Thursday, December 29, 2005

As 2005 Comes To A Close....



2005 was a banner year on eBay for the Zatloukal Original Art Group.

Over 500 original paintings were sold and shipped to corporate and private collections all over the US and Canada. We also made sales to a number of European countries, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa.
We achieved the levels of Power Seller and Silver Power Seller with 100% positive feedback.

'To a God Unknown', an original painting by Patrick A Zatloukal -MyArt, was selected by the National Lipedema Association as the chosen artwork for their official logo and is now displayed on all of their letterheads, business cards and other official paperwork.

We are now actively marketing our original artwork, as well as limited rights to the reproduction of existing pieces, to companies looking for new pieces to add to their decorative commercial lines.

We will no longer be doing many of the 'signature pieces' that are easily identified with Zatloukal Original Art, as they were exclusive to the year 2005. We will be offering new pieces that are exclusive to 2006, beginning in January.

Look for new and exciting things from the Zatloukal Original Art Group in 2006.

The Zatloukal Original Artists

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Happy Holidays from the Zatloukal Art Group

Happy Holidays from all of the artists with the Zatloukal Original Art Group!

It has been quite a year!!!

We have endured ongoing health problems with one of our artists, Patrick E. Zatloukal-PEZ ART. He is currently "on break" from the radiation and chemotherapy in his battle against lung and bladder cancer and he will resume the chemotherapy treatments in January of 2006.

In spite of the toll this has had on the entire group, we have managed to have a very good year with our art sales. All of us have had very few paintings go unsold and we have almost nothing to carry over into the new year. All in all, it has been a pretty good year, artistically speaking, and we can only pray for an even better year next year!
We wish everyone who reads our blog a wonderful Holiday Season and the very best in the New Year!

Thursday, November 24, 2005

How long.....?


I am not sure how much longer our blog site is going to be operational. We have been extremely busy and we have also had multiple health issues and a loss in our extended family. I did receive an email saying something about a blog site being discontinued and since this is the only site we are on, I am assuming it was referring to this one. Unfortunately, because of the chaos, that is my life at the moment, I did not read the email carefully enough to know for sure.
I will continue to 'blog' on this site, as long as I am able. If it is discontinued, we will add a 'mini-blog' to our official website, www.zoagroup.com.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

My Art


I watched a program the other night about Vincent Van Gogh, a most remarkable artist. According to the program, Vincent strived throughout his artistic life to gain the 'approval' of one artist, Paul Gaugin. He never really got it during his lifetime and yet, after his death, Gaugin sought to obtain the famous 'Sunflowers' painting that Van Gogh is best know for creating.
I thought, "how sad, to spend so much of one's life trying to gain the approval of another, for one's artistic endeavors."
And yet, it is something every artist does, if our work is for sale to the highest bidder.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

It's Become a Weekly Thing....


Once a week, almost like clockwork lately, I log on to this blogsite and spend a few minutes putting my thoughts and whatever it is that concerns me about the prior week onto paper. I am not sure why, but it is a lot like I imagine going to therapy would be. As long as it continues to work, I will continue to 'visit' weekly.

We are, I hope, at the halfway point in Patrick E's chemo and radiation therapy. He has done very well to this point. He has his good days and his bad, but overall we are both very pleased with how the treatments have gone thus far and how well he has endured it, to date.

Our listings, his and mine, have suffered quite a bit this past month as a result of the treatments and all that goes with them. Thank goodness for the rest of the family artisans or we might be quite barren on our site by now.

So, there are my thoughts....until next week----

Sunday, October 30, 2005

A Place to Vent or Relax?


I consider this blog both, as a place to vent, as well as a place to relax. For one thing, I am not sure anyone except members of our group ever read it, for another, there are times that I just need to get away from all of the things that make up a day in my life, put those things aside and just sit here and figure out what it is that I am going to say this week.
Besides taking my husband to his daily cancer treatments, creating a few pieces of art, maintaining everything that goes with keeping on top of an active online art business, I have also managed, this past week, to get our new website up and active. It still needs a lot of work, and I have a few glitches that I am going to have to figure out, but it is up - and operational. That is good!

Sunday, October 23, 2005

New Website for Zatloukal Art Group-www.zoagroup.webs.com

www.zoagroup.webs.com
We have a new 'official' website for the Zatloukal Original Art Group. I have included a link and we will revise the link that is currently in this blogsite. Our new site address is, www.zoagroup.webs.com.

