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Market Fun, Flowers, and Oktoberfest!

I had a great time at the markets, once again. I took Foxy to the Sunday market in Hillsboro. She was a hit and met children who also had little foxes. I sold one of my favorite watercolors – it’s a scene of Decision Point Lighthouse in Alaska. My flower paintings also continue to go to nice homes. I must paint more of them!

Oktoberfest – It’s that time of year again. I’m not in Germany this year so I’m going to the one in Mt. Angel Oregon (www.oktoberfest.org). I’ll send a photo!

foxy at orenco

Travel Watercolor: Old Town, Chania, Crete

Travel Watercolor: Old Town, Chania, Crete
A cool walkway among the touristy shops near the port in Old Town Chania, Crete, Greece

Old Town, Chania, Crete (Watercolor & Ink, © Michael Liebhaber, 2014)

Old Town, Chania, Crete (Watercolor & Ink, © Michael Liebhaber, 2014)

Travel Watercolor: Venetian Port, Chania, Crete

Travel Watercolor: Scene at the Venetian Port in Chania, Crete, Greece.
The day was sunny and hot, the water, clear and cool.

Venetian Port, Chania, Crete (Watercolor & Ink, © M. Liebhaber, 2014)

Venetian Port, Chania, Crete (Watercolor & Ink, © M. Liebhaber, 2014)

Transcend the obvious. Three things to consider when buying art.

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The holiday season is almost upon us

Original art and prints are a wonderful thing to purchase for yourself, a loved one, or a friend. There is much good art available online at reasonable prices. If you don’t believe me, check out FineArtAmerica.com, Etsy.com, Deviantart.com, Art.com, and many others.

But are you conscious about your purchase?

Are you going beyond the obvious reasons to buy a piece of art: Collecting, investing, decorating?

Those are good and worthwhile endeavors. I do all three. But when we are about to buy a piece of art, it might be a good idea to step back and transcend the obvious.

Three things to consider when buying art

1 → What will your purchase do for you? A good piece of art will make you feel good almost every time you look at it. You shouldn’t take too much blow-back from your friends over it, but in the end, it doesn’t matter because of rule number one:  You like it. A good piece of art might even make you feel better about yourself, just because you feel good about having it. It’s a psychology thing and it works.

2 → Will you feel good about sharing it? Like it or not, the artwork will connect you to a community of people who own or like similar art. It’s like a car, once you buy one, you see lots of them on the road. Car people go to car shows. Art people go to museums (and flea markets). Part of “pride of ownership” is telling your friends and others about it.

3 → Are you prepared for what the artwork says about you? It tells everyone what you like, what you value, and how you lead your life. Heavy stuff. I recommend invoking rule number one.

 

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Ever have one of those jobs?

Working on the Celebrity Mercury back in 2008. Some time off, but not enough. Drew the view from the front deck of the ship, just outside my cabin. Nice thing about the job – always a nice view.

 

Downtown San Francisco from Celebrity Mercury, M. Liebhaber, Ink & Watercolor, 4×6″, 2008.