Dreams versus Reality

Hello.

It’s been a while (again). I realise my posts here can be quite eratic – To be honest I have struggled with what to say (which will shock some of you I know!), but, for various reasons, I feel I have found my voice again, so am giving it another go.

 

I thought I’d start at the beginning (always the best place I find) – Who am I?

Well, I’m Jackie (Jac), and I am an illustrator (oo sounds like a confession lol!)

 

So. An illustrator. That’s me. But what does that really mean?

 

Well in my head it means indulging my passion for drawing all day every day. Sitting at my pristine desk, in my pristine studio, surrounded by clean white furniture,  bunting and beautiful art work.

 

The view to the side of my drawing board
The view to the side of my drawing board

But then, I always have had a creative mind 😀

 

Reality…

I don’t draw all day every day. I am a late starter. That basically means that by the time I set my heart on this path I had fallen into the conventional trap of job, house,car etc, etc.

Over the years I got used to leading a very pleasant life of a nice home, new cars, pretty shoes, dresses and eating out.

That costs money and the starving artist syereotype is not for me (and my hubby probably wouldn’t be keen either).  Sorry – I know – many people sacrifice all for their art, and perhaps if it was just me I would do that (maybe) – but it’s really not fair to take other people with me!

 

The need to maintain this pleasant lifestyle lead to me having a full time job, as well as my illustration work.

4 days a week I travel 100 miles round trip to be an Information Manager for an emergency services organisation. (the one with the big red trucks). It’s fun, rewarding and interesting work (for those that like that kind of thing :D)

 

Every day off I get, I spend in the studio. Ish.

I also might run a duster round the house occasionally, do the odd bit if shopping, drink a lot of coffee and eat a bit of cake, washing, ironing and all sorts of other “real life” tasks – you know, those things we all really don’t like but are a necessary evil to our civilised lifestyles.

If I could, every day off, I would be in that studio from dusk till dawn (and probably longer). And some days I am 🙂

I do try to draw every day though, be that working on a commission piece, something personal for my portfolio or just a very quick doodle in the sketchbook. (Those that follow me on social media will be familiar with my evening Daily Doodle slot).

Do I wish I didn’t have another job? Well, sometimes – if I am honest – sometimes I do think that. But,on the flip side, that income means I have time for the personal portfolio projects, I am not pressured into taking on every commision (like those I know my work woukd not suit so much).

It also gets me out, I work with some great people, which I would miss if it was just me and the four studio walls.

And what about that studio?  Is it pristine??  What do you think? Absolutely not!

It’s “lived in”,  “creative”…  Ok a little bit messy. But you have to have a dream don’t you!

Speaking of which, my dream is to illustrate children’s books… So, its back to the drawing board for me. A dragon awaits!

 

Dragon - personal project - work in progress
Dragon – personal project – work in progress

If you would like to see more of my work (the illustration side – not the information part!), then you can find me on:

Facebook – www.Facebook.com/JacsStudio

Twitter – www.Twitter.com/JacsStudio

Instagram – www.instagram.com/Jacs.Studio

Elephants and Santa hats

Hello All 🙂 Wow – this week has flown by. Jac was very busy this week, so no time for adventures out and about – but most of the time being in the studio is enough adventure for this little Teddy Bear.

Always appreciate an elephant
Always Appreciate an Elephant!

For instance, on Thursday it was Elephant Appreciation Day – and I got to meet a new friend. I do love elephants, and it’s very sad to think that people still hunt them for their beautiful ivory tusks. I hope my new friend stays safe out there.

Later in the week Jac was very excited, as she received a big box from the postman. Turns out this was new stock for her shop, featuring more of my studio friends. Some had funny hats on – Jac explained they were for Christmas and has promised I can have one soon 🙂

I tried to chat to the Little Mouse – but she was very busy sewing!

The Little Sewing Mouse
A little mouse sewing something special.

Jac’s also been working on more new ideas – she says it’s important to draw every day, to keep creating. She says it helps to keep her mind active, and also helps her to relax.

