#ArtsyTuesday: How To Paint On Black Canvas

black canvas 2Over the past few years, many artists have developed a passion for painting on black canvas. The reason is because a black background can help the painter express so much more of his inner world than a plain and simple white one.

In fact, one of the very first things people learn nowadays when attending an art class is to avoid painting on a white canvas as it will not give the finished product the proper visibility it deserves and it will become boring to the viewer fairly soon.

When painting on black canvas, on the contrary, the subject of the painting itself stands out and reaches a place of its own on the canvas. When looking at paintings on black canvas, it almost feels as if the subject of the painting is about to step out and reach out to the viewer.

This is true especially if the subject is painted with bright and bold colors that make the painting seem alive and real on the deep contrast that the black background provides. They express happiness, joy and love for life.

On the other hand, by using different shades of black, white and grey, the painting can suggest moody, mysterious, gothic, shady, and scary scenarios.

The deep dark background of the black canvas can help artists express their anxiety, frustration, dissatisfaction and unhappiness.

Ways to properly paint on a black canvas

StLaurent_2_54x65__original_largeThe technique that an artist needs to use to properly paint of a black canvas can be slightly different from the one he uses when painting on a white one.

First of all, the black canvas is usually not framed, which makes it difficult for the painter to come up with a solution as to how to cover the painting’s sides in order not to leave them blank.

Some artists opt for a unified painting, meaning they continue the painting on the side as well, giving it a multiple-dimension look. Other painters instead choose the old-fashioned way of covering the sides with duct tape before they start painting.

blackcanvaartWhen approaching painting on a black canvas, it is suggested to begin by drawing a sketch of the subject by using a light grey pencil and then cover it with white paint.

In order to give the painting dimension and depth, it is important to use darker colors in contrast with lighter ones that will help create the impression that the painting itself is about to come out of the canvas.

It is recommended using either shades of white or yellow ochre as beginning colors when painting on a black canvas. Even if the yellow will seem to give too much of a contrast from the black background, this impression will quickly change as the other colors follow to create the subject that is intended to be portrayed.

When painting on black canvas it is preferred not to use watercolors and oils as they give the impression of wavy and weak images. On the contrary, acrylics create a much firmer and assertive impression when adapted to black canvas paintings.

This was a guest post left by Aronno755, a writer and art lover.

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Black History Month Spotlight: Linda Scott – CEO LS1426 Inc.

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Name and occupation?
Linda Scott CEO LS1426Inc

What do you love most about being a Black woman?
What I love the most about being a Black Woman is the Strength that a black woman has to empower and educate others.

Who or what inspires you?
My grandmother is the person who inspires me the most the strength and drive that she had.

What advice do you have for other Black women or men?
The advice that I will give to others is to get your education turn your passion into your business. Don’t reach for the stars reach above the stars.

Anything else you`d like to add?
I lost my only daughter in a car accident and she left behind her only child he was nine months old at the time of her death. In order for me to continue living I have created an organization “Continuous Love” that assist young people who finish High School and plans to further their education. We hold a Tea Party once a year to provide them with “Care Package” it’s hard to get the things you need when you have your parents help just image how hard it is without them. It really does take a Village to raise our children.

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What It Really Means To Be Free


There are many things that are said to make us human, and that we consider as fundamental rights, but one of the loftiest and most important by all accounts is freedom. For many of us it’s our freedom that gives our life meaning and that makes it worthwhile. As such it tends to feature heavily in any speech, in any political manifesto and any epic yarn. But what does it really mean? And how can something so important be such an abstract subject that’s so difficult to pin down? Let’s examine what freedom is in a bit more detail.

Freedom as Choice

If you boil it down to its basics, freedom could essentially be described as choice. And the more choices you have the more freedom you have as a result. In this respect it’s possible to have ‘levels’ of freedom rather than just being free or ‘not free’ as a black and white dichotomy. This is why freedom is so important and so fundamental to our existence too – because really consciousness and life could be defined as the capacity for choice. Some would say life means being ‘aware’ but is an amoeba aware? Probably not – so rather the bit we associate with life must be the unpredictability – the ability for it to choose rather than just follow a set of predefined rules.

