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Wildlife of the Old-growth – a new jigsaw puzzle for Christmas

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Finally, a new interpretive jigsaw puzzle is here, all 43 cases in our little warehouse. This is a really fun puzzle, I think, with lots of hidden critters, a story being told and lots of details on the box. As usual, we put the full story on the box back, an interpretive essay and key. Few commercial puzzles have all this stuff on the box, but I never thought it should JUST be a puzzle, but more an experience. If you’d like to purchase it, along with the others we current have in stock, click  here. If you buy more than one, it helps our freight costs – these are heavy.

This painting was a commission, along with a bunch of others, for the Whidbey – Camano Island Land Trust, just to the north of us here in Port Townsend Washington. High on a bluff above the ocean, Admiralty Inlet Natural Area is a preserve with ancient trees and a restored natural prairie. This is also part of the much bigger and very beautiful Ebey’s Landing National Historical ReserveThe high winds here above the Strait of Juan de Fuca have made this a battered forest, creating strange gnarly old-growth Douglas-fir. It’s a fitting place to paint a jigsaw puzzle.

Again, here’s the link to purchase the new puzzle.

Thanks for reading this week.
Larry Eifert

Here’s the blog on the web. And here’s my Facebook fan page. I post lots of other stuff there.

Click here to go to our main website – with jigsaw puzzles, prints, interpretive portfolios and lots of other stuff.

Nancy’s web portfolio of stunning photography

And here to go to Virginia Eifert’s website. Her books are now becoming available as Amazon Kindle books.

Wildlife – A new jigsaw puzzle coming soon

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This is a new jigsaw puzzle coming soon. It’s a painting I did recently of the Admiralty Inlet Natural Area Preserve for the Whidbey Camano Land Trust. As soon as we saw this finished image we realized it would make a pretty good puzzle, but the dimensions didn’t fit the required size. So, I’ve added some extras around the edges to make it more difficult. I think it’ll be a hit, but I’d love some comments before we send it in – hit reply and fire away.

And here’s the installation of the painting. It’s down a lovely old-growth trail and is a large wayside, 4′ x 6′, like an art gallery in the forest (as I like to say). To me, this is where I like my art shown – instead of in some stuffy gallery or on someone’s wall where no one notices it after a year. THIS location will mean my stuff will effect people for decades, or at least I hope so. This photo was taken a few months after assembly after a big winter storm knocked down the fir to the left, narrowly missing the wayside.  But no worries, the panel can be replaced – like the $5000 porcelain enamel panel (that was just the cost of the panel) that was hit straight on by a giant 4′ eucalyptus at the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge a week after putting it in. I  could have taken it personally, but the tree-people know I’m one of them!

Next week we’re heading for Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Eastern Oregon. Yup, that’s the one the Bundy Militia took over a year ago. It’s still closed for repairs and we’re involved in new exhibits, waysides and signs for all of it. We already have a series of temporary banners ready to go in the visitor center while we get all the others going. You’ll hear much more about this as we proceed.

Thanks for reading this week.
Larry Eifert

Here’s the blog on the web. And here’s my Facebook fan page. I post lots of other stuff there.

Click here to go to our main website – with jigsaw puzzles, prints, interpretive portfolios and lots of other stuff.

Nancy’s web portfolio of stunning photography

And here to go to Virginia Eifert’s website. Her books are now becoming available as Amazon Kindle books.

A New Eifert Puzzle of Old-growth Forests

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Not just the paintings, but I also do all the designs for our stuff, puzzles, posters, books – you name it – the go-fer guy. I figure if I painted the thing, I should be able to transfer some of the same ideas to the rest of it. So, after talking with a bunch of puzzlers, I worked on this new design with a better understanding of what makes an interesting and somewhat difficult jigsaw puzzle. Add to this the box with a species list, key and a bunch of stuff about ancient old-growth forests, and I think this is a winner. Lots of layers of color and texture, lots to look at, and many pieces that could go anywhere. I think it should be an entertaining and educational product – and you may learn a few things about these forests in the process.

 

Just in time for the approaching holidays, this week we received a giant load and our warehouse is stuffed. The details: 500-pieces, finished size is nearly 18″ x 24″, and the box is 9″ x 12″. You can order it now on our website here.

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Email us for details.

Thanks for reading this week.
Larry Eifert

Here’s the blog on the web.  And here’s my Facebook fan page. I post lots of other stuff there.

Click here to go to our main website – with jigsaw puzzles, prints, interpretive portfolios and lots of other stuff.

Nancy’s web portfolio of beautiful photographs

And Click here to go to Virginia Eifert’s website. Her books are now becoming available as Amazon Kindle books.

Badlands Jigsaw Puzzle – Now Available

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Finally, our summer load of new puzzles have arrived, and Badlands National Park might prove to be a real winner. By my count (somewhat fuzzy) this is somewhere around the 80th jigsaw puzzle we’ve developed or licensed from my paintings. The original mural is installed at the main Visitor Center in Badlands National Park in South Dakota. What, you say? You even have work in South Dakota? Yes, and this painting was done to commemorate the release back into the wild of the black-footed ferret, a native hunter important to that prairie ecosystem.

