Mixed Fruit by Diane Ulmer Pedersen
We took one of Diane's prints and created a puzzle that complemented the theme of the still life.
We created an overall shape of a scalloped fruit bowl, but added contoured cutouts for the melon
slice, the lemon and an oval for her signature. We used portions of the unused picture to cut out
two accent pieces of butterflies to complement the butterfly in the picture. We decided on a random
style that has lots of curves and curls that show up nicely with the dark background.
In addition to the two butterflies, we popped some fruit - in the fruit. Our figurals either were
placed where the fruit was, as in the strawberry, or where the color of the figural would match,
as in the raspberry. Sometimes we did both as with the pineapple. One of the special things you'll
find with our puzzles is the placement of the figurals to either present you with a delightful color
or with a connection to the image.
As with all our puzzles, the back as nice to look at as the
front. We finish our puzzles the old-fashioned way with multiple
coats of hand-rubbed oil and shellac to give them a rich look and
feel. This puzzle was made from custom-ordered, special high-grade
quarter-inch plywood with a poplar core and mahogany back. The
lighter poplar core contrasts nicely with the dark red mahogany.