Kunstatelier & Galerie
Seylech & Franziska Leuthard
122nd entry, Brienzwiler
The wind is once again sweeping through the fully ripe cornfields in the golden yellow summer. Like every year, I am especially fascinated by the waving ears of corn. My fingers were itching to take up oil paint and capture these impressions in painting.
That’s how the three cornfield pictures came into being. The first one was created on 17.6.2023. It is called Summer Dream and is my smallest cornfield picture so far. It measures 24 x 18 cm. The technique is oil on wood and, as usual with me, I paint wet-on-wet, which means the picture is finished in one stretch. Now I look at it and become quite reverent. I am very pleased with this little treasure. Although it is small, the aura and effect of it is tremendous.
I painted two other works on 29.07.2023. This time the medium is oil on canvas and measures 50 x 60 cm. I titled them Cornfield I and II. What makes these special is the technique. Rarely do I rework the paintings after the oil has dried; however, this was the case with these two. The sky is especially softer now, evocative, in short, almost romantic, and matches with the yellow-orange cornfield. Today I framed the pictures to match.
This also happened: a person who bought some works of art from me was burgled. Among other things, two large crystal suns 1.6 m in diameter were stolen. Not exactly a small thing, as it takes two people to carry the pieces and a suitably large car to transport them. Well, what’s done is done. I will be watching…
121st entry, Brienzwiler
A spur-of-the-moment excursion with my son David and our dog Bobby to the Flüeli-Ranft near Sachseln makes my artist’s heart beat faster because of the noticeably peaceful spirit there.
We linger by the Melchaa, take off our shoes and bathe our feet in the stream, build stone figures, and are completely absorbed in the moment with the silence and the power of this ideal spot in the middle of nature. As always, I look for specially shaped woods and find what I’m looking for along with two matching pieces of limestone.
P.S. And by the way, in a marriage, you need a lot of humor – a lot of humor.
sand on wood, driftwood, rock crystals, pyrite, wooden ball with gold leaf, 27 x 118 cm
2023, spruce wood, smoky quartz crystal from Grimsel/Switzerland, pyrite, sand, 34 x 41 x 39 cm
120th entry, Morcote
Franziska, our dog Bobby, and I are on a four-day holiday here in Morcote, in the southern part of Switzerland on Lake Lugano.
I am fulfilling my childhood dream because the village of Morcote, with its picturesque houses and the time-honored church of Santa Maria del Sasso, existed as a puzzle in our home. As a family, we put this puzzle together many times, and I always liked the Romanesque church tower from the 15th century surrounded by cypress trees that flanked the church like large green candles.
Exploring this area with Franziska and Bobby gives me great pleasure. Everything here is inspiring: the silver glittering lake, the dancing and contentedly chirping barn swallows, the colorful stone houses with the narrow and cobbled streets, the chirping of the cicadas, the wailing call of the herring gulls, the blooming oleander trees and wildly-growing passion flowers. And last but not least, the fine Ticinese food.
Oh, it is quite wonderful here.
119th entry, Brienzwiler
It is a rare occurrence when at the end of an exhibition I take a purchased piece of artwork off the wall and want to wrap it up, but this is exactly what happened.
This specific situation happened in the Volkshaus in Zürich over the Pentecost weekend on the 27th and 28th of May, 2023. The two-day exhibition that took place with the theme “The Vision of Good” was a time of joy, interactions, love, and clear messages. There were so many people there who bring positive changes into the world with energy and great commitment!
Franziska and I also belong to this group. Through the art, the work together in the natural garden, as well as with the book that Franziska is writing, which is in its last phase, we give our contribution to a future sustained by love and full of light and good.
For it is for those people who hear this voice calling out, “Live the truth that comes from your heart!”
From Earth to Heaven and from Heaven to Earth
acrylic on wood, rock crystal, spiral mixed media on wood, gilded, fir wood, 87 x 29 cm
kestrel wings, silver fir wood, spiral mixed media on wood, gilded, 12 x 50 cm
118th entry, Brienzwiler
Very early in the morning I am already on the way to Germany delivering a well-packed “crystal sun”, which is 69 cm in diameter, to the German Post office near the Swiss border. But the package will continue on, specifically, to Sweden. It s the second piece of artwork that is heading for Sweden, and this pleases me very much.
This crystal sun was purchased at the Health Fair, which took place on the 13th-16th in Solothurn. The exhibition cost energy, most of all with the setting up and cleanup. The purchases, though, in total eight pieces, helped to quickly forget all of the exertion. Life is good.
The last three months were quite a challenge for me. The sales were down and this situation caused me to be unsettled. Franziska took this more easily and stayed in good spirits. This is a character trait that I can still work on.
It is already time for the next exhibition. I am looking forward to the fulfilling days from the 21st-23rd of April in Cham.
117th entry, Brienzwiler
There were so many impressions. Many of which saddened me. Above all, the treatment of nature. So much trash. Now after ten days in Jericho, I am back home lying in bed with a fever of over 100℉ and processing this intense time.
On short notice and with a small group of seven other people and a local guide who knew the area well, we ventured to visit the historic land of Palestine. This was our first vacation without the children in thirty years, although, vacation is probably the wrong word to use here.
It seems to me that the once-great spirit of this land has long since blown away in the vast stretches of the desert sand.
I still do not know how this experiences will come to life in my art, but I was lucky enough to pick up pieces of bark from under the tree of Zacheaus, which is over 2’000 years old. Zacheaus was small man and a tax collector by trade. When Jesus entered Jerricho, he climbed this very tree, a sycamore tree (mulberry fig tree). This is what it says in the Bible. I already have some good ideas about what I will make from these precious pieces of bark.
Summary: I believe in the good of people; so that the planet will be healthy and people can live together in peace, regardless of religion, language or cultural conditioning. In Palestine. In Israel. In Afghanistan. In the Ukraine. Everywhere.
116th entry, Brienzwiler
I have just completed the gold leafing on the Aurum creation. The date on the back, however, is February 2, 2022. For almost one year, I thought the piece was finished. During this time, it has been hanging here in the studio and caused me doubts when I looked at it. Now with the application of the gold leaf, which is not opaque, there is a play of light with the underlying texture and gold color. Now it is complete and I am quite pleased. This is my first completed piece in the new year.
Which and how many new works are in store for this year or which people will purchase them, neither I nor you know. I am sure, however, that they already exist in the invisible realm. This thought crossed my mind this morning. In doing so, I feel adventure, departure, joy…
2023, iron oxide on wood, carnelian disc, pyrite, sand, wooden sphere gilded with leaf, 40 x 13 cm
2023, iron oxide on wood, carnelian disc, pyrite, sand, wooden sphere gilded with leaf, 40 x 13 cm
2023, iron oxide on wood, rock crystal balls, pieces of bark from the Sycamore Tree of Zacchaeus in Jericho, 40 x 13 cm
Homage to Earth 11
iron oxide on wood, rock crystal, mountain spruce, 40 x 13 cm
2023, spruce wood, smoky black crystals, gold-plated wooden ball, steel base, 121 x 7 x 5 cm
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree
sand on wood, slice of apple tree, apple: gold-plated metal, steel frame, 101,5 x 81,5 cm
2023, sand on wood, slice of apple tree, apple: gold-plated metal, steel frame, 101,5 x 81,5 cm
115th entry, Brienzwiler
To buy back pieces of artwork is presumably uncomfortable for every artist. This is also true for me. Nevertheless, in this case I made an exception.
Once made quite wealthy because of an inheritance, a man generously purchased pieces of art from me and other artists of the Bernese Oberland. Now he is in financial distress. The sincere telephone conversation asking if I would consider buying back one or more pieces at half price prompted me to make a quick and spontaneous decision. On the following day, I drove to him and bought back the following pieces: the sculpture “Ancient” as well as two crystal suns “Fire Vortex” and “Little Sunflower”. With the crystal suns, I am always happy to have a large selection to choose from.
