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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.

*New* – September 9, 2010

Posted in Art, Paintings, Watercolors with tags , , on September 10, 2010 by Nancy Yackel

San Jose de Gracia de Las Trampas

Las Trampas 9-9-2010 - for Blog


In a style similar to his latest paintings of El Santuario de Chimayo Bob just completed a rendition of the charming adobe church in Las Trampas. The watercolor and ink work measures 8×10” and will be matted to fit an 11×14” frame.

The Spanish colonial village of Las Trampas, which dates to 1751,   is located in a high valley of New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains along the High Road to Taos (NM76 between Santa Fe and Taos). San Jose de Gracia de Las Trampas was completed in 1760 and still serves as an active parish church. Distinctive features include the wooden belfries and the second-story exterior balcony. Considered one of the best preserved examples of Spanish Colonial Mission architecture in New Mexico the church was fully restored in the 1960s.

*New* – September 8, 2010

Posted in Art, Paintings, Watercolors with tags , , on September 8, 2010 by Nancy Yackel

Taos Courtyard II

Taos Courtyard II - Taos Courtyard II for Blog


Bob’s latest completion is a revisit to the colorful Taos Courtyard in front of the Kilborn Gallery and La Lana Wools in Taos, New Mexico.

*New* – August 28, 2010

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

Washington Gulch Log Home

Crested Butte, Colorado

Washington Gulch Log Home - For Blog Sold

While visiting Crested Butte, Colorado this summer we stopped into the Oh-Be-Joyful Gallery. Bob admired an oil painting by Shirley Novak. Later in the day as we drove up the Washington Gulch Road  Bob recognized the cabin in Novak’s work. From the assortment of photographs he snapped Bob’s completed a watercolor of the log home.

Off the beaten tourist path, Crested Butte is surrounded  by mountain peaks and wilderness areas – including one named Oh-Be-Joyful. Well known as a winter ski resort “The Butte” is also a favorite summer recreation area, especially popular with mountain bikers. By mid-July mountain slopes and valleys are covered in wildflowers – cause for celebration with the weeklong Wildflower Festival.

*New* – Pemaquid Point Light

Posted in Art, Paintings, Watercolors with tags , , on August 20, 2010 by Nancy Yackel


Pemaquid Point LIght - For Blog


Bob recently completed his painting of Pemaquid Point Light  located along the rocky Maine coastline. The lighthouse stands near Bristol and New Harbor, Maine – a picturesque costal village (see “Lobster Wharf” on the Seaside page).

The classic lighthouse at Pemaquid Point is portrayed on the Maine state quarter. One of the first light stations along the Maine coast the fourth-order Frensnel lens is still an active aid to navigation in Muscongus Bay. The Friends of Pemaquid Point Lighthouse open the tower for educational tours 7 days a week from Memorial Day through Columbus Day.

The Cape Cod-style keepers quarters and surrounding Lighthouse Park is managed by the town of Bristol. The Fishermen’s Museum fills the first floor with tidy and informative displays relating to the history of the local fishing industry. The second floor contains a vacation apartment available through a rental agency. Imagine a peaceful evening spent in a front porch rocking chair gazing out to sea as the light flashes every six seconds.

Art Class Visitor

Posted in Paintings with tags on August 19, 2010 by Nancy Yackel


Jasmine at Paint Day

Jasmine's Painting










Granddaughter Jasmine attended Victoria Kwasinski’s art class with Papa Bob last week. They worked on blending colors and shading. We’re looking forward to the finished project.

*New – June 24, 2010

Posted in Art, Paintings, Watercolors with tags , , on June 24, 2010 by Nancy Yackel


Taos Courtyard

Taos Courtyard for Website


Bob chose new subject matter for his latest watercolor. The historic Bert Phillips house in Taos, today hosts shops and galleries including the Kilborn Gallery and La Lana Wools. The flower bedecked courtyard faces Paseo del Pueblo Norte just north of Bent Street in Taos, New Mexico.

Bert Phillips was one of the founders of the Taos Society of Artists in 1915. Phillips and fellow artist Ernest Blumenschein met while studying at the Julian Academy in Paris. J.H. Sharp passionately described the New Mexico pueblos, peoples and landscape. In 1898 Phillips and Blumenschein set out from Denver with a wagon filled with provisions and art supplies. Their planned  tour of the American Southwest hit a snag when a wagon wheel broke north of Taos. Philips stayed with the wagon while Blumenschein made his way to Taos to find a blacksmith. “Blumy” enthusiastically described the town and surrounding landscape upon his return. Their trip came to a halt as the two spent the summer painting in Taos. Inspired with creativity Philips decided to permanently move to Taos.

Taos and northern New Mexico continue to inspire artists. Bob even admits he reached new heights with Taos Courtyard.

Back to Chimayo

Chimayo 6-24-10


With a number of detail changes Bob completed another vignette of Santuario de Chimayo. The painting emits an inviting serenity one would find missing during the busy summer season when visitors and pilgrims from around the world flock to the church of the “miracle healing dirt”.