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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.


For Love of Layers: Painting With Acrylics

how to paint waterfall acrylic

Have you ever been to one of those painting and wine places? I've gone a couple of times because there are few things in life I like more than art and wine. If you've never gone, it's basically a painting lesson. The canvases and supplies are provided, and the entire group works on painting a replica of a single piece of artwork.


FILED UNDER: Making Art / TAGGED: making art, acrylic, paint, creative, painting


'Tools & Materials': The Artist's Ready Reference

"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way--things I had no words for." Georgia O'Keeffe


FILED UNDER: Making Art / TAGGED: making art, tools, materials, painting


Seasons in the City

Cloud Gate

"When spring comes to Paris the humblest mortal alive must feel that he dwells in paradise." Henry Miller


FILED UNDER: Snapshot Inspiration / TAGGED: snapshot inspiration, The Bean, Chicago, Cloud Gate, Paris


Join the Club: Sharpen Your Sketching Skills

The Drawing Club is based off of the real-life, Los Angeles gathering of serious artists who come together and sketch models in character costumes including Edward Scissorhands and the Steam Punk variety. Since only a small number of artists can actually attend a Drawing Club session to hone their skills, this book serves as a peek into the world of 2-D creativity for the rest of us.


FILED UNDER: Making Art / TAGGED: making art, The Drawing Club, sketching, 2-D art, Bob Kato, how to draw


This Is A Stick Up : Stick Figures as the Building Blocks of Art

I don't care how much of a novice artist you are, you can handle stick figures. They are the quintessential starting point for all future artistic endeavors. Yes, that game of hangman you played as a child was preparing you for your future as an artist.


FILED UNDER: Making Art / TAGGED: making art, stick figures, sketch, cartoons, how to draw



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