Crystallized Quadrant

Mixed Media – Acrylic on Board with Shattered Candy Glass

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A Closer Look at Chris Schillinger’s Crystallized Quadrant

Chris Schillinger is a Toronto-based abstract artist. One of his pieces, Crystallized Quadrant, uses acrylic paints and shattered candy glass on board to create an interesting visual effect. Let’s take a closer look at this unique painting and explore how it was made.

The Rule of Thirds

Crystallized Quadrant follows the rule of thirds—a compositional technique in which the canvas is divided into nine equal parts with two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines. The four points where these lines intersect are considered “power points” because they draw attention to important parts of the composition. Therefore, you will often see subjects placed near those power points when photographers compose their images, and it’s also why Chris chose to place his subject (the Crystallized Quadrant) in a similar fashion in this painting.

The Colors

The primary colours used in Crystallized Quadrant are copper, bronze and gold which provide a warm but subtle contrast between light and dark tones. These colours complement each other well but don’t overpower each other—an important consideration when working with such vibrant hues. Additionally, the use of metallic paints gives the painting an extra touch of shine that helps it stand out from other works of art.

The Materials

Crystallized Quadrant is a mixed media piece painted on board instead of canvas. Additionally, Chris incorporated shards of candy glass into his work; he acquired the glass by shoveling up pieces after a stuntman went through a window while filming on set at his regular day job in the film industry! This combination of materials makes for an interesting texture that adds another layer to this already-compelling piece.


Chris Schillinger’s Crystallized Quadrant is an impressive example of abstract art that uses colour and texture to create a unique visual experience for viewers. By combining acrylic paints with shattered candy glass on board instead of canvas and following the rule of thirds for composition, he has created something truly special that stands out from other works by this talented artist! If you’re looking for something different than your standard landscape or portrait painting, then give this one a try! You won’t be disappointed!

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