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Monday, 24 December 2007

Colour in Art

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.

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Latest Seascape | Abstract Yacht Seascape Paintings

Here is my latest yacht seascape commission I have been working on, this is it completed, a rather large 2m x 1.2m oil on canvas............ very dramatic, lots of sea & splash!


House & Home Ideas Jan Issue - Feature

My artwork 'Touch of Green' features in the Jan issue of House & Home Ideas in The Essentials feature 'Art in Green' - here's the feature

Sunday, 16 December 2007

AND magazine feature

My art has been featured in a Hampshire magazine called AND magazine - it's a great mag that supports local people and local businesses, lists all gigs and entertainment that is happening in our area, a really good read, here is the article....

Sunday, 9 December 2007

House and Home Ideas Website Offer

I am offering to visitors to House & Home Ideas website a 20% discount until Jan 2008 on all original art, to get the special promotional code please visit the House & Home Ideas website at

Dramatic Yacht Seascapes | Abstract Yacht Racing Paintings

The remainder of the trio that I have been working on.......2 large canvases 30x24"

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Friday, 7 December 2007

Latest Seascape | Abstract Yacht Racing Paintings

A series of 3 yacht seascapes I am working on at the moment, this one completed today....36"x24" - lots of movement, sea and splash!

Thursday, 6 December 2007

Completed Seascape commission | Abstract Yacht Paintings

Here is a karge canvas commission I have been working on that is 1m x 1.2m - it is based on my painting Fastnet4

closeup images

Sunday, 2 December 2007

Christmas Time

Taken from my Christmas newsletter

Our thoughts are turning to Christmas and the winter months ahead. I love this time of year as it has something truly magical to offer... The leaves on the trees have nearly all fallen now leaving a beautiful soft golden carpet for us to tread. There is an excited expectancy of what is around the corner and a gathering of our thoughts as we venture into the winter realms of nature.

This time of year always makes me think of snow and I think that is what inspired me to paint a series of winter scenes. ‘Timeless’ which depicts a tree lined country road covered in snow, you can almost feel the chill in the air and the snow crunching underfoot - I have painted ‘Timeless’ in an abstract style and have chosen cool colours of blue, soft purple, silver and white - it is quite an ethereal piece. ‘Drifting’ represents the true nature of snow and how it covers the landscape changing its shape & feel and that is what I have tried to capture in this piece - I have added more interest with a majestical sky of pinks and yellows.

I loved painting these pieces so much that I did a series of them, see below for the remainder of this series. They form the basis for my christmas greeting cards. Just click on the image to view more details about each painting.

Timeless Drifting

Saturday, 1 December 2007

Floral Commission

I love flowers and painting my floral paintings, so I was thrilled when asked to paint a floral commission for a previous customer - painted in duck-egg blues the painting is a 36x24" boxed canvas design painted in oils with silver detail - based on my Tranquillity painting. With the customers approval this painting is called Serenity.

some closeup images of this commission

Signature - J G Dayton

How an artist signs his/her work is hugely important as it is the artist's identity - The Signature I use on my work is J G Dayton, "J G Dayton" on smaller artworks and sketches I sign just JGD, "JGD" - some artists just use their surname and some use their full name.........I prefer a more simple signature..........

J G Dayton