clouds and stones painting for dominik alexander

Elements of Rhyme

Hommage á Dominik Alexander

Elements of Rhyme: [1] Before I could tear myself away from Vienna, I had planned some time to do a few tasks I didn’t want to take on my vacation. This includes this picture that I put off painting for a while, a homage to Dominik Alexander.

I don’t know Dominik personally, only from his blog scriptorium77. I once came across one of his poems and with every text I read from him my enthusiasm grew. As already written in an article, he wrote a poem for one of my pictures (a poem about one of my paintings) and so I felt the need to also create a picture for one of his texts.

I also soon started with a picture for one of his poems, only to find out that the chosen poem is in German. Dominik writes bilingually. To make a long story short, at some point I thought it would be better to appreciate his literary texts as a whole in one picture anyway. And then that’s what came out of it.

elements of rhyme painting for dominik alexander
elements of rhyme

About the how and why

How I arrived at this solution can probably only be seen after reading several of his texts. I don’t want to go into it any further and instead summarize what I like about Dominik’s work in general. “Dominik Alexander studied history, philosophy and German literature. He writes poems, short stories, novellas, plays, sonnets, haikus and journalism stuff. He lives and works in Dresden“. This is what you read on his “about page”. And so it is not surprising that his texts are characterized by humanism and tradition, without allowing him to be forced into a corset.

Dominik is middle-aged but has the spirit and curiosity of a twenty-year-old. He doesn’t stick to a certain style or scheme, but is always open to new ideas. And yet his handwriting is recognizable in every text. (One of the aspects, among several, that connect the way we both work and approach). His poems are not of the nature that you would want to recite them to your grandmother on her 90th birthday – neither are my paintings. His texts are strong, authentic, often eloquent and yet don’t stick to the ground – and sometimes reach lofty heights.
Though he writes a lot, he doesn’t allow any sloppiness, but values solid craftsmanship and quality. He is able to go far in thought and yet devotes himself lovingly to the details.

clouds and stones painting detail
solid as rock and blowy as the air heated upon them

We live in a time when it’s generally difficult for writers to make ends meet. Inevitably, many conform to the mainstream. Which is understandable when you have to make a living from your work. Dominik Alexander fights the same way, but it seems that he defies all temptations and goes his way unwaveringly and uncompromisingly. This way doesn’t seem to be a path through a flower meadow to me, there are many plants with thorns on them and he’s one who works on them. Then again he strays to the clouds and isn’t afraid to trek beyond them either.

clouds and stones details

High quality in terms of content in a designer suit

And then there is the appearance of his blog that impresses you immediately, as does the selection of images for each individual post.

And last but not least, I would like to give an example of his skills, a text that he published the night we found out about the death of the exceptional artist Sinéad O’Connor: Nothing Compares You To…


[1] The title alludes to a German music group, Elements of Crime


18 responses to “Elements of Rhyme”

  1. aparna12 avatar

    Beautiful post. ❤❤❤

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you very much 🙏😊🌹

  2. J M Negi avatar

    Nice, best wishes to both of you. Thanks.

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you very much for your kind words 🙏☀️🌼

  3. swabby429 avatar

    A touching post that is illustrated with the rhyme of admiration for Mr. Alexander.

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you very much 🙏 Sure these are no easy times for nonconformists. So they deserve special applause.

      1. swabby429 avatar


  4. Mike and Kellye Hefner avatar

    The painting is stunning, Fred, and the tribute to Dominik is just amazing. I feel like you really do know him. Thank you for sharing his tribute to Sinead it was beautiful.

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you very much 🙏 I am happy you like it. Yes, I really think his tribute is a little masterpiece. All best to you☀️🌼🐞

  5. Dominik Alexander avatar

    Thanks so much for this much too nice post, Friedrich! Too many laurels ! But I’d like to take this one: “solid as rock and blowy as the air heated upon them” – I really like this phrase, Friedrich. Could be a great life motto. I might use it for my next job interview 😉

    I need to add something regarding the images: Not all of them are mine. The respective owners are all mentioned in the meta data.

    And, of course, I love your take on my work. Image / imagine – both words belong together. And maybe it’s a good sign that I recognise myself in the painting as well as in your written imagination of me. It comes close. So, thanks again, Friedrich, and I will definitely use this image in the near future to continue this great collaboration 😀

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      I thank you for the great texts! Good luck with your next job interview 😎 And I am very happy to hear you recognise yourself in my humble image.

  6. Martha Kennedy avatar

    I haven’t seen your posts for a while — and didn’t see this one until I went in search of “you.” This is a beautiful painting and makes me curious about this writer. Thank you.

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you very much, Martha 🙏 I am glad to hear. Yes, his poems sure are quite unique and powerful. Enjoy your day 😎

    2. Dominik Alexander avatar

      Thanks from me, too. Happy to see you on my page, Martha 🙂

  7. SoyBend avatar

    Love the colors and sense of movement in your painting. Nice!

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you very much 🙏😊

  8. Rosaliene Bacchus avatar

    Friedrich, for some unknown reason, this post did not appear in my WordPress Reader.

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Don’t worry, Rosaline, with some luck I will post more of this 🤣🌼🐞

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