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*New* – October 23, 2010

Posted in Art, Paintings, Watercolors with tags , , on October 23, 2010 by Nancy Yackel

New Mexico Quilt Grande

New Mexico Quilt Grande - B Available

Bob just completed the largest in his New Mexico Quilt Series. The watercolor and ink painting measures 11”x15”, matted for a 16”x20” frame. Eighteen individual frames celebrate the essence of Northern New Mexico. The San Jose de Gracia de Las Trampas church takes center stage with a supporting cast of adobe walls, hollyhocks, mountain peaks, sheep and chamisa.

Bob reports this may be his favorite work to date.

Enchanted Valley II

Enchanted Valley II - B Available 

Also recently completed is a view reminiscent of the Valverde Valley along the Rio Grande River between Espanola and Taos. Framed by mountain peaks and mesas, fertile fields, orchards and vineyards produce a bounty of crops. The matted 11”x15” watercolor will fit in a 16”x20” frame.

These two paintings will join more than a half-dozen other new works by Bob to be included in the Park Hill Art Club Show and Sale scheduled for November 5-7, 2010. See below for more show details.


*New* – October 1, 2010

Posted in Art, Paintings, Watercolors with tags , , on October 3, 2010 by Nancy Yackel

Bob’s Paintings from Kilborn Workshop

Below are two of the watercolors Bob complete this week in the Stephen Kilborn Aspens and Cottonwoods workshop. Pilar is the New Mexico village where Kilborn has his studio. It is located south of Taos along the banks of the Rio Grande River. The aspen near the Taos Ski Valley were in full autumn splendor inspiring Bob’s “Lollipops” and “Autumn in Taos Ski Valley”.


Aspen Lollipops - BAspen Lollipops 


Autumn at Taos Ski Valley - B

Autumn at Taos Ski Valley


Kilborn Workshop Show – Taos, New Mexico

Posted in Art, Paintings, Watercolors with tags , , , on October 2, 2010 by Nancy Yackel


Aspens and Cottonwoods Workshop Opening

Friday – Oct. 1, 2010

The culmination of each Stephen Kilborn workshop is a showing of the students’ paintings on Friday evening. Each participant selects one work from the week’s painting effort. The Kilborn studio mats and frames the selections. The art work is hung in the Kilborn Gallery in Taos with an evening opening reception.

Holly and Nancy - B The Aspens and Cottonwoods Opening drew a large crowd this evening, a combination of local artists and residents, friends and Taos tourists. Shedding their painting attire for dressier duds the participants end the week in near giddy gaiety. Paintings were sold and many of us stocked up on Kilborn pottery.

Early in the week the four ladies who had never painted before were dubbed “The Taos Four.” Their spirit and willingness to explore new experiences brought joy for all those involved. Plus, they each proved they could pick up a paint brush with winning results. I guess that makes Stephen the Founding Father. Fun was had by all!

Taos Four and the Founding Father - B

Bob’s entry in the show was “Aspen Lollipops”, an almost whimsical depiction of autumn’s changing colors combined with “Bobism” – a multitude of small squares which add shading and depth.

Bob with Painting - B

New friendships were made, creative inspiration and techniques shared, and great food and comradery enjoyed. Before the evening is over several of the students discuss a return for one of the 2011 workshops.Bob and LaVern - B

While workshop days can be long and intense Bob and LaVerne Kilborn found time for fun and frivolity.

Stephen Kilborn painting workshops scheduled for 2011.

Hidden Taos – July 17-22  – Little known locations in the Taos Area

Aspens and Cottonwoods – September 25-30 – Maybe the most beautiful time to be in Taos.

View all the participants and their painting.

Kilborn Workshop – October 1, 2010

Posted in Art, Paintings, Watercolors with tags , , , on October 1, 2010 by Nancy Yackel


Workshop Day Five – Friday

Friday is a shortened day. Some, like Bob work hard to finished projects stated during the class. Others use the day to experiment with new ideas and techniques.Chef LaVerne - B

A delicious final lunch by LaVerne is applauded and appreciated. Note – several of LaVerne’s popular recipes are available on the Kilborn website.