(NOTE:=I have updated our website address.

For a number of years it was zoagroup.com...but, we were not all that happy with the Yahoo webhosting...and the price kept going up.

For the time being, we are using a free Webs.com site...until we are able to once again purchase our original domain name.)

We were not contacted that our old web host had any problems, but we have not been able to connect to any pages on our site, or any other addresses for the web host, so we assume they are no longer "up and operational."

Speaking of "up and operational", it will be several weeks before we get individual pages for each of the artists, a mini-blog page, etc. but we do have the 'basics' on this new site and we will continue to build on it until it is better than our old site.

Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions for our site, we are always open to your comments.

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Sunday, October 16, 2005

Just a Quick Note....


With the doctor appointments and ongoing treatments, catching up the many paintings we needed to send out, trying to paint a new painting here and there - it seems like we haven't had a moment to rest in a very long time.

So, I took a few days completely off. Just a doctor appointment here, a trip or two to the post office there, a few other errands and trips and I was able to rest, at least from painting anything new.
Sometimes, we just have to put our feet up and say - "maybe, tomorrow."

Monday, October 10, 2005

Artist's quote of the month by Pablo Picasso



"You must always work not just within but below your means. If you can handle three elements, handle only two. If you can handle ten, then handle only five. In that way the ones you do handle, you handle with more ease, more mastery, and you create a feeling of strength in reserve." --Pablo Picasso

I have always worked the opposite of this quote. Now, I think, I should like to try it 'his' way and see what happens.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

The Latest on Zatloukal Original Art and Patrick E. Zatloukal


It is October already---we are right at 7 days on our shipping--our paintings are lagging a bit--Patrick E's health problems loom over us like a very dark cloud, but we are trying to stay positive and everyone is pitching in to stay on top of everything he has always done---the cleaning, the laundry, the cooking, the packing, the shipping, the shopping and some of the painting! I had no idea how much we all put off on him! And, to top it all off, he held a job until the end of June when his health just crashed!
It does sound like we all took advantage of him, but you would have to know him to know that what he did and what he continues to be able to do daily, is part of who he is. He is still painting, he helps us wrap and package our paintings, he cooks an occasional meal and sometimes feels up to going grocery shopping with me. He wants to do as much as he feels up to now, because he starts chemotherapy on Monday and radiation treatments on Tuesday of this next week. He doesn't like to 'sit around' - so I am hoping that the treatments are bearable and he is able to continue to do what he feels up to.
In the meantime, we will keep on going as we have ---- one day at a time!


Sunday, September 25, 2005

Artist Quote of the 'Month'


::: Renoir :::I've always thought that there shouldn't be any limit to the things that are well designed. And I think that people who consider that art should only be kept for art galleries and doesn't have a role in public life, I think that's too narrow.


The above quote by Renoir is what I base my artistic creativity upon. I hope to create many paintings worthy of display in any art gallery in the world, but that doesn't mean I will always succeed. But, it doesn't necessarily mean that the paintings "unworthy" of gallery representation do not have their place in this world. What one person considers 'unworthy' may seem like a 'masterpiece' to someone else. Whether it is praise or criticism, if a work of art evokes some kind of emotion in it's being, it has a reason to exist.

I have decided not to try to do an 'artist quote of the week' with everything that has been going on in our lives and the fact that we are now into our 'busy' season. If I can do one a month, I will feel like I have 'done good'.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Life at the Zatloukal household


I would like to share with you 'life at the Zatloukal household' here lately.

Between Zatloukal Original Art and Best Art Studios, we currently have 27 paintings that have been purchased, paid for and need to be shipped out. Two of those paintings are already at 10 days and we normally ship at 7 days.
We have 9 paintings in various stages of completion, but none that are completely finished at the moment.

We have a website, two blogsites, an online Art Gallery and our eBay sites and stores, as well as a list of 43 subscribers (between the two sites) to regular eBay newsletters that we need to compose and send out.

We have to keep up with our Certificates of Authenticity, our pictures and our website and eBay templates, answer questions and emails from our collectors and keep on top of our PayPal accounts, since they have been totally messed up since Labor Day week-end, as well as our eBay accounts.
We have to package the paintings, print CoA's, receipts and mailing labels, prepare the boxes for shipping, wrap the packages and haul them off to the post office.

