Friday, 7 September 2012

Postcard Challenge and Paint Party Friday

It's Friday again, and that means it's time for Paint Party Friday, hosted as always by Eva and Kristin, and Darcy's postcard challenge, where the theme this week is Egypt.

Jason and Shannon have been very busy getting their shop ready, and next week they will be opening. In one of the boxes of ‘rubbish’ as Shannon calls it, they find a heavy, black stone statue of a cat, with Egyptian hieroglyphics round the base. Jason is convinced it must be a real antiquity; the rest of the family is sceptical. They take it with them when they meet for their daily fish and chips and sit round the table, with the statue placed rather incongruously between the salt and the vinegar.
Jason says, ‘It’s real, I can feel it in me guts!’ Shannon laughs, and tells him that he’s probably feeling the two portions of fish and chips in there! Cissie, Thelma and Queenie are not at all convinced. Cissie exclaims, ‘Well, first of all we’ll give it a good scrub, it’s filthy.’ Jason is horrified, ‘That ain’t filth, it’s patina!’ ‘Whatever, I don’t like it on my table while I’m eating!’ squeaks Thelma, ‘I bet it’s full of germs!’ Queenie makes a decision. ‘Well, put it back in the box for now, so that the germs don’t jump onto Thelma, and tomorrow you can take it to the British Museum and ask about it. If the people there don’t know, who will?’ They all find this a good idea, especially Latif, who has been eying the dirty statue on his clean table with very bad grace, and finish off their meal happily. On the way home they buy cream cakes for tea at the baker’s, and take them back to Cissie’s and Thelma’s flat.
The next day Jason and Shannon set off for the British Museum in Great Russell Street, and are completely overawed as they see how large it is.

Entrance is free, so they march in, holding their statue. They get stopped straightaway by the security. ‘Whatcha got there?’ asks the man.'You can't come in here with something like that!' Jason and Shannon explain, and after some phone calls, he allows them to go through to the Egyptian department, and says that someone will be waiting for them there.
They are very impressed just by the enormous size of the place, and Jason is thunder struck by all the Egyptian mummies and figures and other artefacts. ‘Blimey, I could make a fortune selling these!’ he says. Luckily, nobody hears him.





 They are met by one of the  museum’s curators, who is very friendly, examines their statue, and says it is very beautiful, but only a replica. He tells them that it is  Bastet, who was a goddess in ancient Egypt, and that cats were worshipped and even mummified. They can hardly believe their eyes when they see some of them in the museum! Bastet was the goddess of love, joy, music and dance.Her duties were to watch over the moon at night so that it didn’t get stolen, or eaten by mice, and she was the protector and patron of pregnant women. Shannon is totally starry eyed when she hears this. ‘We’re keeping her!’ she says. ‘A wise decision!’ says the curator. ‘It’s not an antique, but beautifully made of black basalt, and really beautiful!’ ‘Well, okay!’ says Jason. ‘We’ll put her on the table in front of the window, she’ll look nice there!’ They spend a couple of hours walking round the museum, and look for everything connected to Bastet.


(All photos courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)


After arriving home, they tell the story to Cissie and Thelma. ‘Well!’ says Cissie. ‘When it’s been scrubbed clean of the patina of antiquity, it might even look nice! Who wants tea and cake?'

This is the postcard they send home:




For Paint Party Friday, I have carried on with the Egyptian theme. I painted 2 triangular canvases some time back to use up some leftovers of blue and purple paint. Today I added the glitter, and painted the moon. The picture of Bastet has been collaged. It is not finished yet, and I am not sure which motive to use for the second one; time will tell!


That's all for today. Have a great weekend, take care, and thanks for dropping in!


45 comments:

  1. Good story, as usual! Love the postcard and the canvas, both beautiful! Hugs, Sarah

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  2. Wonderful story--I was sort of hoping the cat was from way back when but I love it anyway.

    Great triangle and postcard.

    Love Chrissie xx

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  3. Fab story, I thought the same as Chrissies, by the end I was expecting it to be real too !! Your cards are beautiful. A xx

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  4. Always love your stories, Valerie. Spent many happy hours in the British Museum myself - they have such an incredible Egyptian collection. Love the postcard and your entries for PPF - they do look so 3D. Love the moon in the postcard. Is it a paper moon? hugs, Donna

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  5. Is it any wonder cats have such an air of self importance!

    Ancient Egypt is fascinating.

