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David Does It: Doug Powell, Oviedo puzzle art master

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An Oviedo artist who uses jigsaw puzzle pieces and keyboard keys as his paint recently sold two portraits to Ripley's Believe It or Not museums.

Doug Powell collects old keyboard and puzzle pieces in large buckets, then arranges them into elaborate, colorful artwork.

"This is my bucket of paint," Powell said.

He finds the pieces at garage sales and stores, and he says people sometimes leave pieces for him on his doorstep.

A portrait of Lucille Ball that took about 100 hours to make was just sold to a Ripley's museum in Florida. The red mouth was created using a puzzle of strawberries.

A portrait of George Burns that took 110 hours and is comprised of about 2,500 pieces went to the California Ripley's.

Each of Powell's portraits includes an American flag piece as a tribute to military veterans as well as a few hidden words within the mosaics.

"Get out and support the local arts in Orlando. There's something going on every night of the week," Powell said.

For more information, go to Powell's website at PuzzleArtMaster.com.

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