This man came into my life as a patron. To give something back to him to lessen his hardship comes naturally to me. May this act give him confidence and trust in the goodness of life.
acrylic on wood, spruce wood, sunflower cast in gypsum, gilded, 52 x 20 cm
iron oxide on wood, limonite quartz, mountain spruce wood, spiral mixed media on wood, gilded, 57 x 25 cm
114th entry, Brienzwiler
It is Advent, a wonderful time for me. There is immense peace within me. My energy is collected. With great joy, I work under the motto, “Do your work, do not worry about the fruits of it.”
It is quite unorganized here in the shop, which often happens when I create many pieces in parallel. At the moment there are five. The space here has always been limited, but I just accept it and work with the possibilities that are there.
Well, it’s been 24 years now that I’ve given my life here in these rooms. It was an adventure that brought me exactly to where I am right now. If I have twenty-four more years, I do not know; therefore, I take it day by day and am quite satisfied with what I encounter and what inspires me in this little workshop in Brienzwiler, which during this time 2,400 pieces of artwork have now been created.
113th entry, Brienzwiler
Rarely has a creation of mine engaged and captivated me as much as the artwork shown here entitled Jesus.
It is a simple piece of spruce wood, modeled from nature. Only the branch, which protruded to the right, was cut to the appropriate length. In the middle one finds a small gold-leafed sunflower cast in plaster and sunken into the wood. This symbolically represents the divine spark within each of us. The transparent white-glazed background that measures 52 x 20 cm completes the work as a whole, giving it the necessary calm and sacredness.
It is a work with great presence and expression. I am extremely pleased and enjoy the quiet conversation between us.
2022, iron oxide on wood, limonite quartz, mountain spruce wood, spiral mixed media on wood, gilded, 57 x 25 cm
112th entry, Sarnen
Well, it is time to write a little. For the last two weeks I have exhibited my work here at the Lindenhof here in Sarnen, which is customary at the beginning of October. Not much to nothing at all is going on. I ask myself how it was possible for me to live as an artist for all these years. Actually, it is almost impossible. Nonetheless, it has worked–and for almost 25 years.
Franziska, my modest and clever wife will be 58 years old tomorrow. And she will be in charge of the exhibition–on her birthday. A small surprise awaits her. A little letter and a small bag of pralines covered with dark chocolate, which she really likes. We will certainly find two days in November to rejuvenate and relax in a wellness hotel. The last two months have been very work-intensive.
Life is moving and is sometimes chaotic and very stressful, and yet everything somehow works in harmony.
Happy birthday dear Franziska and thank you for everything!
Homage to Earth 1
iron oxide/mixed media on wood, rock crystal, gold leaf, mountain spruce, 40 x 13 cm
2022, iron oxide on wood, 2 limonite quartzes, mountain spruce wood, sun mixed media on wood, gilded, 36 x 13 cm
iron oxide on wood, mixed media on wood, gold leaf, rock crystal pyramid, 46 x 83 cm
111th entry, Brienzwiler
There are five events that I want to briefly describe.
The days are short, wonderful, and intensive. The next exhibition is already on the horizon.
2022, iron oxide on wood, mixed media on wood, gold leaf, quartz crystal pyramid, 46 x 83 cm
The Language of the Sun
acrylic on wood, slate, sun mixed media on wood, gold leaf, steel frame, 61 x 61 cm
110th entry, Brienzwiler
Sometimes a frame can be a great inspiration – just like the one pictured here.
About once a month I go to Boesner, which is a specialty artists’ supply store. In a box filled with custom-made frames that were not correctly sized as ordered, I found a small baroque frame measuring 24 x 30 cm.
For this particular dimension, I use a wooden base as a painting surface and start working with it that very afternoon. I have always liked baroque frames: they electrify me and make my artist’s heart beat faster. I create a golden background, pasty textures with a steel ball as a resting pole, and a clear, straight rock crystal as a connection to the sky that makes the work simple yet perfect. Once the first piece was finished, it was followed by three more. Without having planned that a small series will be created, I just let it happen: The Sun Series I-IV.
2022, acrylic on wood, slate, sun mixed media on wood, gold leaf, steel frame, 61 x 61 cm
A little bit crazy
acrylic on canvas, spruce wood, gold obsidian sphere, 80 x 100 cm
109th entry, Burger Gallery Brienz
For the third time I am exhibiting my works here in the Burger Gallery in Brienz. A successful, harmonious exhibition. “Golden wood” is the theme. It shines, and how! The gold on the different types of wood sets off wonderfully.
At the vernissage on June 4, fourteen people interested in art were present. Most of them came from the Bern area, about an hour’s drive. That impressed me very much. Well, I can do some things, but mobilizing people for my vernissage is certainly not one of them. In the meantime, four pieces have been bought, which I am happy about. The exhibition will continue until June 26.
David, my son, is taking his final apprenticeship exam today. The last of three days of exams. He had to do his best in the practical part today. Along the way, we created a short film together about my exhibition here. He edited almost 40 minutes of footage into a 6-minute video. I think the result is very successful: Works of an exhibition: Golden Wood. In any case, he passed this test with aplomb.
2022, bronze figures, gilded, apple tree wood sphere, partly gilded, two rock crystal spheres, steel base, 65 x 43 x 43 cm
alder wood with pyrite and sand, shungite sphere ∅ 17 cm, steel base, 42 x 40 x 40 cm
108th entry, Brienzwiler
Yesterday I was in Zurich. At 1 pm I stepped over the threshold of the WBB GALLERY to attend the vernissage. Thirty different artists present a total of over fifty works in this temporary exhibition. I personally am featured with five works of natural art, which the gallery owner selected at my residence in Brienzwiler.
The gallery WBB is attractive and cozy. It invites you to linger and to enjoy art. All works of art are well displayed and complement each other all around, so that the exhibition results in a harmonious ensemble. The interaction with the gallery owner is pleasant and enjoyable for me. I am happy to be able to show some works here.
It has been a long artist’s journey, since I began my art career here in Zurich 35 years ago with tentative steps. At that time, I lived at Universitätsstrasse 15 in a small room and worked as a night baker from midnight until 9 in the morning. In my spare time I began to experiment with acrylic and oil paints and discovered my passion for art…
Children of the Sun
pine bark, 8 gilded bronze figures, sun mixed media on wood, gilded, Ø 27 cm, width 115 cm x depth 16 cm
107th entry, Brienzwiler
Now I am in my studio and gaze upon the eighteen pieces of art that I have completed this month. I contemplate them and I am very pleased. I am particularly fond of two of these: Love Light and Sun Light, both of which are 58 x 36 cm natural works of art on wood, simple and yet with a great presence and charisma. Art, as I love it.
Sometimes everything is just fine, and the small world here in the studio has a special peace. It is good that there are colors; it is good that there are artists who gift the world with beauty and inspiration in times like these.
2022, acrylic on wood, rock crystal, spiral mixed media on wood, gilde, pine bark, 58 x 46 cm
106th entry, Brienzwiler
This February was a quiet month since I needed to take a three-week break after a brief hospital stay (minor prostate surgery.) During this time I was not allowed to do any strenuous work that involved heavy lifting.
These few days in the hospital proved to be an interesting experience. Letting go and surrendering to the unknown was easy for me. I read a great deal from Osho and dozed a lot. This is probably the reason why nights in hospitals are so restless. There are different noises coming from various machines, lights that burn somewhere continuously, and the night nurse is always coming by to check that everything is ok.
So this month I created only a few works. There are four of them.
I am doing well and I am pleased to welcome the first snowdrops and crocuses in the garden. Now my time in the art studio is increasing, and the ideas for the upcoming works are there. My hands are happy to bring them into shape.
2022, olive wood, rock crystal, spiral sun mixed media on wood, gold plated, 56 x 10 cm
2022, acrylic on wood, rock crystal, sun mixed media on wood, gold plated, driftwood, 67 x 24 cm
105th entry, Brienzwiler
Here is the finished nature artwork, which was created over December/January. I call it “Abundance”. The piece of driftwood is 121 cm long and has in its center a natural depression that I have filled with large and small rok crystals, golden sand, and pyrite gemstones. In addition, a gold ribbon flows on both sides like a river from the inside to the outside. Here to Abundance
The rock crystals are symbolic of the light that radiates from itself and whose source is inexhaustible. It flows out and pours over and over with blessings on the whole creation.
