Bob Baker, The Road to Christ in the Desert Monastery (2011)

I’m Bob,  lawyer by day, oil painter and art history buff on nights, weekends and whenever else I can find time.  I just like art.  Awhile back, just for yucks, I started posting a painting a day on my Facebook page, featuring a different favorite artist each month.  People seemed to like it (meaning they never actually told me to stop) and I’m still doing it.

I have many friends, though, who are not Facebookians and some of them expressed an interest in seeing the posts.  To reach them, and to give myself a little more flexibility in the manner in which I present the images, I started Art Out The Wazoo.  Since this is a real-life blog, I may also reach other people I’ve never met who simply share my interest in art.  If you’re one of those people, welcome!

Unlike my Facebook endeavor, I don’t intend to post something new every day on Art Out The Wazoo.  The idea is to reduce the volume of posting while upping the quality of my own descriptions and the images.  I will also occasionally post some of my own work, just so you can see what I’m up to.

This is not an exercise in elitism.  I’m doing it for fun.  (If I wanted to have a stuffy, academic blog do you think I would name it Art Out The Wazoo?)   The artists I admire most endured all sorts of privation in the name of keeping art truly alive.  Among them, John Constable, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro, Robert Henri, William Merritt Chase and Canadian landscape artist (and wild man!) Tom Thomson are favorites.

I hope you enjoy Art Out The Wazoo — because anything worth doing is worth doing out the wazoo!  Please feel free to comment and share with your friends.

18 Responses to “ABOUT”

  1. Stephanie Amon February 9, 2012 at 7:09 am #

    Hi Bob,
    I love your blog. I found it searching for some information on Leon Dabo and was thrilled to see the other artists you feature here. I’m not sure if you ever get out to Santa Barbara, CA (or could put it on your to-do list) but there are two exhibitions here that I think you would really enjoy. One is at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, an American show called Scene, Story, Spirit that shows work of many of the artists you’ve written about. The second (and right next to the SBMA) is a showing of Leon Dabo’s drawings at Sullivan Goss: An American Gallery. Just some suggestions from my corner of the world. 🙂
    I look forward to more posts!

    • bobbalouie February 9, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

      Thank you so much, Stephanie, I’m glad you like it! I just checked out your blog and loved it! I’m following it now. Isn’t blogging fun? I really think it’s a great idea idea to integrate the study of other people’s art (including their art blogs) with my own painting. So much of the best art history is found in the blogosphere — it’s one of those areas where the grassroots are miles ahead.

      I live in Chicago, but do get out to the west coast periodically on business. I LOVE the art scene you have out there. I’m sort of a landscape fan, and I have a cool painting by E. John Robinson hanging in my living room — it’s an autumn scene from the vineyards in Napa Valley. Robinson was better known for his Pacific coast seascapes but this landscape is beautiful. I should post a photo of it on here one of these days.

      Thanks again for your kind words, I really appreciate it. Keep on blogging — I’m so glad I discovered your site!


  2. Sharron March 3, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    Just found your blog and am enjoying going back and reading prior posts. I’d never heard of Tom Thomson, and I really admire his work. Looking forward to future posts. I am an artist too and can look at art all day long! But like you, I have daytime career too. I am enjoying seeing your work posted here. Some beautiful pieces.

    • bobbalouie March 3, 2012 at 10:27 pm #

      Thank you, Sharron! That’s very kind of you to say. I’m really glad you like the blog, I started it up just for fun and it’s sort of taken off. For me it’s a way to learn more about art history and meet new people who share my interests. Isn’t Thomson great? The first time I saw his work I was really impressed. One of these days I’m going to do a road trip to Ottawa and visit the National Gallery of Canada — they have a very large collection of his stuff. Thomson’s personal story is fascinating too.

