Hello one and all! Welcome back to those of you who visit reasonably regularly, and a special Hi to everyone dropping by for the first time. Well it's been some time since I last updated the site, but things have been pretty busy this last year so I'm excusing myself on those grounds. Thanks for being so patient.
There are new paintings added this week if you've a mind to stop by the galleries. New surprises are in the Koala Gallery, since I've begun work on a children's storybook that ís going to include these paintings and many new ones. I'll tell you more about that as the story comes together, but my biggest effort will be to find a home for it at some enterprising publisher. Funnily enough, when I embarked on a creative career I started out as a writer. When I found that I could tell the story in paint, the writing sort of fell by the wayside.
The biggest wake up call Iíve
had in recent years was Sept 11. A week after the tragedy, I felt
compelled to write in a big way, reviews, analysis' and fiction.
I woke up one morning with an entire Koala epic in my head that
proceeded to literally kept me awake at nights. Writing it is
well under way: I'll tell you more as things progress. There are
some new vampires in the Dark Places Gallery. Whenever I want
to try something new, it usually ends up being either a koala
or a vampire, so you might notice some variations in style here
NEWS!!! Hay House in California just purchased the use of my painting "In the Grotto of the Goddess" as an entry in their "Mermaid & Dolphin, Oracle Card Deck" soon to be found in major bookstores like Borders or Barnes & Noble, and assorted gift stores. Also, Bob and I just got back from an invigorating 9 days in Japan. He got to meet Godzilla (several times) and we both caught up with lots of artist friends, publishers, editors, writers, etc. We had a wonderful time there, and I soaked up the finer parts of the culture I've always wanted to see first hand. The new paintings in the Koala Gallery reflect the inspiration I came home with. For Bob's reflections, you'll have to go visit his website at: www.bobeggleton.com.
This last year was extremely stressful for us, what with so much anxiety-ridden moments coming together in such short space of time. First there was the build up to the World SF Convention and the Hugo Awards ceremony (Bob won an unprecedented two last year! Wow!). Unfortunately, a person who came second in the Hugo Best Related Book category to Bob's "Greetings From Earth" was severely put out, and we received some less than polite emails. A week after that fiasco was September 11 and Bob's birthday two days later. Needless to say, it took us many weeks to function creatively again, and it is only now that we can move on a little. We both paint and visit with friends, and "make the days our own" so to speak. Meanwhile life has gotten really busy.
With the advent of Lord of the Rings as a movie, I have been inspired to go back and read the books again for the first time in many years. A result of this is a new painting currently on the easel with the working title of "At Galadrielís Mirror". It comes directly from a scene in the book and I finally get to scratch an itch in trying to paint it. Comeback in another month or two and see the results. Meanwhile, I have to go and be creative.
Thanks for stopping by --- and do come back again soon. I'll put the kettle on.