Saturday, December 27, 2008

Saying Goodbye to 2008

As we prepare to bid adieu to 2008, I wanted to let folks know what is going on with each of the artists in our original Zatloukal Original Artists Group.
We're no longer one big group, but most of us are still working artists, in our own way.
As you probably know, Patrick E. Zatloukal (PEZ Art) passed away June 18, 2006.
I did offer a couple Limited Edition prints in my CMZ Art Etsy Shop this past spring for a few months.
In 2009, I will be offering a larger number of prints, cards and assorted merchandise, in the PEZ Art Zazzle Shop, for anyone who is interested.
I (Charlene) have a number of shops online. CMZ Art and Rustic Goth on Etsy for fine art prints and original paintings.
CMZ Art, Tuscan Art and Rustic Goth on Zazzle for cards, mugs, magnets and all other assorted merchandise.
Jaime is staying busy with her two Etsy Shops, Best Art Studios and Bellatrix Art.
Patrick A. has recently opened his Etsy Shop, Contemporary Designs.
Mike is at Best Art Studios 2.

Becky has begun doing more with photography. Hopefully we will see some of her wonderful work in Etsy or on Zazzle one day soon.

Wendy got a big promotion at her place of work and has given up doing art at this time.

That wraps up what we are all doing with our art, as of year end 2008. We'll just have to see what 2009 brings...and I'll do better at posting on a more regular basis.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Contemporary Designs

Monday, October 27, 2008

Best Art Studios 2 - Mike's Etsy Shop

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Jaime's Best Art Studios Shop

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Rustic Goth on Etsy

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Fun and Beautiful Things on Etsy

Thursday, June 12, 2008

My thoughts and prayers...

I haven't watched much news...only about once or twice a week, to keep somewhat informed...since my husband passed away. It helped to have someone to discuss feelings and emotions with..better than bottling it all up.

After spending most of my evening in the basement..the tornado warning sirens went off for almost two hours straight through...I finally came up to learn that a Boy Scout Camp had been destroyed by a tornado..40 injured and 4 dead, last I heard. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to the families, staff and the boys who endured this terrible experience. Boys from my home state (where I now live) of Nebraska...and my husband's home state of Iowa were attending the camp.

Then I read about the two little girls murdered in Oklahoma a few days ago...dear Lord...

Saturday, May 17, 2008

What's going on....

......well...I'm moving my studio...from downstairs to upstairs. I've had the entire basement...for my studio...since I moved to this house two years ago. My youngest son has lived upstairs...
problem...the upstairs is too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer...the downstairs is too cold (for me) year round.
So, I don't get as much use out of my studio as I need to...and he is pretty much miserable year round.
I think I can solve the temperature problems upstairs...with far less ventilation..etc. He can be comfortable downstairs and a bit more independent. It has a tiny kitchen...3/4 room/ dining room area..separate bedroom...separate entrance..etc. We're both pretty excited about the move...I'm not sure why we didn't do this before now(?)...
I'll have 1/2 bath upstairs....which is plenty for a studio...a room that will be a studio/sewing center and a room that will be an office/print center and shipping room.
So...this week-end is moving week-end...(and I imagine it will carry on into the week)...which means all of my paint supplies and canvas are packed...and I won't be doing any new painted pieces for several days (at least). The upstairs needs to be emptied..and then my son-in-law will have to bring his shampooer and get the carpets. As soon as they are dry I'll set up my print center first...then the studio.
It'll probably be a week or so before I can set up my sewing/ crafting room. In the meantime...I'll work on some new digital photo manip's for both shops.
I am hoping that, with this move, I'll be able to do more stretched canvas paintings and more 'crafts'....we'll see how it works out!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

A minute to share...

...what's going on with me (Charlene.)

I've gone digital......well..not entirely...but, I've done quite a few pieces of digital art lately. From photo manipulation to digital paintings...I'm having a blast.
Here's a little sampling of a few digital pieces currently listed in my Rustic Goth Etsy Shop.
But, back to original paintings do sell better...and I have to pay my look for some brand new paintings later this week.
I've also added a few new digital pieces to my CMZ Art Etsy Shop as well.
Jaime's going strong with her two Etsy shops...Bellatrix Art
She's also being represented on the West Coast by Hyaena Gallery and she has sold 10 images to Dover Publications for a Halloween project they are planning.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

I would like to 'network' with other artisans.

I think there are a lot of artisans out there, much like myself, who are trying to 'swim upstream' all by themselves.

After watching 'The Celebrity Apprentice' it 'came to me'....that I do have friends and family members who would come to an art gallery if I asked them. Buying very high priced artwork might be another thing altogether.

One team had members who had the 'connections' with their friends and acquaintances to bring in over $160,000 in sales.
The other team...would have been more like my friends and family members (who are the best people in the world I might add) brought in just over $7000.

This is how I view 'making it' in online art sales. If you have the 'connections' who have their connections...and so might be a bit easier to get yourself 'out there' and make the sales. If you are asking friends and family to help...they really do all they can...but, it doesn't make the impact you are looking for. do we make the 'connections' teaming up and networking with one another. I might not be able to 'move this huge rock' by myself...but if I am part of a team or network..we'd be able to do it 'together'.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Feeling 'Hopeful' in 2008

While the ZOA Group is no longer operating as a collective group, each of the individual members are feeling 'hopeful' for what 2008 holds in store.
Charlene is busy painting and listing in her Rustic Goth Etsy Shop, as well as in her CMZart Etsy Shop. So far the sales have been far above expectations in both shops.
She is also offering very affordable prints in these shops, which have produced great results.
Jaime also operates two Etsy shops, BellatrixArt and Best Art Studio. She has made fabulous sales from both shops.
Look for new and exciting things from all of the group members in the months to come!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Art Against Aids

For the second year, we have sent some original paintings to the Art Against Aids auction in Chicago. The main event is being held February 28th, from 6-9 pm, at River East Art Center. A preview of the exhibit will be ongoing at Gallery 180 from January 15th through February 14th.

I am including a link with more details in this blog.

The paintings we have donated this year are,

Pensieve (Abstract Face) by Charlene Zatloukal

A Ray of Hope (Red Abstract) by Charlene Zatloukal

Finding Comfort in My Fear (Surrealism) by Jaime Zatloukal Best.
Here is the direct link for more information about the event.