This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week creates some of the most magical and memorable images. I’ve admired her artworks, both digital and in traditional mediums since first seeing them on Etsy, but only recently have I discovered more about her and her art. Her creations are simply inspiring and I hope you will visit her EBSQ profile and read her artist statement.
Hi! I’m Charlene Murray Zatloukal. Creating art is what I do. It is how I live and pay my bills. It is how I connect with the world that exists outside of my home and with my own feelings.
I live in the Midwest, in a university town, the state capital of Nebraska, Lincoln. While I’ve lived in California, Iowa, Nevada, Tennessee, Washington and Wyoming I’ve always returned home, to my Midwestern ‘roots’.
In 2004 I ‘retired’ from the corporate world and went full time with my art. I started selling my original art on eBay and joined EBSQ soon after. I am now selling my art as ‘Rustic Goth’ on Etsy and as ‘CMZ Art’ on Imagekind and Zibbet.
How did you get started art blogging?
In 2005 I was one of the ‘media contacts’ for the state of Nebraska for ‘Bids 4 Kids’ with the proceeds going to benefit the children of the Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camps. Most of the other contacts already had a blog set up. At the time I had no idea what a ‘blog’ was, but I set one up and I’ve been blogging ever since. I still have the original blog as well as a Rustic Goth blog and a CMZ Art blog…so I do a ‘bit of blogging’.
Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?
I don’t ‘get out much’ so blogging is very important to me. It helps me interact with other ‘like minded’ artists and creative minds. While you don’t have to post something every day, at least I don’t post that often, I do post two or three times a week. If I don’t really have anything new to say, I’ll post a video, or write about another artisan. I try to keep it interesting and different. I find that I don’t visit many blogs that are just daily posts of the artist’s latest art..I want to know a bit more about the artist. Show me your pets, tell me what your favorite recipes are, what kind of books do you read, that sort of thing.
What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?
Sometimes I’ll put on a mix of my favorite tunes..mostly 80s tunes…but for the most part I just put on the ‘weather channel’ so I have some background ‘noise’ as I like to ‘think’ about what I am trying to “say” with my art and I often need to have some “conversations” with myself.
What’s coming next from your easel?
I’m currently working on two commissioned paintings. One is going to be an ‘oil’ version of my “Melancholy Girls”, which, to date, have all been done in Photoshop. The other is going to be an acrylic painting based on Edgar Allan Poe’s “Cask of Amontillado”. When those are finished I want to do some new ‘dark fairytale’ pieces based on the works of
the Brothers’ Grimm.
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?