Dreamweaver's daughters painting

The Dreamweaver’s daughters cast their nets

…..and about the Wolf hour

As I have stated before, the world of dreams has a special meaning for me. I devoted myself to this world more intensively in the years when I painted surrealistic pictures and was largely figurative. Now that I’m using more abstract imagery, the subject of dreams takes on a different meaning. It is no longer about “illustrating” dreams, as painters have done over the centuries, but about depicting states of consciousness. I have written about this topic before (dreamtellers) and so today I would like to present only 2 works that take up other aspects of the topic.

The Dreamweaver’s daughters cast their nets

Dreamweaver's daughters painting

The work shows slipping into sleep after the daughters of the dream weaver have been caught in the nets.

Wolf Hour (dream cycle)

I don’t know if this term exists in all countries. The wolf hour is so called because there used to be no people on the streets at these early morning hours – and only the nocturnal wolves were out and about. Many of us wake up at this time – consciously or unconsciously. The reason for this lies in our hormones. The fact that old dreams often plague us at this hour is also partly due to our hormonal balance.

the wolf hour painting


As a supplement to my last “Wordless Wednesday” Halloween-post, I am showing 3 memento-mori postcards that were popular around 100 years ago. A precursor to Halloween, so to speak 🙂

memento mori postcards

related: three strikes | a couple of new works added


22 responses to “The Dreamweaver’s daughters cast their nets”

  1. swabby429 avatar

    I’ve never heard of the Wolf Hour until today. I like it. Now I have a box in which to file my quirky, early morning dreams.

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you! I hope you have enogh space for the Wolf hour – box. Howling times ahead 🙂 Just kidding.

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  2. luisa zambrotta avatar

    I like your works! I find them beautiful

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you very much! Enjoy a great weekend!

      1. luisa zambrotta avatar

        It was all my pleasure to express my views on your beautiful post 😊

      2. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

        If all the world just would be as kind as you 🙏😃

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  3. julianeus avatar

    muy especial de memento-mori

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      ¡Gracias! ¡Me alegro de que te hayas dado cuenta! ¡Ten un excelente fin de semana!

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  4. zipgong avatar

    memento-mori postcards absolutely fantastic

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you very much! I had several of those. Quite hard to find.

  5. Rosaliene Bacchus avatar

    You do well in attempting to portray consciousness during a dream 🙂 Some of our dreams can be very unsettling, as depicted in the “Wolf Hour (dream cycle). “The Dreamweaver’s daughters cast their nets” is more difficult to define. I have a sense of a growing dark force that seeks to extinguish or overpower the light and hope of the dreamer. Perhaps, this is just my personal projection of where I’m at during this dark moment in our nation.

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you very much! The details don’t come out so well on a small screen. So: the daughters are on the right side, undressed. They cast a net that partially covers the sky…
      I was more concerned with the feeling of being lulled to sleep. Perhaps Goethe’s Erlkönig (his daughters entice the son to come along) also played a certain role.
      Thanks for watching and for your answer!

    2. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      I didn’t have any particular “power” or country in mind. Rather a condition that I see globally. Everyone seems to have fallen into a deep sleep in which a nightmare is looming.

      1. Rosaliene Bacchus avatar

        I also have this overpowering sense that we’ve been intentionally lulled “into a deep sleep in which a nightmare is looming.”

      2. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

        I’m glad to hear that you see it that way too! People like Mr. J.B. & Co should be accused of exploiting their employees, lowering social standards and refusing to pay their taxes. But we put them on a pedestal and celebrate them as the realization of the American Dream. A president has umpteen court cases going on at any given time, and we find that so normal that we elect him. Now the metaverse is being tinkered with – the ultimate lulling tool.

  6. acrylicphil avatar

    Thank you as always for your work and insights, Friedrich. Comforting to know I am not the only person awake at 3am dwelling on my triumphs.

  7. Mike and Kellye Hefner avatar

    I love the interpretations of your amazing paintings, but I don’t know what to say about the creepy postcards. Have a wonderful week!

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you very much for your kind words! The postcards are an appendix to the last post about memento mori.

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