 

This is the box back, chocked full of enough critters to fill a field guide.

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And here’s a detail showing you what color carpet we have (just in case you want to know these things). The main thing is to know these are now available, because I received a bunch of emails requesting such things. You can order them here from the website store.

 

 

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All the other available puzzles are there too.
Email us for details if you’d like.

Thanks for reading this week.
Larry Eifert

Here’s the blog on the web.  And here’s my Facebook fan page. I post lots of other stuff there.

Click here to go to our main website – with jigsaw puzzles, prints, interpretive portfolios and lots of other stuff.

Nancy’s web portfolio of beautiful photographs or see what she’s currently offering in the WEBSITE STORE.

And Click here to go to Virginia Eifert’s website. Her books are now becoming available as Amazon Kindle books.

Crater Lake NP New Puzzle Has Arrived

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Yesterday we received a shipment of new puzzles for spring. This is the first 1000-piece puzzle we’ve produced in years, and it’s fun for us to see the bigger image, bigger box, bigger everything. Finished size is 20″x 28″, it has an interlocking border, and it includes a reference poster inside. You can order it here.

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The box back, with lots of great info and species key.

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We’ve also included a free poster with reference key and a bunch of information about the whitebark pines at Crater Lake that are in serious trouble due to Climate Change, an introduced pathogen and the ravages of bark beetles. It’s our way to cram some great interpretation and nature into one product – and it should also be a fun one to put together. Below is the poster that comes with it.

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Order this puzzle simply by clicking here to go to our cart. $18.95 plus shipping at our cost.

This was funded by the good folks at Crater Lake Institute and Foundation. Thanks, Ron. I think it’s a great puzzle.

Thanks for reading this week.
Larry Eifert

Here’s the blog on the web.  And here’s my Facebook fan page. I post lots of other stuff there.

Click here to go to our main website – with jigsaw puzzles, prints, interpretive portfolios and lots of other stuff.

Nancy’s web portfolio of beautiful photographs

And Click here to go to Virginia Eifert’s website. Her books are now becoming available as Amazon Kindle books.

Two Park Puzzles back for Christmas

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    Nancy now has two old favorite 500-piece jigsaw puzzles back in the warehouse here – just in time for Christmas. They’re both in smaller, 4.5″ wide boxes, making shipping and storage easier. Out of almost 80, these paintings are actually two of the most popular we’ve ever printed. The puzzles themselves are 12″ x 36″ and both boxes have the interpretive key and essay on the box back.

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The Sonoran Desert can be ordered here.

I especially like the contracting colors in this vivid painting. The cardinal and flowering saguaro made it really pop, don’t you think?

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The Great Smoky Mountain National Park puzzle can be ordered here. This painting was based in that lush area of the Smokies that I grew up with. It was the closest big national park to my home town, and we were there a lot. Today, in Port Townsend, Washington (about 3500 miles from the Smokies), we have one of those Flame Azaleas within 20 feet of me in my studio where I’m writing this, and in spring when it lights up, I always remember those amazing eastern mountains.

 

Merry Christmas to everyone, and thanks for supporting two hard-working artists for yet another year. We appreciate the support from all of you.

Thanks for reading this week.
Larry Eifert

Here’s the blog on the web.  And here’s my Facebook fan page. I post lots of other stuff there.

Click here to go to our main website – with jigsaw puzzles, prints, interpretive portfolios and lots of other stuff.

Nancy’s web portfolio of beautiful photographs

And Click here to go to Virginia Eifert’s website. Her books are now becoming available as Amazon Kindle books.

A New Badlands National Park Puzzle

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    Looking for some comments here. This is a new design for one of our favorite 500-piece jigsaw puzzles, and used to be called ‘The Vanishing Prairie’. Time to spice it up a bit, so here’s the new version coming out in spring of 2014. If you have the time and are fans of our puzzles, I’d love some feedback. Some of you guys have bought dozens of them.

     I began counting up the number of these things we’ve done. It’s been over 20 years now since we stopped focusing on posters and moved our interpretive products more into jigsaw puzzles. It seems there’s more actual usage of the art than just hanging a poster on the wall. It all started back in about 1990 when a German company bought three images I had previously painted for Yosemite and (I think) Crater Lake. Over the years, that number has grown to between 70 and 75. That’s a LOT of puzzles. Other companies have bought the rights to use the images, but I still prefer to mess around with the designs myself. It’s like building a stage set, with lots of layers and story-telling. This one has 34 layers, and never mind the box front and back – that’s just the puzzle. There’s another new one coming out in spring for Crater Lake that has a lesson plan inside – more layers!

Anyway: what do you think? Seems like this will be a fun time finding all these little extra critters, but I don’t know. You see, I’m almost ashamed to say I’ve never put one of them together!

