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Best Charcoal Sketch Sets for Drawing –


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From early cave painters to Pablo Picasso to Roberto Longo, artists have long loved the expressive potential of a soft charcoal pencil or crayon. Each sweep of charcoal offers intense black color and easy blending for preliminary studies, lush landscapes, or photorealistic portraits. There is a wide variety of artist’s charcoals on the market, each with its own unique set of properties and ingredients. Compressed charcoal is a soft block or stick, often created from burned birch, clay, and black pigment. Charcoal pencils are similar to graphite pencils; they’re often used to render crisp, detailed drawings. There are also delicate charcoals made from burning willow twigs and grape vines. Buying charcoal implements in a set is a nice option, giving you tools for an array of effects from

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Chicago alt-weekly survives column clash, going nonprofit


CHICAGO – The Chicago Reader, the city’s famed alt-weekly, is expected to become a nonprofit this month after the sale was nearly derailed over a co-owner’s column opposing COVID-19 vaccine requirements for children.

The publication was on track to be sold to the new nonprofit last year until the November printing of defense attorney Leonard Goodman’s column headlined “Vaxxing our kids” prompted allegations of misinformation and censorship.

Goodman agreed to step aside in late April, allowing the sale to go through. Still, the standoff among the alt-weekly’s managers left staff members in limbo for months, wondering if the Reader would be shut down after surviving multiple previous sales and the coronavirus pandemic.

In the column, Goodman wrote that “feverish hype by government officials, mainstream media outlets, and Big Pharma” made him question whether his 6-year-old daughter should be vaccinated.


Critics including former and current Reader staff quickly blasted

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‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Takes ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Slot, Will Air Four Hours Weekly


ABC set its fall 2022 schedule Tuesday, revealing summer staple “Bachelor in Paradise” will be taking over the longtime Monday home of “Dancing With the Stars” as that series moves to Disney+. The “Bachelor” spinoff will also be airing on Tuesdays, marking four full hours of the dating show per week on ABC’s fall primetime slate.

Additionally, ABC has ordered “Celebrity Jeopardy!” to pair with “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” on Sunday nights; given Niecy Nash-Betts’ “Rookie” spinoff the “BiP” lead-out on Tuesdays; swapped in “Abbott Elementary” on the Wednesday fall comedy block; and set Hilary Swank’s new drama “Alaska” as the 10 p.m. show behind “Station 19” and “Grey’s Anatomy” on Thursdays.

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The new season of “Bachelor in Paradise” will be hosted by Jesse Palmer, with Wells Adams returning to tend bar.


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Daily Campello Art News: Rockville Arts Festival


I walked through the 10th Annual Rockville Arts Festival in downtown Rockville today – as usual it is a terrific show with loads of good artists, food and entertainment!

I love the fact that every booth is a corner booth – thus maximizing the exhibition space for each artist! This show is always good and reflects the hard work of its director Robin Markowitz.

As usual, my two bits on some of my faves from this show.

I liked Bob Friedenberg’s fantasy line drawings and Matthew Miller’s paintings.

I also admired the paintings of Richard McMurry, who told me that he’s somewhat new to the outdoor art circuit; he’s clearly a painter at the top of his form!

Detail of a painting by Richard McMurry
Detail of a painting by Richard McMurry

Also new to the outdoor art circuit is Yolanda Prinsloo, an exceptionally skilled painter and teacher – her booth was full of

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