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!