Linda’s Comments About Her Art
I’ve always wanted to create art. When I was a teen, I sent for a correspondence course that taught me how to paint in oils, mixing colors, brush strokes, and drawing. I always draw a sketch lightly on the canvas before I paint. Then I mix colors on my palette and begin painting the top portion of the painting first, working my way down to the bottom. Signing is the last step. I love colors and always create lively, colorful, energetic paintings. I have at least 2 styles of art…a folk style depicting animals or birds with cute faces, and a more traditional style. Some of my paintings display a whimsical quality. My landscapes and water scenes have sometimes been described as nostalgic and mystical, sometimes a combination of folk and more realistic. I love to paint, and to share my unique perspective with others.
When I was a young mother with a 4 year old son, he went with me one day shopping. We passed a toy store and there was an expensive Steiff bear in the window. He had a fit wanting that bear. I promised to make him one. I stopped into a fabric store because I needed to buy some buttons. I purchased a teddy bear pattern and some faux fur fabric. My mother had been a seamstress and I had watched her modify patterns. When I laid out the pattern pieces, I saw that the bear my son wanted had longer arms, a different shape to the head, larger feet, than the pattern. So I modified the pattern and cut out the fabric. I did not have a sewing machine, so I hand-sewed the bear. When I finished it, I was not pleased with it, so I threw it in a drawer and started another bear, unaware that my sons little eyes were watching. The next day, I looked for the first bear. I found it in his bed. He had dressed it in his pajama top, and tucked it under his pillow. I continued making the second bear I had started. Friends asked me to make bears for their children, and even for themselves. That is how I began making bears. I have been creating bears and soft sculpture animals for over 30 years now, and plan to continue as long as possible. I have met the nicest people through my bear business! The people who adopt my bears become long-time friends.
After making art bears for many years I decided I wanted to sculpt polymer clay art dolls, often combining the dolls with my soft sculpted art bears and other animals. I particularly like to make fantasy dolls like fairies, elves and mermaids, and to make Santas. I’ve also make storybook character dolls and historical character dolls.
John and Linda Trinckes are singer/songwriters who have formed a musical duo called “Our Time 7” that blends vocal harmony with very original songs that are “different”. There songs include several genres; Romantic Smoothe Jazz, Contemporary Christian, Indie Folk/Americana, and Blues. Their vocals are accompanied with acoustic guitar, bass, or keyboard.
John is an accomplished musician and music writer. He creates beautiful instruments by special order. Linda is an artist and writer (lyricist). She paints in oils, and creates mohair soft sculptures, and polymer clay sculptures.
John is a retired music teacher with a masters degree in music, who taught for over 38 years. Linda holds an inactive real estate license, and has professionally exhibited and sold artwork since 1983.
The two have written over 50 original songs, including a full length musical with 20 original songs called “Where Love Leads”. They perform around the central Florida area and record their own music.
Linda has been making artist bears and soft sculpture animals for 30 years. She started in California, USA. She now lives in Florida. She hand stitches her creations from her own original designs. She makes bears and little animals from 2 and a half inches tall to 30 inches tall. Linda mostly uses mohair and cotter pin/ wooden disc joints. She hand embroiders the noses, uses glass or boot button eyes, and loves to use vintage lace or vintage doll and baby clothes with her creations, or unusual little trinkets as accessories. Sometimes, she hand stitches a little vest or collar for a bear. Her other artistic endeavors include oil painting, and sculpting art dolls from polymer clay. She calls her work Beariety Bears because she likes variety and never makes the same thing twice. They are truly one of a kinds. If you have any questions, email Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule of upcoming show:
May 6, 2017 – Quinlin International Teddy Bear and Doll Show in Philadelphia, Pa. We will be showing our Bears and Dolls and we will be singing the songs on “Our Time for Teddy Bear and Doll Collectors” for the opening of the show on Sat. morning.
June 23 and 24, 2017 – We will be showing our Bears and Dolls at the International Doll and Teddy Bears show in Asheville, NC Booth B 45.
July 30 – August 3, 2017 – We will be showing our Bears and Dolls at the National Doll Festival in Orlando, Fl.
Sept. 10, 2017 – Linda was invited to show her Bears at the Hugglets International Teddy Bears Show in London, England at Stand 56 in the main hall.
Please visit our website at https://www.reverbnation.com/ourtime7 or go to www.ourtime7.com to listen to our albums and music.
You can also view Linda’s Oil Paintings, Art Doll and Bears at BearietyBearsandArt on Etsy.com or at BearietyBears.bearpile.com.
Our Musical “Where Love Leads” is on our music sampler page with this website.
All songs copyrighted by Linda Ellen Brown-Trinckes and John Trinckes