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#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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All You Need For Christmas Are These Books

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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 are Black.
  • 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.

My Erotica Anthology (Paperback)

Keep Your Panties Up and Your Skirt Down

My Erotica Anthology – eBook (*Kindle)

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

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

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

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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:

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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.

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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.

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Oh Lawd! This Woman Shoves Yarn Up Her Vagina Then Knits

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Introducing the wonderful world of Vaginal Knitting…is a string of words I never thought I’d type in my lifetime.

I don’t really know how to put this into plainer words than I did in the headline, but you have to see this shit to believe this shit. This woman sticks a ball-o-fuckin-yarn way up into that queef hatch of hers and then she knits the smelliest fucking scarves and sweaters and mittens known to man. But it’s that good smell…that deep vaginal smell. Real carnal shit, you know?

No, you probably don’t know because I don’t even know what the fuck I’m talking about, just watch the goddamn video.

See video via Every Day This Woman Shoves a Ball Of Yarn Up Her Vagina and Then – BroBible.com.

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5 Simple Yet Amazing Reasons Why You Should Donate Books

Given the pithy direction this world seems to be heading in, finding a soul that’s willing to share and part with what they love, for the greater good is like finally finding signs of life on some planet at least. Especially one that promises to spread knowledge like a shining beacon and enlightens people in its own warm ways. On a personal level, donating books is a lot easier than you think. And if you’re still looking for inspiration, perhaps these five reasons will help you decide for the better.

  • Spread the love

In a time and age where technology seems to be changing the way we saw and read our books, every bibliophile understands the importanceof saving that rustic charm and feel, good old paper brought. And the only way to make every budding bibliophile realize this is by spreading the love for books. Because, going to bed every day knowing that you made someone (probably, less fortunate) out there a little more well-read and a little happier is nothing less than super-heroic.

 

  • Make space for new books

In the list of nerd-problems, lack of extra space for a dozen more books comes a very close second to a favorite series coming to an end. Unless you live in a mansion spanning acres and acres of land, this is something that can give you sleepless nights. After all, there’s only so much respite shelves, beds, shoe-boxes and the floor can offer. Book donation is an elegant, albeit generous solution to this problem. And hey, it any day trumps the parents throwing old books away.

  • The easiest form of giving

Passing on your beloved books to someone else, is probably the best way to spread knowledge, quite literally. And when you donate, the whole gesture becomes all the more beautiful. Donating books is a win-win for everyone involved. The receiver- because you give him the chance to explore a portal to whole new world only books can offer. And, you, because when you give wholeheartedly, the sense of happiness and satisfaction that it brings is unmatchable.Moreover, unlike donating money, donating books doesn’t burn the heart or pinch the pockets.

  • Helps you de-clutter

There are those bibliophiles who are perfectly at peace with books jutting out of every cranny and sliver in the house. And there are those who are the very epitome of the obsessive cleanliness. For the latter, donating books is the most amazing solution to this problem. And I’m not only talking about the shelf space. More often than not, we end up buying books that we form no attachments to. And yet there they are, gathering the dust of indifference slightly laced with regret. You can’t just throw the books away, nor can you hand them down to anyone. One simple solution: Donate.

  •   Begin the cycle of giving

To be very honest, the most awesome and sought after books in my inventory were picked from book charity events. This made me think, what if no believed in the art of giving? Would existing bibliophiles be made happier and the uninitiated be converted? Now put yourself in perspective and imagine yourself at the giving end of this cycle. There could be that one book that changed your life and the way you saw the world. When you donate that book, you’re giving someone, someone more less fortunate maybe, the chance to be inspired and change their lives. And that person in turn donates the book again. Do you see what you’re doing here?

 

Today’s featured writer,Jenny Wadlow,  is a freelance blogger. She is a self-proclaimed book worm and suggests buying used books online for they are affordable and environment friendly. You can follow her on Twitter @JennyWadlow.

 

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Top Story – Why The Bathroom Is The Best Place For A Photo Shoot!

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Today, photographers are constantly experimenting and trying to create unique shots. We live in an age where unique visuals can be such an asset, and your photography could turn up in unexpected places on the Internet. Separating your own artwork from the artwork of so many others is an increasingly difficult task for all creative people. Photography is certainly no exception, particularly not in an age when everyone’s phone has a camera and so many people take up photography as a hobby.

