Bob Baker, “Chicago B.L.U.E.S.” (2015)

25 May

bluesBBob Baker, Chicago B.L.U.E.S. (2015)

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Here’s my latest.  Sorry I’ve been a bit absent lately I’ve been busy at work!

This is one of my favorite Chicago blues bars — great music and very paintable too.  We were out to dinner at Gejas a couple months ago with friends and I dragged them over to Halsted to capture some photos.  I’m planning to do Kingston Mines as well, also a favorite.

Bob Baker, “Western Springs Train Station” (2015)

18 Apr

train-station-ws1Bob Baker, Western Springs Train Station (2015)

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Here’s my latest painting — an interior shot of the train station in Western Springs, Illinois.

Bob Baker, “View East on Adams Near Clark, Chicago” (2015)

16 Feb

adams2Bob Baker, View East on Adams Near Clark, Chicago (2015)

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Here’s my latest, continuing a series of Chicago cityscapes.  If you look closely you can see the Berghoff beckoning in the distance: “Eat wurst . . . drink lager . . . maybe some potato pancakes on the side . . . “

Bob Baker, “El Platform, Adams and Wabash, Chicago” (2015) and “The Berghoff, Chicago” (2015)

15 Feb

EL3Bob Baker, El Platform, Adams and Wabash, Chicago (2015)

berghoff5Bob Baker, The Berghoff, Chicago (2015)

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Here are my two latest — I’m experimenting with cityscapes.  Lately I happened across some dazzling street scenes in Chicago and knew I had to jot them down.  I hope you like!

Bob Baker, “Maine Sunset” (2015)

1 Feb

IMG_3717Bob Baker, Maine Sunset (2015)

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Hi everyone, here’s my first painting of the new year — a sunset near Portland, Maine.

Sunsets hail from everywhere and share many of the same traits.  To get the local mood across it’s important, I’ve found, to get a few landscape details down so that, for example, Portland, Maine is distinguishable from Gnaw Bone, Indiana.   And, of course, similar though they may be each sunset has its own specific DNA — unique as a snowflake.

2014 in review

30 Dec

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 23,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Bob Baker, “Manila Bay From Corregidor” (2014)

29 Nov

manila-bay1Bob Baker, Manila Bay From Corregidor (2014)

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Here’s my painting from today, depicting Manila Bay from the beach at Corregidor.  Hope you like it!

Bob Baker, “BNSF Freight Engine Near Cicero” (2014)

15 Nov

IMG_3714Bob Baker, BNSF Freight Engine Near Cicero (2014)

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Here’s today’s oil painting,  another in my series of BNSF trains (views of and from).  This was the engine of an east bound train near Cicero, Illinois, just west of Chicago.


Bob Baker, “BNSF Train Outside Union Station, Chicago (South Tracks)” (2014)

9 Nov

BNSF-yBob Baker, BNSF Train Outside Union Station, Chicago (South Tracks) (2014)

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Here’s my painting from today.  This was the view out the window of my commuter train a couple of weeks back.  The train windows are tinted green and when you correct the color of a photo shot through green glass it imparts a surreal, almost post-apocalyptic look to things.  Some of that shows up in the painting.


Bob Baker, “Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter” (2014)

1 Nov

lecter-4Bob Baker, Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter (2014)

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Happy Halloween!  Scariest movie psycho of all time in my most humble opinion.


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