    Great card and canvas.

    xx

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  6. Don't anyone tell Jason how much a good replica is worth! The IMPs are very pleased that you have the duties and responsibilities of Bastet are now explained as they expect their standing to rise even higher in the light of the information LOL XOXO Zoe

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  7. Morning Valerie. Arrh... those immortal words "I can feel it in me guts" LOL! Jason reminds me of my brother. I have the giggles now Valerie. Brilliant post as always. Fabulous PPF project. Have a lovely weekend.
    Hugs, Florence x

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  8. The story is still evolving and is simply wonderful... and triangular canvases must have presented some challenges, but you have handled them well...xx

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  9. Your story -time was terrific, Valerie! :]
    Love the postcard.
    Wow!! A triangular canvas... what fun to create with!!
    Wonderful artwork. ~xx

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  10. That is one cosmic cat Valerie, love your canvas and story. Have a lovely weekend. Take care. Suze xx

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  11. Awesome story, Valerie! Also love the canvas!

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  12. i loved seeing the pyramid in Egypt. Really surreal for me. :) Love that cat!

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  13. Love the way you wove Bastet into both you Jason/Cissie story and your PPF art. And I am loving both pieces as well. Can't wait to see to see the collage finished!
    Hugs,
    Stephanie

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  14. Wonderful story, collage and canvas art work ~ very creative ~ (A Creative Harbor)

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  15. beautiful work and lovely tour of the museum! It was educational today!

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  16. Beautiful glittered background for your Bastet! Love hoe Shannon has decided to keep him too. Great story, painting and postcard today!

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  17. Loved the next instalment, in many years to come even their cat could be an antique.
    The triangular canvases are awesome.
    Have a good weekend.
    Yvonne x

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  18. I so enjoyed the story. My husband taught Egyptian ancient history and we have artifacts in our home now that were in his classroom before he retired this summer. We have that cat!
    We got it at the museum in San Francisco when we went to see the King Tut exhibit. How amazing it all was/is.

    Your triangular painting is quite exquisite behind the regal cat.

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  19. Love how you carried the theme right into the triangle canvas, which is stunning! Again I loved the story! Hope you have a wonderful weekend - with no worries!

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  20. One of your best stories so far, Valerie. Loved the pix from Wikipedia. Also, your triangular art piece is really beautiful. I know it must really sparkle.

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  21. Wonderful as always. So interesting to tackle a triangle canvas and the Egyptian cat looks marvelous! Happy PPF

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  22. I love Egyptian art! Your story and postcard are well done! So cool that you carried the same theme into your other challenge. Have a great weekend!

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  23. Great art and story telling :)

    You always make me smile!

    Karenx

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  24. Your post brought back such fond memories of studying art abroad in London during graduate school! :)

    Love your Egyptian-inspired triangle painting, too!!

    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  25. Love the beautiful postcard colors and the cat. The triangle with the cat and moon is a favorite theme of mine also. I did a black cat with moon and glitter last October. I so enjoy your "trips" and all the pictures you post. I always learn something.

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  26. Yes, there's something very special about sparkly skies, moons and majestic black cats!

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  27. Valerie I am reading Friday's post and my eye catches the term cat-scan, I had no idea, wish I had visited before today so I could have sent you some wishes.
    Another amazing Friday post, I am wondering how long those stories take for you to create. Fabulous how you continued the theme through to PPF.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  28. How cool that they went to the British Museum! I loved my day there- esp. in the Egyptian section. Love your triangular canvas!!

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  29. you are quite the storyteller! beautiful painting as the backdrop for your story.

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  30. another good story. great postcard and info..

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  31. Fab card. I have been in that museum a couple of times (there is a great little stamp/craft shop opposite) and the museum is all kinds of awesome.

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  32. It's such fun to read about Cissie and her extended family. You are really a great storyteller.

    Love the painting, it's very mystical.

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  33. Oh, love to see the gang again! WOnderful concept of the triangular canvas.

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  34. Love the mystical, magical cat, both on canvas and postcard! HPPF!

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  35. Great story Valerie and I love both the postcard and the triangle...very stylish cats!
    Hugs xx

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  36. Lovely canvas and postcard. Happy PPF

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  37. Wonderful pics... thanks for sharing these!

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  38. I love this part of the story, wonderful images! :)

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  39. You know I always enjoy your stories. And your creations here are wonderful..

    Hugs~

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  40. Another great week of storytelling- How brave of them to walk in a museum with a statue (LOL) Love your artwork this week.

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  41. Another fantastic tale and love the post card and the painting.

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  42. Loving the postcard and your fabulous canvases Valerie, Annette x

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  43. Great story, love the postcard.
    Jen x

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  44. Lovely canvas and postcard. Happy PPF

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