Bob's ART du Jour
Hi, I'm Bob Eggleton and this is my painting and "life in general blog" but mostly paintings. Usually they're for sale. Anyway, if you like something contact me at email@example.com and ENJOY!!
- Name: Bob Eggleton (Zillabob)
- Location: New England, United States
I am a Hugo award-winning fantasy/SF artist who works on both publishing projects and film concept work(such as Jimmy Neutron and most recently, The Ant Bully) but I have a passion for landscape work, small paintings and exploring the properties of paint. This blog will mostly showcase my "painting-for-the-day" as kind of a personal voyage. I'll also be inserting sketches,photos and ideas of projects I am working on, that I can, when I can, so look for those every so often(usually as paint is drying!)
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Turner would be turning in his grave...
JMW Turner, whom the prize is named in honor of, would probably be turning in his grave if he saw what "prize" was named in his honor. Turner was only the greatest painter from England, ever. He's a huge inspiration on me as well.
Anyway, take a look and a read to understand further!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
THE ART CORNER-SHOW 10/3/08
Here's a preview of the exhibit Marianne and I have at The Art Corner in Salem Mass, this week. In fact the opening is on our 10th Wedding Anniverssary! Whoa!! 10 years!? It'll be a selection of smaller recent works and, some larger older ones for me.
She and I currently have photos of our displays on our blogs, her's is:
THE CHINESE FINGER TRAP: Artist's Block
I had a rare problem this last week. I had an "Artist's Block". You've heard the expression "Writer's Block". It's close. I found myself in the middle of a pile of projects. I guess that could be a good thing these days. Illustrating about six bookcovers and, in one case, I got honestly stuck. I mean, it was the book which contained three stories so this made it somewhat of a problem. The problem was the lacking of ideas was causing me to become doubtful and feeling bad about my other ideas for other projects. That can be disasterous.
The first thing I did was get away. I got out of my studio and out of the state to Salem, Mass to deliver artwork for a show we're doing there(more in the next post on that). The rain, the dreary day, and getting away to a historic coastal location, instantly gave me an idea then, on how to proceed on this piece.
So, I jettisoned all the ideas I had. And Winslow Homer.... gave me the answer. His epic sea paintings showed me that, in this case, less-is-better. With all due respect to authors, sometimes artists need to completely go another direction and be less connected to the actual story, at least narratively. The problem with Fantasy and Science Fiction illustration is that, the very genre gives it this "box" that can be hard to escape from. It's good to follow the story, or at least the mood, but, narrative art should not always be the final goal. There seems to be this rule or some kind of regulation that art has to stick solely to the text. Sometimes, again, with apologies to authors, the text is often not that descriptive nor, the descriptions visually interesting. That isn't to say the story isn't great or does not have a great mood. So, taking a hint from artists like Turner, Constable, Homer and others...go for the mood. As I get older I realize that capturing a mood is far more important to a piece than is, a piece based on every single word written.
So doing art can be sometimes like a Chinese finger trap-the more you tug and pull and panic, the tighter the grip gets on your fingers and the more confused you get...so....relax and let go, and it simply falls off. Much the same way an idea just falls into your head. Sometimes you just let it happen.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Collapsing Universes...and Paul Newman RIP
I'm really convinced the Super Collider DID do something to send us all into an alternate universe of weird Presidential races, VP candidates(and you know who I mean) and collapsing financial institutions that are sending the world to the brink of an abyss. Is this really the same universe?? I've felt very much like the protagonist in the 1985 film THE QUIET EARTH wherein a scientist on the verge of death as a molecular experiment takes place, wakes to find himself on an earth devoid of humans and in the end, finds he's actually been sent to an alternate universe of some kind.
Heard today as did everyone that the great Paul Newman had passed away at 83. What can be said that hasn't been? He was one of my personally favorite actors. He did good in anything. His last movie role was in the 2006 animated Pixar film CARS doing a voice over. MY favorite roles of his? Where to start? BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID(1969), THE STING(1973) or THE COLOR OF MONEY(1986) for which he won an Academy Award for the re-creation of an older version of a role he'd played over two decades before, that of Fast Eddie Felson. Newman was also in the spectacular Irwin Allen disaster film THE TOWERING INFERNO(1974).
As to his SFnal work-he was in the quiet 1970's climate change thriller QUINTET, depicting a future earth where a new ice age has frozen over much of the human race. It was certainly a low profile film, but for sure, science fiction. Also, and you may be surprised at this: he was the original Studio choice(MGM) to play astronaut Frank Poole in 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY but apparently wanted too much money, and instead, the rather lesser known, but talented actor Gary Lockwood-after making the 2nd pilot to STAR TREK in the US-was offered the role.
All I can say is the guy earned his wings. With his charity donations via his food company NEWMAN'S OWN, he's changed lives. Not to mention his work with kids who had cancer and were recovering. It was lung cancer that finally did him in. He'll be sorely missed and, the one sorrow is he never got to make that final "reunion" film with Robert Redford whom he worked with and had so much chemistry.
More thoughts and pix next week....provided the universe doesn't change again...
Friday, September 26, 2008
The New England Fan Experience!
Their website is here: http://www.nefe.us/
Blogging for me may getting a little more sparse and spread out. Not sure how many people come back anymore and I'll admit the content and focus has changed. And it's getting busy and again, that middle-age tiredness sets in. So it will be more weekly than daily, I predict.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Calling Your Attention to a Cool Book!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
New Mexico Skies....
