Friday, 22 June 2012

Paint Party Friday and Cissie in Australia

It's Friday again - in case you haven't noticed - and time for Paint Party Friday, hosted as always by Eva and Kristin, and Darcy's Postcard Challenge, week 25. Our contestants are heading for Australia this week.

Cissie is not at home. Thelma knows where she is, but has been sworn to secrecy. Jason and Shannon think she is looking after a friend who has been ill, and enjoy having Cissie’s flat to themselves.
 In reality, Cissie has embarked on a diplomatic mission to Australia, to try to find Jason’s Mum, so she can come to the wedding. If you remember, she almost got eaten by a crocodile many years back, and since then keeps changing her name and moving home so that the crocodile can’t find her…. Jason hasn’t heard from her for years. Cissie knows she was last heard of somewhere near Canberra, and that’s where she heads for. The journey is long and stressful, and Cissie is relieved when she can at last move freely again.
 She spends a few days at a hotel, is able to see some of the sights, and make contact with a private detective who has promised to help her with the search. She visits Government House, Parliament House, and a wild-life sanctuary, where she can admire parrots, crocodiles, kangaroos and koalas. She does not have much time as she needs to find her sister, Queenie. She is at least happy that Canberra has plenty of shops and restaurants, even if she does not find a fish-and-chip shop.







(All photos courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)


The detective does not look like Cissie expects him to. He turns up in khaki shorts and shirt, calls Cissie ‘Mate’, and is very cool! He says he has some addresses for them to check out, and that they will need to be out and about for three or four days. Cissie packs her case, tells the hotel she will be back by the end of the week, and off they go.




Back in London, Thelma is getting worried. Apart from the postcard that Cissie sent on the third day in Canberra,she has not been in contact for ten days. This is something quite unheard of, as Cissie needs to communicate with friends and family several times a day.
The hotel hasn’t seen Cissie since she left with Dougie, the Private Eye.
 Where can she be??
Stay tuned….


For Paint Party Friday I want to share some of my heads (?!?). This isn't finished yet, I have just been playing around  this week with colours, just having fun!




So, that was all for today. If you want to know what has happened to Cissie, be sure to read next Friday's episode! Have a good weekend, take care, and thanks for dropping in!




50 comments:

  1. The postcard is a hoot with the Kangeroo peering out! I really like what you do with your heads! Happy PPF!

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  2. Hi Val, your story gets better and better! Love the postcard and heads too! Hugs, Sarah

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  3. Great mystery, where is Aunt Cissie ?? And is she getting fed ?? Fun card, will the crocodile het her too. A xx

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  4. G'day Valerie. So much fun!! Will a chip shop be found?? You have such a terrific imagination. Fab PPF piece.
    Take care,
    Florence xx

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  5. Love the way this story is going Valerie....where will Cissie be next week!!
    Love the paintings too.
    Hugs xx

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  6. Cissie's adventures are so fun - I can't wait to find out where she has disappeared to - it sounds like Crocodile Dundee is the detective!!

    I like the faces with the spots of colour - very intrigued to see what you do with these.

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  7. What a big softie Cissie is , going all that way to find Jason's mum. Cannot be much of a holiday for her, on this mission of love.
    Its a great card and I love the painting.
    have a good weekend.
    Yvonne x

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  8. Can't wait to find out where Cissie has got to - love her postcard and I love your painting.
    xxx Hazel.

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  9. Struth! where has Cissie gone! Great postcard and I love the heads. xx

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  10. Is Cissie in love with the Oz Private eye?
    Has she been eaten by a crocodile (over several days...)?
    Has she eaten the croc herself and is currently sleeping it off?
    Has she gone native?
    Is she lost in the Outback and relying on her excess weight to give sustenance?

    I can't wait to tune in next week to find out...

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  11. I wonder if Queenie is like the alarm clock in the crocodile in Peter Pan?
    I reckon that is why it is on the postcard! Fab story and a great photo of Cissie with the animals.

    Janet xx

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  12. nice Australia story! Your PPF looks like a nice abstract.

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  13. Creative and fun post as always ~ loving your head creations ~thanks, ^_^ (A Creative Harbor)

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  14. Can't wait to see where you go with these heads. They're already very interesting!

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  15. I have heard that crocodiles are very sneaky and able to track people through all sorts of environments...

