Friday, 24 February 2012

A postcard from Cuba


Our heroine X is in Cuba this week, but what's all this about lonely cocktails and being stood up? Just who was this Latin lover and why did he leave her in the lurch? Are those tear or mojito stains? More importantly, what will Y make of all these goings on. I get the feeling he was getting rather proprietary over this lady, despite them still carrying the vestiges of the stranger label about their persons. I really think he was expecting her in Barry last weekend...

No mention this week of where she acquired the postcard.

It's OK though because I know...!! A local artist was attempting to paint a couple of local ladies of a certain age wearing flower-filled hats and sitting outside the cigar factory. But you know what ladies of a certain age are like - they just wouldn't stop talking and waving their cigars about (our artist wasn't fond of tobacco fumes and she preferred her subjects to sit still and keep quiet). In the end she had to resort to a google image search to look for silent and stationary models. It's amazing what comes up when you search for 'old Cuban ladies smoking cigars'....

So, the artist finally finished her work (which incidentally is done in oil pastels), only to find a strange compulsion to place it in the hands of a tearful lady at the bar! It's a rum old world...

The Postcard Challenge is run by delightful Darcy - back story here.
Paint Party Friday is the coolest place to hang out at the end of the week.

66 comments:

  1. This did make me laugh, its fab and such a great postcard story. Happy PPF and enjoy the weekend, Annette x

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  2. Ho hoho... How funny. Brilliant image!

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  3. Read your post with a big grin on my face, great card :D

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  4. Love the postcard so vibrant, love the look the oil pastels give!

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  5. Your card rocks! It Screams Cuba!!! ♥
    I'm sorry X isn't all happy on Cuba... Maybe her next destination will be more fun! :)

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  6. LOL, your piece sure has character! thank you for sharing,
    hugs, peggy aplSEEDS

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  7. Read you is always a pleasure and your painting is funny.

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  8. Fantastic painting! Great fun story too. I am also amazed by the Google Search Engine and what it turns up!

    Janet xx

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  9. This is brilliant! Great humour ...and great art. Love it....

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  10. I agree with everything posted! Humor, art, and flavor are tops!

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  11. Delightful! Love the painting and post ~ ^_^

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  12. I love cuba and your work is beautiful

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  13. Brilliant - these postcard stories are such good fun - I wish I'd had time to take part in the challenge as there are some great participants out there. I love your cuban ladies of a certain age smoking cigars - hilarious!

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  14. Poor young Glor has no chance with those two!!! brilliant, love your joke, still laughin... M

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  15. WonDERful- I love all the character these two old gals have!

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  16. Wonderful card! And great story! Really enjoying these.

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  17. Love it Old Cuban Ladies with cigars. <3

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  18. Ahhh yes, humor for Friday! Love it. Love your postcard art too. But not cigars...yuck. Happy PPF!!! :-)

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  19. The oil pastel painting is great... such great colours for two obvious lively characters! :-) Happy PPF! xoxo
    (you can't have Cuba without the cigars...) :-)

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  20. This just makes me smile...fantastic!

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  21. Gorgeous piece..the colors really pull me..fantastic!!
    victoria

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  22. HAHAHA....love the ladies with cigars! Too fun!

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  23. This is amazing! I absolutely love it! I love oil pastels and look they give. Wow! I love this piece!

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  24. fabulous, this made me chuckle. I love the idea of the ladies smoking cigars, and your painting is great, so vibrant, you totally captured them.

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  25. Fabulous postcard! The faces are magnificent!!!

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  26. This is a wonderful piece, with rich vibrant colours.

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  27. Absolutely great card! <3<3<3

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  28. Fantastic painting and I love the story !

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  29. Great colors and layers.
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  30. What a great post! Love your postcard and those cuban ladies with their cigars! Haha!

    Happy PPF!

    (and thanks for the encouraging comment on my blog!)

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  31. Love the bold strokes of this postcard and story! You are truly an artist with an imagination! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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  32. Love the story! and the vibrant painting - wow! great job!!

    I also saw the quick draw McGraw sketches & they are amazing! The first one with the cat that is facing front has such personality in its face and yet so few lines drawn - such a great picture.

    xox

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  33. Oh! Your artwork is amazing. Fantastic interpretation of the two Cuban women with their cigars. Well done. Love popping on to see what is happening on your postcards. Caz

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  34. I LOVE your artwork! Laughing over googling two old ladies smoking cigars. Makes me want to search random images. ha!

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  35. Love your Cuban postcard. pretty funny too. Did you really get an oil pastel in the mail? does it get soiled?
    I must say you are tempting me with all your postcard exchanges.

    Mimi Torchia Boothby Watercolors

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  36. I had to laugh when I saw your card because I printed out that same image from google to add to my book. That photo is fantastic! Loved the way yours turned out.

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  37. oh wow Lisa!!!!! this is spectacular!!!! what a fantastic painting and the postcard....brilliant......

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  38. hahaha FAB card. Happy PPF! :)

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  39. Oh lord!!!!
    this is fantastic!!!!!!!!!

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  40. a cuban heel... you mad thing... going to use that one at dinner tonight... we have had a week of really bad jokes in our house so that one will fit right in... at this stage my favourite has been...
    what did the green grape say to the purple grape....
    Breathe, Breathe....
    cracked me up for about ten minutes... which is kind of sad I know...
    loving the whole postcard series and the artwork is great fun...xx

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  41. Your posts always make me smile!! Great postcard!!

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  42. A wonderful marriage of your art and words! xxoo

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  43. Beautiful work. Seeing your work was a great way to start the day.

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  44. I love these 2 characters. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  45. Great postcard and your art really tells a story. Funny!
    Happy PPF!
    Sheri Cook/Happy Horse Studio

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  46. "Fan"tastic card! IM thinking they are tear stains because who in their right ming would drop a drip of a yummy mojito? Lol!

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  47. They can't be tear stains! How could any single woman be sad perched on a bar stool in Havana drinking mojitos? You'd be fighting the men off with a stick!

    Love your postcard. I did the google search...some seriously inspiring faces there.

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  48. You sure know how to blend two art forms together well.Brilliant work, adore the Cuban cigars ; )

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  49. Haha

    your card made me laugh out loud, fantastic imagery,

    Dxxx

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  50. This is just plain AWESOME!! Love it!
    I'm hustling to get mine done still! ha!

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  51. Fabulous postcard. Love the colour and textures.The back made me laugh.
    Jen x

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  52. I love these cigar smoking old ladies. :) Great postcard!

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  53. The colors and blending of the oil pastels...gorgeous...a mojito, bar, cigars and flower-filled hats...Cuba of course! aloha, Lei

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  54. My gosh, I am totally addicted to this postcard saga. And your artwork is incredible! I love the landscape below and the photoshopped, tourist-y looking card, but this one with the cigar girls is my favorite (so far)
    ♥♥♥

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  55. Wonderful characters in your postcard!
    just joined up....don't know between HTML and text which to choose, but i chose text...help!
    Have fun!
    xxx

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  56. Your rendition of these ladies is rich and lovely. How sweet of the artist to pass her work on to a sad bar patron. Creative!

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  57. you made me smile with your two cigarsmoking ladies :-))))) wonderful

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  58. So they were tears then? Love those colourful ladies...and their hats :D XXX

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  59. Nice postcard. Love the cigars in their mouth. Great job as always!!

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  60. LOVE the cuban postcard! You are too clever!!! I am going to have to look up Old Cuban Ladies with Cigar and see what come up! You have me curious now!!

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