Olena Skytsiuk (Ukrainian, b. 1950) Paradise Birds, 2008 An imaginary forest of eclectically colored wildlife comes alive through the details of Olena Skytsiuk’s Paradise Birds. Petrykivka painting—a style taught to Olena from her parents, and one she passed on to her own daughter—is an ornamental folk art style particular to Ukraine. Paradise Birds, featured on this 1000-piece puzzle, makes use of the technique to build personality into every fantastical element, from the flourishing feathers to each individual blade of grass.
For the first time ever, a Pomegranate puzzle had loose fitting pieces. I hope it is an exception, because I love the brand. The picture here was intricate and challenging - bordering on extreme. I fell in love with this one.
I find this to be a very difficult puzzle. The elements are not related to each other, so it is a random collection of elements. I don't look at the picture when I do a puzzle, so as I assemble elements, I have no idea how they relate to each other. I usually find a 1000 piece puzzle to take a few hours. So far this one is taking a few days.