#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.


All You Need For Christmas Are These Books

All You Need For Christmas Are These Books


This past weekend I was informed that my book, Keep Your Panties Up and Your Skirt Down, was being plagiarized along with close to 40 other books (some bestsellers) on Amazon by someone named, Jay Cute.

His or her “business” has been shut down thanks to all the complaints, including mine, but I have a hard time selling my own books these days so I wasn’t worried about him or her making a profit.

It was actually flattering on some demented level.

Anyway, check ’em out!

  • The Half Series: When Black People Look White – eBook, less than 50 pages, focuses on my experience as a Black woman raising a biracial/mixed child and the colorism that comes along with it. Features commentary on the children of Michael Jackson along with images and interviews with biracial/mixed people as well as fun facts about celebrities you may not know  have Black heritage.
  • Keep Your Panties Up and Your Skirt Down: An anthology that includes six erotic tales of safe sex with an emphasis on HIV education. Don’t let the subject matter fool you. This book is hot as well as educational.

Both books are under $10! Get ’em for yourself or someone you love this Christmas!

My Erotica Anthology (Paperback)


My Erotica Anthology – eBook (*Kindle)


The Half Series: When Black People Look White – eBook (*Kindle) 


*Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

Welfare Wishes and Watermelon Dreams: Being Poor Isn’t A Crime But It Should Be Illegal


poor [poo r]

adjective, poorer, poorest.

1. having little or no money, goods, or other means of support: a poor family living on welfare.

2. Law. dependent upon charity or public support.


As I’m doing some Back to School shopping at the Salvation Army for my daughter, I find myself in a conversation with an older Black man, who after seeing me pull my wallet out to pay for my items says, “I wish I had seen you pull your wallet out before I went to the car to get my money. He’s joking of course, but I tell him, “Nope. You did the right thing by going to get your own money.” We laugh.

A few moments later as I am paying with my debit card in a separate check out lane, he says to me, “I knew I should of had you pay for my stuff!” He’s still joking, but I’m wondering why he’s obsessed with me and this particular joke.

I don’t give a damn if we are at the Salvation Army, you can pay for your own shit. I tell him, “I only spent $14. We’re both shopping here so we must be in the same situation.” “What situation is that?” he asks. I reply, “We’re poor.”

That’s when he got even louder. “Oh no! I’m not claiming that! I’m not poor.” I start to tune him out and by this time I was on my way out the store anyway. He’s still going on and on and  as I am walking out, I say, “I am poor. It’s the truth and it’s nothing to be ashamed of.”

I understand his attitude, but I think it stinks and it’s stupid. I hear it all the time – “Stop claiming that you’re poor.” Why? I AM poor!

As if saying I’m poor is why I’m poor or as if I start saying I’m rich that my bank account will magically swell up.

I am poor.

I think the real issue is that when people think of poor, they only think of people who look like this:


No, sweetie. Poor people look like me too! Many of us look like we have our shit together. We are the “working poor”.

Besides, why else would I be shopping at places like the Salvation Army, Goodwill or other various consignment stores if I could afford new clothes?

Granted, even if I was living comfortably I would still shop at these places, but not as often as I do now and not because my budget won’t allow me to shop anywhere else.


I’m one of many. Too many. There are millions of poor people in America and all over the world. I don’t know about anyone else, but it was not my dream to grow up and struggle for a living.

However, I will not let the stigma of the word “poor” make me feel ashamed of my current situation.

365 Days of Dangermas: Day 74

DANGERMASLOGODay 74 – March 15, 2013:

I finally got a copy of Michael Jackson’s BAD concert at Wembly and let me just say after watching it my Michael mojo is up and running! The DVD is in the Dangermas tree, but I’m sure it won’t be in there for long!

wembly dvd

If you’d like to donate items to the Dangermas tree, please view our wishlist for ideas, or you can send ornaments or other light weight items to:

Dangerous Lee

PO Box 7317

Flint, MI 48507

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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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Irish-American Heritage Month Spotlight: Michael John McCann

Name and occupation:   

Michael John McCann.  Author and creator of PurpleUmpkin books and the  Murples  characters.  Teaching  the importance of reading with children.

What do you love most about being of Irish heritage?

The history and many of the great accomplishments . The impact they have had in America. How I believe they will be involved in many great accomplishments to come.

Can you tell us any interesting Irish history facts?

John Kennedy was a great president who to this day still has a major influence on our society.  Ireland is a very special place. The country has a history of great artists , musicians and writers  that had an influence on the world.

Who or what inspires you most? 

My  program .  “Read  With  A  Child ,  And  Help  Feed  A Child” We are starting here in the US, but I would like to grow to Ireland . Through the sale of PurpleUmpkin books and the Murples brand we raise money to feed children, and get books to children that need them. Helping  children and people in need.  Teaching the importance of reading  with and to children.

“Reading is the gateway to your dreams.  Everything you do or dream of doing in life will come through reading. “   – Michael John McCann

Something about you that would surprise us: 

My family has a long history of helping people. We started and operated the second largest homeless shelter and outreach program in New England for 30 years.  Three  million meals and a million nights of shelter.

