An impressive church hidden in a small community

Michael Liebhaber, St. Sebastian Church, Rockenhausen, Germany, Watercolor and Ink, 7x5in (18x13cm)

St. Sebastian Church in Rockenhausen, Germany. It’s about 30km north of Kaiserslautern. The church is imposing on the outside and impressive on the inside, very well kept, and the pastel hues of the sun coming through the square glass window panes is amazing.

 

Michael Liebhaber; St. Sebastian Church, Rockenhausen, Germany; Watercolor and Ink; 7x5in (18x13cm)

Michael Liebhaber, St. Sebastian Church, Rockenhausen, Germany, 2014,
Watercolor and Ink, 7x5in (18x13cm)



 

 

Reframing a day job

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I was about to complain that my day job is interfering with my painting schedule. It’s pretty hectic this week. But then I thought … Hey, wait a minute, my day job enables me to live in Germany, travel around Europe, and paint in great locations. It’s better than many alternatives, so I am happy. ((insert smiley face here))

So I sketched St Sebastian church yesterday. I was going to watercolor it on the spot, but had an ice cream emergency. I was going to paint it today, but just couldn’t get to it. My sketch is below, still in my watercolor sketchbook. I’ll finish it tomorrow. ((insert rolling eyes face here))

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How artist’s decide what to paint

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A day in the life…
Watercolors today. A painting friend and I set out today to “paint outside”, flowers. The day was a mix of sun, heavy clouds, and wind. Not conducive to painting outdoors. I’m not a fan of painting in the wind. First stop however, was to photograph a view of the city of Leithof. I am thinking about doing a “building” series. I might have been persuaded to paint, but the wind …

On to flowers. We stopped and photographed some roadside wildflowers, but my friend knew of a farmer who has a small plot of ground planted with sunflowers and gladiolas. The sunflowers were wonderful. You can pick what you want and put money in a little lock box. We just wanted to paint, but the sunflowers were pointing the wrong way; no where to comfortably paint, and I wasn’t insipred to paint gladiolas, in the wind. Then we went to a cemetery in the country, hoping to find wildflowers along the stone fence. Nothing. Then we went to the town of Rockenhausen. We didn’t find flowers, but we found this wonderful church (see pic below). My friend sighed. It was impressive, but it wasn’t a flower. We drew the church, and then finally, in a moment of artistic satisfaction, we had ice cream.

St Sebastian Church, Rockenhausen (built 1915)
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Me holding a white piece of paper and a pencil
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Travel Watercolor: Old Town, Chania, Crete

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

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

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

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)

Winter Holiday – Daily Drawing #3

Vacation Drawing 03 (Michael Liebhaber, Digital-iPad, 2013)
Vacation Drawing 03 (Michael Liebhaber, Digital-iPad, 2013)

Vacation Drawing 03 (Michael Liebhaber, Digital-iPad, 2013)

Winter Holiday – Daily Drawing #2

Vacation Drawing 02 (Michael Liebhaber, Digital-iPad, 2013)
Vacation Drawing 02 (Michael Liebhaber, Digital-iPad, 2013)

Vacation Drawing 02 (Michael Liebhaber, Digital-iPad, 2013)

Rule #1

Vacation Drawing 01 (Michael Liebhaber, Digital-iPad, 2013)

Never promise to draw while on vacation.

I promised that I would do a drawing a day, on my iPad, while I am on vacation. Now I am being asked to actually draw someting. Whine.

Today was my first full day, so here is Vacation Drawing #1.

Vacation Drawing 01 (Michael Liebhaber, Digital-iPad, 2013)

Vacation Drawing 01 (Michael Liebhaber, Digital-iPad, 2013)

Simple checklisk for buying artwork as a gift

My suggestion:  Only purchase a painting,  drawing, or print for another person when the other person …

  • is with you or
  • has written the name of the artwork and the artist and given it to you.

An exception is when you have seen the artwork together, the other person gushed over how much he/she would love to have it, and you go back later to buy it.

But:  If you are still determined to buy something, then use this checklist …

Check all that apply:

___  The other person is not with you and has not told you what to buy (it will really be a surprise).
___  The other person has not seen the artwork yet.
___  You love it and know that the other person will love it, too.
___  You may or may not like it, but are pretty sure that the other person will like it.
___  The artwork is a scene of somewhere you both have been.
___  The artwork is by a (relatively) well-known or popular artist.
___  Similar artwork has been going up in value.
___ The artwork costs money.
___ The artwork is free.

If you checked one or more of the above items → DO NOT BUY IT.

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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