By Miki de Goodaboom (Text & Illustration)
in September 2017 I was on a painting trip in Wales, and eagerly looking to adopt some new Teddy Bears. This is when I suddenly met one of these Ted Characters. They are mostly standing bears, usually wearing a large slate around their neck, or some kind of sign, on which is always written something cleverly funny.
I fell in love with that bear, unfortunately he was not free for adoption. But since then, I met some others, and adopted a lot. To find one of them is always a deep joy for me and my beloved teddy Truffle McFurry.
I have decided to paint them all, at least to try. I called the series “Inspirational Teddies”. Simply because they are so inspirational, in many senses, artistically and psychologically to say the least!
I started the series with the last one that entered our home, a lovely cook girl which Kev Le Chat brought me back from Stroud in the UK, for Christmas. When he is over there, he is always on a Teddy bear mission, and he is very good at finding the rare pearls!
PS: if you have one of them, I would be over the moon to receive a photo and to paint him/her.
(Prints of all sorts are available. Click on the painting to go to Miki de Goodaboom’s shop online)