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About the Author

Linda Kemp is a popular contributing writer and demonstrator and the author of Watercolor Painting Outside the Lines - A Positive Approach to Negative Painting (North Light Books). She frequently instructs and lectures at national symposiums and workshops throughout Canada, The United States and The United Kingdom. She teaches 8-10 workshops a year and is a certified instructor for Holbein Artists Colors (paint manufacturer). She's also sponsored by Ampersand (Clayboard and Aquaboard).

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (November 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440325235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440325236
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.8 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is well written and easy to follow.
Tommy B. McDonell, Ph.D.
I love her work, and I really enjoy this new way of thinking about composing art in the negative.
Tomlyn
Highly recommend for advanced beginner and intermediate artists.
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73 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Anne Piombino on December 4, 2013
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I've been a professional graphic designer for nearly 20 years, and recently have gone back to my first love, fine art. I smugly thought there wouldn't be too many books that could teach me the concepts of color theory better than I knew from college and work experience, but I've learned that once you change the medium, the core artistic concepts shift a bit too. The way to compose for graphic work is vastly different than it is for fine art. The same is true for how your artistic eye 'sees'.

This book covers the core concepts of fine art in a new and refreshing way. Learning to see the big shapes of composition, understanding color harmony - these are the foundation skills that build any great painting. No matter how many art books you already have in your library now (no comment), this is a golden addition.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mownley on December 16, 2013
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Negative space is another way of painting using design and color , and that maybe nothing new ,i think its a great way to paint and think about your art in another way.the book cover is beautiful and the pages inside are easy to understand and step by step. You can imagine using this technique in your own art and find it freeing new and exciting.I would recommend this book . The author I think explains color ,design and technique well and seems to want there readers to use this technique instead of how some art tech books seem to just be an advertisement of there own art work claiming to teach you nothing. The book I think would be great for beginner artists and advanced artists who wants to rethink and imagine something new.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on December 21, 2013
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Linda truly makes it worthwhile to step out of your comfort zone. For those who need paced instruction to
learn new methods, this book is ideal. For the advanced artist this will make all those brain synapses
tingle.
Dooley
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on March 4, 2014
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The book is not so clear cut in showing her technique. The dvd should have been included WITH the book rather than requiring people to purchase both for a clear understanding of her technique. Little cheap I think if truly wanting to share your technique - artists are usually visual in their understanding. Recommend the dvd - not the book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Fern Phillips on May 20, 2014
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The book was not as much about design as the title suggests. I did get some design tips that were helpful, like repeating shapes, relationships of line and overlapping frames. However I was disappointed in the exercises, either they were too simplistic, such as recreating composition plans (copying), or too complex with no explanation, as in the preparatory sketches.
Too much time and space spent on colour mixing and hue, which most artists already know, and any relationship to design was poorly explained.
This work could have benefited from a good editing, limiting it to subjects clearly related to design, and clear exercises that transition skills in design.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Florence E. Fessler on December 30, 2013
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I love this artist, but was hoping for more pictures of different paintings. It is very much like the previous book I bought entltled "Painting Outside The Lines," which I love. This book has nothing really new. Of course, the title does say design and color, so maybe I should have researched more and realized that I didn't need this book. If you are looking to learn about design and color, this is probably a great book for that. Linda also has CD's out that are great !!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By nanar on January 11, 2014
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I am familiar with some of this authors ideas and expanded on them for a long time now and thought that this book would be an expansion of her work. It is in the way h er work is shown in the illustrations,but I would not recommend this to a beginner because the instructions are not as consistent in their presentation as they could be. There are wonderful ideas lurking in the book if you know where to look and know something about painting, so I am enjoying it from that standpoint.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jane Guyton on April 15, 2014
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Overall very well done; good illustrations and directions. However, in some cases I was left wondering -- so which color and shape went on first? This was described well in the initial part of the book, but not so much later on. I would have loved some different subjects from leaves, branches and fish. Just a small detraction from a very good how-to book.
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