Put all of this on top of; doctor appointments several times each week, three visits to the emergency room in the past month, regular trips to the pharmacy for prescription refills, mountains of paperwork that need to be filled out for medical reasons................and the list just continues to grow. Soon there will be daily trips for radiation therapy and weekly trips for chemo.

But, such is life, and we get through it the best way we possibly can --- as a family unit! I am very proud to be a founding member of the Zatloukal Original Artists group and I hope, for any who read this post and wonder "where in the world is that painting I purchased over a week ago?", that you will understand that - we really are doing the best we can with all we have going on in our day to day lives. 'Please be patient - your painting really is on it's way!'

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Introducing the newest 'Zatloukal Original Artist'!



Meet Becky Zatloukal. She is the daughter in law of Patrick E and Charlene Zatloukal. She is also the mother of Simon Augustus and Ava Marie Zatloukal and wife of Richard Zatloukal.

Becky has listed her first four paintings on eBay for very reasonable prices. Check her out if you get the chance!

LATEST UPDATE ON P.E.ZATLOUKAL



Believe it or not - September 14th, the day he was to start radiation and chemo - Patrick E. had yet another heart attack.


He is now recovering at home but has yet to begin the treatment program for his cancer.


We will make every effort not to let this latest setback affect shipping. Listings may suffer somewhat, due to doctor appointments, etc.

This painting was completed prior to the heart attack and is entitled, "'Under Pressure', an expression of my current state of mind." It has sold but he does have two other listings now on eBay, one of those completed after his heart attack.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

One Day At A Time


Beginning September 14th, for six weeks, Patrick E. Zatloukal will begin daily radiation treatments and weekly chemotherapy treatments for squamous cell lung cancer.

We are optimistic that these treatments will work to shrink the cancer and hopefully put it into remission and we are not sure what kind of a toll the treatments will have on Patrick and the rest of the family.

We will certainly paint, list and ship as often as we can, around the doctors appointments and daily/weekly treatments but we do ask for everyone's patience and understanding during this difficult time in our lives.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

P.E.Zatloukal Update


Patrick E (aka PEZ ART) had surgery on August 29th, to remove a cancerous tumor from the bladder. The surgery was successful, however, a lung biopsy was also done and we have learned that he does have lung cancer.


He will see an oncologist on Sept 7th to find out more.
We do not know, at this time, what effect this will have on our paintings, listings and shipping. At this point, we are just taking it 'one day at a time' and doing whatever we are able to do.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Shipping Questions Answered....

We have recently received numerous questions about when paintings are going to be shipped. As we state in our online auction shipping and handling information, we do not ship until 7-10 days after we receive payment for a painting. This is not 7-10 days after the auction is ended. We state this again, when we respond to the payment received notification.

Due to the large number of paintings our group sells each week, we are only able to ship once or twice each week. We are sorry, but we just cannot ship any more often than this or we would not have paintings to sale.



For a complete article about shipping and handling questions, please see the article in our Art Notes blog.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Patrick E. Zatloukal Surgery Scheduled



Patrick E. Zatloukal's surgery, originally scheduled on June 29th, had to be postponed due to a heart attack he suffered on June 28th. He has mended sufficiently that the doctors feel they can go ahead with the cancer surgery on August 29th.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Blog Notes and Articles Not as Frequent

Now that we have started listing most of our paintings in Contemporary-American Art on eBay, we have gotten much busier. As a result, our time available to post notes and articles here has become less. We will certainly make every effort to post something several times a week, if we can, and always if there is information we feel needs to be passed along to everyone who is interested!
Be sure to look at the new and very exciting paintings that are now coming from all of the Zatloukal Original Artists!

Monday, August 08, 2005

ZATLOUKAL ORIGINAL ART now in contemporary art on eBay


We are beginning to feature more of our listings under the Contemporary Art category than under Self Representing Art. Go to Contemporary-American-Original Listed by Artist ---or search ZOA in art.

The rewards of being a member of the Zatloukal original art group

Current eBay listing by Jaime Zatloukal Best.
Because the ZATLOUKAL ORIGINAL ART GROUP is not just
a group of artist but also a family we share rewards other people don't
really think about.
1st - The sharing of ideas
Because we know each other so well naturally we also know each others art styles.
Many of my newest works were indeed share thoughts and ideas brought to life after
a time of thoughtful consideration. This part of the whole artistic experience is not only educational but time shared together.
2nd - The kind but needed criticisms
There have been plenty of times when myself or another zoa member has needed this. The hours spent trying to prefect a work of art can leave the artist blind to the one thing that can make a good painting, great. Lucky for us we are there for each other to sometimes catch that needed something.
3rd - spotting of opportunity
Where one artist alone might miss an ad for a show or a great charity we can all take part in
with many artist we catch most all of that.
4th - art for everyone
Selling together has of course the advantage of appealing to a larger more diverse population.

