Sunday, December 31, 2006

Goodbye to 2006

On this, the last day of 2006, I have spent quite a bit of time in reflective solitude.
I spent the last day of 2005, and most of the first day of 2006, in the emergency room and then in my husband's hospital room. Not a great way to start any year. And, it seemed to 'set up' somehow, everything else that came into my life..leaving me to feel less than positive about life in general.
I am determined to carry a positive attitude into the New Year...and beyond!

We have already made a number of changes to what we are doing with the sale of original art online.
I am selling prints, posters and other merchandise from some of my older paintings, thus gaining some residual income, with very little work, from my past efforts.
I look for good things in the coming year....and I press excitement and anticipation!


Monday, December 18, 2006

2007 - The Year for Change for the ZOA Group

As 2006 nears its end, I am feeling relief. I am not sorry to leave the 'worst year of my life' behind me.
Adjusting to life without my husband has been very difficult, to say the least. With all of the limitations we faced, because of his illness, we pretty much had to stick to selling our paintings online.
We will start right off in 2007, as the featured artists, at the So-Oh Fine Art Gallery. That is a big change for us.
We plan to participate in the Arts for Aids Auction in Chicago in February.
We will be into the second month, of a two month exhibit, at the Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso.
I am committed to do the cover of the spring issue of a magazine.
I have just launched my very first line of merchandise, based on my original Tuscan Florals and Landscapes.
I am in the process of writing and illustrating a children's book.
Each of the artists of our group will continue to work the group commitments and sites however, each of us have decided to devote part of our schedules and projects to individuals efforts, in order to expand our horizons and follow our own callings.
I don't have any New Year's Resolutions, they always seemed to me to be a predetermined list of my failings and shortcomings. I don't need any reminders of those.
I won't say, this will be 'my' year....that never works either.
I'll just say...2007...the year of Change for the ZOA has already begun.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Happy Holidays from the ZOA Group

It is hard to believe that this year is almost has been the most difficult year I can ever remember, so I am not sorry to see it coming to an end.
Every year, about this time, my husband used to say...."Next year will be OUR year...." And, it usually was.
He didn't say it last year....
I'm not going to say it this year.
I will just 'decide' that it is going to be a GOOD year and greet it as such!

We have our first gallery opening, as featured artists, the first Friday in January. That's getting the year off on a GOOD start!

We are currently exhibiting at the Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso, and will be until the end of January. That's also, getting the year off on a GOOD start!

We are planning to participate in the Arts for Aids Auction in Chicago in February. That's getting the year off on a GOOD start!

We have a new, unified look, to our auction templates and a 'much easier to navigate' website. That will help us get the year off on a GOOD start!

We have a number of other things currently 'in the works'...most of which will help get 2007 off on a GOOD start!

Thinking about it....I'm looking forward to a GREAT year year!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

ZOA group now on 'My Space'

Managing a blog for a group of artists has its limitations and we have reached ours. We can only give so much information in a group blog making it difficult, at best, for each artist's individual personality to come through. As a result, the Zatloukal Original Artists have recently opened individual 'My Space' accounts and each artist is currently posting their own blogs.
We will continue to update this blog periodically, with information of interest about the group, but most of our information will be done on the 'My Space' blogs.
A link to each artist's My Space blog will be added at the end of this post.

News of interest about the group:

We are currently exhibiting our paintings at the Dick Blick Lincoln location through the month of October.

December 1st through January 31st, we will be exhibiting our paintings at the Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso in South Lincoln.

In 2007, Charlene will be doing some magazine cover art for Lincoln 55+ magazine.

As a group, we will be offering original paintings in select galleries across the country beginning, 2007.

Artists blog site links. Have a look, there is some good information in many of these blogs! - Charlene's blog - Patrick's blog - Jaime's blog

Monday, October 02, 2006

We've been hijacked!!

