy of Noah's Ark by Sam Millard, to Sam herself while I was vacationing in Kimberley!
Our plan was to meet up for dinner at our family's favourite Kimberley restaurant, Pedal & Tap. However knowing that there would likely be a lineup, I suggested a backup plan of meeting at Creme (the local cheese shop). "When someone suggests a cheese shop as a backup meet-and-greet location, I know we're going to get along", Sam said. The rest of the evening was spent enjoying food, drink, conversation and nanaimo bar ice cream before hanging out at a backyard campfire.
The weather cooperated to deliver a rainy Sunday afternoon so that Sam could solve the puzzle guilt-free. Her enthusiastic response to the puzzle was a great relief and exactly the reaction I was hoping for:
"I can’t tell you how beautiful [your] work is. ‘Puzzle’ is a major understatement when talking about [your] masterpieces. I LOVE how [you've] taken the shapes from my painting and recreated them in other parts as puzzle pieces. It’s a puzzle on steroids and the best way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Thank you Jasen, it’s absolutely stunning, I’m completely in love with your work ❤️ "
As a final word, I'm going to provide a list of the whimsies I've designed into the puzzle. For those of you who want to find all the whimsies, you'll now have a full list. :)
List of whimsies:
- Multi-piece whimsies
- Single piece
- cougar at rest
- 2x monkeys
- Noah's ark
- 2x birds in flight
- StumpCraft beaver & maple leaf
- ram head
- giraffe head
- lion head
- barn swallow
- camel head
- rabbit head
- evergreen tree