Can We Hear a Painting?
Friedrich ZETTL Blog
by Zettl Fine Arts
1w ago
Exploring Music in Visual Art Can we hear a painting? The idea of paintings creating music has captivated artists for centuries. While some might scoff at the notion, for those open to artistic exploration, the question becomes: how can we translate the emotions and sounds of music into visual art? And what would be even more exciting: can you create images that have a musical effect on the viewer? I am pretty sure that if there was a need, a computer program could be written that would convert images into music. Perhaps we will live to see it. Until then, we will have to rely on our imaginati ..read more
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Emptiness, Space, and Depth
Friedrich ZETTL Blog
by Zettl Fine Arts
1M ago
The Spring collection. Emptiness, space, and depth: Many artists dedicate themselves to exploring space, and depth in painting. These qualities have been more prominent in traditional painting but have seen less emphasis in modern times. Today, we delve into this topic. Following this discussion, as announced in my recent post, I will present an article on the Daoist teacher Lü Zu shortly. I am still contemplating the content, but it’s also an opportune moment to showcase my recent work. Recently, I navigated through a moderate crisis that prompted me to reevaluate certain aspects of my work ..read more
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Essence in Art: Less is More
Friedrich ZETTL Blog
by Zettl Fine Arts
1M ago
Exploring the Soul Through Minimalism and Eastern Inspiration Essence in art: Thanks to your requests, I’m excited to dive into the topic of the soul in Daoism. In this and the next post, we’ll explore the Daoist concept of the soul. We’ll take a playful yet meaningful approach to keep things engaging and far from dry – hopefully. This artistic method will guide us in understanding our topic more deeply. We’ll be inspired by the great Tang Dynasty Daoist Lü Zu [1], whom I’ll discuss in more detail in the next post. Stay tuned for an insightful and creative exploration of the soul in Daoism! We ..read more
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Visit of an Old Friend
Friedrich ZETTL Blog
by Zettl Fine Arts
2M ago
and from nowhere to success. A visit from an old friend carries a deeply personal and nostalgic touch. But I think, or hope, that the text has an inherent positive power, and since we are currently living in a time in which we are not really overwhelmed with positive things it has a certain justification. I’m one of those people who doesn’t have many friends. This may sound less melancholic when considering my definition of ‘friends.’ Social media ‘friends’ are fleeting, like morning dew on summer grass. We all know that. Acquaintances, yes, sure. People you are connected to for a while, sure ..read more
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Delving into the Realm of Seals on Artwork
Friedrich ZETTL Blog
by Zettl Fine Arts
2M ago
yes, those little red spots. Delving into the Realm of Seals on Artwork – or just for seals for fun. Since I have been asked about it repeatedly, I would like to go into it in more detail today and share my personal insights into this captivating art form. Delving into the realm of seals in artwork isn’t just a scholarly pursuit—it’s a vibrant exploration that many find fascinating, especially those with a keen interest in Southeast Asian art. Seals hold a special place in my life, and I’ve touched on their significance in a previous article about Chinese seals. The world of seal engraving is ..read more
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Selection of New Works
Friedrich ZETTL Blog
by Zettl Fine Arts
3M ago
A small selection of recent works in different techniques. Selection of new works: Today I just want to show what’s been going through my mind over the last month and what came out of it. Some I just sketched, and some I did in more detail. And of course, these works belong together in a certain way. I won’t write too much about it either, as I think I’ve been writing too much lately and testing my readers’ patience. Selection of New Works (1) I always take drawing materials with me when I go on vacation, but I rarely use them. This time I sketched the palm trees in front of my hotel window in ..read more
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Petra and Sharm El Sheikh Trip
Friedrich ZETTL Blog
by Zettl Fine Arts
3M ago
Solid Rock and Deep Blue Sea Petra and Sharm El Sheikh: Most of us know Petra, the “Pink City” in Jordan [1]. I’m pretty sure. Why am I so sure? Because the chances are good that films like Indiana Jones (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade), Star Wars, Transformers (Revenge of the Fallen)… and co have not left us unscathed. There are scenes in all of them from this impressive location. [2] But that should not be our topic. Instead, we will look at some photos, recall some historical facts, and try to address some aspects of the confusing situation in the region from a Jordanian perspective. Th ..read more
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Superior Haiku by Ashley
Friedrich ZETTL Blog
by Zettl Fine Arts
4M ago
calligraphed by Friedrich. Superior Haiku by Ashley: This article is about a haiku (俳句 or hokku) [1] and the creative process of turning it into calligraphy. The wonderful poem is by Ashley. A short video shows the creation process. In the extra-part there are details about calligraphy. Many people know Ashley because of his beautiful photos and appealing haiku, which he presents on his blog (A Different View). That’s how I came across him and after many mutual comments, something like an artistic closeness developed. Recently, when I was posting about my calligraphy, the devil suddenly hit m ..read more
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Red dao and black zen
Friedrich ZETTL Blog
by Zettl Fine Arts
5M ago
newly painted calligraphy. red dao and black zen: This article is about creating my series “painted calligraphy” [samples] with more details this time. Which can be a bit boring if you’re not fundamentally interested in the topic of calligraphy. I recently received a call from someone who had bought some of my paintings many years ago. Now he found my profile on the Internet, browsed around a bit, and called me to ask if he could come over to buy a few works and told me the titles. Of course, I prepared a few more things, including some of the painted calligraphy. Although these are not his s ..read more
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Birthday present from Confucius and
Friedrich ZETTL Blog
by Zettl Fine Arts
5M ago
one of the best love poems. Birthday present from Confucius: So I’m 70 years old now. So what?! Really – so what? How should I react? Emotional? Annoy me that I’m an old fart now? But I was an old fart last year too – and the year before. Don’t even think about it? This is difficult because our culture is such that we pay attention to round birthdays. Since I don’t celebrate it, there are no gifts. This Zen Buddhist joke at the right fits very well: Being 20 in the 70s was more fun than being 70 in the 20s  - and a perfect birthday presentBirthday present from Confucius And yet I received a gi ..read more
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