Lift Your Little Head Up to the Sky and Sing

With apologies to Godspeed You! Black Emperor, I present this fun little painting.

Lynne and I saw this song sparrow nearly every morning for a month on our morning walks to Dyckman Fields. We walk together for exercise, but it also gives us a chance to talk to each other beyond the admin stuff that dominates so much of our household conversation. Each morning, this little bird inspired me, singing his heart out, head tilted up to the skies. Wonderful.

So I took lots of photos. I drew him a few times and settled on a pose. I drew the pose on a piece of wood I–ahem–upcycled from the curb, and sent the photo to my good friend Jim Coe for advice. He is a bird expert and a fine painter, so I wanted to know if I were veering too far off the path on this. I am not a very tight painter, but accuracy counts. That’s the journalist side of me.

So he gave some tips and i burned it and then I painted it with acrylic. I love this darling little thing, but I put it up for sale here.


Robert A. Bahr
4524 W. 74th Place
Prairie Village, KS 66208

Work Experience

Author of Taking Root in Rocky Soil: 3,000 Years of Art in the Wind River Mountains
Published in September 2019, this 142-page book looks at the history of visual art in the Wind River range in Wyoming, utilizing personal interviews, historical sources, and more than 120 images.

Writer at Large, Susan Kathleen Black Foundation                           9/14 – present
Writing about news and opportunities for this national non-profit art education organization. Also serving as photographer and support staff.

Artist                                                                                                             1/13 – present
Subject of several art shows in New York City. Work in oil, acrylic, graphite, pastel, and other media.

Arts Editor and Writer, NYC                                                                    9/09 – present
Planning and supervising magazine issues, writing feature stories, editing submissions for national magazines, including PleinAir magazine.

Editor, PleinAir Today                                                                               4/13 – 5/17
Gather, write, and edit 10 stories per week on the plein air painting movement. PleinAir Today is the weekly enewsletter for PleinAir magazine.

Managing Editor, American Artist, NYC                                              1/05 – 9/09
Overseeing the staff and production of the monthly art-instruction magazine, American Artist, as well as three quarterlies: Watercolor, Drawing, and Workshop magazines. Overseeing the website for the four publications. Acting as project editor for Drawing: assigning stories, editing all stories, writing feature articles and departments, acquiring all images, planning and implementing editorial budget, ensuring the timely production of the magazine. Writing and editing articles for other three publications as necessary.

Associate Editor, American Artist, NYC                                             1/03 – 1/05
Acquiring, editing, and copyediting feature articles and departments for American Artist magazine, a subscriber-based art-process magazine published since 1937. Launched Drawing magazine, a quarterly devoted to works on paper. The first four issues sold out in national bookstores. Managing and maintaining websites for American Artist, Drawing, and Watercolor magazines. Writing feature articles and departments. Runner-up for 2003 President’s Award for Innovation and Creativity in my 1,000-employee workplace.

Freelancer, NYC                                                                                      5/00 – 1/03
Serving clients as writer, editor, content manager, consultant, and HTML coder. Clients included American Heritage magazine and VNU Inc.

Web Editor, Miller Freeman, Inc., NYC                                              8/98 – 5/00
Daily management of the news sites for Miller Freeman Jewelry Group, including editing, programming, and uploading content to, the group’s flagship site. Designing, writing, and hard-coding special sections for news events. Developing marketing ideas. Responsible for overall vision and growth of sites.

Associate Editor, National Jeweler, NYC                                          8/98 – 7/99
A full-time position writing all content for the watch section for this twice-monthly, award-winning jewelry trade publication. Also regularly contributing news, features, and cover stories.

Production Editor, National Jeweler, NYC                                       3/98 – 8/98
Proofing and copyediting all text for this national publication.

Freelance Writer, Self-Employed, Louisville, KY                             2/90 – 3/98
Engaging in a variety of copywriting tasks ranging from newspaper articles to corporate communications. Among my major clients:
• Daily newspaper: Courier-Journal—regular contributor of reviews, feature stories and a weekly column
• Monthly magazine: Louisville magazine—regular contributor of food features, personality profiles, and cover stories
• Nationally distributed book: Co-author of Insider’s Guide to Louisville, published  November 1997.

Education and Honors
Bellarmine College, Louisville, Ky.                                  Editor-in-chief of college newspaper
B.A. in English/Mass Comm., Music minor                    Cum Laude graduate, 1988