‘Gotta Paint what Ain’t’

Last Saturday [Nov 24th] the Library’s Festival room was flowing with Negative Energy as the Pelham Art Association welcomed internationally recognized artist Linda Kemp with her Acrylic Painting on Clay-board workshop.

Linda Kemp is an award winning artist, author, instructor, and Pelham resident. Her paintings can be found in government [notably Royal Collection Windsor Castle, U.K.], corporate, and private [including H.R.H. the Prince of Wales] collections worldwide. She willingly shares her knowledge and enthusiasm for painting by travelling worldwide to lecture and conduct workshops. Linda graciously extended her teaching schedule to conduct her last workshop of 2019 in Pelham.

The Festival Room was filled to capacity with artists of all levels eagerly waiting to learn from the guru of negative painting. The majority of participants were from the Niagara Region. However, one determined artist came from Ottawa to participate as she missed Linda’s Ottawa workshop that sold out in half a day. 

The goal for the day was to produce a stylized painting of a crow. Linda took us through the process step by step and left no one behind. We started with an underpainting which I would call fun with paint and textures and created a crow by painting around the crow shape with layers of glazes. As Linda explains “working in negative painting we paint around the shape. We are shape makers. Shapes and edges tell the story. The colours we want in the shape we put in the underpainting.”  In negative painting we look to simply things and we look for shapes and patterns. Linda encouragingly reminded us often that the work goes through a real ugly stage before it gets pretty – she was not kidding.  Participants left the work shop with a stylized crow, lots of information, and a positive outlook on negativity. 

If you would like more information on Negative Painting go to Linda’s instructional website www.lindakemp.com. For information on the Pelham Art Association and upcoming workshops check out www.pelhamartassociation.ca