Saturday, February 28, 2009

Maybe this is what I need...

I found this video and found it rather cute. Maybe if someone 'gave me treats'...I'd get busy painting:)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Just kicking it...

You know, with the exception
of the
time directly following
the loss of
the 'love of my life'
(a year or so..that was...
..more or less..lost)
this is the first time in a while
that I have just not
painted anything in about a month.
At least I think it's been a month.
Things were getting a little too much
like they'd gotten on eBay...
and I was beginning to feel a little
like an 'art factory'...
so...I'm just 'kicking it'.
I'm doing some 'off Etsy' work...
and I'm also
watching some 'reality' t.v.
which like
A LOT...
I guess they're kind of like
this era's 'game shows'...
or something!
And I'm also doing a
but...I'm finding it...
So..I was
Carla Hall
did not win
Top Chef!
She 'listened' to her
sous chef,
(Casey...from Hung's Season)
and did something
she had never done before...
Nooooo!! Carla!!!
Not on THE Final Challenge!! was
fun to watch..
and the only way it
affects my life at all....
I was entertained..
not worried about all of
the things that go along with
day to day living!

what about that little
Allison Iraheta...
from last night's
Idol show!!!
She sang Heart's
and I thought she
was fabulous!!
I think she really
should make it to the
top 12!

Just a little bit
of what I've been

Sunday, February 22, 2009

I love folk art!

I love 'folk' and 'naive' art and I found another 'You Tube' video that shows someone painting a 'naive angel'.

Friday, February 20, 2009

So-Oh is Closing

I heard from Renee, at the So-Oh Gallery, yesterday.
She's been our local gallery representative for two
years now.
She's having a big art sale this next week-end...
and that will be it for her.
She's decided to
close up shop!
It looks like the economy has hit, at least,
one of our local
We'll miss being a part of this lovely gallery and
we wish Renee the very best!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

From Daily Painters...

I was scanning You Tube and ran across this short little video. I thought it was kind of I decided to share it.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I think I have a 'stalker'..

I think I have a 'stalker'...

For the third time..
in about as many months..
I've had something 'pulled' from Zazzle
for copyright infringement.

This time it was this light blue
'Keep Calm and Carry On' merchandise.

I think if I check, I'll find the red one's probably
been pulled as well.

Last time, it was my
Obama button,
with the 'Rosa Sat...' saying on it.

With the Obama button,
the reason given...
' all images of Martin Luther King
are copyright protected.'

Dumb Ass!!

I DIDN'T USE an image of Martin Luther King...

I didn't even use his full name...I said, "Martin walk(ed)...'

I was maddest about that 'pull' ... since that was
my MOST popular item at the time
and selling like crazy.

They never did 'resolve' the problem.,..
I just sent an email...saying I had NOT infringed on
any copyright..and put the thing back on.

Of course, by then it wasn't such a 'hot' item anymore!
I was soooo pissed!

So, over the week-end I got a new 'violation' over
the 'keep calm' image.

Like it's not in Public Domain and free for anyone to use.

The reference they gave me (for a copyright violation)...
was a link to a shop in England that sells nothing but

'Keep Calm'...merchandise.

Since they don't just pull your merchandise,
someone had to 'report' that I'd violated

It's getting a little tiring!

I think it's bullsh*t, that there's someone
out there THAT is so worried about what
I'm doing or not...
to report me as violating copyright
that I'm not violating.

I decided I would see
how 'involved'
this process was..
so I tried it myself...

I discovered they have to write the
'reason' they think there
was a violation and what it was..'oops...sorry...we hit
that button by mistake'
excuse on these.
No...I didn't report anybody
for copyright violation...
though I certainly could have..
if I'd used the same criteria for my own
As a matter of fact..I think there's
still a 'Rosa Sat..' card there
that DOES have a
Martin image on

Monday, February 16, 2009

When you Purchase Original Art

I've received a few questions over the years about, how does one purchase original art.
Some questioned why my prices were this while another artist's was that. Occasionally my prices were higher and other times lower.
To answer the 'higher' question...the prices of the 'other art', priced much lower than my art, I knew were 'knock-offs' of other people's art.
You've probably seen the large 'starving artists' sales that advertise sofa sized oil paintings beginning at $29.
These are usually paintings that are done overseas, many times in an 'assembly-line' of sorts. There may or may not be an actual artist involved in the work, and the signature could be as much a forgery as the painting itself. And, they pump out a lot of the 'same' paintings over and over.

If you are just looking for a painting that 'strikes your fancy' and aren't really interested in the possibility that the artwork might be 'worth something someday', these paintings could easily suffice. I can't speak for the quality of the canvas or the level of talent, but the price is usually 'right' on these paintings.

However, if you want a 'one of a kind' original painting, with a signature on the Certificate of Authenticity that matches the one on the painting, you might want to purchase from someone who can verify their credentials as the artist.
But, if you

Sunday, February 15, 2009

The Etsy Shop is Closed...