I am a good dancer. I used to be as good as Travolta. 🙂

Websites and email:

  • PurpleUmpkin.com
  • Bookstoreadnetwork.com
  • Read.Feed.Child.com   (coming soon)
  • support@purpleumpkin.com
  • Irish-American Heritrage Month Spotlight: Belinda Blakley (dangerouslee.biz)

Black History Month Spotlight: Daya Devi-Doolin

Name and Title:  Daya Devi-Doolin: Dir. The Doolin Healing Sanctuary

What do you do and why? I have a national center for helping (aligning) with others for their own self-healing with vibratory energy work with them. The systems I use are non-invasive and help balance and rearrange one’s body, mind and spiritual vibrational rate to one of healing. I know what it’s like being in pain and stressed out because of it. I also know what it’s like to be free of pain and how that feels. I desire to see people realize they don’t have to live that way and that there is a “better” way to live. I am also and have been a singer/songwriter, musician and recording artist with my husband and partner for many years after meeting on the streets of Philadelphia, where I was a “street musician”. We make up the Duo, aka Level Seven and perform original and cover music at fairs, festivals, clubs, concert halls and do Radio/TV interviews. We are members of the Recording Academy and our CD, Smile America was considered for nomination to the Grammys. A few of my books have received national book awards and best-selling status. I have written six books in the category or motivational, self-growth and inspirational. I was inspired to learn the guitar after being exposed to music by my father when I was a child. Music was around us through records, him singing as he painted and listening to him play the piano, ukulele and guitar for us.

What mark have you left on Black history? I started writing poems in college and wrote a short play that was put on. I got a lot of enjoyment seeing my thoughts and feelings transported onto paper and then dance into action. My words made me feel good inside and outside. It was like the feeling you’d get seeing a beautiful butterfly land on your finger or hold a newborn baby.

When I graduated, I distinctly said to myself “I am never going to read another book in my whole life again!” What did I end up doing? I ended up writing books twenty years later and accepting speaking engagements. It was not a goal of mine to write, let alone read another book. I agreed with Spirit to write because I felt and saw the need to answer people’s questions about things of substance. I was impressed by a still quiet Voice to do so.

Once I started writing without fussing about the direction given me by this comforting Voice, I found how satisfying the process was. I’m glad I listened and acted. The results have been far more reaching and fantastic than I could have ever imagined.

As President of The Doolin Healing Sanctuary, I give talks on metaphysical topics to my participants. Some have stayed after my workshops and lectures to talk with me and one time, a student asked, “Daya, what do you think is the most important thing we as humans need to know or need to learn?” I said, “People have to learn that the thoughts we have are our Word made flesh. Thoughts are our inherited gifts that become our reality and that no thought is neutral. I told her people need to realize that the thoughts we hold in mind (Heaven) become manifested on earth (the body).” Her expression revealed she was stunned at my answer! Spirit informed me that I could answer that question in book form and it would reach far more people. People, regardless of their race, nationality, creed, need to remember they are responsible for everything they see and do and experience in their reality.

My greatest victory is in several different chapters of my life as a writer. In one chapter for example, two of my books received the same prestigious award in two consecutive years with the NABE Pinnacle Best Book Achievement Award. In another chapter of my writing life, victory was receiving an award from a black national award-winning online magazine, the EDC Creations Literary Award in the self-growth category while Jack Canfield won it for his Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul. We both won the same award but for different categories. Overall, my greatest victory is taking myself from a non-writer status to being a sought after author-speaker. Seeing my thoughts, efforts, feelings expressed in book form is a fantastic gift. I see a win-win situation for me and the reader of my books.

I have been blessed to read and learn from hundreds of authors whom I lovingly call my mentors whether alive or not. They know the truth about universal principles and how to apply them to our lives as a human being in order to experience the best that life has to offer. They know what is possible when you are conscious of what your thoughts are and how they become “things”. If I were to have the opportunity to have lunch with any one author, I would choose to have lunch with Dr. Maya Angelou.

I have authored six books and each one is my favorite. They each have their own life, their own energy and quality of substance. The Only Way Out Is In: The Secrets of the 14 Realms to Love, Happiness and Success has been my most successful because of the motivational, healing and inspirational principles the reader has picked up on and applied to their lives. People write books because they feel what they have to say is valuable, important to the health of others, motivational, inspirational, educational or funny. They feel they have learned a valuable lesson and want to help someone else. I know I have valuable information and my intention is to share that and leave it as my legacy with mankind.

People ask me how they should begin writing. I say enjoy the journey and try not to figure out what is the next thing. That will present itself naturally when you are ready. The pieces will fall into place for you. My advice to writers regardless of color who are just starting out is to meditate first. Be quiet, breathe in deeply and slowly. You already have the information within you and it will come pouring through. Trust yourself and trust your inner being.

Why is celebrating Black History important to you? All who have gone on before us and left us a legacy of strength, fortitude, persistence, perseverance and a sense of adventure to go and do, to go and be the best we are meant to be. It’s important to me to be of service by BEING in and of your passion that lifts up someone else (adult or child) and lets them know, they can overcome anything whether it be physical, spiritual, mental, emotional or medical. We have many examples of men and women who were doctors, nurses, lawyers, ministers or simply laypeople who wanted to make things better for themselves, which affected all people regardless of race, nationality or creed. I am honored to be able to celebrate them for having been my ancestors by living and leaving such inspirational gifts for me to carry on with for my children, family and country.

Who or what do you honor most in Black History? Dr. Maya Angelou for being a remarkable Renaissance woman who is hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary literature. She is a poet, educator and historian. In a recent interview by The Authors Show TV, I was asked who would I love to have lunch with and why? My response was, “I have been blessed to read and learn from hundreds of authors whom I lovingly call my mentors whether alive or not. They know the truth about universal principles and how to apply them to our lives as a human being in order to experience the best that life has to offer. They know what is possible when you are conscious of what your thoughts are and how they become “things”. If I were to have the opportunity to have lunch with any one author, I would choose to have lunch with Dr. Maya Angelou.”

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Flint Stuff Spotlight: D Fro – Delirious Days

This music video, made by D-Fro (a producer/MC out of the Owosso/Flint area) and directed by label mate Tim Evans, promotes you to never give up on yourself, even if the world around us wants us to sometimes. D-Fro is an advocate for self-discovery and awareness of world affairs. Check out more at www.fb.com/dfromusic.

Note: Original video has been removed


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