I am touched by the work, and I see it as a good omen for this year, which is so ready for change.
P.S. The artwork “Golden Wing” was chosen among the eight finalists in the Artbox.Project call for entries and will be on original display at Urbanside Gallery in Zurich from February 1 to March 4, 2022. I am very happy about this. See Golden Wing
104th entry, Brienzwiler
Normally I do not work in my studio between Christmas and New Year. This year I can’t help but go there daily. Luckily for my wife, the studio is not very big, otherwise, I would only be found here.
In numerical terms, there are on average 125 new artworks completed in one year, all wonderfully photographed and chronologically entered into a notebook. For every year there is a new notebook. At this time, there are 25.
I never look back at works that have been created when I am working on a new piece. The inspiration is always there, unique and new for each work. I like to work with diverse materials and techniques. It’s something that never exhausts me, on the contrary; it invigorates and inspires me so much. It enlivens and excites me so much that it makes me forget the outer world with its present form of control and deprivation of freedom. I hope very much that it may also be the case for the art-interested viewer of my works.
In this sense, a wholehearted, beautiful, free, healthy, new year to everyone.
103rd entry, Brienzwiler
Snow has fallen and silence returns to the forest. Our dog romps around looking for mice. What a zest for life there is in him! I get inspired and laugh and dance with the little white stars falling from the sky. Everything is good.
There is so much that is wonderful and beautiful in this world, and every day it becomes that much more. I see humanity in liberty and peace, singing and dancing, and living the future on a healthy earth.
Our thoughts and feelings are our own and no one can control or manipulate them unless we allow this.
acrylic on wood, square pear wood, ball chestnut wood, partly gilded, 86 x 65 cm
2021, acrylic on wood, square pear wood, ball chestnut wood, partly gilded, 86 x 65 cm
102nd entry, Brienzwiler
The golden October is coming to an end. I enjoy the last warm days. For the last three weeks, I supervised my exhibition in the Zyt-Lade in Sarnen. It was very quiet, I read a lot, and I often went across the street to the restaurant Krone to enjoy lunch. Because I do not have a Covid certificate, naturally I ate outside. So only three works were created in October; two of them orders. The decision for the “Work of the Month” is therefore quite easy. It is the crystal sun named Golden Sun.
Being unable to work in the studio for such a long time has never happened in the last 25 years. An experience that I simply accept. Now to get back into the works and ideas that lay dormant and now want to be implemented is easy for me. I’m working on nine different pieces and can’t wait to see them finished. I am particularly taken with the nature artworks at the moment. The combination of crystals, wood, and gold is just gorgeous. Showing the beauty of nature in art is a never-ending feast for the eyes and a show of thanksgiving and appreciation to the great creative power…
By the way, our dog Bobby – now four months old – is thriving and enriching our daily lives. A bright little fellow. We are happy with him.
101st entry, Gruyères
I have no need to be vaccinated. Even if that means having to do without many things.
I feel free, and this freedom has nothing to do with the external world, which is in such a state of flux. Granted, it has been a difficult process to come to this point. I met myself with all my fears and conditioning, which I have now brought into the light with love and devotion to the great unseen. Instead of fear, anger, insecurity, and restlessness, there is peace within me. I am at peace with people and all their choices. I am no longer fighting for anything, but I know where I stand and where my place is.
In the studio, I am currently creating some works with wood, rock crystals, and gold–all earth energies that speak to me so soothingly. Ancient energies that change and connect with the higher cosmic forces. A matter that surrenders and lightens.
A gift for all of us.
100th entry, Zürich
A remarkable exhibition here in the Zürich main station. I displayed four artworks: Two crystal sons with old wood as the background, a natural artwork, and a sculpture. The Swiss Art Expo did a great job organizing the exhibition and staged it very atmospherically and professionally. Each artist has been allocated an exhibition space. My stand is exactly where a golden ball has been embedded in the floor, the “Boule d’Or Centenaire”, the century ball. How appropriate for my golden works and the hundredth diary entry! SwissArtExpo
Unfortunately, I cannot enter the exhibition because I do not have a Covid certificate. This saddens me greatly because I miss the conversations with people interested in art as well as the exchange among artists. Now I am present this Saturday outside the exhibition and available via cell phone for visitors who seek to speak with me.
May the gold of the sun pour down on earth, so that the small suns in the hearts of people begin to shine so brightly that untruth, fear, and control become meaningless and disappear in the light of the sun.
99th entry, Brienzwiler
Since the death of our Sheltie Jenny on 1/1/2018, I have wanted to have a new dog. Only a few weeks ago Franziska agreed. I promised her that I would not actively look for a dog because I feel that THE DOG needed to find ME.
This week we went with our adult children David and Livia and their dog Lucy for a few days in the Jura. David wanted to show us some beautiful places from his bike tour from Basel to Nyon. On the way over the high plateau of the Jura Franches-Montagnes towards Saignelégier we were diverted because of construction. The navi sent us on a road that Franziska assumed was wrong, but she kept quiet as I was so happily chatting with David. The navigation route ended at a farm where a truck also blocked the road. David shouted, “Sharp left!” and I turned and parked. A border collie came running toward us, and Livia shouted, “That’s a nursing mother!” I want to see the puppies!” We all wanted to see them.
The farmer was friendly and showed us the six seven-week-old puppies, five of them males. Livia was blissful and said that among these would surely be the future father of Lucy’s pups. Our hearts melted.
During dinner at the hostel at Étang de la Gruère, I thought about dog names. Spontaneously, “Bobby” crossed my lips. Franziska found it suitable, but first we had to sleep on it!
The next morning we drove back to look at the puppies again. Franziska and I entered the horse box together and knelt down. A small, black and white ball of wool walked straight towards me, put his paws on my knee, laid down, let me scratch his belly and looked up at me. I moved away, and again he trotted up to me, looked into my eyes, and charmed my heart. I heard myself say, “That’s him! This is the one we’ll take.”
Now a little dog soul will soon enrich our lives. Bobby.
2021, olive wood, rock crystal weighing 5,7 kg, illuminable from below, 158 x 18 x 18 cm
98th entry, Brienzwiler
Without having an exact idea, I go to my studio as I do every day to see how many and what size canvases are there. There are three that I Iike: One is 130x80cm and two are 160x100cm.
I lay the smaller one on the work table and am immediately inspired. I see a background painted with two different shades of blue, which I inscribe with various numbers and symbols in silver gold. The canvas will be framed with molding that is rolled in black-brown along with some red.
I prime the second image with a dark, warm red and “script” it with copper-gold paint.
The third of this series, which I call “The Never-Ending Story,” consists of an ocher yellow background with characters, which I painted with rich pale gold.
Now I have these placed side by side in the studio to view and let them have an effect on me. I find them extremely fascinating. Mentally I do not understand them, but something in their charisma is great and captivating. It never becomes monotonous or boring to look at them. I always see something new and become calm and almost devout, as if I were leafing through the pages of an old book that has much to tell.
These are artistic pieces that a person either loves or not.
97th entry, Brienzwiler
My son David gave me the idea that I should paint a tree, and I began on this very day. The old oak in our forest garden served as my inspiration and subject. Within three days the 80 x 60 cm acrylic on canvas piece “The Old Oak Tree” came into being.
It has a massive trunk with a wide crown and soft green spring leaves. I outlined the trunk and branches with gold paint and let it flow through the tree as if it would absorb cosmic energies and conduct them through its roots into the earth. The background suggests an evening sun, which soon disappears behind the horizon, but its glow still gives the tree something sublime and majestic.
When I look at this painting, I see the powerful oak with a hopeful sky. A tree, deeply rooted and bound to everything. Here is the link: The Old Oak Tree.
