Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Some Art From the 'Group'


"He Loves Me..He Loves Me Not"
From the 'Heartache and Poetry' Series by
Jaime Zatloukal Best.


















'What?'...by Mike Best

























'All in the Moment' by
Charlene Murray Zatloukal

Thursday, July 01, 2010

The Joy of Real Estate


I know this doesn't pertain to the ZOA Group in particular...but it does pertain to family and I thought it worthy enough to devote this month's post to my brother-in-law, Jerry.
For as long as I can remember, Jerry has wanted to write a book...well, now he has.
Also, for as long as I've known him...he has mostly been in real estate.
So..it seemed fitting that his first published book be about...The Joy of Real Estate.

I am very proud of him.

I'm not quite done reading the book...but almost.

My family is going to Iowa over the week-end of the fourth of July to spend the week-end at Jerry and Jan's...for a wonderful family get together. We did it last year and it was great...so we're all excited about the trip this year. Now we'll all have something else to catch up on.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Patrick E. Zatloukal - We Miss You So!



Patrick E Zatloukal
November 6, 1946 - June 18,2006

Loving husband, wonderful father, excellent grandfather.
Great brother, son, and friend.

Gone from this earth...but never forgotten.

Friday, May 14, 2010

News from the 'Group'


The piece in the bottom left corner is one of mine.
It made Etsy's Front Page on Mother's Day...from 8 pm to 9 pm. Apparently a very 'good' time to appear on the Front Page.
While it didn't translate into a lot of sales...it sure translated into a lot of folks who made that piece, as well as my Shop, one of their favorites.
That was the first time for me in that particular time slot...and I was quite impressed with all the attention. A nice little 'Mother's Day' present if you will.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

What We've Been 'Up' To


I have a new shop at 1000 Markets. It's the only shop to combine both of my CMZ Art and Rustic Goth brands.
It's still in the process of being put together and already one of my pieces, 'The Aviator', was selected as a Staff Pick on March 30th...how exciting!

Jaime is talking with several galleries...one in Santa Fe NM and one in Melbourne Australia...who would like to represent her through their galleries.
I'll let you know how that works out. She's still busy as ever, along with her husband Mike, working their BestArtStudios2 Shop on Etsy.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

EBSQ Blogger of the Week


I was asked to be the
"EBSQ Blogger of the Week"

This is such an honor, I was
more than happy to agree.

EBSQ is such a great site for both
artists and collectors. I've been a member
since 2004, the same year I began to offer
my art online at eBay.

I left eBay in 2007 but continued my
membership with EBSQ...and I'm so happy
that I made that decision.

Obviously I am a "Fan"...and encourage any artist who is not already a member of
EBSQ to look into it and see if it would be a good fit for them.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Fan Us


My site...Rustic Goth
and Jaime and Mike's site...BestArtStudios2
will both have new and (we think) exciting
pieces added throughout this year.

As well as new paintings, prints and the like...
we are planning on doing some new and very different...wearable art designs.

I'm working on some journals.

I've already added bookmarks.

You can keep up with what we are doing
through Facebook and Twitter.

My Facebook Fan page is here.
And my Twitter is here.

Jaime and Mike's Facebook Fan page is here. They're Twitter is here.

Occasionally you can find discounts, freebies and other goodies on our 'fan' sites.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

A New Year


Well...we're into yet another New Year.

It's a little scary that they are all flying by so fast. I guess that comes with getting older. Not that I am yet ready for Social Security...but it's not that far away now...(really..where did the time go?)

I've turned some of my original art into bookmarks and they are new in my shop
this year.
I've also begun doing more commissioned paintings this year...yay!

Jaime and Mike are just busy, busy, busy...doing lots of painting...custom pieces...trying to stay one step ahead of the packing and shipping.

Patrick has turned his artistic endeavors from canvas and paints...to getting a degree in film and theatre. He's been in a couple of plays, is busy doing all things 'theatre related'...whilst still taking the other courses involved...like Psychology, Geology, etc.

All in all...we're all on similar but different paths...staying busy...pretty happy with life in general.