Well, Val started this strange puzzle painting exchange a few weeks ago by mailing puzzle pieces to us five mail artists. He took 5 famous paintings that had 12 puzzle pieces, a child's collection that he found in a flea market, and sent 12 pieces to each of us, mixed of course, in a green envelope!!!
I received these 12 pieces:
Dean Marks in France got this:
Suus in Mokum in the Netherlands got:
Stephanie Blake in the USA got:
Niklas Heed in Sweden got this (yep...a missing piece!):
Not to be out-witted by the master-of-games-and-other-mail-art-phenomena-Valentine-Mark-Herman,
we got organized, and each person picked a puzzle painting right away:
1. Jean Baptiste Perroneau: "A Girl with a Kitten" "La Jeune Fille au Chat" for SUUS IN MOKUM
5. John Constable: "The Flatford Mill" "Le Moulin de Flatford" for KATERINA
Of course, we had to hunt up the images of these masterpieces,
not all of us being expert art historians like Val!
EDIT: (Do you know what they look like? I mean to say...not what art historians look like,
but "Does anyone know what those above paintings look like?")) (Well, Google does!)
Then we had to figure out which pieces go to which person for which painting!
And we accomplished the task given us by Val in Guiness-Book-of-Records time! :-0
(Top-Secret, Confidential method never to be revealed!)
Here is "The Flatford Mill" (detail) in progress as the pieces arrived in Greece:
One little flaw in the great game of "puzzle pieces for paintings": a missing piece!
It is from Niklas' puzzle painting, and he is still searching his house for its lost whereabouts :-(
There are those amongst us who consider a Sigean-suspect...cat or man, or cat-man!
HOWEVER! Have no fear, Niklas completed his puzzle painting, thanks to "a relative of Titian who lives in Greece"
So now Niklas' has the rare puzzle with an original hand-painted piece for the detail of the children: