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Heather Linder

Heather Linder

Heather is a journalist and writer living in Chicago with her composer husband and art-loving puppy, Lancelot. She's on an endless quest for the city's best coffee and is endlessly inspired by Chicago's magnificent skyline. Heather is a bookworm, aspiring chef, and NPR fanatic. She's in the process of teaching her beagle to use a French press and overcoming her fear of DIY.


Watercoloring Fall

fall trees

The autumn we've had in the Midwest has been unreal. We've had warm, mild temperatures and stunningly bright foliage. The season is so fleeting, and I wish I could keep the beauty around forever.


FILED UNDER: Snapshot Inspiration / TAGGED: snapshot inspiration, autumn, fall foliage, watercolor, how to paint, seasons


The Hairy Details: 1000s of Dog Portraits to Comb Through

how to paint dogs

I live in a high-rise building full of dogs of all breeds and sizes—from the oddly aggressive cocker spaniel to the roly-poly bulldog puppy to the ancient, ambling Great Dane. It's fascinating to see how varied the looks and temperaments of animals can be. There are truly unlimited types of dogs in this world and quite possibly in my building.


FILED UNDER: Making Art / TAGGED: making art, dogs, portraits, mixed media, how to draw


Aristic Time Travel: Coloring Historic Paris

Paris

One of my favorite things about books is their ability to transport the reader—to another time, another lifestyle, another part of the world. The Pictura: Coloring Paris panoramic coloring book likewise picks up the artist and instantly immerses them in the scenes of historic Paris, complete with stagecoaches, parasols and top hats.


FILED UNDER: Making Art / TAGGED: Paris, coloring, illustration, making art, coloring books, colored pencil, marker


Just Add Color + Creativity

markers

I'm constantly looking for art to hang in my house. Original pieces take a lot of time and mine tend to serve more of a creative outlet rather than being something I want to look at day in and out. Buying another artist's work can be costly so it's a big decision not to be taken lightly. Just Add Color: Geometric Patterns is the best of both worlds.


FILED UNDER: Making Art / TAGGED: making art, geometric patterns, coloring, Lisa Congdon, coloring books


#Watercolors

watercolor creating depth

With the rise of Instagram, it seems like we are all looking at life through the lens of the next great photo. That could just be me, but I know at least some of you also think, "Wow, that would look great in my feed," when you see a beautiful sunset/latte/palm tree/neon sign.


FILED UNDER: Snapshot Inspiration / TAGGED: snapshot inspiration, snapshot, university, basics, watercolor, how to paint



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