  3. Sarah van Vliet June 20, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    Hi Bobbalouie, you have a nice blog!
    If you happen to come over to Europe some time in the coming half year, make sure to check out the Impressionism exhibition at the Amsterdam Hermitage, I’m certain you’d appreciate it. http://www.hermitage.nl/en/tentoonstellingen/impressionisme_sensatie_en_inspiratie/
    Best wishes, Sarah

  4. Mark Rogers December 5, 2014 at 9:07 pm #

    I’m trying to find a print of “Coming to the Call” – F. Remington. Do you know if one’s available?

    • bobbalouie December 5, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

      I do not know. Good luck!

  5. Michael McGregor March 8, 2015 at 8:59 pm #

    Hi Bob,

    Three years ago you painted and posted a couple of beautiful paintings of Patmos inspired by my Image essay on Robert Lax. I wanted to let you know that Fordham University Press will be publishing my biography of Lax this September. The title is Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax. You can find out more about it on its Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Pure-Act-Uncommon-Catholic-Practice/dp/0823268012. I’ll also be launching a website about Lax at RobertLax.com this April.

    • bobbalouie March 8, 2015 at 9:12 pm #

      Thank you so much for letting me know! I thought your Robert Lax piece in Image was extremely well done — one of my favorite Image essays of all time in fact. I developed a real interest in Lax as a result. I’ve now read The Circus of the Sun about five times! I will be certain to purchase the biography when it comes out. If you don’t mind, I’d also like to put something up on the blog about it. Thank you again!

      • laxwriter2010 March 9, 2015 at 4:19 pm #

        Thanks for your nice words about my essay, Bob. How wonderful that you’ve become interested in Lax and read The Circus of the Sun five times! I’d be happy to have you put something on your blog about my book. Thank you.

      • bobbalouie March 10, 2015 at 12:11 am #

        No problem I’m happy to do it. I live in the western suburbs of Chicago where there are a lot of Greeks and they all loved the idea of Robert Lax on Patmos. Best of luck!

      • bobbalouie June 3, 2015 at 4:25 am #

        Hey I just posted on my blog about your new book. Sorry it took so long, I suddenly got very busy at work. I hope my post helps, I’m definitely buying your book myself! Bob

  6. Scott Bloom October 10, 2015 at 12:01 am #

    Bob –
    My wife & I have had the privilege to live our adult lives & raise our children in Montana. Our oldest is 29. Glacier Park has been our greatest family treasure. When I happened upon your Avalanche Lake oil today I was just taken back. It is a piece that lifts you up. I can’t describe the incredible beauty, serenity and power you have recreated in your wonderful painting. My Daughter teaches High School Art & I can’t wait for her to see it.

    Thanks to you – Scott Bloom

    • bobbalouie October 10, 2015 at 12:21 am #

      Thank you, Scott! I absolutely love Glacier Park and Avalanche Lake. I am so gratified you like the painting, that’s just what I was trying to get across.

  7. Andrew Mackie March 17, 2016 at 10:19 am #

    Hey, Bob, can I use one of your paintings on the front cover of a church service booklet for Easter?

    • bobbalouie March 17, 2016 at 6:12 pm #

      Sure. All I ask is that you credit me for it somewhere – doesn’t have to be big or especially prominent. Something like “Cover art courtesy of Bob Baker.” Also, if you have time and could send me a copy I would appreciate it. A pdf or something, or a photo, is fine. That’s not something you have to do, I always ask because I keep a credits archive. I can get you contact info if you give me an email address. Thanks! Bob

  8. Megan Westberg March 14, 2017 at 7:16 pm #

    Hi Bob,
    I’m the editor of Strings magazine and we’re putting together a special section about Chicago. We wanted to create a kind of image mosaic for an opener and were wondering if we could include your painting of Kingston Mines.

    Thanks so much!

    Megan Westberg
    Editor, Strings magazine

    • bobbalouie March 19, 2017 at 2:54 am #

      Hi Megan. That’s fine by me. Go forit. I’d love to see what you’re doing. Best of luck!

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