Artistic quote of the week - by Edward Hopper


"If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint."
by Edward Hopper


I don't think I can add much to this quote. I have been told that, 'a writer writes because he/she has to write.'

The same is true of an artist. Creating something from nothing is something we have to do or life does not have all the meaning we seek.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Be Very Careful


This painting, " A SQUARE COMPOSITION" is a painting by Jaime Zatloukal Best. It is both original and now listed online.

There is currently someone claiming to be an "artist" selling paintings that may or may not exist and if they do exist they are certainly not his own. Be very careful if you run across him. He is very happy to take your money, but rarely, if ever, delivers a painting. He is currently selling these paintings on eBay, so be sure to check the feedback comments before you place a bid with him. This is the third time (that we know of) in six months that the same person, or group of people, have set up this 'scam' on eBay. Very soon after they are kicked off, they are right back on as a 'new seller'.

I have written a brief article entitled, 'Buyer Beware' and another article 'Ten Things You Should Know Before Buying Original Art Online', both of which can be found at our 'Art Notes' blog site. These articles are both quite brief, but very informative, and include things to look for when you are looking for legitimate sellers versus scam artists online.


It is very difficult to establish ourselves as credible and viable professional artists through online venues, so when someone comes along to try to tear this credibility down, I tend to get very upset!

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Information for online collectors of original art....


Visit our newest blog site .... Art Notes .... for more information...........

http://zoaartnotes.blogspot.com/

Have a great week-end!

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Anonymous said..........



.....nothing....

We started this blog site because of our involvement in Bids 4 Kids. Since then, it has become a way for the artists in our group to 'communicate', vent or just 'inform' anyone who is interested in whatever it is we have to say.
We did not start the site as a way for 'anonymous' critics to comment on our art.

We realize that some folks love our work, while others aren't that crazy about it, and we don't mind hearing from either, as long as they are brave enough to leave their name and web page to "back up" their comments.

For future reference.......we welcome all comments, good or bad, but if you don't leave a way for others to 'decide on your comments (good or bad) for themselves', your comments will be deleted.

Artist Quote of the Week - Dali


"Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing. " - Salvador Dali

I like this quote by Dali, only in that, there really is no such thing as a 'new idea' but rather, a new version of an old idea. We see that in books, movies and yes, even in art. What artist out there cannot see similarities of their work in someone else's art at some time or other...? Whether it is a conscious decision, or something that lies in wait in the recesses of our memory, I think every artist can rightfully be accused of 'imitating' another at some point in their career.

Those that delude themselves at thinking their's is the first and the only technique, design, or whatever will probably not be very happy in their life's pursuit, as an artist, until they accept what is and move on.


Tuesday, July 26, 2005

How much money was raised....


BIDS 4 KIDS
The art auctions for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camps on eBay raised over $15,000.00 for this worth while charity.

These are the paintings that sold through the Zatloukal Original Art Group's listings.

Congratulations to all of the artists who participated in the Bids 4 Kids auctions, to those that put the group together and to all of the children who will benefit as a result of this effort. As a group, we did much more than we could have as individuals!

Bids 4 Kids Auction....Over



BIDS 4 KIDS AUCTION HAS ENDED
The Bids 4 Kids Auction is over and our group didn’t do as well as we had hoped. We only received bids on 3 of the 12 paintings we had listed for the charity auction. We are hoping however, that combined with the totals of the other 540 artists participating that we are able to do a great deal of good for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camps and the children who attend those camps.
We don’t yet have a final figure on what how much was raised for this wonderful cause, but we will pass that information on to you when we receive it.
We want to thank everyone who sought out the B4K auctions and bid on the wonderful original art offered by all of the artists who participated!

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Wonderful to have some time off!


It was great to finally be able to take a week-end off, as much as one can take off while still being at home.

Jaime and Mike have gone to Wisconsin for the week, so I believe they really are able to get away from it all.

But, now I am having to get back at it - between chapters of the newest Harry Potter Book. I can't believe I haven't read anything, that wasn't art related, in almost two years.

