If you love architecture, then The Painted Ladies, a 1500 piece jigsaw puzzle, is for you. The illustration is of a festive neighborhood with five “Painted Ladies”. The puzzle is much more challenging, but just as fun when compared with other 1000 piece puzzles.
“Painted ladies” is a term that refers to Victorian or Edwardian houses painted to embellish their architectural details. There are several of them in San Francisco with the most famous ones near Alamo Square. However, the illustration for The Painted Ladies is probably based on the artist’s interpretation of different painted ladies and not of actual real world painted ladies. We really liked the illustration as the artist used vibrant colors for the buildings and made the neighborhood festive with with cars and pedestrians. Lastly, the artist made a whimsical touch by adding fishes in the bushes.
The sorting strategy was divided into primary and secondary areas based on key portions of the illustration. The primary sort focused on the five different painted ladies, the sky, border, and sidewalk. The secondary sort was on the automobiles and specific details of the painted ladies, such as roof, garage, windows. The green plants and road were sorted last.
As a 1500 piece puzzle, we knew it was going to take much longer than a 1000 piece puzzle. However, we were not sure if it would be linearly or exponentially harder. In timing the puzzle, it took us slightly over seven hours (7:03:39) to complete the puzzle. Therefore, it was exponentially much harder as there were lot more pieces to sort and the illustration also made it more challenging.