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An impressive church hidden in a small community

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)



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Spinnrädl Restaurant – A Favorite

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;



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Show at Visione

My opening at Visione was fantastic. Friends, co-workers, and friends of friends enjoyed art, champagne, great food, and wonderful company. We finally wrapped up about 11pm. I think everyone made it home without incident, except for one person, who shall remain anonymous, who received a parking ticket!  🙂

To see the virtual show, click the Exhibition link on the right.

The owner wants me to put up more work – it’s being printed as I write this and I’ll put it up as soon as I get it (probably about 10 days or so depending on mail speed). I am also printing a limited set of postcards with the Ramstein Village image on them. Send me an email if you you want one and are out of the area.



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Exhibition for a cause

I am really pleased to have an exhibition at Visione restaurant because I support their mission (I also like their food and that they support local artists and musicians). Read more about them below, and please visit them if you are in the area.

Café – Bistro – Restaurant Visione has two locations – The one in Kaiserslautern is located in the heart of the old town. Aside from a stylish ambience, friendly atmosphere, and delicious food, Visione is an important contribution to the social model of the city of Kaiserslautern with their “to live together – learn together” project. It was the first barrier-free (handicap accessible) restaurant in Kaiserslautern and its on-going mission is to hire mentally and physically challenged individuals and to prepare them for permanent employment on the open labor market. Their motto: “alles ausser gewöhnlich”, “everything except ordinary.”

At Visione you will find a varied lunch menu, homemade cakes and tea and coffee specialties. In the evening a selection of Mediterranean and regional dishes are freshly prepared and continuously a comfortable meeting place in our bistro and lounge area.

Opening times:
Monday to Saturday, 11:30 – 24:00
Closed on Sundays.

Café-Bistro-Restaurant Visione
Kaiserslautern: Gaustraße 1, Phone: 0631 89 23 789
Ramstein: in Haus des Bürgers (Public House), Phone: 06371 4078765

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How to look cool in public in 3 easy steps

1.   Download this image to your ipad and open it like you open a photo.
2.   Sit in a public place that has people walking by.
3.   Pretend like you are drawing the picture.

It works for me. At least a lot of people look at me when I draw in public.

Lots of people walked by as I was drawing this view of St. Martin’s Square this afternoon. I looked cool didn’t I? Darn, I knew I should have put on the shoes that matched my outfit. I don’t know about looking cool, but I have sure met many people this way. I like it when a brave soul walks up and says hello.

Today was chilly and sunny, a nice Fall day. The place in the drawing is St. Martin’s Square (Platz in German). Here is what the city says about it on their website: “The pretty “Martinsplatz” is the gateway to the old city. It is one of the loveliest open spaces in the City of Kaiserslautern.”  I won’t disagree. A few cafes ring the square, and one of the buildings is the former Hotel Zum Donnersberg, where Napoleon once ate breakfast. Hey, the United States has George Washington, Western Europe has Napolean. The reddish block building in the center is St. Martin’s Catholic Church. St. Martin Cafe is the blue blue building on the left. Trees are chestnuts.