96th entry, Brienzwiler
I wish for a humanity that believes more in itself and is connected to the godliness in their hearts. Critically questioning the mass media and expressing their own thoughts.
I wish for people who have the courage to live as individuals and who are connected with nature, the sun, and the stars. People who have no fear to express their own values and thoughts and live confidently despite adversities.
It is those indomitable light warriors of God who are able to distinguish truth from untruth and see through Corona and the control game connected with it. It is in the nature of man to be free, peaceful, and loving. Free will is an inalienable right throughout the universe. Being aware of it is the first step to freedom.
Corona helps mankind to wake up.
95th entry, Brienzwiler
Finally, spring is here. Joy and light flow through the woods. The first migratory birds, such as the Blackcap, Iberian Chiffchaff, and Black Redstart, have returned. In our garden forest, a female Red Kite sits on her eggs in the nest two weeks earlier than in the last few years. I watch with binoculars daily and look forward to the young birds hatching in around 30 days. This female and her mate successfully raised nine young in the last three years. Since Red Kites can live up to 25 years, I hope that this pair will keep this same breeding place and their territory for many years to come.
I write about nature because it is so wonderfully inspiring for the creation of my artwork and because a piece has emerged, is designed by nature, and is developed in a way that only nature can. It is appropriately called “The Nest.” Currently, I am displaying this piece in my gallery in Brienz. From August 25-29 it will be available to view as part of the SwissArtExpo in Zürich main station.
Here is the link to the artwork The Nest, which is also the Artwork of the Month for March.
94th entry, Brienzwiler
Franziska and I spent two days this week at the Parkhotel Gunten on Lake Thun. A small, spontaneous time-out, which Franziska especially enjoyed. She loves the element water, so the wellness area was particularly appealing to her.
We also use the time to continue writing a book. This project lies very close to Franziska’s heart. This will be an artist biography. She has been working on it for a few years and it is coming along well. I now narrate and then write my take on the chapters she has given me. We often work together when we are on the road, for example, while driving. Franziska transcribes in shorthand while I dictate in Swiss dialect and High German. She is keen to write a biography of the artist herself because she thinks that no one knows me better and knows more about what happened than she does. She is right, of course.
We take our time with this joint project, as there are also times when writing is difficult, simply because, as in every relationship, there are ups and downs. Plus, the husband becomes headstrong and difficult.
Taking life as it is is a challenge.
Finding peace within myself is my daily prayer.
The golden Knight approches
old spruce wood door, iron fittings, gold leaf, 60 x 168 x 11 cm
93rd entry, Brienzwiler
A good friend and patron, who bought some exquisite works of art about a year ago, sent me a package filled with sweets and fine treats about a week ago. What especially pleased me, however, were the very fitting words, as if heaven had its hand in the game. The words were something like this: Seylech, do not give up, even in this very uncertain and challenging time of transition. The words hit me right in the heart. I was so touched that I needed to pause for a moment while reading. I silently thanked the creator. This gift came so suddenly at a moment that could not have been more fitting. Bruno, thank you very much!
There will soon be a new link called “New Line” added on my homepage where I will show works that require a bit of courage from me. I will now show a side of my artwork, which until now I made only vaguely public. There are abstract, modern, and austere compositions that afford me a lot of space and freedom. Some are created in fast, sure movements. Others need a lot of time and are multi-layered and dimensional in themselves. And as so often – how could it be otherwise – there is also some gold. Gold, which refines everything so wonderfully, makes the image glow and creates warmth.
92nd entry, Brienzwiler
Another year, full of changes and challenges, comes to an end.
Artistically it was relaxing and unwinding for me. I could create fine pieces that are very time-consuming. In particular, these were natural works of art made with pyrite and mountain crystals.
As always, I enjoy working in my studio, and the ideas and inspirations are always present. I am never bored. It is a good sign that shows me that my art continues. When the inspiration is there, all is well.
I think about the world and find it crazy. I am often out in nature and find peace there. It continues to give me meaning and joy in life. I gain clarity and take things one day at a time.
Thank you for all the good things that have come my way in the past year.
91st entry, Brienzwiler
The happy Advent message:
The causative agent of a previously isolated disease now appears to have mutated. It spreads worldwide and faster than Ebola. The new virus AHA is extremely contagious and abruptly leads to a clear mind in the here and now.
It starts harmlessly with the consumption of organic food and the need to protect nature. This is often followed by a rather pronounced aversion to mass media. Eventually, the symptoms turn into an increased sense of being unified, a complete connection to one’s own soul, and a previously unknown freedom from fear. Finally, the course ends in unconditional love and gratitude towards the Creator and Creation.
The establishment is completely at a loss. All the tried-and-true means such as chemtrails, radio waves, sports events, mass vaccinations, stock market crashes, and threats of global war scenarios seem to be completely ineffective.
The virus is called the “truth virus” by experts and is to the most severe degree virulent. By all means, avoid contact with independently-thinking and responsibly-acting people, otherwise:
Welcome to freedom!
2020, mixed media on wood, rock crystal pyramid, gold plated center, rock crystals
90th entry, Brienz
It saddens me to witness how fearful and obedient people are. New cases of Covid-19 infections are increasing each day, and almost daily the government announces new measures to combat the virus.
Fear has always been a terrible counselor because fearful people can very easily be controlled and manipulated. Such a person believes the state, the politician, the police, the doctor, the preacher, the teacher, and so on.
Perhaps I am wrong, but I would rather make mistakes and follow a difficult individual path where truth, freedom, and intuition are always safe companions.
A related story:
Death sits before the old city walls and waits. A scholar comes by, sits down with him, and asks, “What are you doing here?” Death answers, “I am going into the city to collect 100 men.” The scholar runs into the city and excitedly calls out, “ Death is coming and will take 100 people!” Subsequently, all the people panic, run into their houses, and lock themselves away for many weeks. 5000 people die. As the scholar leaves the city, death is still waiting there and he angrily says, “You wanted to take 100 people, but it was 5000!” Death answered, “I took 100 sick and old, just like every week. The rest were taken with fear, for which you were responsible.”
May the good unfold!
olive wood, gold leaf, rock crystals, pyrite, two bronze figures, 13 x 112 cm
2020, brass and acrylic on wood, sunflower cast in gypsum, gold plated, bronze figures, 88 x 78 cm
89th entry, Brienzwiler
I left for Munich at two o’clock in the morning. I urgently need rock crystals, single pieces and groups of medium to very good quality. Pedro is a geologist and Brazilian and has lived in Germany for over thirty years. He has a large stock of various minerals and is a dealer for mineral stores. I have known him for twenty years and appreciate his pleasant and sunny demeanor.
The drive is always a challenge and this time was no different. After the Glarnerland rest area along the Kerenzerberg, I had to make a detour in the darkness and in rain and fog, which took an extra forty minutes. In addition, there were repeated construction sites with reduced speed and traffic jams, which made the trip even longer.
At 9.15 AM. I was finally in Pedro’s magnificent stone and mineral store. I lingered for about 1¼ hours and purchased 2500 Euro worth of mainly rock crystals in different sizes. Afterward, I drove home making only a small stop at the border for custom’s clearance and a light meal.
Tired but satisfied, I arrived home at 5:30 PM. I just unpacked all the minerals and put them on my work table. Let this splendor have its effect on me, and I can hardly wait to get creative with it.
At the moment I am able to work day and night, so many possibilities are waiting for their design. However, I dedicate myself first to the commissions and put my strength into them.
Everything is going well.
88th entry, Brienzwiler
With much energy and inspiration, I have just now primed and spackled the basic form on canvas panels for three works with the dimensions of 65 x 50 cm. I would like to keep working to breathe life into the painting with pencil and pastel shades of color to make the whole thing blossom, but I must be patient until the spackle is dry. A few days ago I dreamed about these works and now I am uncompromisingly urged to make these come to fruition. This means that today I will probably work a little longer than I planned.
This is the first time that I will wait to show the works to Franziska only after I have finished and framed them. It is difficult to say why this is so, but perhaps it is because my energy is still bundled up.
When they are finished, a link will be added here in this diary. You must also have patience!