I guess forcing myself to take the week-end really did work wonders. I have been putting up my painting at midnight instead of 2 or 3 am. Maybe if I go back and reread all of the Harry Potter's, beginning with the first, (when I am done with the sixth) I can actually get myself on a less grueling schedule!!

I think I might try it!

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Artistic Quote of the Week

"Monkey business proved to be lucrative June 20, 2005, when paintings by Congo the chimpanzee sold at auction for more than $25,000.
The three abstract, tempera paintings were auctioned at Bonhams in London alongside works by impressionist master Renoir and pop art provocateur Andy Warhol. But while Warhol's and Renoir's work didn't sell, bidders lavished attention on Congo's paintings."

I took this quote from an AP Press release reporting the sale of Congo's paintings and I want to use this quote as a tie in with this 'artistic quote of the week'.

Pablo Picasso:
"All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."

Lately we are running into a number of 'experts' who seem to think that salable art has to be directly connected to a formal art education. I doubt that Congo attended a school of fine arts and design, yet his paintings sold for more than $25,000.00. I've seen turtle art sell, elephant art sell, and the art of very young children sell. Hmmm - I wonder what art schools they attended?
I am very sensitive to the subject of art school for I did not have the opportunity, or the misfortune, to attend one and yet, I paint salable paintings. I think that too often, the opinions of the 'experts' squash the creativity of the unschooled, but very talented artist. As children they loved to create, but now that they have grown up, they question their ability because someone told them it wasn't practical or they didn't have the credentials. How very sad that brillant art may never be created, because an 'expert' opened their mouth! I wonder what the experts have to say about the monkey art? ---- cz

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Media Coverage for Bids 4 Kids

7/14/05
NPR Radio called this morning and I did a live interview over the phone to promote the Bids 4 Kids charity auction starting tomorrow, July 15th and ending July 25th.


This was our first local coverage for this event and I believe it went very well.
I will keep you updated on other media coverage as it occurs. ------------CZ

UPDATE

We also did an interview with the Bellevue Leader newspaper and they will be running an article on us, and the Bids4Kids Charity Auction.

Clear Channel 106.3 will run the Bids 4 Kids on their events calendar.

We still have to get back to the Lincoln Journal Star and KLKN-Channel 8 News in Lincoln - to see if they are going to run anything on the Charity Auction. I will let you know what transpires from this contact.

We will continue, as we can, to try to contact the local media - and try once more to get someone at the Omaha World Herald. -----------CZ

7/15/05

ANOTHER UPDATE---At least one member of the Zatloukal Original ARt Group will be interviewed on KLKN-TV - Channel 8 - Midday Forum --- Wednesday July 20th at 11:15 am. Still no final decision on Lincoln Journal Star and waiting to hear back from Omaha World Herald.

I don't have anymore free time to continue to contact media outlets, so any further coverage that will be done will have to be from the contacts we've already made. I have done very little painting this week and can't really afford to fall too far behind on that.

Anything new and we'll be sure to post it here. -------- cz

A Need to Rant about Art Groups that charge Fees...


Okay- I need to rant about art groups that charge a non refundable fee to review an application to join their group and then reject the artist without ever viewing any of their work. I know someone who recently tried to join a group, sent in the application and the fee and was promptly rejected without any review of their artwork.
1. How would you know if that person's artwork fit in to the type of art you were trying to 'promote' if you do not see the artwork?
2. If you are looking for a particular type of art, why aren't you saying so up front?
3. Why don't you refund the application fee since you are clearly not what you represent yourself to be?

There is a reason I don't join any groups that house a so-called art 'critic' or seek gallery representation. I don't even join local art guilds. I believe every piece of art, whether I like it or not, is subjective to an individual's particular tastes. I love animals, but I am not particularly fond of animal art. That doesn't mean I don't think it is good, it just means that I don't purchase animal art. So to subject my art to the glaring eye of a critic or expect a gallery representative to explain a particular piece of my art to a potential collector would be pure folly.

I would have to say, "people beware before you part with your hard earned cash to join an art group that do not say precisely what it is that they are looking to promote." //CZ

Monday, July 11, 2005

We are now 'FULL-TIME' Professional Artists


After many, many years of working for the other guy and getting no where fast - we are finally working for ourselves - full time - as professional artists. I don't mind this career - I have been doing it now for an entire year and loving almost every minute of it.
My husband, Patrick E. Zatloukal, is a different matter however. He didn't intend to be working for himself until he had either reached the age of retirement, (this is a problem for both of us as, we are old enough to be able to tell you when the weather is about to change because of all of the aches and pains in our bodies but, too young to collect social security for quite a few more years), or I became successful enough selling our artwork online that we wouldn't miss his income. In the meantime, we certainly hadn't planned for both of us 'retiring' young. And, I haven't quite gotten that successful yet.
I am not sure how we are going to do 'under-pressure' - but I think we are about to find out!!!!