Painting winds up around 2pm. Holly heads to the Gallery to hang the evening show. During the final critique it’s always interesting to see the evolution of each participant’s style over the five days. Especially so for those who had never painted before such as this session’s  “Taos Four”.

Everyone heads to their lodging with a couple of hours to spruce up for the workshop finale, the evening show.

Painters at Work - B

Kilborn Workshop – September 30, 2010

Posted in Art, Paintings, Watercolors with tags , , , on September 30, 2010 by Nancy Yackel


Workshop Day Four – Thursday

Thursday is always decision day. Each participant must select the painting they want to present at the Friday night Art Show opening at the Kilborn Gallery in Taos. For some this is not an easy decision. During the critique session there are a number of group votes. It’s not surprising that rarely is the choice unanimous.

After class hours Stephen and Holly mat and frame the paintings. For the first time they are using colored frames for this workshop. Always before it’s been a standard silver metal frame. Earlier in the week there was a drawing for colors – brick, blue, hot pink, lime green, orange. Some of the artists painted with frame color in mind while others negotiated trades.

Aspen Lollipops

Bob selected the bright and cheerful “Aspen Lollipops” for his show entry. 


Kilborn Workshop – September 29, 2010

Posted in Art, Paintings, Watercolors with tags , , , on September 29, 2010 by Nancy Yackel


Workshop Day Three – Wednesday

Because yesterday was short on painting time Wednesday was designated as a paint day. For Stephen Paintinganyone needing additional ideas the surrounding scenery offers plenty of inspiration. All one has to do is step out the door and start sketching.

With the additional paint time several of the artists completed more than one painting. Between offering assistance and suggestions Stephen worked on an aspen abstraction.

The lunch break was a pleasant respite from the studio and fueled new energy for the afternoon.


Lunch Table - B 

Bob finished the picture he started yesterday “Aspen at Taos Ski Valley”. Nancy thought it got too busy and was not up to his norm which earned her the title of his “worse critique”. She responds that she’s also his best critique and supporter.


Autumn at Taos Ski Valley - B

Aspen at Taos Ski Valley 

Kilborn Workshop – September 28, 2010

Posted in Art, Paintings, Watercolors with tags , , , on September 28, 2010 by Nancy Yackel


Tuesday – Workshop Day Two

Taos Ski Valley - B 

Workshop participants gather at the Kilborn Gallery to carpool up to Taos Ski Valley for the morning sketching session. Conditions were Aspen Leaves - B perfect  with blue skies and slopes streaked in hues of changing aspen. The alpine scenery is quite a contrast to the high desert landscape of Taos and Pilar.

Instead of sketching Bob spent his time taking hundreds of photos, lots of material for future painting ideas and inspiration.

Because of the drive time from ski valley to studio and a late lunch afternoon painting time was limited but everyone got to work on new pieces.

Bob Painting on Tuesday - B

Kilborn Workshop – September 27, 2010

Posted in Art, Paintings, Watercolors with tags , , , on September 27, 2010 by Nancy Yackel


Monday – Workshop Day One

Pilar Studio with Sign - B

Armed with painting paraphernalia workshop participants head to the Stephen Kilborn Pottery Studio in Pilar. The morning’s sketching Pilar Mesa and Chamisa - B site is along the banks of the nearby Rio Grande River shaded by ancient cottonwoods with thick sturdy trunks and dark twisted limbs. The dense canopy of leaves gleam green with signs of autumn still in the future. The yellow blooms of silvery chamisa adds bright foreground to the landscape of mountain slopes and mesas.

Lunch on the patio brings oohs and aahs of appreciation. Daily LaVerne prepares a delightful LaVerne with Gloves - B repast that’s the envy of friends and spouses when they hear the detailed descriptions each evening. The talented and vivacious chef always adds a dash of fun and frolic. Even the rubber gloves deserve notice.