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  16. I think I have an idea where the missing Cissie will be located!! Fun story and pictures! The postcard is a riot! So looking forward to what you do with those heads! Enjoy the weekend!

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  17. Oh My, Valerie, you do have a good story going there! You are having fun. take care. hugs, Donna

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  18. I love Australia and I love your Cissie postcard. :)

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  19. The post card is precious! I really enjoy traveling the world with you on your blog. Your heads will turn into something fabulous I am sure, I love that you are showing us the beginning of your process too. I am a bit concerned about Cissie, I do hope she will turn up soon and have a wonderful adventure to share.

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  20. Happy travels!!!!!!!!! You are both a writer and an artist! Wonderful. Fun postcard, and like the splattered heads too. ;-)

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  21. Great postcard. Good luck to Cissie on her big adventure to find Jason's Mum. happy PPF

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  22. What an imagination you have? Your stories are so entertaining. Love your postcard and painting. x

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  23. Such great imagination - you actually have me nervously waiting for next week's episode!

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  24. Wonderful!!!
    Your storytelling always makes me smile :]
    Love the painted silhouettes.
    Happy Friday to you! ((hugs))

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  25. Hi Val! Cissie's adventure sounds fun in Australia! Love that alligator-about to get her!!

    Dig the paint party!

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  26. Oh no I do hope Cissie has not met with the crocodile, I would miss her. Great postcard Valerie love the peeking kangaroo, that croc does worry me tho LOL.
    Hugs Sandra XXX

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  27. excellent story and beautiful art work as well as lovely photos, I enjoy this so much!

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  28. My money's on Cissie every time, whatever she's doing at least she isn't having to watch football lol. Fabulous postcard and I can't wait for next weeks instalment x

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  29. Gorgeous photos of Austraila. On my bucket list to visit someday.
    Cissie had better watch out for that crocodile!!!
    Like what your doing with those heads too! Have a fab weekend Val!
    Hugs Lynn

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  30. What a fun adventure Cissie is on! Can you believe a restaurant just opened locally that serves kangaroo?! I didn't know they were legal to eat. :p

    -:¦:- Art Update: Echeveria Plant -:¦:-

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  31. Cissie's adventure sounds mysterious! Looking forward to the next installment!

    Love the head shapes! How cool! The colors are my favorite shades, too. :-)

    Big Hug!

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  32. so wonderful to see all your animal photos and your new post card art. Fun!

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  33. Such a fun story.. Your post card looks great and so does your paintings my friend..

    Hugs~

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  34. Love your imagination, I'll bet your stories kept the children happy for hours LOL Interesting heads picture, I'm really loving the colour, I wonder where you will go with this one. Have a great weekend, xxx

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  35. That postcard is a hoot! I like all the goodies you stuck in there especially the alligator.

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  36. Fun profiles painting!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  37. You really do have fun Valerie....

    I love the continuing story that goes along with your postcards.... you've really kept it going .... and interesting and funny.

    I love the photos you post too.

    Looking forward to seeing what happens to your heads!!!

    Love Karenx

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  38. Haha brilliant, you are such a wonderful nut and I so love you for it hehe xx

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  39. Yeah, thanks, that's a compliment I like, I always was a nut!

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  40. I do hope Cissie is ok and not been kidnapped, maybe its an intervention of some kind and she is on a secret diet for the wedding. Fab postcard love the roo peeping over her shoulder. I was lucky enough to be able to pet these gorgeous creatures in a National park in Sydney ! The Kangaroos not the crocodile ! The pink heads well love the placement here.

    Marie

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  41. Are you sure she's with the detective and not with a secret lover? Once again a great fun storyline.

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  42. oooo Cissie on an adventure in the outback, hope Mick Dundee hasn't kidnapped her.

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  43. Oooh more intrigue- I cn't wait to find out if Cissie finds her sister! I'm glad I finally made it by to get my Cissie and Jason fix! And the heads are fun, can't wait to see what you do with them!
    Hugs,
    Stephanie

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  44. another fun card. a great mystery!!!!

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  45. Of course we want to know what happened to Cissie so will be back. The turn in the story is entertaining as ever and a super postcard. Well done for keeping it up.
    Jen x

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  46. What fun! I always enjoy your postcard adventures and your actual photos from the places your characters travel to.

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  47. Oh my! The thought of Cissie going walk-about is quite terrifying Lol...can't see her surviving on whitchatee grubs :S XXX

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