Saturday, March 31, 2007

Zazzle Sites for ZOA Group Artists



It has been a quiet week, for the most part....including sales. We've done okay and I'm not complaining..

Because it has been so quiet, I've had the opportunity to work a great deal on my Tuscan Art/ Zazzle site. I've added a ton of new merchandise...some really great items I think. I've improved the overall look of the site so that it all comes together in a much nicer look. I'm really quite pleased.

I also started a second Zazzle site, PEZART. This site will contain quite a bit of merchandise using the images from some of my husband's best selling art. I've been looking for a way to offer some of his artwork and this seemed like a very good site on which to do this. We'll also run some non-Tuscan pieces on this site as well.

Jaime also worked on her Best Art/ Zazzle site and added a great deal of merchandise as well.

If you are interested in seeing any or all of these sites the links are;

http://www.zazzle.com/TuscanArt

http://www.zazzle.com/PEZART

http://www.zazzle.com/BEST_ART

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Confusion prevails...




I wish I had time to get everything organized, in order, straightened out, running smoothly...etc. etc. It seems, even as 'calm' as I have been lately, that there still isn't enough time to do everything I would like.


Last week, I took two days - in a row - off. I cleaned house, relaxed and just enjoyed my days and life in general. It was great!!


I fully intended to take today and Thursday off again this week, (I always take Sundays for family--but, those days aren't exactly 'quiet and relaxing'... I have small grandbabies who like to be heard:))


Anyway..the painting I had ready for listing just didn't 'speak to me'...so I had to redo it - or forego a listing for today.. so, I redid it...and I like it a lot better!


So, now I need to decide if I'm going to try to do three paintings tomorrow...so I can take Thursday and Friday (same days I took last week)...or if I am just going to paint what I can...and go from there.


I find that I am much more creative when I've had a chance to relax a day or so...so, I'm hoping that I can find enough inspiration, imagination and creativity to paint three 'masterpieces' in one day...that's pushing it a bit, so we'll have to see how it goes.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

In a 'quandry'...


I have been wondering what I really need to be doing with this particular blog. It is a group blog, started for the purpose of promoting the 'Bids for Kids' charity for Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang Camps two years ago.

Since that time, it has become more of a 'personal blog' and a 'journal' of specific events in my lives and the lives of my family members...certainly as it mostly pertained to the group's art and sales...but, it has lately become...well...kind of a chore really...

I don't like that..since I am sentimentally attached to this particular blog...so, I am thinking that I will 'bring it back' to what it was 'initially'...I'm not really about doing the painting a day blogs...after all..pretty much every member of the group is doing 'at least' a painting of the day...and it is just too much to try to post four paintings every day..or every week for that matter....plus, it isn't all that interesting.

If you want to see our paintings on a regular basis, go to eBay and type it ZOA under art...it will bring you to our listings.

No...I think I will post...less frequently...probably once a week...but, I want to take it back to it's original 'roots'....

...so...for group news...well...as you know, we are now Gallery Represented...and at this time we couldn't take on more than the one gallery we are in. We're doing quite well on eBay...for which we are all very grateful...but, it takes most of our energy just to keep the listings going on there.

...we had both cars go down at the first part of the year...one car is no longer...the other is bravely trying to keep us transported but we are focusing on getting new transportation for all three households as soon as possible:)

...Jaime and Mike had a terrible flood in their basement last week...it put them down for several days and also somewhat behind in shipping. Luckily they didn't lose any paintings, canvas or too many shipping boxes...just a horrible mess that took several days of work to clean and dry out...I think they are still a little 'damp'...but, should be caught up by midweek.

...Patrick is getting back to his routine of jogging to start his day, now that the weather is warming...we did have some snow to interrupt, but it is looking like spring might be right around the corner and he'll be able to get into daily routines....

...Charlene is practicing 'The Sedona Method'...to let go of a lot of old baggage, grief and a few other things...it is working...I feel so much more refreshed and ready to paint some beautiful masterpieces:)

Saturday, March 10, 2007

ZOA Group eBay Store items....

This week's 'offerings' are from our ZOA Group eBay store. Several of these original paintings have never been listed as auction items, and will not be listed for auction.
To check out our store items...click onto the link below...

http://stores.ebay.com/Original-Art-By-The-ZOA-Group_W0QQcolZ4QQdirZ1QQfsubZQ2d33QQftidZ2QQtZkm

In Morning's Splendor...by...Jaime Zatloukal Best


Hall of Souls..'The Fearless'..by..Patrick A. Zatloukal


No Way To Mend a Broken Heart...by...Mike Best


Where We Used To Play...by...Jaime Zatloukal Best


Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Art and Life.....

I create...because I must. I was given a gift that I am driven to use. Still...I must consider what is 'commercial' and what is not...since this is how I make my living.
Sometimes it drives me crazy to create a really good work of art...only to have it rejected...but, I've learned that it 'goes with the territory'. If this is what I want to do with my life...I have to take the rejection with the praise. Luckily...I receive far more praise than rejection...so, in the end...it is all worth it!
I must also remember...the masterpieces of Renoir and Monet were spat upon in the beginning. Their audience didn't understand this new 'technique' of painting...and initially, rejected it. I can't think of too many people who wouldn't love to have an original Renoir or Monet hanging on their walls today.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Friday, March 02, 2007

A Few Words....


This is my very first blog. I have had it up for almost two years...and, in those two years, I doubt if many people have visited or read this blog. I guess that's alright...I still don't know enough about what attracts readers to one's blog to worry about it.

What this blog has done for me is to serve as a journal..if nothing else, I was able to update the doctors and nurses, during my husband's brave (but losing) fight with cancer, because of what I posted in this blog.

When he had this (or that) done, was hard to remember, because there were so many things going on...luckily, I had posted it here...so, I had a point of reference.

It has been hard going, since we lost him...my posts have certainly reflected the dark places I have been...simply by the lack of posts or, at best, posting pictures of paintings (without posts) of the artists in our group.

I don't know if I will 'pick up' the journal type of blogging on this site, or not. I have, since my husband's passing, started several other blog sites...that are more personal in nature. I should imagine I will post my 'journal' entries on one of those...if I feel that need.

I wrote this post, simply to share how important this site was to me...at a time that I really needed it....