87th entry, Brienzwiler
Each year I have the desire to drive on a hot summer day through the countryside to the cornfields in order to observe, be still, listen to the summer and glide my hands over the ears of grain gently swaying in the wind and feel the earth. These moments when the earth shines golden like the sun itself are magical for me.
I cannot help but paint these impressions, so the following day I created four small-format oil paintings with cornfields. Two are on wood (33 x 29 cm) and two are on canvas (50 x 40 cm). I was especially struck by the fourth one.
Here the sun and the cornfield take up the same amount of space on the canvas. The sun is already low over the ears of corn, but the heat of the day and the power of the sun are still noticeable. A timeless moment. A great peace spreads out.
Here the sun and the cornfield occupy equal space on the canvas. The sun has already set low over the ears of corn, but the heat of the day and the strength of the sun are still felt. A timeless moment. A tremendous peace spreads over all. I named it A Golden Day.
86th entry, Brienzwiler
For the last three days, I have been on crutches. My left knee is swollen and painful. While I was out for a walk in the woods, I clumsily tripped and fell hitting my knee directly on a rock. The doctor thinks that the inflamed bursa requires a cool compress along with rest. In this case, antibiotics are the best medicine for recovery.
I am taking it easy but do not let it deprive me of the opportunity to do smaller works in my studio, which is something that is good for my soul.
Today I was able to sell two commissioned pieces that I agreed to create over a year ago. The couple and I, as well, are happy and satisfied. Commissioned pieces are always a challenge, but I like this and believe that everything will turn out well.
Good fortune is with me, and understand that if I use my abilities and have the courage to live my dreams, the positive forces of the universe that are in the background will accompany everything favorably and supportively.
Nature Fine Art I
sand on wood, olive wood partly gold plated, steel frame, 60 x 50 cm
85th entry, Brienzwiler
A fire is burning!
On Whit Saturday at 10.15 p.m. the police are at our front door to inform us that there is a fire in our forest garden. Our small tool shed is burning and the firemen are already extinguishing it. We all go out to check the situation. After the initial shock, we realize that the damage is manageable.
As we have so many times before, we had dinner surrounding a fire here. On site the following morning, a fire expert explained that a spark probably nested somewhere in the old wood of the shelter and glowed in front of it until the wind did its part and it grew into flames.
A Pentecost fire! Symbolic of lightning and transformation.
We are all–including me– subject to this natural process of life. We take in more and more light and let go of the old.
84th entry, Brienzwiler
The corona virus is on everyone’s lips, and the topic reaches us daily through the various media channels. Personally, I like the way Sweden deals with it. They appeal to the self-responsibility of citizens and thus respect the sovereignty of the individual, which is a wise decision by the government and a good basis for peace.
The atmosphere in the studio is totally relaxed. I am working at an unusually slow pace, but I can definitely see something positive in it. Normally, my hands work quickly and agilely, which is more in keeping with my nature and also gives me good work time and again.
Our oldest daughter Livia moved back in with us at the age of 26, which we are very happy about. She will be able to reorient herself from here, not only with her living situation but especially in her professional environment.
Life is full of surprises. I gratefully accept them.
83rd entry, Brienzwiler
The Corona Virus no longer permits what is customary to continue. All people are affected and must make adjustments. It’s about time. We find ourselves in a situation that our inner wisdom should now guide us.
May we now act for the good of nature, animals and people.
May peace on earth unfold and brotherhood be established.
May prosperity and health be available to all.
May a healthy, life-friendly technique be introduced in all areas.
I call upon the leaders of the earth to let light flow in all areas and for decisions to be met with love and harmony.
May humanity together with this wonderful planet, our Mother Earth, now take this good path with courage and happiness.
82nd entry, Brienzwiler
Despite my three weeks of flu, I produced nineteen works in February. The last one finished today is called Dimensions, which is created partly in a new style that has kept me busy for several weeks: simple forms milled into wooden panels with subtle colours, harmonious and modern at the same time.
Business continued as usual and interested visitors came during the whole month. Someone asked if I would have trouble exhibiting this new style and confronting visitors with something different. Certainly not. I love to show my new creations, which are created with the impulse of joy in my heart. I have always followed this path in my artistic work and the side effect of this was success.
Furthermore, I am very happy about the newly-created short film entitled How is a Crystal Sun Created? that can now be seen on YouTube. What a successful father and son project!
81st entry, Brienzwiler
Now I hold it in my hands, this little art booklet with selected pieces of my work, which is a successful mixture of oil paintings, sculptures and also a new, more modern realization on the subject of the sun. I also like the short description at the very beginning, which is a successful summary of the direction and perception of my work. Franziska has designed and implemented this wonderfully. Photo
I still work a lot and with great energy as if I were electrified to tackle what needs to be done. I feel the power to do it and the inspiration is there, as always.
My goodness, what an intense life…
2020, olive root Wood, about 500 years old, wooden ball gold plated, 80 x 122 x 15 cm
World in Transition
acrylic on wood, gold leaf, rock crystals, glass, 61 x 61 cm
wood, quartz globe Ø 16 cm, wooden ball gold plated, 29 x 126 x 18 cm
2020, sand on wood, quartz crystal ball, sunflower cast in gypsum, gold plated, slate, 60 x 30 cm
80th entry, Brienzwiler
The year 2019 has come to an end. I look back and see the number of works of art created, 171 of them, more than ever before and far more than I ever thought possible. It is good not to know what is possible in a day, in a week, in a month, in a year. I am not exhausted, I am simply happy with what my hands can create.
I like to be in my studio and I am inspired and use all possibilities. For example, at the moment I create various works in sand, which I use as a background and expand with different materials such as glass, gold and metals and implement the sun theme. I am now 53 years old and it is the first year in which the children only come home on weekends. My daily flow of work is no longer interrupted and I draw with a strength that now unfolds unrestrained.
May the good on planet earth also unfold and succeed in the coming year.
79th entry, Brienzwiler
The second ARTFUL, ART FULL ZUG exhibition in the Altstadthalle from the 22nd to 24th November was very lovely and included encounters and conversations that were inspiring. I was able to sell three works.
Thomas, our host and initiator of ARTFUL, ART FULL ZUG, will most likely, as it appears, help the city of Zug by continuing to organize this art event twice a year. I think that this will attract much more attention and be made known to a wider audience so that visitors from near and far will not want to miss these art days.
We four artists now contribute ideas and see what we can implement.
My artist’s heart is heavy, and I can only shake my head while I am preparing my artwork for transport, when I see other artists not packing and protecting their work, but carrying it stacked in front of their chest and clamped down and depositing it on the street next to their cars. These works, which were hanging on the wall for quite a bit of money, are now simply lying here ready for loading, without any protection. For me this is not possible. For me it seems disrespectful and devaluing. The difference is probably whether or not the artist lives off it or not. It is the small things that make the difference. Of course, everyone decides for himself how he treats his works, but it hurts me.
Out of the Depth
wood, partly gold plated, quartz crystals, glass particles, 90 x 50 x 20 cm
78th entry, Brienzwiler
As already mentioned last month, the days have become quieter. From time to time, the children come home on weekends and fill the house with life, lightness and great ideas and visions about nutrition, alternative places to live, clean energy, relationship possibilities, spirituality and art.
I love these moments of intense togetherness, even if they are often short.
I love the silence in the studio during the week.
I love my work and classical music.
I love nature and the finches at the birdfeeders.
I love my life.
Above all else, I love my wife Franziska.
77th entry, Brienzwiler
I have never worked so quietly in my studio as during the past few weeks. There is an unfamiliar silence in and around the house.
David, our youngest, has begun his apprenticeship at the horticultural school in Hünibach at Lake Thun. He is very happy and stays there during the week.
This is a new chapter in Franziska’s and my life. To experience daily life without the children. It is a process in which we always rediscover ourselves.
The weight of the huge responsibility a father has is lessening. It is impacting my work because I start my work day much more relaxed and patient. Sometimes it feels as if time has slowed down.
