abstract landscape ink and pastels

paint away pain

Yesterday was one of those black days, marked by severe pain. Then I found a painkiller, but it didn’t help much either. What to do? I decided to paint the pain away. Assuming not much would come out of my painting, I took a begun sheet that was pretty botched but showed some good ideas.

As if that weren’t enough, the stock market crashed yesterday and my shares rattled into the cellar.

Many hours with Schubert sonatas (Alfred Brendel) and painting distracted me from my pain and what came out of it is certainly one of the better works I recently did. My ambition to conquer abstract painting for me is gradually taking shape.


Most of all, I’m connected to the choice of colors and the construction, which is both powerful and sensitive. (The colors on the original are better. I bought a new scanner, which unfortunately did not scan true to color.)

some details of this abstract landscape painting:

More of this kind can be seen in: gestural abstraction. available at saatchi


post on the painting: out of the dark

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18 responses to “paint away pain”

  1. Marjan avatar
    Marjan

    Painting the pain away
    A beautiful sentence, as are the paintings

    1. zettl.fr avatar

      Thank you very much, Marjan, I am happy you like it! All the best!

  2. Martha Kennedy avatar

    I’m sorry to read about your pangin and the stock situation adds insult to injury. BUT this painting is interesting and has a three-dimensional feeling. Art is the greatest remedy.

    1. zettl.fr avatar

      Thank you, Martha, for your kind words! The stock market has overheated and a healthy correction was necessary. Nothing to worry!
      I only mentioned it because, among other inconveniences, it was another. Just one of those days….

      What was positive is that I made use of this depression and created a sheet that, in my opinion, means a step forward.
      Bottom line: you should never let yourself get down. (Sure, we as artists and of this age know anyway πŸ™‚ )

  3. swabby429 avatar

    You are in good company. Henri Matisse created paintings as a way to cope with pains, too. Creative work is one way to channel difficulties into something good.

  4. zettl.fr avatar

    Yes, that’s right! Pain can be a good fuel for a weak engine πŸ™‚

  5. cheriewhite avatar

    Great idea! And the paintings are beautiful! πŸ™‚

    1. zettl.fr avatar

      Thank you very much! I am happy you like it! I really think this works well because when you paint your mind is focussed on something different than your physical feelings.

      1. cheriewhite avatar

        Gotcha! I haven’t tried it but I have high hopes for it. I’m so glad you found something that works to bring you out of depression and anxiety. Depression is the worst because I’ve been there. I battled it when I was young and I wouldn’t wish.it on my worst enemy.

      2. zettl.fr avatar

        sure i know what you are talking about and am happy to hear you left it behind.

  6. Cally Blind avatar

    I’m not an artist so I cannot truly give an artistic on this painting.

    But as an (ordinary) audience, I feel the pain and some intense feeling out of this painting. (I don’t know what that feeling should be called.) But all of that, this picture is very appealing to my eyes. It is intense, aggressive, strong, and beautiful at the same time. So powerful!

    1. Cally Blind avatar

      Oh, typo! I meant that I cannot give an artistic opinion* on the painting. πŸ™‚

    2. zettl.fr avatar

      Thank you, Cally Blind, for your kind words. It seems to me you completely understood what it’s all about. You remember our discussion about Haruki Murakami. We had the same feeling when reading his novels: there is something present and attracting our attention even when the topic is quite “simple” at first glance.

      1. Cally Blind avatar

        Right! I remember that. It’s the ‘simplicity’.

        By the way, I got back to the picture, there’s one more word ‘fight’ popped up when I looked at this painting.

        And that made me ponder about it last night.
        – Did you plan before painting? (I meant in this piece, did you plan about the shades?)
        – Or did you just paint it away at that particular moment (without planning)?

      2. zettl.fr avatar

        Thank you for your question and your interest! On the subject of “fight”: As you know, Chinese thinking is shaped by the terms yin and yang. These are always related and the area of tension between them can often be seen as a fight.

        As for the question of how far I think in advance about where to put shadows, for example. No, that comes from the act of painting. In advance, it is only necessary to deal with the topic in principle, choose the painting medium, composition, style, and implement the idea in general. Everything else has been learned over time.
        In this specific case there is another tryptich from me in which the mountain is the central theme. But it looks very different.

      3. Cally Blind avatar

        That’s what I thought that the artist learns overtime during the process. Thank you for giving a clear answer. I understand a bit more πŸ™‚

        I visited your website again to look at this set of your paintings (abstract). Incredibly beautiful in visual, emotion, and the meaning of each one!

        Thank you again and stay healthy, Herr Zettl!

  7. notontherocks avatar

    Beautiful channelling of emotion.
    Art alchemy β€οΈπŸ‘

    1. zettl.fr avatar

      Thank you so much! I am happy to hear you like it!

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