How Freedom Gets Taken Away

Now if you listened to your teachers at school you may have remembered them saying things along the lines of ‘you always have a choice’ and that’s true to an extent. Of course at any moment you would have the ability to choose to stop breathing and so in that regard you always have some element of choice.

But at the same time you can have choices taken away from you and that’s how someone can take our freedom. If someone tells you where you can and can’t go for instance then they are taking away some of your freedom of choice and that means you’re less free. If someone tells you what to do then by the same token they are putting limits on what you can do and this means you’ll be less free. And in a way the very purpose of your ‘consciousness’ is undermined to an extent – which is why things like human trafficking are so terribly inhumane.

In some cases as well we will lose freedom and this won’t be due to the way anyone else has acted. For instance if you are very poor or very disabled then you lose options and become less free. Here you have fewer courses of action available to you so again you are not as free as you could be – you rely on others to help you regain some of that freedom.

Freedom can also be undermined in more subtle ways. For instance if someone is raised in a certain way with limiting beliefs then they may even become less free in their own thoughts. Some people live in such fear, and have become so used to it, that even their thoughts are moderated completely reducing their ability to choose and think freely.

Freedom then, and choice, can be taken away in many ways, and this is why it’s so incredibly important that those of us who are blessed enough to have it choose to help others to regain it.

Author Byline: Lisa Goodman is a gifted writer. Her blogs not only inspire you to think but also to act on that thought.


Flint Positive Spotlight: Artist – Percy

Painting and creating art is a way I can express myself; express what I see and feel in the world around me, in an almost universal language. What’s important about my art is not that I express exactly my thoughts to the ‘T’. Sometimes I start out with an idea, and it turns out totally different from what I had in mind. I understand that art can be very subjective at times. It can mean different things to different people, but as long as my art gives people pleasure in any way, be it in an intellectual level or merely pleasing to the eyes, to me this is what makes art fun. Getting close to something that you intend to say through visual poetry, a canvas can speak to a nation. Though I am fairly new to the art world (2 and a half years),finding my way through styles and paint mixture brings me joy. I just want to capture the essence of life and what that entails with my brush, and that is the adventure.

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Keep Your Panties Up and Your Skirt Down

Are Books Dead?

I am a boater and a reader. The two activities complement each other perfectly because on most boats (I do not have a 65 foot, 75 mile an hour cigarette boat), there are long stretches of time that lend themselves wonderfully to reading.  As a reader, I am faced with the dilemma of hard version versus E-reader.  In my boating life, I have come to realize that the old fashioned notion of pieces of paper glued together to impart information may already be dead.

It already goes beyond novels

A contributor on a boating forum complained that a cruising guide he recently bought had no really relevant information.  It told of the history of the area, local sights, and of course, where the marinas were (they usually pay for the guides). What he wanted to know was more practical information, such as is there a grocery store within walking distance of the water, where is the nearest West Marine (emergency room for boaters), where’s the public pumpout? The answer he received from at least 20 bloggers was loud and clear: go to Active Captain, an electronic guide that is constantly updated by its members.

The need to be current

This was very telling for me.  Soggy, dog eared boating guides are a thing of the past, when all you have to do is long onto a national site that will give you up to date information about any area you happen to be boating in.  And this is why I now believe that books of all types may now be dead.

A good, newly released book, especially one that is on the New York Times best seller list, or, lucky author, has been recommended by Oprah, can easily set you back almost $30.  A kindle version will cost about $170.  If you read a book a week, as most avid readers probably do, the cost of the e-reader will be amortized in about 6 weeks.

