studies for oil paintings

study for a landscape painting in oils

3 samples

I didn’t paint much this week. My day job, family matters, and a stormy week in the stock markets….

As soon as the weather is warmer and I can paint outside, I would like to try to deepen my latest developments with oil painting. Since I use a special technique that mainly uses inks, a similar way of painting with oil is out of the question. But there will be other possibilities and I’m very excited.

study for a landscape painting in oils

So this week I did some studies to get a clearer picture of composition, colors, and dynamics in the picture. Landscape, sea, and organic themes are available.
These studies, no matter how rough they may be, have their appeal and so I wanted to present them here today.

study for an organic painting in oils study for a seascape painting in oils by friedrich zettl

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19 comments on “studies for oil paintings

They are lovely. Excellent work of art.

Thank you so much! Very happy to hear you like them🙏

Beautiful! I look forward to seeing more. 🙂

Thank you! I’ve been painting a lot in the last 2 years and now I’m treading water a bit. Time for something new. Either I try again with oil or completely Chinese, ink on rice paper.

Exciting blend of lines and colors!

Thanks a lot! Your comment means much to me. Enjoy your day!

I’m in the same kind of place, “treading water” with my painting, too. Something happened to me as an artist through all that work and I need to grow into it or awaken to it or something. It’s a normal phase for me, probably explains my little going-nowhere-story about a medieval painter. I’ve been thinking more and more that we all function in ways that are largely inscrutable to us and it’s best to just lean into them as long as we aren’t hurting ourselves. Godnose the past few years have been challenging and, therefore, inevitably, transformational. Your projects are lovely and interesting and appear to me as questions, kind of “Is THIS it? Is this the right direction?” your paint might be asking the future. I don’t know if that makes sense at all. 🙂

Thank you very much Martha? Again you got it right, there are question marks in many of my painting. I am questioning so much now. Not only the big politics and the fruits in the future. I question my way of seeing….. If i wrote that all down they would come to take me away 😄

Ha ha ha ha! Why do you think I’m shredding my journals? :p

Is that those kinds of journals I would not dare to buy? I guess I know what you mean. The other day I stumbled upon a kind of journal from a time I thought I was quite smart. How embarrassing 🤣

Exactly. The kind of journal that embarrasses you years later. So far today, I’ve shredded the contents of five such monstrosities. 🤣

I donated my shredder to our government. They had tons of file to get rid of before they stepped down. So glad for my minor contribution. 👍

Dear Friedrich Zettl,
I very much liked the first and the third study. The first, as it feels rather new to me- a different vision. It is by far the most solid without losing the flow that I associate with your paintings. The third I like for its energy. The dynamism is compelling there. I wonder though, were you not being a little cautious in the second study? If each of us a humans, as artists, are gifted with a particular vision, a way of perceiving the world, it is a great challenge to try to step just a little way outside of that vision. At least I know for myself, that in writing I am always tempted to repeat what has been successful (at least to me). That’s when I become angry with myself for I feel then that I have been writing to please what Virginia Woolf called the internal censor.

As always it is a pleasure to see your work!

A Library Rat

Dear Ana Hernández,

thank you very much for your comments! There is so much in your words that we can talk about it for a long time. I would therefore like to take up one of your thoughts that affects writers as well as musicians and painters alike: internal censorship.

We can all create something “that resonates well with the audience”. And that’s why it doesn’t have much significance and we shouldn’t orient ourselves too much on it. If we allow an inner censorship to influence our work because of possible reactions from the public, we have already killed a significant part of what art is.

We live in a society in which censorship has become acceptable again: politically correct? gender neutral? Does my work fit the line that a particular gallery is following? Am I good if my stuff doesn’t go viral on social media? etc. I’m not even talking about paintings that were taken down under political pressure. The intellectuals have therefore often become very quiet these days, so there is a lack of innovative ideas or they are given in advance by the “doers”.

I’m in the fortunate position of not having to make a living from my art, so thank God internal censorship isn’t an issue for me.

Was I careful with picture #2? Maybe a little unsure. It’s more of a different aspect, though, which I’ll cover in one of my upcoming posts. Hopefully.

I see similarities to watercolors in the third and fourth images. The effect is quite pleasing. The boldness of the first and second paintings feels bold, assertive, and full of determination.

Thank you very much for your comments. Those are very helpful for me.

Brilliant colors….it’s just delightful to through your paintings, Friedrich!!!

Thank you very much, you are very kind!

My pleasure!!

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