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Friday, 30 November 2007

In the Beginning........

In the beginning ..............There was a rather large 1 metre x 1.2 metre canvas.....

Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Christmas Newsletter

Here it is!! My Christmas newsletter - just click on the link below to be taken to the webpage:-

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Christmas is just around the corner

I can't believe that the Christmas season is nearly upon us. Fast approaching the end of November it really puts things into perspective! I've been walking a lot in the Forest lately and have really noticed the change in the colours - I took some photos last week of a local walk to where I live which I've posted on my blog - and even since then the leaves are changing to even deeper shades of amber, reds and rusty browns. I'm really enjoying the change in the season and am looking forward to some snowy walks in the not too distant future, however it's not something we generally get in the South of England, not until Feb March time (if we are lucky!)

I just wanted to check in as I haven't posted for over a week. Next week is going to be extremely busy for me as I am starting 2 very large commissions - all will be revealed very very soon as to the nature of these paintings - I have been busy today sorting out my studio in preparation for them........

I am busy with a flower commission this week so will post as soon as I have some pics to show.

Monday, 12 November 2007

Scenes of the New Forest

I take my inspiration from walks in the countryside, the New Forest and by the sea, here are some images that I have recently taken of the New Forest in Autumn.

copyright of all images remains with the artist Jean G Dayton 2007

Sunday, 11 November 2007

New Landscape Paintings

I have been a lil busy doing some snow winter scenes - I have this need to be near snow, and unfortunately living in the South of England doesn't bring me snow, soooo I will paint snow instead, so here are a collection of 5 snow covered landscapes, they are all 10x14" oil on canvas paintings and can be found and purchased on my website at:

Winter Haze

copyright of all images remains with the artist Jean G Dayton 2007

Friday, 9 November 2007

How Art can enhance the Office Environment

How Art can Enhance the Office

In an increasingly competitive business environment, abstract art is playing a key role in enhancing and communicating the image, ethos and values of a growing number of companies and organisations. You only have to look around in the business world and you will increasingly find sleek offices carefully furnished by Interior Designers with contemporary furnishings including large abstract contemporary paintings.

Art invigorates working environments, conveying a potent message to clients and investors, and inspiring creativity and reducing stress among employees.

For employees to work in a relaxed environment is so important in the busy corporate business environment. To work in an environment adorned with quality contemporary abstract art can refresh and motivate an individual. In my opinion when an employee performs a very academic working role, working mainly in a logical and analytical manner (or left brain, linear) it is good practice on the part of the employer to balance this with artistic surroundings (whether it be furnishings, ceramics, photography or original art) thus stimulating the right brain. The right brain functions in a non-verbal manner excelling in visual, spatial, perceptual and intuitive information, qualities equally important in the business environment.

Environment is equally important to the client but for different reasons. Although the feel of a place is important to a client, more so are the appearance and aesthetics of his surroundings. Clients arriving at a building will see certain key areas such as the reception, meeting rooms, dining areas and lift lobbies. This provides a company an ideal opportunity to present abstract contemporary art that reflects and underpins the organisations style and philosophy.

Interior Designers are employed by corporate businesses to choose art and furnishings to suit the environment that best represents the values of the organisation, part of his job is to find art that reflects the company ethos at a competitive price. Interior Designers sometimes choose commissioned original artwork from artists, as this is a cost effective alternative than mass produced printed paintings. Most artists will offer a service whereby Interior Designers or companies can commission art direct from the artist.

In the modern business environment Abstract art is not a luxury but an essential part of a business identity. Abstract contemporary art can completely develop the branding of a company and using the psychology of colour make every space aesthetically pleasing.
copyright Jean G Dayton 2007

Articles I have written taken from my website -

Thursday, 8 November 2007

Feature in Interiors Magazine

Yey, I am so Pleased about this..................... My painting 'Alpine Sanctuary' appears in the December issue of House & Home Ideas interiors magazine in an art feature about Winter Scenes- it's issue 32 and is in the shops to buy now for £2.99..... Here is the article......