Several times every day someone in our group checks our eBay site to answer questions, check sales, etc. We had a question late this afternoon that we were not able to answer right away so, when we were finally able to respond, an hour later, we discovered we could not sign in to our eBay site.
Long story short...we have been hijacked! It took a change of password, and more aggrevation than I have time to note here, to finally get ourselves back onto our site and find out what had happened.
Alerts from eBay indicated that our account had been accessed by an 'unauthorized third party'....
This is most disturbing to me considering that just a week ago I had sent an email to eBay expressing my concern that I had received a message in my eBay messages from MYSELF. I have yet to hear anything from eBay about this.
I accept part of the blame for being 'too trusting' however, it is most distressing that most of the questionable activity I receive, like 'spoof email' and the like, happens late night or on the week-ends when there is no one at eBay to answer the phones.
I am not sure how long it is going to take to find out how this happened and what we will need to do to prevent this kind of thing in the future. If I find out any information worth passing along, I will note it here.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Notes of Interest about ZOA Group

Beginning October 5th, the artists of the Zatloukal Original Art group will be displaying several original paintings at the Dick Blick Lincoln store upon their request. We will get them up in time for the first friday Art Walk.

The months of November and December we will be displaying original paintings for sale at the Meadowlark Coffee Shop in Lincoln.

Charlene will be doing several covers for the Lincoln 55 magazine beginning December.

In 2007 we will be offering giclees and prints of some of our selected pieces. More information on this at a later date.

Several of the artists in the group have begun doing some solo projects. Mike has commissioned comic art paintings with a local comic book store. He has already sold his first piece.

Charlene has a solo blog on My Space, link here.

Several of us now have individual art sites online. As those are refined we will provide links.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Keeping It Real...

Sales are picking up again for us on our eBay site. Things are still pretty slow on Yessy and other online venues. I think most people looking online for original art automatically pick eBay. Not that I am an expert at where people shop for their art online.

The Zatloukal Original Art group will display and offer some of our original art for sale at the Meadowlark Coffee Cafe, locally, during the months of November and December. It will be our first local show, so we will see how it goes.

Since this blog is designed for information concerning all of the Zatloukal Original Art group, several of the artists have recently decided to start personal blogs and sites. We will include links to those sites, for any of the artists wishing to 'share', on our website in the near future.

Also, I will be creating a site, sometime in the future, dedicated to Patrick E. Zatloukal. I will be sharing some of his original poetry, paintings, and interesting bits and pieces about the person who left such a positive impact on so many lives. A link to that site will also be included in our website.

Until next time, we will continue to try to 'keep it real...'

Saturday, September 09, 2006

We're "hanging in there..."

It has been a very long and hard year, this past one. We have endured the loss of loved ones during our lifetime, but this loss has been the hardest. We have all had great difficulty staying focused and trying to keep our 'heads on straight'. But, we're "hanging in there.."
All of the artists, who are part of the Zatloukal Original Art Group, have dedicated our work and each painting we do to the loving memory of husband, father and father-in-law, Patrick E. Zatloukal. His continuous encouragement and loving presence are greatly missed.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

In Loving Memory

Sunday, April 23, 2006

We are busy as ever........

All of the artists have taken some time off this past month, or at least as much time as each of us felt we could afford to take.

I think it has been good for each of us. Those of us, working full time at our art, have gone outside of our "comfort zone" and I am liking the new pieces that are the result.

Patrick E. Zatloukal has had several weeks 'off' of the chemo and radiation treatments, to regain some strength. He will find out next week what course of treatments are yet to come. In the meantime, we are trying some 'alternative possibilities'.

Several artists are very busy due to a marked increase in commission paintings.

All of this, along with our regular listings, packing and shipping continue to keep us quite busy. I think this is a good thing!

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Charlene is taking some time off....

It has been a very hard 10 months and I am getting very tired. I am planning on taking off anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, it depends on how long it takes me to get some energy back.
It is necessary for me to be available to take my husband to chemo and radiation treatments and run all of the errands that he used to run or that we ran together.
I finally admit, it is getting harder and harder to do all that I have to do everyday then spend all my evenings, most times into the wee hours of the morning, - painting, listing and doing everything I have to do on ebay.
So, for my own health and well being, I will take some time to re-energize before I start painting and listing again. Hopefully it won't take too long.