Savings and convenience

Add to the long term savings the fact that you can have more than one book on your e-reader at a time, as well as magazines and other printed media, and, as they say, it is not rocket science to figure out which is better.  Remember the old days of taking a beach vacation?  Taking up all that packing room for reading material, through in a few magazines, and a die hard reader would need a suitcase just to feed his or her addiction. In today’s unfriendly skies, with additional charges for both carry on and checked baggage, it can be an expensive addiction.

We may as well hold the funeral now; the book is dead, long live the e-reader.

(Of course, as a boater, it is less of a tragedy to drop a $12 book in the drink (or more likely, a 50₵ flea market selection) than a $200 ebook, so I may find more practical reasons for my decision!)

With the current technology that you can make use of such as the computers, televisions, and other mobile gadgets, books have certainly become almost extinct because few people seem to use them anymore. So are these literary tools truly dead? Find out now at

Marcia Beckett : Watercolor Delight

I was drawn to Marcia Beckett’s beautiful works of watercolor art. I remember trying watercolors when I was a child and ending up with a kaleidoscope of wet color on my wrinkled paper. Ms. Beckett’s beautiful interpretations and expressions, with this medium, portray such a flowing feel, that she makes it look almost easy. Being a huge fan of color, I am definitely a fan of her artistic creations. I had the privilege of interviewing Ms. Beckett for today’s column. Please read with me and learn about the woman behind the art.

When did you first decide that you wanted to be an artist?
I have always loved art as a child. In high school I enjoyed it as well, but I didn’t have any self-confidence in my abilities. I never considered it as a career option until I took a general studies course in art during college. At the end of the course, the teacher wrote me a note encouraging me to pursue art as a major. I owe it to her as the reason I chose the field. I decided to become an elementary art teacher to combine my desire to work with kids and to make art.

What was your first art creation?
As a child, my first art creations were collages and drawings in books. I remember a small book with flowers in it that my grandma gave me. I drew all over the pages, added stickers and other cutouts.

Tell us about one of your first memorable art pieces.
My first memorable piece of art was in college where I was making a realistic painting of the hallway. I took a break from painting, and walked into the bathroom. While I was in the bathroom, I overheard some older art students mocking the painting I was making. It made me so angry and hurt, that I walked out of the bathroom and completely changed the painting. I turned the hallway into an ominous and expressive picture. Instead of painting in realistic colors, I used red paint for marks on the wall, which kind of resembled blood. After it was finished, I was very pleased with the result and entered it into a local juried art show. It won 2nd place for the painting category. I know some of those girls who mocked it were at the show, so it gave me a nice sense of satisfaction.

How do you feature your art?
Right now, I am building up a body of work and developing my style. I have always painted and drawn, but this past year I have really become more immersed in my art making. I show my art on my blog: I will be showing a couple of artworks in a coffee shop gallery in Chicago this fall. I also enjoy giving my art as gifts.

What are your current projects?
My current projects include painting vivid and bright watercolor “doodle” paintings, inspired by nature, fruit and flowers. I also do a lot of art journaling and have been submitting them for publications. Within the next year, I am going to create an online shop for prints and greeting cards and I would like to begin selling at arts and craft fairs. I’m not looking to make tons of money, but it would be nice to earn a little extra in order to sustain my art hobby!

In Ms Beckett’s own words, from her Blogger Profile, “I am a K-6 art teacher in Madison, WI. I am a new mom and I try to do some creative things in my spare time. This blog is about my personal art experiments.”
Connecting with Marcia Beckett
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Are you an artist who would like to be featured? Contact me!

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Charly Emery Praises Keep Your Panties Up and Your Skirt Down

Hello Dangerous Lee,

I just had to tell you that I finally had an opportunity to read a sample of your book, and I applaud you for your creativity in delivering such an important resource in a way that will powerfully speak to those who need it.

We write about different things, and yet we both identified our audiences and gave them solid, life-changing information in a creative and entertaining way so it could be absorbed, grasped and hopefully applied…

Cheers, you are super talented!

Warmest wishes,

Charly Emery – Author of Thank Goodness You Dumped His Ass