I have now
CMZ Art Etsy Shop.
(Even though it
may have been 'not quite midnite'
in some parts of the country,
I opted to bring everything midnite
my time.)
Technically, it's been put
'on vacation'...
though I'm not entirely sure
for how long.
I won't be relisting ANY of the
pieces that I've offered
since the Shop first opened
in November 2007.
I've decided that I'm going to go
in a
'different direction'
with the Shop.
A few of these pieces can be
found, however, in my
and on merchandise
in my

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!
The SALE ends Today!
I will be closing shop on the 15th!
Thanks to all who have enjoyed
and purchased
the art that I've had in my
shop this past year!
I will announce the
re-opening here..

Friday, February 13, 2009

New PENDANTS in The Shop....1 Day ONLY!

Oh dear...I forgot to tell Jaime that I was
temporarily closing my
and she made
several BRAND NEW pendants
for me to
put in the shop.
The one pictured here
was in the shop for less than 5 minutes
when it sold...just letting everyone
know that I have
a few NEW pendants...
and THEY'RE on Sale
as well.
But, for one Day Only!
Then I'll put
my shop
'on vacation'
for a bit..

Is Original Art a Good Investment?

Is Original Art a Good Investment?

Should I spend more to get the original, or save some money and buy a giclee canvas print?

I love original art but, is original art a good investment, especially in today's economy?

According to the experts, collecting original art has proven to be a good investment over the years, both in good times and in bad.
But, it might take quite a few years for your painting to increase significantly in value, in order to make it a good investment.
What are the risks of buying art as an investment? Since it is a long term investment, there are no guarantees that the market will be receptive when you are ready to cash in on your investment.
You need to insure your art, against fire and water damage, and also against theft.
You need to have photograph documents of your collection, appraisals you may have had done, sales receipts, certificates of authenticity and other documentation that will help you prove the value of your art.
Like most things in life, the best gauge of whether or not you think original art might be a good investment would be to go with your instinct. If the thought of purchasing art as investment, makes your palms sweat and gives you heart palpitations, you might want to invest in something like savings bonds. If it is something that you know you would enjoy spending many years with, and it 'feels' good...then go for it!
Original art is a good investment as long as you go in with the understanding that it's value will not appreciate overnight.

Thursday, February 12, 2009


I'm having a 48 Hour sale in my CMZ Art Etsy Shop. Well, technically it's more like a 56 hour Sale!
It started a little while ago and runs through Valentine's Day.
And....I've made my DECISION...I'm shutting her down!!! For a while anyway!
So, this is the last chance to get most of the pieces that are now in the shop!
I'm going to be pulling everything as soon as the Sale ends and placing the shop on Vacation! I don't have a definite date for re-opening it...I can only tell you that when it does will look a LOT different!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Is there value in Original Art by Living Artists?

I decided to do a few articles on, purchasing original art. After submitting them for publication, I thought I might want to write a couple posts about the same subject right here.
I've heard so many views on whether or not there is value in purchasing original art by an artist who is still living.
My take is...there is often as much value in the original art of a living artist, as there is in the original art of someone who has passed.
While it is true that the artist no longer living will not create another work of art, thus making the art less easy to find, it doesn't automatically make it more valuable.
I'm sure Jasper Johns pieces are fetching much more than they did while he was living, but he commanded some pretty good prices during his lifetime and his art was highly valued.
And, it's not unusual for a piece by living artist, Damien Hirst to go for well over a million dollars. He has a collector base, his art is popular and in demand, so original art by Damien Hirst is very valuable.

It doesn't matter if you purchase an original piece of art through a high end auction house like Sotheby's, a low end auction venue like eBay, a quaint site like Etsy or from your local gallery or art fair, if you like a piece of art and you can afford to purchase it, go for it.
As an investment it will appreciate in value, if only from the enjoyment you have brought into your life and the lives of those around you.
Original art by living artists has value. If it has brightened your life in any way, it's value is, priceless.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Valentine Week Sale

Since I will be making my
shop decision soon...
and may be placing my CMZ Art Etsy Shop
on vacation beginning February 15th..
I thought I would offer
the paintings and prints,
currently in my shop,
at a
discount for everyone !

Thursday, February 5, 2009

What's next...

I have been considering what,
exactly...I should do with my CMZ Art Etsy Shop.
I've finally decided.
Now, I have to make a decision
whether to 'put the shop' on vacation
for a month or so...
or just leave is...
and make all the changes
when I'm ready.
Oh Lordy...I do hate indecision!
I've decided that I will the 15th
of the month, what I'll do...
in the meantime I'll just say...
the pieces that are
currently in the shop
will only be available
for a short time.
When I close the shop...
for 'rennovation'
I won't be relisting anything that
is currently on
when it reopens.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


As if I didn't already have a 'lot on my plate'...
there's a new art site that launches
tomorrow...Feb 4th...called
I've been getting a lot of emails from them..
and I didn't think they were going to
launch quite this soon.
Now..I have to make up my mind
if I'm going to get a shop
over there or not.
I'd like to...but, I don't want yet another,
CMZ Art Shop.
I don't even want to offer the kinds
of things I've offer in my two
Etsy Shops...
not to mention the couple other art sites
I'm with.
So...I haven't signed up yet...
I need to decide what to name my shop..
and what I'll put in it.
I'm leaning towards something...

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Expanding my horizons...

I've been working on,
expanding my horizons.
Wow, I have been sooo busy lately,
but, most of the work I've been doing is
the 'behind the scenes' stuff.
Hopefully only a couple more weeks and
I'll have everything in place and
be able to get back to doing some paintings.