It is quite a new experience for me that life can also be this way.
76th entry, Biberist
I am exhibiting my work at the art exhibition “Inspiration through Transparency” at the former paper factory in Biberist. 65 artists from far and wide are participating. I am here for the ninth day and the exhibition will end tomorrow.
I am opening myself to it all and express my impressions in a poem.
Some people come and go.
Some people come and linger.
Some people came
And I never saw them.
But they were here. How wonderful.
Some people were so quiet
But I heard their music…
75th entry, Brienzwiler
A father-son-project has come into being. It is called, “A man and his faces.”
The hair was falling and with each new cut I expressed various emotions. Some props like hat, glasses, cigar among others completed my facial expressions.
Everything happened spontaneously and on the spur of the moment. An invisible string of joy and coherence oscillated between David and me. He always knew when the right moment had come to take a photo. We both felt that something extraordinary was about to be born.
The photo session came to an unexpected colorful end. Some of the photos David took will probably go down in history.
This is the link to the video that David produced afterwards on his own: A Man and his Faces.
Two days later the game continued. Experiment in White was born out of much fun, spontaneity, and the joy of playing. It seems that it overwhelmed some YouTube subscribers though.
I also would like to mention that I was so happy that two oil paintings – one sun and one universal painting – made their way safely to Sweden.
74th entry, Brienzwiler
The days are hot and in the morning I really don’t know what to do because of all the beautiful possibilities that lie ahead of me.
For weeks I have been watching and photographing the red kites and their three young in their aery. The first of the young birds is already fully-fledged. I was able to approach it through the scrub to a distance of three meters and take some extraordinary photos.
In the nest boxes in the apple tree in front of our house young wrynecks are being fed by their parents and make crackling noises. I love to watch them and the four pairs of house martins that breed underneath the roof and fly in and out.
And my studio is calling me of course. Especially the oil colors want to be put on canvas once again.
A heavy motor bike is standing in front of our house for a week now and is waiting for me to ride it. I have to practice because I have to pass the test in August. Therefore a tour around the lake is a pleasant way to end the day.
My beard and hair will be cut tomorrow. David and I are about to start an art project called “A Man and his Faces”. I am looking forward to the adventure of letting go of all hair and meeting a new face.
73rd entry, Brienzwiler
Business is going well with lots of sales and new orders.
But in daily life I am often moody and for my family difficult to deal with. I want more freedom and more time on the road. Franziska has encouraged me to realize my dream. It’s pretty typical for middle-aged men, I want to ride a motorbike to the North Cape.
I am torn between the desires of my heart and my responsibilities. I am still responsible for the financial welfare of my younger children. Noëmi finishes her apprenticeship as medical specialist for surgical technique in the fall. And David starts a new apprenticeship as ornamental plant gardener on August 1st at the horticultural school in Hünibach. This will be a good start into a new career.
The thought of being at the North Cape at summer’s solstice next year is very inspiring to me.
72nd entry, Brienzwiler
I am in a state of constant exhaustion. The slave driver in me is merciless and allows me no break. He is constantly pushing. I observe myself and think, let’s see how long he will be able to keep it up. For goodness sake during the past three months I have created 64 works of art and sold 17 of them already. Is this not enough?
Of course it is. But the monetary system forces me to keep on going like this. The unconditional basic income would be a blessing for me as well as for humanity as a whole. Creative potential, now lying dormant, would blossom. I would rent a large studio and finally start to create large-scale works. And I would treat myself and my wife to four to six weeks of vacation.
I have managed to support my family as an artist for the past 20 years. But at what cost!
Spirit & Art XI
old oak wood, slate, mixed media on wood, gold plated, malachite, 68 x 20 cm
71st entry, Meiringen
Today I crawled out of bed on all fours. I had incredible pain in my sacrum. I managed to stand up with a help of a cane and made it into the bathroom. It was 4.30 am and it took me half an hour to get dressed. It seems I somehow pinched a nerve while doing woodwork in the forest. Through moving and walking it improved somewhat.
I always work early in the morning. Right now crystal suns and natural works of art are emerging in my studio.
A little while ago Franziska mentioned that over the course of the past two months almost 30 works of art had come into being. She wondered if I could not approach my work in a more relaxed manner. I guess I could but part of me is always inspired and highly charged. I constantly think about art, from dawn to dusk. I see possibilities everywhere that want to be implemented.
If it goes on like this I might even become somewhat peculiar.
old oak wood, sunflower cast in gypsum, gold plated, bronze figures, wood, 46 x 38 cm
70th entry, Brienz
I really enjoy the days between Christmas and the beginning of the New Year. Time seems to slow down and appears to be very meditative.
When I enter my studio now I don’t work. I am just creative in a relaxed and quiet manner. I want to try to apply this attitude as long as possible in the new year also. But often I catch myself listening to my inner slave driver that demands more of me than is healthy.
I have plans and ideas that I would like to implement. For one I would like to write down the story of my life – inspired by Bert Hellinger’s book “Mein Leben. Mein Werk.” On the other hand I want to write down the stories of Giaberuso that I would like to tell in an illustrated children’s book. And of course there is my art that still thrills and transfixes me.
Oh well, each day has 24 hours, and untold days lie ahead of me. And I have two hands that are well skilled and eager to work…
69th entry, Brienzwiler
A little advent story
The other night my son David came into my studio. We discussed the emerging works of art as we often do. Suddenly and unexpectedly I saw someone sitting in the upper left corner of the studio. It was a tiny dwarf smiling contently: Giaberuso.
He was surprised and a little startled that he had been seen and called by his name. Puzzled we looked at each other for a few seconds. Then he told us that he came from Northern Italy and had passed our house on his way over the Grimsel Pass.
In regards to choosing a place to stay dwarfs are very picky. He informed me that he already lingered in the studio since late last summer and had watched me often while I was working. He had noticed our love for nature. He was especially fond of the breeding swallows underneath the roof. The nature garden was very much to his liking too.
Dwarfs are never idle. Just like humans they have a mission in life. Giaberuso told me that a dwarf has to serve humans for a certain period of time. He had decided to fulfill this service with us and to stay for twenty years. He was 285 years of age and in his prime.
Meanwhile he has changed his abode and sits on a natural work of art on the wall. Right at the end of a branch. I noticed that he was wearing a green pointed hat instead of the usual red one. When I mentioned this to him he communicated somewhat embarrassed that he did not want to talk about it. It had to do with something unpleasant in his past…
68th entry, Lucerne
David has terminated his apprenticeship after four months consensually. I am a little sad. My fine son, a gentle soul full of openness and sincerity, is trying to find his place in life.
During the past month I have worked very little in my studio. On one hand the roof of our house needed to be repaired causing a lot of turmoil. On the other hand various deliveries and smaller weekend exhibitions took up a lot of my time. Actually it was quite pleasant to be able to get away from the studio for a little while.
I was also able to contemplate upcoming works that I would like to implement soon, i.e. golden tablets and universal paintings. I collect ideas until I am all fired up and I cannot contain myself any longer. Then I retreat for a few days into my own world. I am extremely grateful that Franziska takes care of all the domestic stuff, especially now that we are trying to find a good solution for David.
wood, sun mixed media on wood, gold plated, eagle feather, wolf fur, deerskin, 73 x 28 cm
67th entry, Brienzwiler
Just a regular work week.
Monday, 22nd October:
I start to work at 5.30 am and work until 12 noon. I do various types of work and finish crystal suns and frames.
Afternoon from 1 pm to 6 pm: Work on sculptures and natural works of art.
Tuesday, 23rd October:
7 am: Departing with Franziska for Château-d’Oex. We have to pick up a painting that we had on exhibit to show it to a client in Graubünden. The round trip takes three hours.
In the afternoon I work at my studio: Gold-plating and spackling of crystal suns.
Wednesday, 24th October:
I start work at 5 am. At the moment I do not need more than six hours of sleep and I awake refreshed and feeling fit. I enjoy the quiet morning hours in my studio when I feel especially inspired. I do various types of work like cutting, fitting, and mounting.
