- A realism/naturalism vs primitive style Wysocki paiting.
- Sky pieces were similar to each other, making puzzle more difficult.
- Considerably more challenging than most other Wysocki puzzles.
Wysocki is famous for his primitive style Americana themed paintings, such as the Prairie Wind Farm and Olde America. However, as his artistic career took off, so did his artistic styles. Wysocki shifted to a naturalism and realism style, while still incorporating an Americana theme. Root Beer Break at the Butterfield’s is one of such works with more realistic looking sea gulls and clouds with the ever present American flag.
Initially, we sorted and built the puzzle pieces in the following order from easiest to the hardest: border, kites, flag, fence, grass, ocean, canoe, sand, bell, house roof covered in flowers, house’s wall, and sky with clouds. The kites were easy to sort and build, because the kites’ shapes and colors were different from all other parts of the puzzle. Next, the grass and fence got built as they were connected to the kites. Fortunately, the lower part ( bottom right) of the sand had patterns that were more recognizable than the upper sand dunes. Surprisingly, the house was fairly straight forward as the red flowers, shingles, and doors made the sorting easy. Lastly, the clouds were the hardest because the pieces looked all the same. There was a lot of trail and error in figuring out which pieces went where.
Root Beer Break at the Butterfield’s is a hard puzzle. It took us a little over five hours and forty minutes (5:40:40) time to complete the puzzle. It took almost two hours to complete just the sky and cloud portion. All of us worked hard to finish the sky. We were so happy when we finished the puzzle.
I, specifically, focused on building the house. My sister built most of the sky, grass, and sand. My parents did the kites, boat, and sky. I would recommend this puzzle if you want to do something challenging and fun. This is a great puzzle to do with your family.