Pop Art Deco Graphic Comic Paintings.....

Michael Best has been with the ZOA group for a year, however he is just recently listing on the group's newcreationz site on eBay.

Because of the health problems with Patrick E. and the time spent by group members helping him through these tough treatments, we are no longer listing on separate sites. All ZOA group members are now listing on one site.

We are happy to see Michael back at his art and doing some very exciting paintings.

Welcome a new Zatloukal Original Artist.

We want to introduce another Zatloukal Original Artist, Wendy Zatloukal Adams. She is the eldest daughter of Patrick E. and Charlene Zatloukal. Besides working full time she is married, with three children, so she can only paint as time permits.

She has sold her first painting, 'The Last Dance', on eBay very recently.

Look for further paintings in the near future.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Keeping The Faith

This is my husband, Patrick E. Zatloukal. We have been married for thirty plus years and they have been the best years of my life. We learned last May that he has bladder cancer, then it was lung cancer, then a couple of heart attacks and now it is bone cancer. It is getting harder and harder to "keep the faith" but we are trying.

Last fall he underwent chemo and radiation for the lung cancer, which was also supposed to help the bladder cancer. Now he is back on twice weekly chemo and daily radiation for the bladder cancer. We just learned of the bone cancer so we don't yet know what treatments, if any, he will have to undergo for that.
For obvious reasons, he isn't painting anything new.

I know that I need to try to keep painting, just to make myself stay positive during this difficult time, I'm just not sure that I feel up to it. I guess we will both just try to take it "day by day" and see what each new day brings.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

News from the ZOA Group

Patrick E. Zatloukal will be having more surgery on Monday February 20th, to try to determine why his bladder has not yet healed. He is very anxious to have this problem corrected so that he can get back to his painting. It has been several weeks since he has felt up to picking up the brush and canvas.
Thank you all for keeping him in your thoughts and prayers.

Update on the Best Art Studios - we are happy to announce that Jaime Zatloukal Best and Michael Best have moved to join us at the Zatloukal Original Art/ newcreationz site. Because of the ongoing family health problems and all that entails, it has been difficult to try to maintain the inventory and fees of two sites, so we made the difficult decision to bring the two groups together as one.

Friday, January 27, 2006

What's New from ZOA.....

Patrick E. Zatloukal spent 12 days in the hospital and while he is now recovering at home, it has been a long, slow process.
He has painted two paintings since coming home, one of which has sold with numerous bids.
Because of the slow healing process and periodic setbacks, we have had to hold off some of the plans we had hoped to already kick off in 2006.
Our eBay site is now 'home' to Jaime Zatloukal Best and Michael Best. They are temporarily off of their eBay site in order that we can all band together on one site until things get back to normal for everyone.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Patrick E. Zatloukal is back in the hospital

2005 was not too great a year, healthwise, for Patrick E. Zatloukal. We were 'determined' that 2006 had to be better, to the extent that for the first time ever, I bought some black eyed peas to have on New Year's Day (it is supposed to bring good luck for the New Year.) I am not normally an overly superstitious person, but I figured "it couldn't hurt".
New Year's Eve, the very last day of 2005, Patrick was admitted to the hospital with complications from the bladder cancer.
Still, I made the peas and toted a bowlful up to the hospital for him to try to eat. He managed a couple of bites and I think that should count for something. We don't yet know the extent of these complications or what the doctors will have to do to correct them, but it was a typical end to a year filled with one health crisis after another.

An update posted on January 7, 2006 -

On January 5th, Patrick had to have surgery to find out why his bladder was bleeding and doctors discovered he has a perferation in his bladder. They have done what they can to try to stop the bleeding and let the tear heal on it's own. They also discovered he has some kind of blockage in his right kidney and on Monday, January 9th, they will have to do more surgery to find out what is going on there.

We thank everyone who has him in their prayers, they are very much appreciated and needed at this time.