Preparing for Thursday: Packing five works of art and preparing tools and a power drill.
Thursday, 25th October:
7 am: Departing with Franziska for Surselva via Susten, Andermatt, and Oberalp Pass. Beautiful weather, mild, and the sky electric blue.
11 am: Meeting the client. Showing the paintings, discussing, and mounting.
12 noon: Return trip. Lunch at the monastery in Disentis. Continuing via Andermatt, and the Furka Pass. A visit to the Rhone glacier. The ice is melting at a breathtaking speed.
5 pm: Arriving home. Unloading, tidying up. Franziska is doing office work.
6 pm: Work is done!
Friday, 26th October:
Start of work at 4.30 am. Since I am not allowed to make noise before 7 am I work on a new golden tablet. I contemplate make-up, structure, focal points, and consider various possibilities.
7 am: Shaping work for crystal suns and golden tablets in front of the house.
12 noon: Lunch with Franziska outside the house.
In the afternoon working in the garden with Franziska and tidying up the studio.
Saturday, 27th October:
7 am: Working in my studio, gold-plating.
10 am: Departing for a meeting with a client at the highest building in Luzern. Spectacular view. I feel disconnected from my worldly worries and challenges. Discussion and placing of order.
12.15 pm: Lunch at an Indian restaurant.
In the afternoon I stroll through the old city and enjoy the first Christmas decorations.
Sunday, 28th October:
8 am: Leaving the house for a visit with our daughter for brunch. Because the weather is cold and clammy we stay inside. We play, engage in discussions, and enjoy our get-together. I even have time for a noontime nap.
At 5 pm we have an appointment in Luzern to deliver and mount a work of art. We are invited to stay for dinner and enjoy an animated discussion from the heart.
At the Bank
Wooden globe, bronze figurines, on steel pedestal, rotatable, 36 x 33 x 33 cm
66th entry, Brienz
Sometimes things like this just happen.
Today I antedated the exhibition “Golden Times” originally planned for December and went with Franziska to our gallery in Brienz to set it up. We were making good progress when suddenly a lady entered to take a look at the not quite finished exhibit.
She was from Berlin and an avid art collector. Salvador Dalí and Picasso were her favorite artists of whom she owned some original works. She felt magically attracted by the golden works exhibited here.
She was extremely excited and you could tell that she knew a lot about art. She had an eye and a feel for art. After a lively and enthusiastic discussion she decided on the spur of the moment to buy the work called “Source” – the newest in the series of golden tablets.
A truly wonderful encounter that I had never expected to take place here.
2018, mixed media on wood, spiral gold plated, brass, 68,5 x 68,5 cm, 68,5 x 68,5 cm
2018, wooden globe, gold plated, brass, aluminum, silver, white gold, 3 ambers, 1 rock crystal globe, ∅ 37,5 cm, on steel pedestal, rotatable
Solar System II
mixed media on wood, spiral gold plated, brass, gold leaf, 123 x 103 cm
65th entry, Meiringen
I like writing my artist’s diary best in a café with coffee and cake. And this is exactly what I am doing right now.
I had planned to paint large-scale universal paintings this summer but it didn’t quite turn out that way – like it often does. There were orders of crystals suns to be taken care of and the work at sculptures and natural works of art for upcoming exhibitions took up all my time.
I took a break on a Sunday and on the spur of the moment decided to visit the Kunsthaus (museum of art) in Luzern. In front of one of the exhibits I had an inspiration which thrilled me. The work was large, colorful, and had an assembly of various materials like a mosaic but it was quite unprofessional in its craftsmanship and pretty dull in its expression. I imagined something similar. Also large, full of different materials, and in various shades of gold but filled with light and spirit. A series of golden tablets.
Yesterday I finished the first one: Solar System I
2018, mixed media on wood, center sunflower cast in gypsum, gold plated, bronze, brass, copper, acrylic, gold leaf, 123 x 103 cm
Solar System I
mixed media on wood, center sunflower cast in gypsum, gold plated, bronze, brass, copper, acrylic, gold leaf, 123 x 103 cm
64th entry, Brienzwiler
I live of inspiration, God, and love.
My art is dedicated to the sun and to life itself.
The tranquility in my studio is very uplifting and I am able to create from an inexhaustible source. That which has always been there now rushes into physical form to become visible to the human eye.
I rejoice in those unknown works of art that will be born through my hands.
acrylic on wood, sun gold plated, red kite feathers, rock crystals, ∅ 89,5 cm
63rd entry, Europe Park Rust
The Russian wood carvings are fantastic and in an incredible way inspiriting to me. And when I get inspired to write – as I do now in the midst of all the hustle and bustle and the countless possibilities of the Europa-Park – I look for a quiet place und put my thoughts to paper. I know too well how fleeting and ephemeral inspiration can be.
David came up with the idea to release various short movie clips about my work on the internet. Like “The Yellow Summer” or “Corpus Delicti”. He would really love to do this. The work he has begun to do looks very promising. Of course I think this is really great!
Furthermore work in my studio continues to be simply wonderful. Various works of art that bring me great joy are in the process of emerging. Among them are two sculptures with wooden spheres for which I have just found fitting pieces of amber. Then a mirror with a Greek frame. A round painting with feathers of a red kite. An old door…
These are times in which deep and serene joy is my constant companion.
62nd entry, Rothenburg
Yesterday I painted my largest universal picture so far (120 by 150 cm). By doing this I implemented my idea to paint large-scale universal paintings although the limited space in my studio hardly allows doing it. Since the universe seems to be so vast the canvass should be correspondingly large as well.
Now I am on the road riding my scooter to buy oil colors. I need a lot of different shades of blue because I want to start working this afternoon. I hardly have enough space for drying or storing and I have no clue whether I will ever be able to sell one. I don’t care.
I need to paint.
The Wolf and the Eagle
wood, rock crystal, spiral mixed media on wood, gold plated, wolf fur, eagle feather, 62 x 47 x 9 cm
61st entry, Gruyères
This is our second exhibition in Gruyères. All in all twenty works of art. Crystal suns, sculptures, oil paintings, and natural works of art.
It is quite cozy here. With classical music playing and desert being served – meringues with double cream, a specialty of Gruyères – we are ready to meet with and talk to people.
Nice words and also true but the last few months have been very tiring. I miss having enough time to paint universal paintings. But I also know that my time will come during the coming months of summer. The time of blue and mystical spaces that seem to be endless and filled with stars.
mixed media on wood, center gold plated with white gold, rock crystals, ∅ 68,3 cm
60th entry, Brienzwiler
Yesterday a wedding took place at my studio. The oil painting Voyager from the series of universal paintings has received its definite frame.
This is always a very special moment and a highlight for me and the painting. I had this large frame (100 x 140 cm) with a shadow gap especially fabricated in Germany because I couldn’t find one in Switzerland. Now the frame arrived by delivery service. Everything went well und it fits just great – which couldn’t be taken for granted. Even after work I went down into my studio several times to sit in front of this work of art to enjoy and to dream.
Flower of the Ocean
mixed media on wood, gold plated center, rock crystals, ∅ 68 cm
59th entry, Lucerne
Last Monday a television crew visited our gallery and produced a 20 minute clip about my artistic work. During the recording I was tense and clumsy – which did not amuse me at all. Although I had prepared myself I was not able to speak in front of the camera in a relaxed and detached manner. Oh well, there is always the opportunity to do better at another time.
Franziska on the other hand was her usual competent and calm self. Great! What a woman! Tomorrow, Sunday, the talk will be aired on television.
I will watch it much later – if at all…
58th entry, Vienna
Whenever I see works of art, like right now the works of Gustav Klimt, I become alive and inspired. I feel the urge to start working with color and joyfully create works of art that are a testimony to enthusiasm and spirit. Life is full of colors. It would be a shame not to use them.
Life is not about one and one make two. Rather there are three or four possibilities and resources that should not be allowed to lie dormant.
I wish everybody had the courage to dare to use them.
