V is For Vendetta ~ Manitou Springs Style

July 10, 2011 Leave a comment

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.

With the Manitou Springs Art Council a driving force, Manitou Springs is home to dozens of artists and art galleries and as eccentric and charming a group of residents as you’ll ever meet.

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

Pen and Ink Tribute ~ Cripple Creek Prospector

July 5, 2011 Leave a comment

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.

Neil’s Watercolors Turn Up the Heat

June 30, 2011 Leave a comment

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.

Forest Garden Nymph Watercolor Sells During International Watermedia Open House

June 26, 2011 4 comments

Cottonwood Center for the Arts June “Last Friday” Open House drew a huge crowd for the International Watermedia 2011 Show.

After viewing the show, visitors stopped by  Neil Talbott’s Open Studio to see his newest pen and ink illustrations and watercolors portraits.

His radiant small watercolor “Nymph in the Garden” was purchased early in the evening.

Girl in Prayer
Watercolor by Neil Talbott

Whether Neil is painting people, beloved pets or local landmarks, the gentle, expressive portraits that hang on the walls of his studio, #105 at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, seem to radiate an inner glow.

The Cat’s Perch
By Neil Talbott

Using his meticulous pen and ink illustration skills to accurately capture images and scenes, Neil then uses watercolor washes to accent the delicacy and charm of his portraits. His talent at creating timeless realistic pet portraits for his clients makes them treasured artworks.

Neil Talbott’s watercolors and his commission 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.


New Photographic Work by Neil Talbott

June 26, 2011 1 comment

Neil Talbott’s Colorado Photography 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.

Pikes Peak Seen From Garden Of The Gods

June 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Pikes Peak Seen From Garden Of The Gods
Photography by Neil Talbott

Neil Talbott’s Colorado Photography 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.


The United State Air Force Academy Chapel, Colorado Springs

June 16, 2011 Leave a comment


The Airforce Academy Chapel
Photography by Neil Talbott

Neil Talbott’s Colorado Photography 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 at (719) 523-0499.