Bob Baker, “Fence and Sunflowers” (2014)

12 Apr

IMG_3499Bob Baker, Fence and Sunflowers (2014)

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Here’s my painting from this morning.  Feels like Spring — which is what it feels like outside today!  Have a good weekend.


Bob Baker, “Maker’s Mark Distillery, Loretto, Kentucky” (2014)

30 Mar

IMG_3494Bob Baker, Maker’s Mark Distillery, Loretto, Kentucky (2014)

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Here’s my painting from today, depicting Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto, Kentucky (near Bardstown).  We were on vacation last week, took the tour and loved the place.  Highly recommended if you’re in the area — and Maker’s Mark is great bourbon too!

Bob Baker, “Hermitage, Mt. Athos” (2014)

23 Feb

IMG_3492Bob Baker, Hermitage, Mt. Athos (2014)

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Here’s my painting from today, depicting a hermitage on Mt. Athos.  I love painting Greece and was definitely up for it today as a way to escape the winter weather here in Chicago — we’ve tallied about five feet of snow this winter.  Have a good weekend!

Bob Baker, “Casa Baker” (2014)

9 Feb

IMG_3489Bob Baker, Casa Baker (2014)

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Here’s my latest painting, featuring my house in Western Springs.  We’ve been buried in snow this winter and it’s easy to miss the beauty of the white stuff when you’re shoveling, snow blowing and fighting the Polar Vortex.

This was around midnight — like in the Thelonious Monk song — and there is actually a lot more color in snow than you think. Those colors are easier to pick up at night than during the day.  I found pink, pale blue and, believe it or not, even some pale green.

Colin Campbell Cooper

6 Feb

Cooper_-_Palace_of_Fine_Arts,_San_Francisco-1915Colin Campbell Cooper, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco (1915)

cooper-wall-street-ferry-1914Colin Campbell Cooper, Wall Street Ferry (1914)

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Colin Campbell Cooper, Jr. (1856-1937) was an American Impressionist painter best known for his architectural paintings, especially the skylines of of New York City, Philadelphia and Chicago.  He was also known for his paintings of European and Asian landmarks, as well as landscapes, portraits, still lifes and interiors. His first wife,  Emma Lampert Cooper, was likewise a successful and highly-regarded painter.

Recently I featured the French cityscape painter Eugene Galien-Laloue, of whom I’m a big fan.  Cooper, in my view, is America’s answer to Galien-Laloue.  His cityscapes are as breathtaking as his interior scenes are warm and intimate.  A number of his paintings remind me of Ashcan School artist John French Sloan — yet another artist I love.  Cooper has become a real favorite of mine — I hope you enjoy his work as much as I do!

cooper-self-portrait-1923Colin Campbell Cooper, Self Portrait (1923)

cooper-Terrace_at_Samarkand_Hotel-c1923Colin Campbell Cooper, Terrace at Samarkand Hotel, Santa Barbara (1923)

Cooper-xx-Flatiron-Building-xx-Dallas-Museum-of-ArtColin Campbell Cooper, Flatiron Building (c. 1915)

Cooper,_Taj_Mahal,_AfternoonColin Campbell Cooper, Taj Mahal, Afternoon (date unknown)

Cooper-cottage-interiorColin Campbell Cooper, Cottage Interior (date unknown)

Cooper-xx-Rooftops-at-Sunset-xx-Private-CollectionColin Campbell Cooper, Rooftops at Sunset (date unknown)

Cooper-xx-Broadway-xx-Biggs-Museum-of-American-ArtColin Campbell Cooper, Broadway (c. 1915-20)

Bob Baker, “Nick’s” (2014)

2 Jan

IMG_3486Bob Baker, Nick’s English Hut, Bloomington, Indiana (2014)

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Here’s my first painting of 2014, depicting Nick’s English Hut in Bloomington, Indiana.  When I was in law school this was the primary hangout.  One of the top college pubs in America.  Happy New Year!

2013 in review

31 Dec

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 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 33,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 12 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Bob Baker, “Janko’s Little Zagreb, Bloomington, Indiana” (2013)

29 Dec

IMG_3483Bob Baker, Janko’s Little Zagreb, Bloomington, Indiana (2013)

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Here’s my latest, depicting Janko’s Little Zagreb in Bloomington, Indiana, one of my top five favorite steakhouses.

This is probably my last post of 2013, so Happy New Year!

Eugene Galien-Laloue

10 Dec

Galien_Laloue_Grand_Boulevard_largeEugene Galien-Laloue, Grand Boulevard (c. 1920s)

Galien-Laloue-place-de-la-Republique2Eugene Galien-Lalou, Place de la Republique (date unknown)

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Eugene Galien-Laloue (1854–1941) was born in Paris on December 11, 1854, the son of French and Italian parents.  He is best known for his brilliantly-rendered Paris street scenes in all seasons, but especially fall and winter.

His best known works are from the early 1900s in the French Belle Epoque period.   Galien-Laloue’s works are noteworthy not just for their contribution to art, but also for the actual history they portray: a happy, bustling Paris with horse-drawn carriages and sidewalk cafes.  Galien-Laloue was also fond of depicting monuments and occasionally the French countryside.  His works are in the collections of the Musee des Beaux-Arts, Louvier and Musee des Beaux Arts, LaRochelle.

Galien-Laloue was commissioned by the Republic of France to paint war scenes  both during the Franco-Prussian War and World War I.  One oddity associated with Galien-Laloue is that he often painted under pseudonyms, the result of an onerous exclusive gallery contract he’d signed and from which he sought relief.  His pseudonyms were various but included “L.Dupuy,” “Juliany,” “E.Galiany,” “Lievin,” “Cortes” and “Dumoutier.”

So much for the history — don’t you just love Galien-Laloue’s work?  His street scenes shine as if lit from within and you can practically feel the buzz on the street.  He’s a favorite of mine.

Galien-Laloue-feeding-the-chickensEugene Galien-Laloue, Feeding the Chickens (date unknown)

galien-laloue-paris5Eugene Galien-Laloue, Arc de Triomphe (c. 1920s)

Galien-Laloue-Pont-NeufEugene Galien-Laloue, Pont Neuf (c. 1920s)

galien-Laloue_porte_denisEugene Galien-Laloue, Porte St. Denis (c. 1920s)

galien-Laloue-Vue-de-Paris-AnimeeEugene Galien-Laloue, Vue de Paris Animee (date unknown)

Galien-Laloue-Animation-Pres-de-la-Porte-Saint-DenisEugene Galien-Laloue, Animation Pres de la Porte St. Denis (date unknown)

galien-laloue-marche-aux-fleurs-place-de-la-madeleineEugene Galien-Laloue, Marche aux Fleurs, Place de la Madeleine (c. 1920s)

Bob Baker, “Crucifixion in the Style of Georges Rouault” (2013)

4 Nov

IMG_3480Bob Baker, Crucifixion in the Style of Georges Rouault (2013)

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Here’s my most recent attempt to emulate Georges Rouault, one of my favorite 20th Century painters.   A contemporary of Henri Matisse, these days Rouault is somewhat overlooked by critics and the public alike.  He’s probably the greatest painter of religious themes since the advent of Impressionism.  I’ve seen a few of his works in museums and they are spectacular.  Rouault is very popular, and avidly collected, in Japan.


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