Friday, July 08, 2005

New---Artistic Quote of the Week


I would like to do an artistic quote of the day - as I find great inspiration in the thoughts and words, as well as the creative works, of the great artists who came before me but, I know I would just get busy with the business of life and my own creativity to remember to get a quote of the day, so I hope to be able to find the time for a 'quote of the week'.

The quote this week is from Georgia O'Keefe - and I hope to adopt the meaning for myself....

" Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest."

I feel the same about myself as an artist. To my collectors or anyone interested in my art, what difference does it make where I was born, went to school, accomplished or failed to accomplish, or anything else that is irrelevant to a particular painting or series of paintings that they are interested in. These things are for family and friends to worry or care about....

If we share with you anything personal in our lives, it is only because we feel it is directly related to our 'business of art'. ---------- Charlene Zatloukal/ Zatloukal Original Art

Thursday, July 07, 2005

NewCreationz Online Art Gallery


This gallery is dedicated entirely to the display and sale of original works of art and fine art prints by a group of professional artists, the Zatloukal Original Art Group.
Over 300 original paintings have been sold through our Ebay and Art By Us stores from September 2004 to June 2005 and our paintings are highly collected worldwide with many repeat collectors.
We are committed to offering only original work that is unique, interesting and entirely our own. We have neither the interest nor the time to follow or emulate what others are doing, as we are too busy trying to follow the visions and the ‘voices’ in our own minds.
As our work becomes more established in online venues the investment value of our original paintings have steadily increased in value. Our paintings now sell for more than 100% of what they sold for as little as six months ago.
The art within this gallery is offered only through the Newcreationz Online Art Gallery and not through any other electronic venue. If you are interested in viewing the original art and fine prints that we are offering through our Gallery please go to http://www.newcreationz.vstore.ca

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Update on Patrick E. Zatloukal (PEZ ART)


In 1998, Patrick E. Zatloukal suffered a heart attack and had to undergo an emergency procedure to have a stent placed in an obstructed artery in his heart. In spite of a few brief episodes, he recovered quickly and his health remained quite good until August 2004 when he had another attack and doctors discovered the stent had collapsed.
Doctors reinforced the collapsed stent and placed a second one in the artery for added protection.
In May of 2005, he was diagnosed with a small tumor in his bladder and a fistful of kidney stones in both kidneys. Surgery was scheduled for June 29th, however, because of the blood thinning properties in aspirin he needed to quit taking his daily aspirin regimen ten days prior to surgery.
June 28th he was rushed to the hospital where doctors discovered a blood clot in one of the stents, restricting blood flow to the heart. (A direct result of being without the daily aspirin regimen.)
The blood clot has been dissolved, he is back on blood thinners and aspirin and surgery is postponed for, at least, 4 to 6 weeks to give his heart time to heal enough to withstand the bladder surgery.
There are other health issues that doctors have just found, but we remain optimistic that everything will work out as soon as doctors are able to learn more and resolve those issues.
While he is recovering from all of this, he is hoping to be able to continue to create some new works of art, but as for doing the packing and shipping, those duties may have to be redelegated to those of us who are less 'expert' at this fine art he has perfected.
We hope that the collectors of 'PEZ ART' will look forward to some of the new pieces of art he will be creating in the coming weeks, as well as the few pieces he currently has listed on Ebay.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Hello from Zatloukal original artist Jaime Best

I would like to take the time to introduce myself and Best art studios .


I'm Jaime Zatloukal Best a 26 year old self taught artist. Everything I have learned about the creation and expression of art I have learned on my own. I am entirely self taught and draw the inspiration for my art from my travels, experiences and thoughts about everyday life. I paint in many different styles and techniques, using acrylic paints, as well as textures and other mediums. As an artist, I feel the need to keep exploring, searching, and learning new things so that I am not confined or restricted to one style, type or genre of art and painting. I create and sell my art work on a daily bases along with my husband Mike.

