Welcome Autumn, Germany

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Golden colors and crisp temperatures make for perfect walking weather, so I took myself outside this morning for a walk. Not a soul on the trail up to the castle, at least not any living ones, unless one counts the goats that had broken through their fence!

 

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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Falkenstein Castle, Germany

Michael Liebhaber; Late Afternoon at Falkenstein Castle, Germany; 2014; Pencil on paper, 25.5 cm x 18 cm

Too many castles, so little time. Falkenstein was a fair-sized castle in it’s day. I caught it as the late afternoon sun was coming through the big windows.

This castle is in the German State of Rhineland-Palatinate and should not be confused with the other seven Falkenstein Castles in Germany, nor the other six Falkenstein Castles in surrounding countries! It doesn’t even make the Wikipedia list of Falkenstein Castles. Either those old-time Falkensteins got around, or they weren’t very adept at thinking up new names.

Regardless, it’s a cool place to visit because it’s free, has great views of the surrounding valley, you can drive to it, and there is a restaurant right next door (weekends only).

Michael Liebhaber; Late Afternoon at Falkenstein Castle, Germany; 2014; Pencil on paper, 25.5 cm x 18 cm

Michael Liebhaber; Late Afternoon at Falkenstein Castle, Germany; 2014; Pencil on paper, 25.5 cm x 18 cm.

Rapeseed Plant (Brassica napus)

Rapeseed Plant (Michael Liebhaber, 2014, watercolor, 4x6")

Rapeseed Plant (Michael Liebhaber, 2014, watercolor, 4x6")

Rapeseed Plant (Michael Liebhaber, 2014, watercolor, 4×6″)


A beautiful, bright yellow plant with lots of pollen. Seeds from the Rapeseed Plant are crushed to make vegetable oil (e.g., Canola Oil).

Cool. I got a selfie with Buddha.

Me and Buddha at the Japanese Gardens in Kaiserslautern, DE.

Me and Buddha at the Japanese Gardens in Kaiserslautern, DE.

Me and Buddha at the Japanese Gardens in Kaiserslautern, DE.


Look for some paintings from my trip to the garden.

Bad Durkheim – Winter Garb

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No drawing today.
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Multilingual watercolor Christmas Cards with scenes from Germany

Winter scene near Trippstadt (Michael Liebhaber, watercolor, 2013)

Cards for Christmas 2013 in English, German, and Spanish

Please click to see all of the options

Winter scene near Trippstadt (Michael Liebhaber, watercolor, 2013)

Winter scene near Trippstadt (Michael Liebhaber, watercolor, 2013)

 

Breaking news: Cat falls asleep

Late afternoon at the Mill (Michael Liebhaber, watercolor, 10x7in. 2013)

Went to Tom and Jana’s house to draw Elvis 2, the cat. He fell asleep on my lap so all I got was this garden scene.

Late afternoon at the Mill (Michael Liebhaber, watercolor, 10x7in. 2013)