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Today’s Studio Photo – Entire painting without color

Today’s Studio Photo – Entire painting without color

A minimal palette today. I painted with a mixture of blue and brown. It makes my favorite black. I used it, and that tiny brush, for the whole 3×4 foot painting! But I was just making the beginning drawing on my new painting. ūüôā There will be four figures, not including the people in the backgraound. No photo of the painting yet.

My palette with blue and brown paint with brush

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New flowers

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My assistant, Foxy, is compiling a list of flowers for me to paint. On it are a yellow daisy, a small delicate yellow poppy, and an orange mystery flower. Camas is also on the list; blue lily-like flowers with a nutritious, bulb-like root (a staple food of Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest). Camas was requested by a visitor to my booth at the Scappoose Farmers Market.

Below is an image of the daisy painting in progress.

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Foxy was a lot of help so I gave her some chocolate for desert. Then I discovered that she found, and ate, almost the entire bar of chocolate. I scooped her up and put her to bed.

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Behind the scenes – Preview

Here is a sneak preview of a big watercolor I started today. This piece is kind of an “experiment.” I’ve never painted a watercolor this¬†big (30x22in; 76x56cm). I’m also applying the paint in a way that combines watercolor and oil painting. Unlike watercolor,

  • I am not painting big areas of solid color.

  • I am mixing some colors on the paper (not before I use them).

  • My painting is standing upright instead of lying down.

The last point is interesting and has caused me to make some adjustments; mainly not using as much water as I normally would over a large area. All of this combines to give it a different “look.” We shall see what happens.

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Michael Liebhaber, untitled as of now.
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Happy New Year!!!!!

Almost 2016 in Oregon – towards the end of the new year cycle. Happy 2016 to all of my friends around the world who have already celebrated. This image is one of travel. Who know what the new year will bring?

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Have you entered your email address yet (in the right side-bar)?

I will soon send my email subscribers the hi-resolution digital version of my slightly eccentric 2016 calendar.

It’s 5×7 inches and can be printed.

I am going to tack mine up as a reminder that the year never goes as planned.

A small preview is below.

To get a hi-res calendar, enter your email at right or send me an email directly. It’s free.






Eccentric 2016 Calendar

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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)