VyVyan – Punk Till I Die

By Kev le Chat (Text) and Miki de Goodaboom (Illustration)

Vyvyan was getting bored in Bangor. It had been something of a disappointment to him. When he’d been shipped off there unceremoniously, in a dusty old cardboard box, he thought it might be exciting.

BANGOR! Like a bomb!

But no….bored, bored, bored, BORED!

He couldn’t remember how long he’d been there now, gathering dust in that market hall. He was glad he had his bottle of beer though. Back in 1977, they all loved him, loved his punk style, but he was a bit old hat now, wasn’t he?

Somebody was looking at him now. A bit of a hairy scary bloke to be honest…he looked like a musician though.

“Hang on, he’s bought me!”  Exclaimed Vyvyan,

“Bloody hell! Right that’s me sorted, I’m off to Spain to rock n roll! – bugger Bangor!”

Punk Till I Die S

 

(Prints of all sorts are available. Click on the painting to go to Miki de Goodaboom’s shop online)

Never Trust A Skinny Cook

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.

Never Trust A Skinny Cook S

(Prints of all sorts are available. Click on the painting to go to Miki de Goodaboom’s shop online)

Love Is In The Air!

by Truffle McFurry

Hallo Teddy bear lovers around the world!

Last year I went travelling  with my parents in Wales. You don’t know where is Wales? It is a little country on the same island as England, and it is very lovely. My Mom Miki de Goodaboom always wanted to go there to paint, and so one day my Dad, the English rocker Kev Moore, took us there.

They say it is so lovely and so green there because it rains all the time. But we took with us our Spanish sun and we had a beautiful weather. We were so happy!

Somewhere, I don’t remember where, we saw a Teddy bear and a mouse. I think they were about to marry, The mouse looked very smart in her red dress and with the flowers in her hand, but the groom was quite naked, apart from a bow around his neck. Perhaps this is how they marry in Wales. It is so different everywhere!

Anyway I asked my Mom to paint them, as they are so cute. She started but then stopped, saying she had more important things to paint. Really , I am asking you:

What is more important than teddy bears???

She says:

“Well, Truffy, if it is that important, why don’t you paint them yourself?”

Well, I am very busy too. all the time. And I can’t paint like her… even if she says I am quite talented.

Yesterday, she was a bit doing nothing , so I told her she should finish the bear and the mouse.  I never give up, me. I am a bit like her in those things. And she did!

Take care

xxx

Truffle McFurry

A Mouse And A Bear In Love S

(Prints of all sorts are available. Click on the painting to go to Miki de Goodaboom’s shop online!)

Lord Winston And Duchess Laila

By Miki de Goodaboom (Text and Illustration)

After having introduced you to my first couple of Aristobears,  “Lord Albert and Duchess Alba”, it is today the tour of my second couple, “Lord Winston and Duchess Laila”.  They both come from Wales, which I toured during 10 days on a painting trip in September 2017.

We found Lord Winston in an antique shop in a beautiful town called “Machynlleth”, the day we drove from the North to the South of Wales. He majestuously sat on a red throne, he was simply splendid. I did photographs of him, and then said goodbye. But my partner insisted that I could not leave him there, that I had to adopt him.

“How could I, he is much too big to bring him back home in the plane!”

“I will find a way!”

Well, he found a way. Don’t ask me how he did it, but Lord Winston lives now here with us in Spain. I would love to know about his previous life, with whom and where he lived before he retired in the antique shop.  One important thing I do know about him, as a beautiful booklet is attached to him and tells an illustrated story about him. You would not believe it, considering his aristocrat origin, but he was a Go-Kart driver!!! His friends helped him building a new go-kart and he won the race. He said

“It is good to have friends like that!”

As for Duchess Laila, we found her in a Welsh charity shop, but I don’t remember where exactly. She obviously  is a ballerina, the cutest ballerina ever! As with my first Aristobear couple, it was love at first glance between her and Lord Winston. I was a bit concerned, because of the  age difference, but they both convinced me that love has nothing to do with age. And indeed, they seem so happy together, enjoying also the company of Lord Albert and Duchess Alba! Lord Albert and Lord Winston look so similar somehow, I sometimes wonder if they are brothers…

Lord Winston And Duchess Laila S

PS: If you are interested in prints of that painting, they are available in many different sizes on paper, metal, canvas, wood, etc. Also on pillows, covers, phone cases, Tote bags, shower curtains, T-shirts, notebooks, towels etc.  Just click on the painting, it will bring you to my shop online.

 

 

Children From Beaumaris

By Truffle McFurry

(Illustration by Miki de Goodaboom)

Hallo everybody!

I told you in my last post that we were in Wales on a painting trip. We met many bears there, and we adopted loads of them. They are all my brothers and sisters now!

In Wales, in the North, there is an island , it is called “Anglesey'”. There, there is a town with the beautiful name of Beaumaris. They have bears too, but also sheep and they are all playing together. In the past I was very jealous of sheep because my Mom loves to paint them and I was always afraid that she abandoned me for a sheep.

But I am a big boy now, and I understand many things about love. So, I am ok with sheep too. And this is true that they are so cute. The cutest one being my little sister Mary,

Here are some of the children from Beaumaris, painted by my Mom of course!

Bye for now, love you all xxx

TruffleBeaumaris Children S

Truffle McFurry In Wales

By Truffle McFurry

{Illustration by Miki de Goodaboom)

Hello everybody!

Sorry, I haven’t been here for a long time. I don’t forget you, I think of you all the time. But we are very busy here, travelling and writing and editing our books. This takes all my time!

I have been in England again, it was the first time since our Tour de Yorkshire last year. But we were mainly in Wales. It was wonderful there, and we rescued millions of Teddy bears there. They are living with us now in Spain. I hope my Mom Miki will one day find the time to paint them all, but she too is so busy with the books. She has to do all the paintings for them, they are many!

In Wales, I had to travel a bit incognito because I have a bit of a fame now. So my dad gave me some of his cool sun glasses, always matching my jumpers. I looked amazing, they said! On the painting, it was in a place on the island of Anglesey. I loved it there!

Take care

I love you xxx

Truffle McFurry

Truffle McFurry Incognito In Wales S