snow and ice and corona

painting landscape in lockdown

a couple of new drafts

As I mentioned in my last post, January and February are not my favorite months, especially when it comes to painting. But I try to use the time, make drafts, do some calligraphy, play with ideas and try to improve my painting technique.

icy landscape and corona by friedrich zettl


In the following I show some works, some of which can only be seen as studies. All of them have interesting aspects for me, but I still have to work on some. The work below plays with the idea of ​​”snow landscape in lockdown”.

painting landscape in lockdown


The starting point was my corona series. Since Austria depends to a large extent on tourism, especially winter tourism, knockdowns play a major role in my country. Many fates depend on whether a season is successful or not. The corresponding debates are correspondingly controversial and heated. So I wanted to treat snow and ice in one form or another.

winter landscape and corona by friedrich zettl




painting winter landscape and corona

more such works at PORTFOLIO

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14 comments on “snow and ice and corona

I can feel the struggle these images evoke.

Thank you! I am happy when I hear that this attempt becomes clear and, better still, can be understood.

Romanticism, realism is what moves me most in painting. I don’t have that much scope to give an opinion about it, but your paintings have that peculiarity of immersing oneself inside them to discover their concepts. For example, in the first painting it seems that the head of a lion traces its tentacles to catch a bat at the other end. Maybe it’s not what you mean, but your painting caught me. Excuse my ignorance but I think your paintings are great.
Manuel Angek (Chile)

Thank you Manuel Angek for your kind words! You got that completely right. Since I chose the topic “Covic-19” for a series of paintings, the question naturally arose from the beginning, how do I express this phenomenon in an abstract or semi-abstract way. Simply painting a bat would be too banal, so a gestural representation was chosen that nevertheless evokes this association in the viewer. Probably not everyone would see it as clearly as you do. But you are an art lover…

In a more abstract work, the “bat” looked like this:

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Now I understand perfectly the abstract. With this painting you propose a new perspective. It is your “pure art” looking beyond reality.
Thank you very much for your kindness in showing your painting.

You are welcome! Thanks again! Since Covid-19 is an “abstract” thing, it made sense to me to approach it in an abstract way of painting. I often depict it as an amorphous, slimy, transparent substance, e.g. laid over a landscape. You can’t really see it, but the discomfort is there.

It is a message that is noticeable in the strokes. A hug

Thanks, that’s exactly it. For decades, I have dedicated myself to Chinese calligraphers and Chinese painting techniques, where it is important to convey complex content in just a few strokes. Best regards from Vienna to Chile!

Thank you

Beautiful artworks.
I really like the composition in terms of form and colour very much.

Thank you so much for your encouraging words! They mean a lot to me.

Dear Freidrich Zettl,

The conflict is so well depicted in your paintings that my reaction was to feel I had been placed within it- almost frightened. They are very powerful and quite beautiful.

Dear Ana Hernandez, thank you so much for your encouraging words! Both winter and Corona will be gone while I still will be painting 🙂

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