Thursday, 1 November 2007

Interior Design and Decorating

Interior Design and Decorating

From the first contact from a prospective client to the completion of a design project, I will be discussing the different stages of preparing a design for a client. The initial meeting establishes the limits and scope of the project to be undertaken, and from this first stage a specific plan can be built up by the designer. There are many details to discuss with the client, such as the function, look and feel of the room in question, the client’s budget parameters and expected timescales. Emphasis on aesthetics, practicality, durability and overall cost will be discussed.

It is important to discuss with the client how he/she envisages the design of the room. The client may have a particular style in mind and the designer would use this as a foundation to work from and build upon. If the client is unsure about the particular style he/she would like, the designer can show his portfolio of previous designs of a similar room as suggestions. The designer can also show articles from magazines that depict similar room placements.

Budget is a very important factor that needs to be determined at this early stage as this can shape the whole design; so it is vital that the designer establishes exactly the kind of budget the client is working with. For example, if the budget is limited the designer would need to take into consideration whether items in the room would need a makeover. This could be applied to old sofas and chairs that can be brightened up by choosing throws and cushions to compliment the overall look. If the budget is more flexible, recovering of sofas and chairs or even purchasing new ones would be more appropriate. Again time scales would need to be discussed. A designer would need to know the clients time scale and work to this accordingly. Time-scales are a two-way issue; if skilled craftsmen are required the designer would need to book their services in advance. The designer will liaise with all parties involved in the project and ensure that all recognize their responsibilities and commitments to the project.

The designer must record all existing features in the room in question. Accurate measurements of the room will include all walls, alcoves, window recesses, window openings, floor to ceiling height, door recesses, door openings, furniture to remain in the room, skirting depths, diagonals of the room, features in the room i.e. a fireplace or built in wardrobes.

Noting the quality of the existing electrical sockets and their positioning is also important as they made need updating or more sockets may be required. In many houses there aren’t enough sockets, which can result in dangerously overloading plugs. If this is so then an electrician would need to be employed to carry out this work. With permission from the client, It is a good idea to take photos of the interior to use as reference when later designing the room. A digital camera is an invaluable asset for the modern interior designer as information can be stored onto a computer for later reference. Paint colour charts could also be useful to take to the initial consultation as matches can be made with specific items that are to remain in the room that is being re-designed. Also the designer can get a feel for the colours that are the client’s preference.

An understanding of the function of the room is required before choosing and arranging furniture. For example, a lounge might have to double up as a study, children may need to do their homework or music practice in the room, so areas for these activities would need to be taken into consideration. Shape and size also play a part in this decision. Any furniture items that the client wants to keep need to be considered to later integrate into the design as a whole. Any specific features in the room need to be considered whether they are to be enhanced or hidden.

The designer will also assess the quality of the light entering the room. It will be useful to ask the client whether the room will be used mainly in daylight hours as this can determine the lighting required in the room. For example, if designing an office the space would need good lighting at all times of the day (natural and artificial). Another example would be an artist’s studio where the room would need enough natural light entering the room during the daytime.
Once all the initial studies and measurements have been taken a fee for this consultation and designing the room needs to be agreed between the client and the designer. This is purely for carrying out the design of the room and a further contract would be drawn up once the designs have been accepted by the client from the quotation produced. The quotation would detail all fees and materials and also a description outlining the work to be undertaken.

On returning to his studio, the designer will draw up a working plan to scale of the room. Working with the brief from the client the designer will start creating designs in the form of perspective drawings, elevations, floor plans and sample boards. The designer will need to research into possible retail sources for items of furniture and soft furnishings to compliment his designs; price lists of these items will need to be produced to show to the client. Sourcing chosen fabric samples to take to show as examples to the client is also a good idea.

The next stage for the designer will be to present the designs to the client. This meeting gives the designer the opportunity for feed back from the client in the way of minor changes that may have to be made, slight alterations and hopefully acceptance of the design. Further adjustments can be made at this stage. The designer may need to meet with the client a third time to finalise the design, whereby a date can be set to implement the design. It is important that the final design be aesthetically pleasing whilst meeting the cost constraints of the client. By now the designer will have set a program of events in place and will be working very closely with the client and sub-contractors, (if required), to produce the design. The designer will already have a team of craftsmen to use.

In conclusion the process of producing a design for a client is a simple and logical one with easy steps taken towards ensuring client satisfaction. By working closely with the client and gaining as much information as possible the designer can transform his clients initial dream into a reality.