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Sunday, 30 September 2007

Busy Days commission completed

I have just completed a pet portrait of Shelley the Rotweiler and her owner....and here she is....

Saturday, 22 September 2007

Abstract Landscape

Winter is nearly upon us and shops are scarily starting to stock xmas wrapping paper and mince pies!!!! ................. I have chosen a winter scene for my latest abstract landscape called 'Alpine Sanctuary'; a relaxing image of the Alps interpreted in my own loose abstract style - the contrast of the dark stormy snow clouds with the clarity of the ice blue mountains creates a dramatic piece that is enchanting and soulful at the same time. It's a 10x14" oil on canvas and is £75.00 and can be bought on my website at:

Alpine Sanctuary

Monday, 17 September 2007

Featured Art in Magazines

My work has appeared in several magazines this month..........

One of my paintings 'Mountain Lake' appears in Octobers issue of House and Home Ideas magazine.

Here is the page:-

AND...... an article has been written about my art in Homes magazine:-

Featuring my paintings 'Fastnet 4', 'Petal' and 'Refreshing Skies'

Something a little different.

Art Design and Colour Meaning

People are becoming more aware about the power of colour to heal every aspect of their lives. We are surrounded by colour within natures flowers, trees, rocks, minerals and animals and we mimic these colours in our homes with soft furnishings, upholstery and ART. Here you will find a brief introduction about colour, it’s positive benefits and how it can enhance your environment.

RED This colour has exciting & stimulating qualities, which is why it tends to be used in restaurants to stimulate the appetite and conversation; so a good colour to have in a dining room. Red is vibrant and gives us energy, it brings strength, warmth & energy and is associated with love. It is a yang colour and a person would wear this colour if they wanted to create an impression or feel confident and powerful in their surroundings, hence the term ‘power dressing’.

PINK When white is added to red it transforms it to Rose Pink, a softer more delicate colour than red it’s associated with the feminine energies and with unconditional love. It’s a colour associated with good health and well-being. A Good colour to have in a bedroom. It is associated with healing of the heart centre, the crystal stone Rose Quartz is a soft baby pink and is very often used for this healing purpose.

ORANGE The colour of joy, it has the power to encourage freedom and movement on all levels of our being. Its warm invigorating nature makes it a real mood lifter. It is also the colour of creativity so this colour would be a good colour to have in a study, work place or kitchen. Orange promotes confidence and a feeling of well being and that ‘everything is ok in my world’ so it is a good colour for encouraging and cultivating self worth.

YELLOW It is the colour nearest to sunlight. Its sunny disposition radiates warmth and inspiration. Yellow works with the intellect and mental inspiration, making it a beneficial colour to use in a study or place of learning. It is a happy colour and is often associated with summer, sun and jovial times. Children are very often drawn to this colour. It is a colour that calms our emotions and is associated with the solar plexus energy centre.

BLUE This colour promotes a sense of peace and relaxation, making it a good colour to have in a bedroom, meditation room or in a room set aside for relaxation. It is also the colour of communication so would be good to use in any communal areas of the home such as the dining room or lounge/sitting room. Depending of the shade of blue, it can have varying effects on ones being - turquoise blue is a powerful colour used in spiritual practices and is the colour of the stone ‘Turquoise’ which is revered by the Native American Indians. A deep electric blue is used as a powerful healing and protective colour and is used in many spiritualism churches. Baby blue can be a calming colour for children and would be a very good colour to use in a baby’s bedroom.

GREEN The colour of balance. In nature it is the colour of life. As the colour of balance it is able to bring stability to both mind and emotions. An unassuming colour that has a soothing tranquil quality so again this would be a good choice of colour for a living room or family room, encouraging harmony within the home.

VIOLET This colour is a combination of the masculine energies of red and the feminine energies of blue, which gives this colour the ability to balance and calm these two energies within the home or within an individual. Bringing both physical and spiritual strength and calming to those experiencing sleep difficulties this colour would be most beneficial in a bedroom setting.

Hangar Farm Exhibition

I have been sooooo busy lately that I haven't had time to post on my blog.... Here are some pics from the preview night at Hangar Farm, my latest exhibition

The preview night went very well with a really good turn out. Some of the work I am showing are these abstracts:-

and Breeze

Saturday, 1 September 2007

The Artists Inspiration for Abstract Art

The Artists Inspiration for Abstract Art

As an artist the main thing that inspires me to paint abstract art is the relationship between colour and shape and the different ways in which they complement each other. I mainly can look at nature and see shapes and colour and sometimes I am inspired to paint an over accentuated image of what I have seen, for example some of the abstract florals I have produced have been my interpretation in close up of a flower from my garden. However I am also inspired and fascinated by urban surroundings and buildings and their architectural shapes and lines.


Essentially artists draw inspiration from the world around them and from their own experiences. However, in my experience I have also been inspired by my spiritual guides. Whether or not you hold the belief that there is a life beyond what we see around us we are very often influenced by unseen forces and energies. The universe is an immense place full of moving energy; in fact we are moving energy intertwining with each other, learning and growing, experiencing life. Life and everything we see is energy.

Beyond the Void
For those who are interested and believe in the concept of spiritual guides and how these spiritual guides can channel information to us can consciously use this as a tool when performing any creative task. Have you ever been so engrossed in what you are doing creatively that everything flows and you produce a piece of work that far exceeds anything you have achieved before? Well of course firstly it is down to an artist’s natural talent but also it could well be that in your moment of focus that you were in fact channelling the work of a high spiritual guide who too has artistic gifts. Many writers and poets will say that they receive an inspiration (sometimes in the middle of the night) and have to write down their inspirations – where does that come from? I myself have woken in the morning with my head full of ideas for a piece of artwork; I mainly get inspirations about colour and I would say that colour is my main focus within my work and I know from my experience that I am working with my guide to produce my paintings.


As artists we often keep diaries of our inspirations to use at a later date. It is always a useful necessity to have a notebook on hand at all times as you never know when an idea for a painting may come about. Once a spark of an idea is born and written down it is likely that the idea will develop as you are writing, these ideas are used as reference at a later date when they can be expanded upon to produce the desired result. Another useful tool is the camera, which I very often carry with me on my travels so that I can record anything that inspires me.

Ride the Wave
Nature inspires me greatly. The positive and powerful energy of my surroundings is important to me and I am very lucky to live somewhere where I have an abundance of nature; a beautiful garden, surrounding fields full of wildlife, woodland and forest and as I live by the coast, the sea. I am fascinated by the sea; from early childhood I have loved to be by the sea, I call it my ‘spiritual home’, I guess that is why I paint many seascapes as I have this affinity with the sea. The energy of the sea inspires me to paint and I endeavour to capture the passion, wildness and enormity of the sea.

The Gold Within

Therefore as abstract artists we draw our inspiration from a variety of sources and interpret our experiences differently. Fundamentally our abstract work is a reflection of who we are, an expression of ourselves.

copyright Jean G Dayton 2007

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