Who and where are you?
I am Charlene Murray Zatloukal…mother of six and grandmother of ten. Widowed five years now, my husband was truly the source of my inspiration and continues to be. He made me believe in my gifts and talents and encouraged me to try to make a living doing what I love to do..my art.
In thirty five years together, my husband, myself and our children lived in a number of different states; including Washington, Wyoming, Tennessee, Iowa and Nebraska. We came back to Nebraska, my home state, in 1997.
How did you get started art blogging?
Shortly after taking early retirement from corporate America, I decided to try selling my art on eBay. I was ecstatic at how quickly my art began to sell. I encouraged my husband, my youngest daughter and one of my sons to give art a go and we were soon selling as a family group. It was then that I wrote my first blog post…I didn’t even know what a blog was until then.
I blogged about what we were doing with our art..and then I began to include updates of my husband’s health and how he was doing. I ended up starting a couple other blogs for my art but, still maintain…somewhat all three blogs.
Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?
Try to stick to just one blog, if you can. Three blogs are a bit much…but since my first blog was a group blog and contained so much personal “history,” I couldn’t bear to let it go. I do have my “main” blog and it has the most followers. I try to balance information about my art with information about myself, so my readers can get to know the ‘artist behind the art if you will.
What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’reworking in your studio?
Since I’ve moved to a much smaller house I find that I’d much rather listen to audio books while I work. My books of choice…Harry Potter. I listen to those over and over. I’m ‘hooked’.
What’s coming next from your easel?
I just finished my first two panel fairy tale painting. Alice in Wonderland – Encore and I loved painting it and how it turned out. This week I will be working on a Snow White painting and a Red Riding Hood painting, both much smaller paintings so I’m hoping I can get both done by the week’s end.
Thank you Charlene for being an EBSQ Blogger of the Week!
If you are an EBSQ Artist and would like to be considered for Blogger of the Week just add us to your blogroll. I’m searching EBSQ profiles weekly for links to artist’s blogs. If you aren’t an EBSQ Artist, what are you waiting for?