I was in New Mexico in August and painted this. The skies are fairly amazing there at sunset. The strange "curtains" hanging down are created by downdrafts in the clouds and are verga-basically rain that doesn't reach the ground. At sunset it creates some fairly spectacular shows. I was snapping all kinds of sky and cloud pix while there. Like anywhere you go, the sky is truly unique to it's locale, despite it's all the same atmosphere.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
From the Cape...
On Nauset Beach with Clouds(8x10,oils $110)
The great things about going to Cape Cod at the end of the summer is that it's still warm and nice, it's off-season so hotels are cheap and and beaches are uncrowded and free to get into. It's possible to watch a sunset over the ocean on the inner Cape, and the next morning, if early enough, see a sunrise on the other side looking out to the Atlantic. And seals. Lots of seals. There was definately a hint of Fall in the air, no matter how one looked at it and variable clouds here and there only added to the mood and interest. It's really not a summer until I have been to the Cape in some way or for some time. This was a couple of days off, just sitting on the beach alot, and then exploring some backroads. All very nice. And I did these two little paintings during the time.
Monday, September 22, 2008
And more England...
English Landscape #4(8x10,oils, SOLD) How I love painting landscapes. I think it's truly become my first love with regards to how one can capture mood, very fast this way. Again, it's that "Autumnal" look parts of England can attain. Especially at sunset with clouds and the reaction of that diffused light at dusk, on the sky. I should do some bigger more layered 'scapes. These ones are quickies, done in one sitting which is the point, to see how I can do one in one dash. Enjoy!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
As the Hurricane passed...
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Well. I'm back to doing some paintings. I did a stack. Isn't this why I started this blog? As usual, my wandering attention and busy schedule throw me off. But as a bit of inspiration and, focus, I went back and did a stack of paintings. The reality is these are created for a show in Salem Mass coming up in Oct but, I wanted to "preview" them here if anyone wants them. One of the things I love about the English landscape is something Constable and Turner found-the lighting. At dusk there is almost this russet lighting, the likes of which aren't found anywhere else. Perhaps it's a combination of the type of trees and the landscape and such, which is alot of farmland. Anyway, it's always something that inspires me no end.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Talk Like a Pirate Day!
I have-really-a stack of paintings to post up, small ones.
It's also arrrr...fortunate....ya see...arrr...that I wasn't....rrrrrr...interviewed ya see...today matey because... ya see....today is...arrrr...arrrr...International Talk Like A Pirate Day...aarrrrr....shiver me timbers...I'm writing that way....arrrrr...too!
-Bluebeard Bob, Scourage of The West Bay
Monday, September 15, 2008
Joan Winston: RIP
She was 77 when she died, and this utterly stunned me because I saw her again but four years ago in 2004, at a Lunacon, and she looked still rather young. She apparently was a victim of that dreaded nemesis: dementia. She exhibited early,fleeting symptoms in 2005. Her last convention appearance would be in 2006 and apparently her health prompted her to stay in an Assisted Living facility in New York City, when she passed away in her sleep. When people and pieces of your past begin to pass on and fade like this, it's a rather dark feeling that you attempt to fight off because it surrounds and paralyzes you. And you do that by recalling all the GOOD memories...especially now in these confusing, and even terrifying times...
Joan, you will be missed...
Alot about Joan can be found here, at this link with alot of pictures and such:
Sunday, September 14, 2008
The Last Science Fiction Writer....
I went on a painting binge!
Saturday, September 13, 2008
AT 48-"So where will all that goofy Sci Fi get you?"
I rest my case.
Actually, I share this day with Barbara Bain who starred in the show.Say what you will about it, it was one of the shows that, early on, inspired me to get into space painting. Here's a look, if you don't remember that cool opening theme music!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
GOOD NEWS: THE UNIVERSE IS STILL HERE!
The US was supposed to build one but it was killed due to budget cuts. In a way it's a good thing.
I mean, think of a Swiss Banker or a Swiss Watch? And then, their US versions? Who ya gonna trust? I thought so.
Of course, I know black holes exist right here on earth, I didn't need the above experiment or multi-billion dollar device to convince me. I have one in my studio and I always am losing pencils, brushes and books into it....
In the meantime, I'm off to Cape Cod for a couple of days. They say a black hole, at the event horizon, slows time down. I need to slow time down myself and look at some beaches sans tourists.
Monday, September 08, 2008
Friday, September 05, 2008
Thursday, September 04, 2008
"Paying The Devil His Due...."
Well, here's a promise that is delivered on, screw the politicians and bury yourself in a bookazine you will LOVE and you can get it NOW:
IMAGINE FX-FANTASY ART EXHIBITION VOL 2
Just out in the US anyway, is the collection from the best of IMAGINE FX, a mag I contribute to on a regular basis. I couldn't get a picture of the cover but it's a thick tome and retails for about $26.00...it's called a "Bookazine" or in Japan, a "Mook". Anyway, it has a nice interview with me, and if you like, you can read the whole thing at the below link. But the book is worth getting- available at most Borders and Barnes & Noble as it has a wealth of great info and tips for artists to improve skills!!! And portfolios of some of the very best-Don Maitz, Fred Gambino,Daniel Dociu, Dave McKean and many more!
Here's the interview-enjoy!