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!


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.