Ski Austria

Zeller See (Lake Zell) Austria (Michael Liebhaber, digital-iPad, 2014)

On a ski trip in Kaprun, Austria. I’m not skiing, just drawing. This is a view of Zeller See (Lake Zell) in Zell am See, the “big” town nearby Kaprun. Mountain drawing tomorrow? We’ll see! Will I ski tomorrow!!!

Zeller See (Lake Zell) Austria (Michael Liebhaber, digital-iPad, 2014)

Zeller See (Lake Zell) Austria (Michael Liebhaber, digital-iPad, 2014)

 

 

On the road – Pendleton, Oregon

Pendleton, Oregon view (Michael Liebhaber, Digital-iPad, 2014)

A view looking south from the hotel.

Pendleton, Oregon view (Michael Liebhaber, Digital-iPad, 2014)

Pendleton, Oregon view (Michael Liebhaber, Digital-iPad, 2014)

On the road – Pendleton, Oregon

Driving to Pendleton, Oregon (Michael Liebhaber, Digital-iPad, 2014)

On the road; Portland to Pendleton.

Driving to Pendleton, Oregon (Michael Liebhaber, Digital-iPad, 2014)

Driving to Pendleton, Oregon (Michael Liebhaber, Digital-iPad, 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)

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)

 

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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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)

Spinnrädl Restaurant – A Favorite

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I am putting together a show of my iPad digital sketches of old Kaiserslaltern, Germany. The Spinnrädl Restaurant is one my favorite iPad paintings, and places to eat. That’s me in front of it a couple of days ago, and my painting to the right.

The original photo that I worked from is below. It was taken by Peter Turgetto of the Kaiserslautern Media Center (which he founded) sometime in the late 1930s (best guess). Spinnrädl is one of the older buildings in Kaiserslautern, however, the building with the archway in the original photo was even older. Unfortunately, it was demoloshed to make room for a (tacky) new building.

Spinnrädl Wine Bar, Pub, and Restaurant: Schillerstraße 1;   http://www.spinnraedl.de