evening meditation

works on meditation

from nothingness to emptiness

Works on meditation: According to a study experts estimate that the mind thinks between 60,000 – 80,000 thoughts a day. [1] I wouldn’t be surprised if there were a few more for me 😊 Of course, many thoughts seem very important to us. After all, they come from us. But if, before falling asleep, we reflect on which of them stuck in our minds or how many of them were actually important, we can cross out a few zeros.

When we begin with meditation – most people who have had experience of this are familiar with the phenomenon – we first try to clear our heads. Sometimes it’s easier to do, but other times we feel agitated and our thoughts jump around in our upstairs like a horde of monkeys. If we don’t pay attention to these thoughts, they lose shape and fade away. They often appear again in vague form and are gone again. Gradually we manage to let them fade away like clouds drifting by or the cry of a wild goose.

New Works on Meditation

I primarily work on series. Then there comes a point where I can’t see any significant progress. And it’s time to tackle something radically different. In early summer a point like this was reached again. Since my work was already overloaded and I wanted to concentrate on meditation and reduction again, a series was created that made use of minimalist practices to a certain extent, but above all focused on Zen and Dao more prominently.

Now I am back again and begin to grope my way towards the “nothingness” found in abundance. This is naturally easier on a blank sheet of paper. Again I started with a bang. Lots of activity – and nothing really makes sense. Thought carousel in the normal state, so to speak.

the ride

The same time I’m trying to continue working on the previous series and hopefully bring in one or two aspects from the reduction phase.

Evening meditation at the water

I often hear that viewers of my work admire my light. More and more often I try to bring light into play in new variants and of course to play with real vs. unreal.

zen at the pond
evening meditation at the water

Serenade at the water

It took up the theme similarly, but it became more surreal, making it an addition to my Abstract Surrealism series. There is dreamless sleep and sometimes it is turbulent. But when we wake up, only scraps of dreams often remain and some accompany us late into the day.

evening meditation
serenade at the water

Death in the Park

It also tries to bring in a meditative mood in a relatively chaotic ambiance. The trigger for the picture was a message I heard in the last days of my stay at the spa: A woman and a man had died. One person in the room, one in the park.
I’ve tried to approach death in an abstract and meditative way before, which isn’t easy if you want to stay away from platitudes.

death in the park

I should probably make a few minor corrections to one or the other sheet.


[1] source: bing-chat



35 responses to “works on meditation”

  1. gary j avatar

    your artwork always touches deeply, to me you are a profound speaker of our time. the pleasure is respected greatly my friend thankyou. greetings from oz!

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      How kind of you! I am really happy about your valued comment, especially since it comes from an artist who always presents wonderful works!

  2. swabby429 avatar

    I was happy to see water-themed paintings today. Water and contemplation pair well together.

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you so much! Yes, water and comtemplation! I haven’t exhausted all facets yet and I hope it doesn’t get boring 🙂

  3. satyam rastogi avatar

    Beautiful post please like my post freinds

  4. luisa zambrotta avatar

    Your works are really wonderful 💙💙💙

  5. Ashley avatar

    Evening Meditation/Serenade at the Water are sublime! I love them for different reasons but in the “evening” painting the surface of the picture really fizzes!
    I practice meditation daily & am learning not to fret about the thoughts that permeate our minds. Best to accept them without questioning them & let them float away like passing clouds as we sink deeper & deeper & deeper into the various levels of our conscious minds.
    Reading elsewhere, I’m intrigued that we are actually vibrations in the cosmos! (I learned this without realising it, in the 1960s with the Beach Boys hit Good Vibrations! 😉🤣) Om Tat Sat! 🙏

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you Ashley! I mostly think in terms of “Like a dewdrop in a wild goose’s beak” from the Japanese poem “Oku no Hosomichi” by Matsuo Bashō.

      “Beach Boys” is new to me but sure it make sense 🙂 I should meditate on that now 😉🤣) Om Tat Sat! 🙏

  6. mich avatar

    Oh, yes, the use of light is brilliant in ‘evening meditation at the water’

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you, Mich, great to hear you like my light 🙂 🙂

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you so much 🙏! Enjoy a great weekend 😁

      1. Dana at Regular Girl Devos avatar

        Hope the same for you.

