Waiting in FrameWorks to be picked up for Friday, August 26th’s Opening Reception of “Dog Dayz of Summer” is Neil Talbott’s just framed watercolor. The hot and spicy work is a pen and ink study finished with a watercolor washes in red, green and yellow.
Now available as a signed, limited edition giclee, Christine of Frameworks has created several unique framing options for Neil’s chili ristra wreath along with her signature ability to custom design a frame that works perfectly for your decor.
“Dog Dayz of Summer”, Cottonwood’s Free steamy summer art show, opens at their Last Friday Open House at 427 E. Colorado. From 5pm to 8pm, artists will open their studios and galleries for a look at what’s new on the easel. The Springs Cupcake Truck will be out front and the upstairs galleries will host some of Colorado Spring’s cutest rescue dogs for you take home along with an artwork or two.
Information about Neil and more of his artwork can can be seen and purchased at his studio #105 at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Avenue in downtown Colorado Springs, CO. Can’t make it to this week’s Open House? Email Neil or reach him by telephone at (719) 523-0499.
FrameWorks at studio 133 at Cottonwoood is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 5pm or by calling (719) 636-2427 for an always available after hours appointment for custom designed frames, glass repairs, frame repairs and gift services.
Neil Talbott’s Work-in-Progress for “Dias de los Muertos”
Beginning his work lightly in pencil established the layout and basic shapes and let him erase and refine his composition before he started inking. Working on top of the penciled lines, Neil added or eliminated details as the illustration progressed. In this work, he has kept the gothic graphic flavor of his design by keeping his lines bold but fluid and avoiding details such as traditional techniques like stippling or cross-hatching.
Spare watercolor washes are added later with the occasional splash of color highlighting an interesting area or two.
The all-media juried show, “Dias de los Muertos”, opening on October 28th, explores native Mexican culture for Day of the Dead.
Full information about submitting artwork, deadlines and show dates are available here. More information, including a prospectus, can be found by calling Cottonwood Center for the Arts at (719)520-1899.
Information about Neil and more of his artwork can can be seen and purchased at his studio #105 at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Avenue in downtown Colorado Springs, CO. Can’t make it in person? Email Neil or reach him by telephone at (719) 523-0499.
Photograph of Neil Talbott’s Cowgirl Portrait in Progress
Working against a July 22nd show deadline, local illustrator Neil Talbott highlights his pen and ink portrait of “Colorado Woman”with light watercolor washes.
The final version, artfully framed by Cristine Colvin of Frameworks, Cottonwood Center for the Arts’ own in house framer, is being hung at this month’s show in the Herbertson Gallery for “Hats, Boots & Chaps”.
More of Neil’s commissions and portraits can be seen in his studio,#105, at Cottonwood’s Last Friday Open House on July 29th from 5pm to 8pm. The show, full of some of Colorado Springs finest artists’ homage to the 71st Pikes Peak Rodeo season will hang through August 17th.
Neil can also be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (719) 532-0499.
The Indian at the Broadmoor
Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs
Photography by Neil Talbott
Neil’s ability to capture quirky but compelling images is exemplified by his image of “The Indian at the Broadmoor.” Photographing the afternoon shadows on a stacked rock wall at the 5-Star Colorado Springs Broadmoor Hotel, he brings to life the ghost of a Native American chief.
Existing only until the light changes, the transitory nature of the portrait can be read as a metaphor for the spirit of the long gone Ute and Cheyenne people who were displaced from the base of the Cheyenne Mountain when the Broadmoor Hotel was built in the early 20th Century.
Starting out as a small hotel and casino, the hotel grew as it attracted a wealthy clientele drawn to the beauty of Pikes Peak, as well as to the mountain air which was said to aid in the recovery of tuberculosis patients.
Neil Talbott’s unique regional photographs can be seen and purchased at his studio #105 at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Avenue in downtown Colorado Springs, CO. Can’t make it in person? Email Neil or reach him by telephone at (719) 523-0499.
V is for Vendetta
Manitou Springs, CO
Photography by Neil Talbott
Manitou Springs, Colorado, is like nowhere else. Award-winning restaurants, historic hotels, small restored Victorian bed & breakfasts, classic 50’s motels, cabins & cottages by Fountain Creek and secluded wooded campgrounds bring thousands of tourists to the small town at the base of Pikes Peak.
Named after dozen mineral springs situated throughout the area, many of which have drinking spigots for the public, the city has been in existence since the Colorado Territory became a state in 1876.
Neil snapped this shot one hot afternoon just before the caped crusader stepped into Pikes Peak Chocolate and Ice Creams. Even a masked man, it seems, has a yen for a Josh and John ice cream cone now and then.
More of Neil’s unique take on Manitou Springs are available in his studio, #105, at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado in downtown Colorado Springs or on Facebook at Talbott Artworks. He can also be reached by email or by phone at (719) 532-0499
Summer in Colorado Springs features lots of flashbacks to a gold mining pioneer past. The annual Pikes Peak Rodeo, Territory Days, longhorn cattle drives through downtown, Donkey Days in Cripple Creek and the traditional early morning cowboy breakfast for 6,000 in America the Beautiful Park. Rock Ledge Ranch in Garden of the Gods Park opens with sheep shearing, blacksmiths and Native American ceremonies.
All the seasonal focus on the area’s old-time roots inspired illustrator Neil Talbott’s pen and ink drawing of a Cripple Creek gold mining prospector.
Neil Talbott’s illustrations and his commissioned works in progress can be seen and purchased at his studio #105 at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Avenue in downtown Colorado Springs, CO. Can’t make it in person? Email Neil or reach him by telephone at (719) 523-0499.
Cottonwood Center for the Arts’ July 29th Last Friday Open House is from 5pm to 8pm on at his studio, #105, at 427 E. Colorado. For more information, call (719) 520-1899.
Summer sizzles in Colorado Springs and Neil’s latest watercolor is part of the reason. Starting with a stippled pen and ink illustration, Neil application of watercolor washed gives this Chili Ristra Wreath depth, shine and dimension. Looking at his piece, you can almost smell the aroma of roasting chilis.
Previewing the upcoming annual fall Pueblo Chili and Frijole Festival Neil’s current collection of spicy water-colored chiles ranges classic ristras to humorous images.
The full collection can be seen in Neil’s studio at the July 29th Last Friday Open House from 5pm to 8pm on at his studio, #105, at 427 E. Colorado. For more information, call (719) 520-1899.