Archive for the Watercolors Category

New Painting – April 26, 2013

Posted in Art, Paintings, Watercolors on April 27, 2013 by Nancy Yackel


Gates, Doors and Windows of New Mexico

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What’s behind the adobe walls of New Mexico? That’s the perpetual question as we stroll the streets of Santa Fe and Taos photographing unique gateways, doors and windows. Bob shares a number of his favorites in his latest “Quilt” painting. Don’t you want to peek in the windows or open the door and enter?

The watercolor and ink work is double matted for a 16″ x 20″ frame.


New Paintings – April 10, 2013

Posted in Art, Paintings, Watercolors on April 13, 2013 by Nancy Yackel

Latest Works

Although the website has not been updated recently, Bob has completed a number of paintings over the past months. Inspiration comes from church bells, Arizona desert, villages of New Mexico and wine bottles. All paintings are available for sale and will be included in the Park HIll Art Club Spring Show and Sale the first weekend of May.

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New Mexico Village 2013


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Behind Taos Adobe Walls


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Chimayo Padre


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Walkway to Desert Paradise


Aspen of Many Colors


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New Mexico Church Bell


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Drink Anyone?


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Nectar of the Gods


New Painting – October 20, 2012

Posted in Art, Paintings, Watercolors on October 20, 2012 by Nancy Yackel

Historic Fruita Schoolhouse

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah


Bob ventured to Utah for his latest painting.  Colorful cliffs tower over the log schoolhouse in the Fruita Historic District within Capitol Reef National Park. Mormons settled in the area around 1880, planting orchards along the Fremont River. Families built the rough-hewn, one room school in 1896. Eighteen–year-old Nettie Behunin taught the first 22 students. Classes continued until 1941.  The National Park Service received certification on the National Register of Historic Places for the  structure and restored it to the 1930s period.

New Paintings – September 2012

Posted in Art, Paintings, Watercolors on October 2, 2012 by Nancy Yackel

New Mexico Casa, Canyon & Chapel

Bob has recently completed three paintings after his New Mexico summer visit. Visitors to the famous San Fransico de Asis church in Ranchos de Taos frequently note the entry to one of the homes on the plaza. The blue doors and shutters, adobe walls and chile ristas exemplify the region’s architecture. Travelers approaching Taos on NM68 may recognize that moment when you crest the hill and first see the Rio Grande Gorge, the lone tree and mailboxes. This is a scene Nancy’s been requesting a painting of for a long time. The tiny chapel in Talpa is a favorite for artists. Bob is no exception with his most recent version

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Rio Grande Lone Sentinel


Talpa Chapel 2012



New Painting – August 16, 2012

Posted in Art, Paintings, Watercolors on August 16, 2012 by Nancy Yackel

Casa in La Loma Plaza

Taos, New Mexico


Bob added finishing touches to the last of the paintings he started during the Kilborn workshop in July. The second day of the workshop the class visited La Loma Plaza located west of Taos Plaza. Class participants sketched many of the structures around the historic plaza which was established as a fortress against Indian attack in 1796. Bob chose a more recent adobe home – two stores with tall buttresses.

Finished Painting – August 9, 2012

Posted in Art, Paintings, Watercolors on August 9, 2012 by Nancy Yackel

Pilar Resting Place


Away from the tourist track, high above the New Mexico village of Pilar lies a distinctive cemetery. A strong Hispanic heritage is evident in the grave markers and plastic floral decorations. Views from the cemetery include the Rio Grande flowing southward through the Rio Grande Gorge.

Bob started this paining the first day of the Kilborn workshop in July, after visiting the cemetery for a morning sketching session. Recently he added shading with his  small squares and finished the work with India ink details.

Arroyo Seco Version II – August 2, 2012

Posted in Art, Paintings, Watercolors on August 2, 2012 by Nancy Yackel

New Sky on Seco


After returning from Taos Bob decided to alter the sky on the Arroyo Seco painting he did during the Kilborn workshop. I think this will be his final version of Arroyo Seco 2012.

New Painting – July 22, 2012

Posted in Art, Paintings, Watercolors on July 22, 2012 by Nancy Yackel

Talpa Courtyard


Bob spent most of the day putting details in the painting he started on day 4 of the Kilborn Workshop. Talpa Courtyard now has the definite look of a Bob Yackel watercolor, more of his little squares, ink detail and even tiny symbols within some of the squares. (Click on the image to see more detail.) Don’t you want to see what’s behind the adobe walls?

Workshop Group Show – July 20, 2012

Posted in Art, Art Show, Paintings, Watercolors on July 21, 2012 by Nancy Yackel

 Kilborn Gallery Show

One of the features of a Stephen Kilborn workshop is a Friday evening show at the Kilborn Gallery in Taos. Each of the participants selects one work created during the week. Kilborn mats and frames the pictures and hangs them  in the gallery. Newspaper announcements and ads advise art patrons of the show and reception. 

Artists exchange paint-stained shirts for dressier duds. For some this is the first time they’ve had their work on public displayed. They enjoy discussing their work with locals and tourists who drop by during the evening. A delightful conclusion to a worthwhile and fun week of learning, painting and artistic camaraderie.





Kilborn Workshop – July 20, 2012

Posted in Art, Paintings, Watercolors on July 20, 2012 by Nancy Yackel

Workshop Day 5

Stephen Kilborn Studio

Sooner than it seems possible the last day of the Kilborn workshop arrives. The focus is on painting today. Everyone arrives at the studio to either create new paintings or finish up ones started earlier in the week.

Bob works on the painting from yesterday’s trip to Talpa. He proclaims there’s still work to be done but we get a good idea of what it will look like. After a short critique session the workshop breaks up a little early so everyone can spruce up for the show at the Kilborn Gallery in Taos this evening.