These two had been sitting on our dressing table for ages, and they looked so funny next to each other. Despite having no eyeballs, Betsy May is definitely thinking about Big Teddy in an interesting way, and Big Teddy clearly feels the same. It was my wife Anna who suggested I might try and paint them as they reflect the ups and downs and knocks of our long marriage. They had been practically our first dolls as children a very long time ago! Betsy May had her hair restyled by her late brother when he was a small boy, but it is quite attractive and punkish. Big Teddy has seen better days and, when not sitting for the painting, unfortunately, has to be kept in a plastic bag, so his sawdust stuffing does not leak out all over the house. I do like a challenge when watercolour painting, and this presented many. I modelled the bed on our own but had to construct a wallpaper fitted in with the colour scheme without being too dominant. I have used quite a restricted palette to mix the paints, although I used 4 different yellows to match the variegated and ragged pattern of Big Teddy's body.
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