Bahr’s Blog

SKB’s Writer-at-Large


Bob Bahr

Bob has participated in Susan K. Black Foundation events since 2007. He writes about art for a variety of clients and was the managing editor of American Artist magazine for five years. For five more years, he served as the online editor for PleinAir magazine, and wrote feature articles for the print edition of PleinAir. Bahr lives in Inwood, at the northern tip of Manhattan, with his wife and two sons. He does not get weird looks when he paints in NYC in his cowboy hat because…you have to work a lot harder than that to get weird looks in NYC. If you have a story idea, email him.


Bob Bahr, June 8, 2017

Anthony Cannata Is Not a Tech Geek By Bob Bahr SKB staffer Anthony Cannata will admit that he is especially adept at fixing things. And his knowledge of computers is plain to see.

Bob Bahr, May 26, 2017

How Steve Boster's Art Helps Those in Need by Bob Bahr Painter Steve Boster is lucky. He's had a successful career in medicine and is comfortably retired, so he doesn't need art sales to pay the bills.

Bob Bahr, May 23, 2017

James Coe: Painting—and Birding—in Israel By Bob Bahr In March 2017, SKBer James Coe joined a group of artists from several nations to paint and go birding in Israel and Jordan.

Bob Bahr, May 22, 2017

Kim Diment in the Fishbowl By Bob Bahr Several of the participants in this week's TexArt event huddled with Michigan artist and longtime SKBer Kim Diment to experiment with a method of drawing she has...

Bob Bahr, May 11, 2017

Where Was Suzie When She Won the Rose Award? By Bob Bahr This is an important question, because it indicates why she received the Rose Award in the first place.

Bob Bahr, May 5, 2017

The Ultimate Greg Beecham Demo By Bob Bahr Many SKBers have enjoyed watching Greg Beecham paint at the Dubois workshops, mainly at the Quick Draw event. Some have taken workshops with the artist.

Bob Bahr, May 3, 2017

Mumm Honored With Solo Museum Show at the Hockaday   By Bob Bahr One of the most gratifying achievements for an artist is to get a solo museum show.

Bob Bahr, March 31, 2017

Andy Wei Sets Houston Rodeo Art Auction Record: $235,000 By Bob Bahr At age 18, SKBer Andy Wei has seen one of his paintings sell for $235,000.

Bob Bahr, November 8, 2016

Giving Greg McHuron His Due By Bob Bahr A plein air painter and wildlife artist with a wide effect on painters in the Grand Teton area is the focus of a new book by Susan Hallsten McGarry titled Greg...

Bob Bahr, October 5, 2016

SKBers Get a Closer Look at Taxidermy by Bob Bahr Dubois taxidermist Lynn Stewart easily explains the usefulness of mounted animals for artists: "You can look at them and paint them without having to resort to pho...

Bob Bahr, October 2, 2016

Running the Numbers in SKB's Crankin' Kitchen by Bob Bahr As you may have heard, Janene Grende and her staff cooked more than 15 meals to more than 160 people over the course of the five-day SKB Dubois workshop, operati...

Bob Bahr, September 25, 2016

Crowd Turns Out to Celebrate Book on Tom Lucas by Bob Bahr If you've ever been talking with Tom Lucas and thought somebody ought to write a book about him, take heart. Somebody did.

Bob Bahr, September 23, 2016

Wei, Bic, and the Humans of New York by Bob Bahr It would be easy to miss Andy Wei's entry in the Small Paintings competition at this year's SKB Dubois workshop.

Bob Bahr, September 23, 2016

James Gurney and Casein by Bob Bahr There was about 90 minutes before lunch yesterday after James Gurney finished his Quick Draw painting of an antelope head.

Bob Bahr, September 23, 2016

Suzie Seerey-Lester's Quick Draw Painting, Step-by-Stepby Bob Bahr We photographed Suzie Seerey-Lester's Quick Draw painting yesterday at several stages in her process in order to show her painting approach.

Bob Bahr, September 22, 2016

Finley's Western Knight Now Guards Dennison Lodge by Bob Bahr The full-size bronze statue by Dubois resident John Finley that stands right outside Dennison Lodge had its origins in a board game.

Bob Bahr, September 22, 2016

Tough Questions From Bill Knapp by Bob Bahr Bill Knapp, motivational speaker and spouse of SKB luminary Christine Knapp, took the stage tonight and asked the participants at the 2016 SKB Dubois workshop to...

Bob Bahr, September 21, 2016

Ribbons for SKB Participants in the Small Paintings Showby Bob Bahr John Seerey-Lester missed last year's SKB workshop in Dubois.

Bob Bahr, September 21, 2016

Greg Beecham's 2015 Quick Draw Demo, Step by Stepby Bob Bahr We photographed Greg Beecham's demo last year during the Quick Draw at SKB, and here, we present the steps with commentary from the artist.

Bob Bahr, September 20, 2016

Exploring Abstraction and Color with Mark Mehaffey by Bob Bahr Mark Mehaffey says his art isn't like most other people's work here at SKB's Dubois workshop.

Bob Bahr, September 18, 2016

Rusty Frentner's Big Year By Bob Bahr If you happened to notice a change in Rusty Frentner's paintings over the last year and a half, you are not alone.

Bob Bahr, September 17, 2016

SKB Youth Education Program Is Bearing Fruit by Bob Bahr Participants in Susan K. Black's Dubois workshops know that Mentor Day is a big deal.

Bob Bahr, May 28, 2016

TexArt Participants Check Out SAA Gallery Show in Fredericksburg By Bob Bahr Some great pieces of art were created over the past week at TexArt, but a Society of Animal Artists (SAA) show at R.S.

Bob Bahr, May 27, 2016

Sally Maxwell, Scratchboard Artist, Step by Step by Bob Bahr Texas scratchboard artist Sally Maxwell created excitement among TexArt participants with her one-day scratchboard instruction.

Bob Bahr, May 27, 2016

From Gladiator to Guiding Force By Bob Bahr In 1992, Doug Hiser was standing on an unsteady, toadstool-like platform, trying not to fall off while a giant, muscle-bound man pummeled him with a foam bat.

Bob Bahr, May 26, 2016

Banovich's Palette By Bob Bahr John Banovich shared a lot of information at TexArt during his one-day presentation/demo.

Bob Bahr, May 25, 2016

Leeway By Bob Bahr   Painting historical scenes from one of America's favorite real-life stories can mean you don’t get a lot of leeway in how you depict things.

Bob Bahr, May 7, 2016

Combining Batik and Watercolor on Rice Paper By Bob Bahr Martha Heppard grew up in Hawai'i, so she was exposed to the art of batik from an early age.

Bob Bahr, May 3, 2016

Meanwhile, in London... by Bob Bahr Longtime SKBer David J.

Bob Bahr, April 6, 2016

James Coe: Paying Attention to Setting By Bob Bahr For years, New York State artist James Coe accurately rendered birds of all kinds for publications and guides. Then, in 1998, he went cold turkey.