dream in red details

Getting rid of the Blues…..

…..just by using more Reds

OK, that was a flat joke :). Some time ago I featured some of my painted dreams in Dreamtellers. You usually use cool colors, especially blue and gray tones when you paint dream sequences. Now I wanted to try red as a dominant color and it works as it seems. (The red is actually much brighter in the real image.)

Since my work is often very much influenced by ideas from Chinese calligraphy, I wanted to try again to approach things in a more “western” way. This work is more of a study. I could have continued working, but I wanted to leave it as it was so as not to lose the basic mood.

dream in red

Most of you will have noticed that I like walking the fine line between “realism” and “abstraction”. And I didn’t want to leave that area.

dream in red details

Work from December

I played around with quite a few more works as late as December last year with mixed results, so I put them aside. Now that I’ve gone through these works again, I want to show you two pictures.

Day and night and night and day

The underlying idea had something appealing to me – but it would take too long to explain it in more detail.

rest and movement

The second is a study in which I was concerned with movement and stillness. In an attempt to make Dao “tangible”, the comparison with a colony of bees came to mind. An incessant whirring and hustle and bustle, but at its core the whole thing is calm. Later on, I tried to transfer this basic idea to an (imagined) refugee camp. This is also “quiet” and yet characterized by movement. But of course, it’s about the idea as such and not about depicting something specific. That only takes place in the head anyway.

refugee camp

A few days ago I was on the phone with a friend and we also talked about the not-so-good stock market. I encouraged him – just hold on…. Me: “My best share is 5000% profit.” He: “Could it be that you missed a zero?” Me: “You could be right, there’s definitely a zero missing.” “Ha, ha,” “Ha, ha.” Yesterday I looked at my portfolio again: 101,000%. Meanwhile, it is 108k up.

stocks portfolio

My trader soul says, “Sell man! What are you waiting for?” But then there is the Taoist soul and it says: “wu wei” [1]

Added later – because I didn’t state it clearly: The 101.375 is percentage points – that means the underlying investment has gained as 108k.

Well, unfortunately, the basic amount is too small for me to impress anyone or spend the winter in Bali 😊


[1] 無ぶ為い (Taoism) taking no action; letting nature take its course.

related: Watching the Night | Out of the Blues



21 responses to “Getting rid of the Blues…..”

  1. luisa zambrotta avatar

    Beautiful works!

  2. The Sicilian Storyteller avatar

    You know how sometimes you eyes play tricks on you? Well, I read the name of your post as “Getting rid of the Beatles” (it’s still very early here!) and I almost indignantly pushed ‘delete’. I’m so glad I didn’t! This is intense work, Friedrich! 💫

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you! Yes I know that! 🙂 Sometimes I misread that I have doubts about my eyes – but that shouldn’t be the reason :). But it’s ok, we don’t have too much to laugh about otherwise 🙂

      1. The Sicilian Storyteller avatar

        This is true! We need to make our own joy! 😀

  3. Mike and Kellye Hefner avatar

    I so enjoy seeing your work. Congratulations on the great stock pick!

    1. Friedrich Zettl avatar

      Thank you so much, Mike! Your positive feedback means very much to me! (Sorry for late reply – spam folder :()

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you very much!

  4. Belladonna avatar

    Nice painting.
    Well did you sell?

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you! I really paint a lot but don’t care too much about selling. Still I am selling some from time to time.

  5. sandyroybessandbugzy avatar

    The imagined refugee camp is interesting. There is often a bowed silent ‘business’ in fear and pain.

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you very much ❤️ I am happy you understand it in the right way.

  6. Martha Kennedy avatar

    I like the paintings. I got the reds joke and thought it was funny. Having money is always more cheering than NOT having money. I’ve experienced that lately, too.

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you Martha! I’m glad you like it. Nobody commented on my 108k – sure everyone thinks it’s some kind of joke :). It’s kinda funny, sure.

      1. Martha Kennedy avatar

        honestly, I don’t know what 108k means other than 108,000 of something — dollars? Euros? People?

      2. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

        Oh! It is the percentage. That means 108.000% profit – unfortunately with a small amount of money but I never even thought this could be possible.

  7. Edith avatar

    Lieber Friedrich, deine Werke SIND Kunst, die für sich sprechen. Das mit den 108.000 übersteigt meinen Horizont grad. Sind es Klicks? Dann ist es guuut. Sind es Euros? Dann ist es noch besser!!! Sind es Herzen, die dir zufliegen – dann ist meins unbedingt dabei. Vielleicht findest du es ja, lächel…

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Danke liebe Edith! Sorry, das meine Bemerkung mit den 108000 nicht klar war! Das sind Prozent. Aslo ueber 100000 % Gewinn mit einer Aktie 🙂 Ist aber ein kleiner Betrag. Geniesse den Tag und die 14 Grad und such den Kuss auf der Bank!

      1. Edith avatar

        Wie sagt man so schön, Kleinvieh macht auch Mist oder Klein, aber ohooo, doch dies Tränen vielleicht eher auf mich zu, lächel…

  8. kevinashton avatar

    Maybe a painting or two of the stockmarket might help you decide whether to sell or hold. 🙂

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you very much for your great advice 😎 I will try and spend the profit in your restaurant 🤣

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