|Our Tuesday Afternoon Reading Group, from Tales from Outer Suburbia, 2008|
I recently worked with Allen & Unwin to produce a 750-piece jigsaw puzzle of the above image, which comes nicely boxed with a paperback copy of the book from which it is drawn, Tales from Outer Suburbia. I had a crack at my advance copy and found it much harder than expected (which is saying something given I painted it!) One for serious puzzlers.
Jigsaw-puzzling was an important part of my childhood, especially during Perth heat waves when our family would bunker down in our one small air-conditioned room like climate prisoners, sometimes for days on end. Doing these puzzles was perhaps the first time I really learned about the tiny abstract components that constitute a picture; they can actually teach you quite a bit about looking, and by extension, drawing and painting. And are, of course, strangely addictive too.
Due for release October 1, and you can find more about it here.