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Challenge One Completed June 28, 2010

Filed under: Artists,Cycling,Jigsaw Puzzles — Janet @ 9:26 am

It’s finished – the 1000 pieces are all in place – Irises by Vincent Van Gogh.  I suddenly realized it was after midnight last night and I was so absorbed in doing this puzzle and listening to the final night of Glastonbury – and checking on James’s progress on the Cascade 1200.  I decided I had better leave the puzzle for the morning and hope that James was still pedaling away up and down those mountain passes in Washington State.

  Irises, Vincent Van Gogh

According to the entry in Wikipedia:  

Original title, in French: Les Iris
Artist Vincent van Gogh
Year 1889
Type Oil on canvas
Dimensions 71 cm × 93 cm (28 in × 36.625 in)
Location J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California

Irises is a painting by the Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh. Irises was painted while Vincent van Gogh was living at the asylum at Saint Paul-de-Mausole in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France, in the last year before his death in 1890.

It was painted before his first attack at the asylum. There is a lack of the high tension which is seen in his later works. He called the painting “the lightning conductor for my illness”, because he felt that he could keep himself from going insane by continuing to paint.

The painting was influenced by Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints, like many of his works and those by other artists of the time. The similarities occur with strong outlines, unusual angles, including close-up views and also flattish local colour (not modelled according to the fall of light).

He considered this painting a study, which is probably why there are no known drawings for it,[1] although Theo, Van Gogh’s brother, thought better of it and quickly submitted it to the annual exhibition of the Société des Artistes Indépendants in September 1889, together with Starry Night Over the Rhone. He wrote to Vincent of the exhibition: “[It] strikes the eye from afar. The Irises are a beautiful study full of air and life.”

Now as for James on his bicycle – here’s the map again to show James’s route.

  James is somewhere to the East and should be about half way round the loop, somewhere in the Yakima Valley I think.  Following is a description I found on the internet of the route in 2008.  I think this year’s route is similar with a few minor changes.     

This 1200K brevet will start in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains northeast of Seattle and head south, along the front range of the Cascades, to the foot hills of Mount Rainier. Riders will then continue south and skirt Mt. St. Helens, up and over Elk Pass before dropping into the Columbia Gorge to stop at Carson, Washington for the first night. From Carson, riders will travel east, up the gorge, climb out of the Columbia Breaks to Goldendale and over Satus Pass before dropping into the Yakima River valley, in Eastern Washington. Riders will turn east in Toppenish to cross the Rattlesnake Hills and then drop into the Columbia basin for the second night. From here riders will travel through time as they encounter the prehistoric archaeology of Moses Coulee, and the mid-Columbia plateau. Riders will then head west to once again cross the Columbia and head north to Loop Loop pass before spending the last night in the scenic Methow river valley at the foot of the North Cascades. The last day will take the riders over Washington and Rainy Passes in the North Cascades, along the Skagit and Sauk rivers and home to the finish.

5 Responses to “Challenge One Completed”

  1. Tina T-P Says:

    Your James will end up in my area – we live about 30 miles from where the Cascade Highway comes out to interstate 5. I hope he had a good trip and wasn’t bothered too much by the rain. t.

  2. Susan Says:

    Hi Janet, doctor’s appointments, piano lessons and sleep disrupted children meant missing your call today and any opportunity to return it 😦 Ashley’s sleep cycle has been demolished by changes at the end of the school year and the sad loss of her friend Isabella to Colorado. Ashley, Caitlin and Isabella are grief stricken and it’s showing up in Ashley’s sleep, or lack thereof. I hope you’ve been able to keep up with James’ progress on FB He might still be pedalling his way to Mazama right now. But maybe he’s getting some sleep as a build up to the final 200k. Btw, what was the push on finishing the jigsaw. It sounded like you had a deadline. A self-imposed one?

    • Janet Says:

      The deadline was sort of self-imposed but I did want to finish it before I go off to the States tomorrow. And Ian did not want to be left with it unfinished. It became quite compulsive and I enjoyed doing it and making good progress.

  3. mlegan Says:

    I bought that same puzzle for friends and I don’t know if it ever got finished. It was really hard!

    • Janet Says:

      Yes, hard indeed. After we had done the edge and just a bit of the red section and the darker green, we despaired and wanted to give up. But I carefully put it in another room to save for a rainy day or whatever. Then after doing one or two other puzzles which were more do-able, I resurrected this one and carried on to complete it. My system of sorting the pieces by shape and colour seemed to work for me.

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