Archive for Watercolors

*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.


Miniature Full House

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


Darlene's Full House

Darlene refers to her purchase of five miniatures as a “Full House”. Her selections includes:

  • Southwestern Quilt
  • Arroyo Seco Mini
  • Las Trampas Mini
  • Sangre de Cristo Mini
  • Talpa Chapel Mini

*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.

Arroyo Seco – August 2010

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


Summertime in Arroyo Seco

Summertime in Arroyo Seco - For Blog


Santisima Trinidad in Arroyo Seco, New Mexico has been a recurring subject for Bob. Built in the early 1800s, the historic adobe church sits among imagined fields of flowers and lavender in his latest completion.

Situated seven miles northeast of Taos, Seco – as the village is known to locals – is a colorful and quirky destination. The narrow, winding road weaves past restaurants, galleries and shops. In the Doug West Gallery we’re always intrigued by the skies in his paintings and serigraphs. The artistic works of Claire Haye include paintings, sculpture and woodblock prints at Claire Works. But, it’s the creative jewelry designs that become treasured gifts at our house.

One can’t leave Seco with an ice cream treat from Taos Cow. The all natural super premium ice cream is hard to beat. We recommend the pinion caramel if it’s on the daily list.

*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”.

*New * – Paintings June 2010

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

High Road and New Mexico Churches


High Road to Taos IIHigh Road to Taos II



TalpaTalpa Chapel


Bob’s been working on a series of miniature watercolors featuring New Mexico adobe churches. Each painting is 5”x7” before matting. Check back soon for others that are in the works but not yet completed.

Mini Las Trampas

Small Arryo Hondo











               Las Trampas Mini                         Arroyo Hondo Mini

                          Sold                                                    Sold


Small Sangre De Cristo - Cuarteles         Sangre de Cristo Mini


*New* – Talpa Chapel

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


Talpa Chapel Revisited

Nuestra Senora de San Juan del Rio Chiquito


Small Talpa - Final


Bob recently completed a new interpretation of the small adobe chapel in Talpa, New Mexico. In this painting the chapel reflects the purple shadows on the Picuris Mountains seen across the valley.

Talpa is located southeast of Taos on NM518, the scenic byway known as The High Road to Taos. The historic structure is off the highway a short distance down a narrow dirt road. Adobe homes – and, on most occasions a barking dog -  surround the chapel plaza. Worshipers use the chapel for prayer services and novenas but travel to San Francisco de Asis in Ranchos de Taos for services.

Artists, including Andrew Dasburg and Doel Reed have long been drawn to the Talpa region. Following local tradition many residents paint their windows blue to ward off the brujas (witches).

Chimayo Painting Purchase

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

Darlene with Chimayo Painting

Darlene happily poses with her acquisition, El Santuario de Chimayo, and artist Bob Yackel.

El Santuario de Chimayo

Posted in Art, Paintings, Watercolors with tags , on May 14, 2010 by Nancy Yackel


New View of Chimayo

Chimayo Mini Painting 5-10


Bob’s latest painting of El Santuario de Chimayo shows a lighter, looser style. Using watercolors on hot press paper he faded the colors around the edges, using the white of the paper to frame the historic church.

To see other paintings by Bob of El Santuario de Chimayo click on the listing on the right.

El Santuario de Chimayo is known for its “Holy Dirt” believed to possess extraordinary healing powers. Believers make personal and organized pilgrimages to the shrine originally build in 1816. Chimayo is located approximately 25 miles north of Sante Fe, New Mexico. Craftsmen in the surrounding region are renown for their quality weavings, skills passed down through many generations.