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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.


Cobalt Green

color mixing green painting

This time of year, green hues are everywhere. From snow covered fir trees to light-covered mantle garlands, ‘tis the season for greens galore. Depending on how you mix it, this versatile color can be festive or fresh.


FILED UNDER: The Color Mix / TAGGED: making art, acrylic, color mixing, cobalt green, , green, painting, how to paint


Trace and Color : Jump-Start Your Art

trace and color flowers

Have you ever heard the quote, "Good artists copy; great artists steal?" It may sound like a negative sentiment, but especially for novice artists, having a starting point can be exactly what's needed.


FILED UNDER: Making Art / TAGGED: tracing, making art, pastels, sketching, how to draw, drawing, trace


Starting with the Fundamentals of Drawing

fundamentals of drawing technique

A good portion of my time in junior high and high school was spent with an obligatory sketchbook in my backpack for a looming art class assignment. Drawing has often intimidated me because, well, it's supposed to look like your subject. There is a realism to pencil drawing that calls for a certain level of technique, an "artist's eye" if you will.


FILED UNDER: Making Art / TAGGED: making art, drawing, sketching, charcoal, graphite, how to draw, pencil drawing, art class


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



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