Location
There are many ways to put different spins on any standard photography subject matter, but choosing an exotic location is certainly one of them. While many photographers feel compelled to look beyond everyday things and people in capturing their subjects, some others may try to find beauty in that which is ordinary. Everyday locations like living rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms are only as trivial as you make them.

Bathrooms Have A Lot Going For Them In Terms Of Photo Shoots
Really, bathrooms have a lot going for them in terms of photo shoots. Photographers are always trying to capture people from unique angles with good lighting. Many bathrooms absolutely must have good lighting, since people apply makeup there and prepare themselves to face the world all in that one location. Photographers invest so much time in trying to create the best lighting conditions possible, that bathrooms can potentially allow them to take shortcuts that would be impossible under normal circumstances. Photographers always have to make good use of their surroundings and locations, and any person creative enough to be a photographer is creative enough to use the lighting of a bathroom to their best advantage.

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Decorative Bathrooms
Then there is the issue of how bathrooms are usually decorated. While there are exceptions, bathrooms are typically designed to be cheerful and inviting. Bathrooms will often have pictures on the wall, cheery wallpaper, and so many other attributes that will only enhance the aesthetics of your average bathroom and the photograph within its premises. Even in a dirtier or less inviting bathroom, bathrooms are easy enough to liven up for the sake of a photograph, and they are far more compact than many competing locations.

Bathroom Mirrors Add A Charm
Mirrors are a great component to add to many bathrooms. They can create interesting angles, make the room look larger, and generally contribute to the visual appearance of the location. In bathroom photographs with the typical bathroom lighting, they can even make the whole room and the subject of the photograph look brighter. Achieving that same effect in almost any other room in any house would be much more difficult, but bathrooms come fully equipped with nice decorations that can enhance most photographs.

Bathrooms have a certain warm, friendly familiarity to them as well, even at the worst of times. It is the one room of any house guests are most likely to visit at one point. People may look very well lit in their bathrooms, but they certainly will always look at home there. All that positivity can be captured nicely on film.

Ashraf Pistawala is a media blogger and writes for AQVA Bathrooms, the on-line store in UK for designer accessories in bathrooms. You can interact with AQVA Bathrooms on twitter @aqvabathrooms

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365 Days of Dangermas: Day 95 – Home Alone

DANGERMASLOGODay 95 – April 5, 2013:

Another Friday night and I am all alone. I like it. I’m working, but I am also relaxin’ and enjoying my favorite jams. It’s been a good week. Cya next week! And, as always Keep it Dangerous!

Nothing for the Dangermas tree.

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365 Days of Dangermas: Day 94 – Nurses Rule At DangerousLee.Biz!

DANGERMASLOGODay 94 – April 4, 2013:

Highlights of The Day

  • Today was a day full of work, so there’s really no highlights worth mentioning except the fact that the article 5 Reasons Marrying A Nurse Is Like Winning The Lottery has received close to 150,000 views today and the love hate conversation on nurses continues. I’m amazed! Who knew an article about nurses would cause such a stir!
  • I got a B- in my Bio Chemistry Neuro Psychology class. Yay me! I’m glad to be done with that!
  • I had several epiphanies last night before bed and I am very excited about my next book project. I can’t wait to share the details with you when it’s ready to rock!
  • Earth Day is April 22 and Senia has created  – Senia’s Earth Day Challenge. Please participate by submitting images of green living or images/drawings of your favorite places on earth.

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365 Days of Dangermas: Day 92 – Snakes, Lizards & Frogs, Oh My!

DANGERMASLOGODay 92 – April 2, 2013:

Highlights of the Day

  • Went to the Rescue and Conservation Center at The Great Lakes Zoological Society in Ann Arbor. I especially loved the dyeing poison frogs, the spiny tailed agamids, and the crocodile  monitor. I even got a huge stuffed python to remember the trip by and guess where it is? That’s right! The Dangermas tree! I put it in upside down  (as you can see below) but it looks good that way. However, I have put it in the tree right side up since taking this photo. Senia got a huge, super cute, stuffed purple poison dart frog. She named it “Spots” and it’s her new sidekick :). Day two of Spring Break was a success!

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