I'm the daughter of Patrick E. and Charlene Zatloukal the creators of the

Zatloukal Original Art Group

I have been creating works of art for most of my life. I traveled abroad for a few years many of these adventures were funded by the sales of my art. I however did not make this full time until October of 2004. When my heath did not permit my return to the 9-5 I had been working. With the help of the collectors of my work and an understanding husband I have been able to pursue a life long dream of living for my art.

Anyway that's enough about me for a little while.

I'd like to talk about the art for a while. I have several on going series
such as

' RAIN DROPS '




&

' ANGELS IN THE MIDST... '


Here is a sample of the artwork of Mike Best


Mike is also a 26 year old self taught artist.
Who draws his inspiration for things more realistic than I do.
I won't go to into detail about his life experiences or his likes or dislikes.
I think I'll leave that up to him.
I will say however that he enjoys painting and creating in general.
He also loves to collect toys and play games.
A true "child" inside.
Well that's about all.
Now you know a little more about us.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Our first entry

Hello to our visitors.
Pardon our inexperience and please 'bear with us' as we learn how to 'blog'.
What I wanted to do with this entry is to give everyone a little 'background' about where we are presently, rather than how we got here.
Presently - I am back to working full time as a professional artist and it 'feels great'. I didn't realize how much I missed it until I got back to it! I guess that 'goes' with having so many children and grandchildren, not that I mind having such a large family, that feels great too! They are all THE BEST a parent or grandparent could ever want.
Our newest grandbaby, Ava Marie Zatloukal, was born June 7th and she is just WONDERFUL! I'll be posting a picture of her taken just hours after she was born, (if I can figure out how to post pictures.) We are just so proud and SO VERY BLESSED!
Everyone here at home were worried that I wouldn't be back from Spokane Washington, where I was watching over 4 of my other grandchildren while their mother had to go to AZ to undergo some medical tests, in time to be here for Ava's birth. I got back late on the 5th and she was born early the morning of the 7th, so I did cut if very close!
It took me a couple of days to get back to my daily routine of painting and 'taking care of the computer side of business' but I am finally back on track, at least for another week or so. Then, my husband, Patrick E. Zatloukal (PEZ ART), will have to have cancer surgery on June 29th. We aren't sure how that is going to go, or what the course of treatment will be, but I'm sure we'll manage.
We had some sadness in our family the end of May. My husband's sister, Kathy, passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. It has been a very difficult month for us, but we are 'hanging in there' as we always seem to do.
In the meantime, my husband is working on some new paintings that are very different from what he has been doing. He loves doing the barren trees and the black and white abstract trees but, he wants to do some works that are a bit more expressive. Hopefully collectors will like them and they will be successful for him. He will have at least a month before he can go back to work part time, so we hope he is able to continue to find new and different ways to 'express himself.'
Patrick A. Zatloukal (MY ART) is our #2 son, our 3rd oldest, and has always been interested in the arts. He has had great success in writing and in the theatre and now in the visual arts. His pieces are very expressive, very typical of his personality. He recently sold a wonderful Tuscan painting, one of his very best, to a soldier who had just returned from Iraq. The lieutenant wrote a very lovely email to let us know how much the painting meant to him, it was very moving. In spite of working a full time job with varying hours, Patrick is able to paint a number of new paintings every week.
Jaime Zatloukal Best is my youngest daughter, our 5th child, and is also working full time as a professional artist. She is 'on her own' and has the Best Art Store on Ebay, with her husband Michael (their signon is jbestart), and while she continues to experiment, she is finding best success with her raindrops series, her element series and her different series of angels. Mike works full time so he is only able to list occasionally, but does have some success with his wonderful 'portrait' style of painting.
We have recently begun to build the 'New Creationz Online Art Gallery' so that we can have a secondary venue for our artwork. We do like being on Ebay and ArtByUs, very much, but there are times we would like to have a little more 'control' about what we put on and how we want to do things. I guess this is a good outlet for our occasional attitudes of rebellion.
Finally, we are the 'media contacts' for the state of Nebraska for the upcoming charity auction 'Bids 4 Kids' to benefit the children of the Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang Camps. We are waiting for the green light in order to get the ball rolling in Nebraska, but with a family group of artists as we have, there should be enough of us to cover everything in state as soon as we are given permission.
If you haven't gotten totally bored with my 'ramblings' and are still reading - thank you so much for your interest in our art and in who we are as people and artists.
I hope that you will contact us from time to time.
Charlene Zatloukal/ Zatloukal Original Arts/ newcreationz