Thanks for reading this week.
Larry Eifert

Here’s the blog on the web.  And here’s my Facebook fan page. I post lots of other stuff there.

Click here to go to our main website – with jigsaw puzzles, prints, interpretive portfolios and lots of other stuff.

Nancy’s web portfolio of beautiful photographs

And Click here to go to Virginia Eifert’s website. Her books are now becoming available as Amazon Kindle books.

The Artist’s View – Eifert’s 48North Page for June, 2013

Recently we were in the Seattle Aquarium and while Nancy was photographing the yearling sea otter, I spent some time in the tidal tank area with my sketchbook. This is one of my favorite Seattle-places, almost as good as the Woodland Park Zoo. I’ve spent hours in here drawing and just watching life go on in the big salt water exhibits. So, from that came this little sketch showing the community of critters that live there on one of the pilings. This is all raw ocean water that gets piped into the aquarium, and it’s all unfiltered so much of the marine life comes in naturally. As I was drawing this, I realized everything in front of me was either trying to eat everyone else, or trying to just hide so as to not be eaten. What a scary place to live – so I wrote about it for my monthly story in 48-North magazine.

 

And here’s my original sketch before I added watercolor to it as an underlay. Lets see: plumose anemones, kelp crabs, pile perch, acorn barnacles, ochre star, little brown barnacles and a hermit crab or two. Got it!

And just in case you missed it last week, here’s our newest puzzle, “A Walk on the Wild Side” for Fort Townsend State Park, the old-growth forest park near us here on the Olympic Peninsula. Check it out here on the website. And thanks, everyone, for the initial interest in this new interpretive puzzle. Very gratifying.

Thanks for reading this week.
Larry Eifert

Click here to go to the online blog this was to. And you can follow me on Facebook where I just posted a new hiking album.

Click here to go to our main website – packed with jigsaw puzzles, prints, interpretive portfolios and lots of other stuff.

Click here to check out what Nancy’s currently working on with her photography.

Click here to go to Virginia Eifert’s website. Her books are now becoming available as Amazon Kindle books.

A NEW Jigsaw Puzzle for Summer 2013

 

 

Oh Boy! Announcing a new Eifert mural puzzle – and it’s now available on our website. If you live on the Olympic Peninsula, email us and we can arrange pickup or delivery so you can avoid shipping – and I’ll even sign the box if you want. You might remember my posts a few months ago about completing this mural for our local old-growth forest park, Fort Townsend State Park and funded by the Friends Group and the Washington Native Plant Society. Now this painting is available for some serious close study as a new 500-piece, 18″ x 24″ jigsaw puzzle. There’s a LOT going on in this image and it should be fun – and the box back makes for a very good interpretive study – even a field guide.

 

 

And here’s the box back showing the “good stuff” as one of my park-ranger-friends calls it. You really can use it as a field guide – and I admit I already have when I forgot one of these rare plants I saw on the trail the other day.

The original mural is installed in the park, and a large exhibit is at the entrance station too. I’m proud of this one, because it’s in my backyard. Rarely do I ever get to see my paintings after they leave the studio, but this is my ‘morning walking place’, and it’s fun to see it there.

Thanks for reading this week. I counted, and I believe this is my 72nd painting made into an interpretive jigsaw puzzle – wow.

Larry Eifert

Click here to go to the online blog this was to. And you can follow me on Facebook too. Lots of other stuff there, like trail albums and trip logs.

Click here to go to our main website – packed with jigsaw puzzles, prints, interpretive portfolios and lots of other stuff.

Click here to check out what Nancy’s currently working on with her photography.

Click here to go to Virginia Eifert’s website. Her books are now becoming available as Amazon Kindle books.

Exit Glacier – A New Puzzle

 

WOOO-WOO: Our new 500-piece jigsaw puzzle is now ready to ship. We’re more than happy to announce this one – the rich habitat below the toe of Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park near Seward, Alaska. I’ve blogged about the progress of this project, from our field trip and concept sketches last fall to the finished mural a few months ago. Now the printed products are arriving, and I think this would be a great puzzle to put together.

 

And here’s the puzzle box back with all the fun stuff about the painting. As you can see, it was funded by Alaska Geographic, a very involved and prolific non-profit that works to support many of Alaska’s parks. I’ve bought their books for years, and now I’m proud to say we’re ‘one of them’ in a small way.

 

You can either buy the puzzle on the website here, or just email us with your shipping info and we can mail and bill. Buying two puzzles saves you freight as it’s only $2 extra for the second one.

Email us for details.

Thanks for reading this week.
Larry Eifert

Click here to go to the online blog this was to.

Click here to go to our main website – packed with jigsaw puzzles, prints, interpretive portfolios and lots of other stuff.

Click here to check out what Nancy’s currently working on with her photography. She has a new blog about the Washington State Capitol Campus that’s pretty fun.