this and that painting

Because it’s Wednesday again…

This and That and Everything

I’ve started 2 new series, one spilling over into the other. I would like to write about how this idea came about in my next post.

It has a lot to do with abstract calligraphy and my dabbles in Daoism and Zen. This picture is the fifth in the new series and I like it the best so far. So I want to present it separately. It probably doesn’t need any further explanation, so I’ll be brief.

this and that painting for a zen website

The objects in the picture, if you want to see them as objects, appear like characters in Chinese calligraphy and are composed accordingly. (Classic Chinese calligraphy is almost always read from the top right to the bottom, with the next line starting at the top again).

zen story details

As for Dao or Zen: Right in the center of the picture, you can see a landscape that suggests details both nearby and far in the distance. And yet the part is embedded in a construction that suggests that there is much more beyond this landscape. It is reinforced by the fact that the object at the top right is pointing far into the distance. The same goes for the object at the bottom right.

These two points lead to the vertical pink line, which adds a lot of power to the image.

What is always important to me is the harmonious juxtaposition of extremes. In this case: coarse :: fine, movement :: calm, abstract :: concrete, height :: depth, solid :: ethereal etc.

related: painted calligraphy, gestural surrealism


11 responses to “Because it’s Wednesday again…”

  1. graham mcquade avatar

    There’s a luminosity that comes through the work – enhanced by the areas of opacity and darkness. It reminds me of looking at a geological specimen under a microscope.

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you Graham! Of course, as an artist, you recognized it immediately: “….geological specimen under a microscope”.

      I had thought of a microscopic view of a cell. Microcosm :: Macrocosm.

  2. The Sicilian Storyteller avatar

    If I were taking a Rorschach test, I would have to say “I see bats”. Please don’t call Dr. Rorschach! It’s all in the eye of the beholder and I see beautiful bats! 👁️ 🦇

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you very much! Yes, the nice thing about abstract painting is that we are always free in what we see. If I manage to paint pictures in which the viewer can see different content over the years, I’m satisfied. Dr Rorschach might like this idea too 🙂

  3. swabby429 avatar

    At first viewing, the solidity was the dominant feature. It also came off as an underwater seascape.

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you! Yes, most of the time I play around with the same “tools” trying to improve by and by.

  4. Ashley avatar

    Your blues always make me think underwater. I don’t dive but it’s as if I’m seeing an underwater world, a surreal Atlantis!

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you very much 🙏 This makes very happy as I am often not sure if I can express myself in an understanding way 😎

  5. jeannette-paterakis avatar

    Wunderbar. mein Kompliment. Ein Meisterwerk, welches viel zu sagen hat. Eine große Geschichte. Die nie zu Ende geht. So hoffe ich wenigstens. Liebe Grüße und alles Gute.

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Danke fuer Deine freundlichen Worte! Ich schicke Sonne aus Wien – falls Ihr gerade keine habt 🙂

      1. jeannette-paterakis avatar

        Ich lebe auf Kreta ,wo wir eigentlich oft Sonne haben,aber ,ja ,zur Zeit regnet es,worüber ich überaus froh bin. Liebe Grüße ins wunderschöne Wien

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