No afternoon siestas allowed. It’s time to break out the brushes and paints and let the creativity flow. Stephen demonstrates and offers direction and advice as needed.

 Nearing four o’clock everyone begins cleanup. Assistant HollyStephen Demonstrating - B mixes margaritas to accompany the afternoon critique session. The four “newbies” are quickly named the “Taos Four”, what they lack in experience they make up for with energy, humor and eagerness to learn.

Bob got a good start on adobes sheltered by a giant cottonwood. Using his “Bobism” squares takes lots of time, with paintings rarely complete in one session. More tomorrow!

Monday's Painting - B


Stephen Kilborn Painting Workshop – Taos, New Mexico

Posted in Art, Paintings, Watercolors with tags , , , on September 26, 2010 by Nancy Yackel

 Sunday Meet and Greet

Kilborn Sign - B

Taos painter and potter Stephen Kilborn offers several painting workshops each year. Past “Abstracting the LandscapGallery Fireplace - Be” themes have included Churches of Taos, Old Adobes and Rio Grande Landscapes. The theme for the week of September 27-October 1, 2010 is Aspens and Cottonwoods, in recognition of New Mexico’s  changing fall colors.

The group gathers at the Kilborn Gallery in Taos on Sunday afternoon. Stephen gives a brief personal history of his evolution from Santa Fe furniture maker to potter to painter. It’s especially interesting to hear of his artistic influences  while surrounded by his vibrant paintings.

Stephen Kilborn with Painting - B

The dozen participants introduce themselves and share a few words about their art background. This week’s students come from Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Washington and the local Taos area. Painting experience ranges from “never before” to those who have painted and taught for decades. Half the class are returning for their second, third or fourth Kilborn workshop.

An outline of the week’s schedule – on-site sketching, lunch by wife LaVerne, afternoon painting in Kilborn’s Pilar studio, daily critique accompanied by margaritas – heightens enthusiasm and anticipation for Monday morning.

Artist of the Day – Taos Quick Draw Artists

Posted in Art, Art Show, Paintings, Watercolors with tags , , , on September 25, 2010 by Nancy Yackel

10th Annual Quick Draw and Art Auction

Taos Center for the Arts – September 25, 2010

Quick Draw Today - B 

Paint Brushes - B Couldn’t pick just one from the dozens of Taos artists taking part in the 10th Annual Quick Draw and Art Auction so we salute all the participants and their creativity. Paint brushes, tubes of paint and  sculpting tools stand at the ready as the noon hour approaches. Local artists in a wide range of media begin work on creations that must be finished on site by 3pm. Patrons and browsers wander among the easels and work tables chatting, asking questions or just standing back to watch the process as each work takes shape.

Leigh Gusterson Cropped - B At 2:50pm we hear the announcer, “Artists, you have ten minutes to finish your work.” As each piece is completed, signed, and framed they are taken to the finish line. The public can view, appraise and sign up for a bidding paddle. The auction starts at 4pm, action lively and sometimes quite competitive. Proceeds benefit the Taos Center for the Arts which provides facilities, programming and education in the visual, performing and media arts.

Doug Scott - B In the morning we viewed the shows comprising the Taos Fall Arts Festival. Quick Draw offered an opportunity to see many of the artists in action whose works we’d admired in the shows.. An ever changing gathering watches as horses charge across Doug Scott’s canvas. Ed Sandoval’s personality and painting quickly draws a bevy of art enthusiasts as he captures a Northern New Mexico fall scene. Pat Woodall intensely adds vibrant colors to his Ranchos church. We stop to watch Leigh Gusterson whose art we frequently admire.Pat Woodall - B

In addition to painters, sculptors, potters and jewelry makers work in stone, glass, wood and silver. Live music and an appreciative audience add to the festive atmosphere on a perfect autumn afternoon in Taos.

Stone Sculptor - B

Ed Sandoval 2 - B