Café Central, 20th December 2017: Whenever I visit Vienna it seems to me the entire world is made up of music, literature, art, cafés, and cakes. This suits me well and I can never get enough of it.
Museum of art Albertina, 21st December 2017: There it is again. This special feeling that overwhelms me when I look at works of art. I want to paint. And I think I have only just begun. After more than 2000 works of art that I have created I feel my fingers itch and I gasp for air.
What an exquisite pleasure to have such feelings.
Return flight: At age 51 I am a contented man. I am so much more composed and patient than I used to be. I see the moment as a gift. I view life as a gift.
wood, bronze figures, sun rotatable, mixed media on wood, gold plated center, rock crystals, 56 x 190 x 24 cm
57th entry, Brienzwiler
An exciting and most memorable month is coming to an end.
The bottom line is that all of us are free and have the opportunity to decide and choose from moment to moment what we want to experience. Therefore we create our own fate and the one of the planet.
The power of thoughts and the choice of words are of utmost importance. All of us are of the same light and emanate from the same source. The source of the universe is hidden within us.
We are beings of infinity, incredibly creative, and limitless. We always define anew what we want to experience and play. The game of “being human” goes on for such a long time. Well, now it is within our reach to wake up.
Please remember this and rise to light and love.
mixed media on wood, rock crystal pyramid, gold plated center, rock crystals, ∅ 134 cm
56th entry, Schweibenalp
I have a lot of work to do and each day has just not enough hours to finish it all. I go to bed early tired and close to exhaustion and sleep like a log.
When I observe myself I think, “This guy must be crazy. Why is he working so much?”
Then I pause for a moment and allow myself to become still. And yet the work continues but with another attitude that I would describe as calmer and more relaxed. And the joy has returned too. Each day becomes a joyous event.
I simply have enough of worrying about a thousand little things. I tell myself, “Stop! Enough!” Then I look into the sun, close my eyes, and feel his warmth. And I know, all is well.
55th entry, Brienzwiler
There she sits. My dear wife Franziska is bend over the table in the living room and glues stone after stone. Crystals for the unique crystal suns that are in such great demand. Her work is accompanied by meditative music and a unique atmosphere is filling the room. This is a sight that is so dear to me and so familiar.
She has been doing this for twenty years without ever complaining or refusing to do it. I bow my head in gratitude to such humility and discipline. I know the art is our common project. If one of us would back out of this it would surely be the end of the art.
Often – like today – we have to work weekends and glue crystals. Oh, my goodness, I am so lucky to have such a wonderful wife. She is not only the mother of our three children, she is my loving companion. She is unique, so dear and familiar to me.
2017, mixed media on wood, rock crystal globe, gold plated center, rock crystals, on steel pedestal, rotatable
2017. mixed media on wood, gold plated center, rock crystals, on steel pedestal, rotatable
mixed media on wood, rock crystal pyramid, gold plated center, rock crystals, ∅ 75 cm
54th entry, Brienz
A wonderful month is coming to an end.
A month that for an artist could not have been better. Great sales, terrific encounters, and honest and deep conversations with people who find delight in my art. And then an inquiry by a gallery in Rome about an exhibition that we are still negotiating about. A short day trip by airplane to Munich to find a fitting quartz crystal for an art object that was sold only two days later. All of this made this month something very special.
Only luck? Yes, of course but I think that you are being helped if you know of your resources and abilities and use them creatively and properly.
It always takes courage to move on such thin ice (financial insecurity). But it is alive, exciting, and authentic.
Such is my life and the life of my wife Franziska.
wood, quartz crystal, illuminated from the inside, 164 x 20 x 10 cm
53rd entry, Schweibenalp
In early May I started to exhibit my paintings for the second time at the center of unity high above Lake Brienz. On four floors I put 37 works of art on display. Some of them have been sold already.
Once a week I drive up there to check if everything is in order. Up there I feel very much at ease. The mix of the palpable love of the people for nature and the spiritual orientation as well as a great loyalty towards and acceptance of other people and cultures makes this place very special. Going there makes me feel like I am on a brief holiday.
And like so often the good is just around the corner, and I don’t have to transport my paintings neither to Paris and Palermo nor New York.
52nd entry, Brienzwiler
Just an average exhibition
I am exhibiting my works for three days in Vully at a vintner’s of premium wine for the second time. In a room of twenty square meters I managed to put on quite a decent exhibit.
But considering the beautiful weather it is hard for me just to sit and wait for customers who might be able to afford a work of art. I treat myself to a fine lunch and a dip into Lake Murten to lift my spirits. Franziska is positive as usual and unlike myself in good spirits.
It have a hard time to be here and wait for art enthusiasts. But of course I will not show my changing moods while engaged in conversation with visitors because it would not be professional and based on previous experience it is bad for business.
On the third day I start to pack early. And suddenly – while I am packing – there is a group of ten people in the exhibition room. They are totally excited and one gentleman spontaneously buys a work of art for himself and his wife. And with that all my worries that have haunted me are gone. We drive home happy and content. We will come again next year.
And for me the bottom line is: Live in the now and trust in the good spirit which is there for anybody who can surrender to him.
The rose Flame
rose quartz crystal, spruce root, partly gold plated, 35 x 17 x 10 cm
51st entry, Brienzwiler
Franziska is away from home for two days. I use this time in my studio to paint four small-sized oil paintings. The theme? The universe.
I cannot explain it rationally but I feel that there is so much life in the universe, so many realities which cannot be seen by the human eye or grasped, pigeonholed, and accepted by the human mind. I use my artistic license to put this beautiful subject matter into form.
Life allows itself the opportunity to always adapt to circumstances, to experience and express itself.
I believe it takes a pathetic mind to imagine the Earth to be the only habitable planet and everything else to be mere décor.
Well, one day we will know.
50th entry, Brienzwiler
My cooperation with Jacob, the gallery owner, is coming to an end. The new contract does not appeal to me economically and bears great risks. For some artists it might be feasible, especially if they also have a regular job. Out of 5000 artists only one is truly a free-lancer.
Tomorrow I will pick up all my works of art.
During the course of the past year I have had many impressions and insights. Generally speaking is the art business first and foremost a business and a game in which you have to distinguish delusion from the truth.
But I will carry on with my wife by my side. What is really important to me is the sacred in art which means that each work of art has to have a clearly perceptible higher spiritual orientation.
I am quite happy to continue working in this direction.
2017, mixed media on wood, gold pated spiral, rock crystals, on steel pedestal, rotatable
2017, mixed media on wood, sodalith globe, gold pated center, rock crystals
49th entry, Brienzwiler
Did I really make it?
During a conversation with my hairdresser about art she mentioned that it seems I made it. This statement was going around my head for quite a while.
Well, when did you make it? And what?
It seems you made it when you had exhibitions in New York and Paris, sold more than 1650 works of art, and were able to support a family of five as a free-lance artist for twenty years.
This sounds quite wonderful and impressive. And in this sense I can truly say I made it.
But success and all outwards appearances are as fleeting as the smell of the forget-me-nots of my childhood. They are no guarantee for contentment, happiness, and serenity.
2017, mixed media on wood, sunflower cast in gypsum, gold plated, rock crystals, on steel pedestal, rotatable
2017, mixed media on wood, gold plated center, rock crystals, on steel pedestal, rotatable
48th entry, Brienzwiler
Exhibition in Paris
We packed 14 works of art and at 4 am headed for Paris to make sure we would arrive at 1 pm at the gallery Thuillier. It worked out beautifully!
The city made me nervous. All this hustle and bustle from morning to night. Cars, noise, people, the many faces of the human condition. Children begging in the metro made me sad. Palaces, museums, history – varied and unique. And then the art! Just delicious and simply the best.
I liked the Musèe d’Orsay. I saw so many works of art that I started to question myself as an artist. Back home I viewed my own art very critically and came to the conclusion that I did pretty well. And I realized that each age and era have their own demands, ideas, and challenges that need to be addressed and made the best of it.
The vernissage was terrific and successful. But I am happy to live in a village with a population of only 490 surrounded by greenery and white mountains.