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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!)
Sunday, December 31, 2006
Saturday, December 30, 2006
Clouds in a Blue Sky
Friday, December 29, 2006
Fun little 9x12 painting, a hour sitting, lotsa fun with the skin textures....
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Waves! Ocean! Rocks! Oh boy!!
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
More Summer Thoughts...
Monday, December 25, 2006
"And so this is Christmas..."
....And this is what I've done. For Christmas or whatever holiday you care to celebrate. The idea of a Christmas "tree" with ornaments and such, came from Pagan origins, and it's sort of been handed down since then, and that's pretty cool in my book. I did this little 6x8 painting, in one hour sitting, and if you look closely, I wound up with a bit of a self-portrait! Anyway, enjoy, eat, drink and merry-make like there is no tommorrow!
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Doesn't feel like Christmas Eve....
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Back to food...
So these are vine tomatoes. As I said, the produce aisle is now a fair game for models of what to paint. And, the bonus is, I take said produce and make a meal out of it. Fun little 8x10 inch painting, with lost edges. I attempted to use solid, thick strokes of paint and make the tomatoes look "delicious". After they served their art model purpose, I chopped them up and made them into a reduction sauce. Add olive oil, garlic, spices and tomato paste and voila! A fine sauce for the linguine. Delish!!
Friday, December 22, 2006
Summer...six months away
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
So I started painting pears. What artist hasn't? This little 8x10 painting took about an hour. I'm also told of all the fruit-paintings, pears sell best. Why? I think I know. Pears are the most "human-looking" fruit out there. Physically, the resemble simplified human forms. Pears bruise easily. Humans bruise easily. Do we feel empathy for this? This isn't to say humans are "pear shaped"(though, some are) and the term "Pear shaped" usually means something has gone amiss with a plan. So why are pears so appealing when the term "pear shaped" means something not so good? I bought some Bosch Pears to paint soon-they're a harder, skinnier pear. It's amazing how painting fruits and vegetables gets you looking at the grocery store produce aisle totally in another light. You stop and look-and feel-everything, and people wonder if you're okay.
Okay, so it's another day later already!!!
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Don't shed tears....
Monday, December 18, 2006
So why "a Painting-a-Day"?
Sunday, December 17, 2006
When Dinosaurs Ruled The Paint
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Paint on The Rocks....
Friday, December 15, 2006
When life gives you lemons...paint them!
Okay, so this painting will NEVER hang in a used car dealership's wall, but still, these lemons provided me with some fun doing shadows and, largely warm colors. I particularly enjoyed the challenge of creating that bumpy surface texture in oils, and the "white" highlight, and in less than an hour, wet-on-wet oils. One of them was a tad green so I wanted to show that. Lemons go from green to a light yellow, and get progressively darker as they ripen. The lemon on the left was a little more ripe than the one on the right. I think later, I used them to cook with-chicken with garlic, wine and lemon juice. Mmmmmmm.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Curse of The Cat Skull...!!!!
Well, the Cat Skull interrupted our nice day at the beach...like I said, a skull of ANYTHING is amazing to look at and paint. This one, I stuck some red cloth under it with alot of folds and did this little 8x10 painting in about 40 minutes. It's missing it's front tooth in this view, so you can see why they deemed it "imperfect". But one person's trash is another's treasure. I particularly like the broader strokes I did on this one, and the recessing shadows that are harder to paint than one might imagine. I am sure the skull will show up again in another painting.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
I did this, to be honest, in Sept, but what makes it interesting is I did it on Nauset Beach on Cape Cod when all the tourists had left and, a huge hurricane was roaring offshore 800 miles away and sending HUGE rolling waves (some of them 12ft) toward the east coast. I was painting with my rear end sitting in sand, and it was a nice Indian Summer day but with a brisk breeze, so sand was kicked into my painting(which was kind of cool in retrospect as it gave it texture!!). I'm fascinated with weather, and the forces of nature. I'd however, rather have that hurricane a safe distance away than headed toward us. This session lasted about an hour and the painting was 10x14 inches in size, on a panel. The tide and huge waves rolling in eventually chased me off the beach after a wave came within 6 inches of my feet( sitting down.). It was a "white water" moment with alot of foam kicked up. Trying to get a wave to "hold still" for you is impossible of course, and barring photography, you just have to capture the feel of the moment, the seagulls kind of balance it out. When you do plein air landscapes, it's a matter of "snatch and run" and do the best you can in the situation you have, with lighting and weather changing drastically in a moment.
My next fascination will be with painting tornadoes. I intend to work from some personal photos a friend took, and not get anywhere NEAR one of those things. I was actually IN a tornado in 1985 when a small one struck Rhode Island-I didn't know what it was until I saw the green sky and churning clouds.
There's a GREAT little motel off the beaten path on Nauset an we rented a room there for two nights, off season(cheap) and no one was really around. So it made for about three nice paintings in two days, on Cape Cod and the weather was terrific mostly.
More paintings are in the hopper, drying so they can be scanned. So lots more to come. I painted a Trilobyte fossil today. In the meantime I did an interview for an upcoming issue of IMAGINE FX magazine-a high end UK publication dedicated to digital Fantasy and SF art but they feature a "Legend Artist"(read that:old timer!) in each issue and this coming issue they picked me.