  7. Mike and Kellye Hefner avatar

    They are all stunning, Fred. I am particularly enamored with the evening meditation at the water. I hope you’re enjoying a wonderful weekend.

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you so much for your kind words! A great weekend to you too! Mine will be colorful 🙂

  8. julianeus avatar

    Good reflections and awesome pictures. Thanks!

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you so much 🙏😊

  9. Rosaliene Bacchus avatar

    Love your latest reflections and explorations, Friedrich! >”the ride” expresses well a bombardment of thoughts. Hits me right where I am at present. >Love the light reflecting on the water in “evening meditation at the water.” >Your “Death in the Park” captures well the negative emotions associated with death. Yet…there is light.

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you very much, Rosalie! I am always pleased to read how exactly you recognize the intentions and ideally you can also reflect yourself in them. That helps me alot. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

      1. Rosaliene Bacchus avatar

        I will, thanks!

  10. Dominik Alexander avatar

    “Evening meditation at the water” is my favourite here. It looks like a photograph of light reflections on tarmac that was overpainted by colour. Is that the case? Or is it all painted?

    Anyway, love your reflections about thoughts, meditation and painting as always. I’ve tried meditation a few times but am too impatient so far. Too many thoughts into my mind, of course! But I’ll try again 🙂

    Wishing you a great Sunday, Friedrich!

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you very much, Dominik! Most of my work is about blurring the dividing line between “real” and “created” so that the viewer has nothing “to clinge on to”.

      That’s what meditation is all about: letting go. Above all, letting go of perspectives, analytical thinking, right and wrong….

      Above all, meditating requires patience and it is probably easier to do as you get older. It’s not a linear curve that you cover anyway.

      Have a great Sunday too! 🙂

  11. Cindy Georgakas avatar

    “Gradually we manage to let them fade away like clouds drifting by or the cry of a wild goose.”
    I’d say you’re right about the number of thoughts but I think the same one over and over. lol / 💞
    love the light, color, dead man walking and the woman but who’s who is beyond me.

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Ha, the “think the same thought” – thing sounds familiar 😎 We are still young and pretty and have lots of time to find our tight way 🌹🐞🙏🎶

      1. Cindy Georgakas avatar

        😘 So we won’t worry our pretty lil heads then ❤️😘

  12. Edith avatar

    Lieber Friedrich, deine neuen Bilder sprechen wieder für sich. Ja, ich sehe dein Loslassen von Gedanken, die dann im Bild einen Platz finden. ‘Meditation am Wasser’ ist das Glitzern so echt, dass ich denke, am Wasser zu stehen.
    Aber auch das Bild vom ‘Tod im Park’ spricht zu mir. Der Tod muss nicht ausschließlich schwarz daher kommen, es ist ein Bild, in dem ein Mensch lächelnd die Seite wechselt – so würde ich es beschreiben. Und NEIN – keine Veränderungen mehr, keinen noch so gut gemeinten Pinselstrich dazu malen, dann ist der Grundgedanke weg, ach, du weißt, wie ich das meine…
    Dir alles Liebe
    von Herzen, Edith

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Danke liebe Edith, das freut mich zu hören! Ja, das mit Ende finden beim Malen ist oft schwer und ich habe schon einige Bilder verpatzt, weil immer noch was fehlte….😊☀️🎶

  13. graham mcquade avatar

    I like the subtle textures in Seranade at the Water. It looks like you are also using them in Death in the park. That approach could be a way onto a minimalist path.

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you very much, Graham! Though I try my best there are still some obstacles on my minimalistic path 😊🙏☀️

  14. Belladonna avatar

    oh wow this I nice! Love the light along the water.

  15. spotlightchoices.com-C. Wilson avatar

    Evening Meditation on the Water is subtle and Zen-like – all also represent water as I look at them!

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you so much 🙏 I am happy you like it 😄🎶🐞

  16. Carolyn Kaiser Harmon avatar

    “Death in the Park” is extraordinarily complicated, colorful and energized ❤️.

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you so much, Carolyn, for your kind words! Yes, death can be complicated 🙂

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