EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Charlene Murray Zatloukal

Charlene Murray Zatloukal

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.

Steampunk Flight by Charlene Murray Zatloukal

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.

The Spirit Within by Charlene Murray Zatloukal

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.

Forest Deep by Charlene Murray Zatloukal

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’.

Alice in Wonderland Encore by Charlene Murray Zatloukal

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.

http://anotherpaintingblog.blogspot.com/

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?

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Team EBSQ: Must Have Monday

Technology – a wonderful thing. With the invention of microchips, circuit boards, and digital data – artistry took a high-tech step to a new realm. It opened creative doors with another way to express ones artistic nature. Who knows what will be the next outlet for our creativity – anyone care to guess?

White Orchids Digital Print by Carolyn Schiffhouer available on Artfire
White Orchids Digital Print by Carolyn Schiffhouer available on Artfire
Time Flies digital print by Charlene Murray Zatloukal available on Etsy
Time Flies digital print by Charlene Murray Zatloukal available on Etsy
Winter Winds digital print mousepad by Christi Schwartzkopf available on Zazzle
Winter Winds digital print mousepad by Christi Schwartzkopf available on Zazzle

More Digital Art can be found by  browsing the EBSQ Digital Art Galleries or searching “digital” in all of our EBSQ galleries.

Our talented pool of EBSQ artists also have a healthy amount available sale on the following sites: Artfire, Etsy, Fine Art America,  Redbubble, and Zazzle.

You can find out more about our featured artists on their EBSQ bio pages:  Carolyn Schifhouer  , Charlene Murray Zatloukal and Christi Schwartzkopf.

*If you would like to see your artwork featured on the EBSQ blog, you can find our theme and keyword search list here. (team is only used for Etsy) This is open to all EBSQ artists account holders. You can find out more about signing up here.

Next week: Ferns

Kris Jean, Team EBSQ

EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Charlene Murray Zatloukal

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.

Who and where are you?

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.

All In The Moment, 5 x 7 Digital Art

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’.

One Moment in Time

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.

Some Other Blues

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.

Sophie

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.

http://anotherpaintingblog.blogspot.com/

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?

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EBSQ Spotlight on Fantasy Art: Charlene Murray Zatloukal

This month’s featured gallery is Fantasy Art and it is one of our most-populous and popular galleries at EBSQ.  The artists that are drawn to this genre take the fanciful images and stories that live within them and share them with everyone. Throughout October, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of EBSQ’s fantasy artists.

Charlene Murray Zatloukal

Tree Of Hearts - Charlene Murray Zatloukal
Tree Of Hearts - Charlene Murray Zatloukal

Creating art is what I do, how I live. It is how I connect with the world that exists outside of my studio and with my own feelings. It is my hope that each work of art that I create, invoke a reaction, of some kind, in the viewer… and a special connection with its owner.

In my ‘fantasy world’ my characters carry their hearts on strings or pull them on wheels, they play with owls and hedgehogs; they can go fishing on the moon or play and interact with ghosts.

Fantasy art allows our subjects to do or be whatever we imagine. Most important, it allows the artist to have so much fun doing what we love to do. – Charlene Murray Zatloukal

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