Saturday, July 30, 2005

Information for online collectors of original art....

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

Have a great week-end!

Thursday, July 28, 2005

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


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....

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

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

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


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


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