Apparently humans are prone to something called stress. I don’t think it’s something Teddy Bears suffer from much– we try not to worry about things. Jac says she could learn a few things from me!

Anyway – no more news for now – but you can tell how busy it’s been. Jac says this week she will be working on Christmas orders, and new ideas for gifts. There seems to be lots of cake and food ideas in her sketchbook, so I am looking forward to what she has in mind!

So – don’t forget to keep up with my adventures with Jac on Facebook and Instagram, there is always something happening in The Little Welsh Studio. (Oh, and Jac says to remind you that there are lots of things ready to post in her Etsy shop!)

Till next week then – lots of love

Theodore.E.Bear (Ted) xx

A trip to the dentist…

Hello again everyone. Theodore E Bear here (you can call me Ted).

So – what has happened this week?

Well – Jac has been as busy as ever, she has been working on commission pieces, and has sent new designs off to be printed (she says she will share them as soon as they arrive).

In amongst that we went somewhere I haven’t been before – we had to go to the dentist.

When we arrived I was a little bit scared, as there were lots of strange noises – loud noises like a drill!

We waited in a big room with lots of other people, until a nice lady with a clip board called my name – then I had to go into a different room, (Jac came with me, I was too scared to go myself.)

Inside that room there was a man who had a mask over his face – I thought he was a doctor, but Jac explained he was the dentist. That is a special kind of doctor that helps us look after our teeth.

Ted isn't scared of the dentist anymore
Ted thought the Dentist was scary, but he was actually a very nice man.

I had to sit on a big chair – and it moved (I liked that it was fun 🙂 ), then I had to open my mouth so the dentist could see inside – he even made me stick my tongue out – it felt really funny!

After that, he said my teeth were all fine – but said I maybe shouldn’t eat so many sugary cakes 🙁

He explained that if I look after my teeth I shouldn’t have to go back for a long time, so Jac got me a toothbrush and toothpaste, and taught me how to brush my teeth properly. Now I brush my teeth every morning and also before I go to bed – for a whole two minutes.

Ted's First Toothbrush
Ted has learnt the importance of looking after his teeth

Jac says if I keep doing that it will be good as everyone will always see my nice bright smile 🙂

So now it’s another new week – I wonder what adventures Jac and I will have this time? Do check back next week.

PS – if you can’t wait that long – you can follow Jac’s adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Oh and I have my very own board on Jac’s Pinterest page now too!

PPS – Please remember you can buy picture of me (and all Jac’s characters!) on Etsy too xx

Just Because….

Jac’s Easter Sunday  Adventure- 20th April 2014

Location- Llanelli stretch of the Wales Coastal Path.

Miles Covered – 4.

Weather – Bloomin’ Cold!

Coffees consumed – just the one (yes, honest, just the one!). Supplied by the lovely ladies at the Pavilion Café in Pwll.

Interesting sights – Several swans, an egret, one dragon and a mysterious staircase…

 

I am so lucky to live just a mile or so from the sea front and a magical coastal path. (The Wales Coastal Path). I love to take a walk there, whatever the weather (although nice weather is always preferred – you take what you can get here in Wales!).

One of the best things about walking there is what you can see if you just slow down and look.

All manner of people (and dogs) can be found…. swans…. robins…. gulls of various types…. cyclists wrapped up against the cold (wish I’d thought of that!)…..

and a dragon.

Ok - so it's not a real dragon.....Well Ok – so it’s not a real dragon….. but you never know what lives in the nearby woods 😉

And another fabulous thing about the seaside is that you get be be childish – you can skip along the promenade and balance on benches and nobody minds, because no one is grumpy at the seaside!

Do one silly thing every day

But it really doesn’t matter if you don’t live  sea, just take a walk anywhere (the park, a busy street, beside a river) and take the time to look around – slow down and just look – you’ll be amazed at what you can see. And what you can imagine!

Creating the start of an idea...
Creating the start of an idea…

So what do I really think lives in the woods…. and what lies beyond the mysterious staircase…. well I have some ideas – but that’s for another day!

So until next time – do one silly thing every day – just because – and keep smiling 🙂