Author: John Dalton

  • Instant Gratification

    Instant Gratification

    Essay on which the forward for Alessandro Tomassetti’s book Instant Gratification was based. The medium is fast. The effect long lasting. And sublime. Painters feel time differently. They feel the weight of it. The old masters lean on them with a constant reminder of just how long art endures. Painters are always short changed by…

  • Domestic Bliss

    Domestic Bliss

    This is the first in a new series of paintings arising from a process of exploration. I work from source material to ignite the process, then the painting evolves and reveals itself. The method involves painting, then sanding back, then painting again then sanding again, repeating the process as many times as the painting commands.…

  • Yoga Art 18

    Yoga Art 18

    This image is inspired by my yoga practice, the beauty of the poses, and the energy flow within and surrounding the movement.Continue reading . . .

  • Vrschikasana – Yoga Art 2

    Vrschikasana – Yoga Art 2

    [et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.22″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.25″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.25″ custom_padding=”|||” custom_padding__hover=”|||”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.4.2″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”] This image is inspired by my yoga practice, the beauty of the poses, and the energy flow within and surrounding the movement. [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row column_structure=”1_2,1_2″ _builder_version=”4.4.2″][et_pb_column type=”1_2″ _builder_version=”4.4.2″][et_pb_button button_url=”https://www.redbubble.com/i/poster/Yoga-Art-2-by-john-dalton/14624647.G7H47?asc=u&rel=carousel” url_new_window=”on” button_text=”Click here to purchase prints and editions of this artwork .…

  • Who wants to be a Taoist sage?  I do . . . don’t.

    Who wants to be a Taoist sage? I do . . . don’t.

    [et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row use_custom_width=”on” custom_width_px=”796px” parallax_method_1=”off” admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”off”][et_pb_text text_orientation=”center” admin_label=”Who wants to be a Taoist sage? I do . . . don’t” text_font=”Amatic SC|on|||” text_font_size=”53px” text_font_size_phone=”35px” text_font_size_last_edited=”on|tablet”] Who wants to be a Taoist sage? I do . . . don’t. [/et_pb_text][et_pb_image src=”http://www.johndalton.me/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Taylor-Swift-TIME-cover-ali-cavanaugh.jpg” animation=”off” align=”center” admin_label=”Taylor”][/et_pb_image][et_pb_text text_orientation=”right” admin_label=”Ali Cavanaugh’s brilliant watercolor” text_font=”PT Sans||||”] Ali…

  • Millennial Mindset

    Millennial Mindset

    Being a Millennial has nothing to do with age. It is a state of mind. Read on, you may discover you’ve been a Millennial your whole life. I’m 54. I have a grey beard and long grey hair. Old friends like to call me Gandalf for a laugh. Depending on your own age I’m either…

  • Old Renaissance Painting Sells For Elephant Bucks. New Renaissance Paintings Sell For Peanuts.

    Old Renaissance Painting Sells For Elephant Bucks. New Renaissance Paintings Sell For Peanuts.

    [et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.0.89″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.0.89″ use_custom_width=”on” custom_width_px=”798px”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_post_title _builder_version=”3.0.89″ title=”on” meta=”on” author=”on” date=”on” categories=”on” comments=”on” featured_image=”on” featured_placement=”below” text_color=”dark” text_background=”off” /][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.89″ background_layout=”light”] While the art world went coocoobeans over DaVinci’s $450m painting sale, current renaissance painters are selling for under $20k a painting. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Salvator Mundi, what Christie’s billed…

  • Pencil study

    Pencil study

    This is a pencil study for a future painting. 40.5 x 28 cms (16″x 11″) Pencil on paper

  • 10 things I learned from my dogs

    10 things I learned from my dogs

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  • Living Masters – the top realist painters working today

    Living Masters – the top realist painters working today

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  • Badly Remembered Poetry

    Badly Remembered Poetry

    [et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.0.105″ use_custom_width=”on” custom_width_px=”798px”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_post_title _builder_version=”3.0.105″ /][et_pb_testimonial _builder_version=”3.0.105″ url_new_window=”off” quote_icon=”on” use_background_color=”on” quote_icon_background_color=”#f5f5f5″ background_layout=”light”] I wandered lonely as a cloud . . . something, something, something… [/et_pb_testimonial][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.105″ background_layout=”light”] In praise of the half-remembered gems of poetry. I’d like to think of myself as someone who remembers complete poems. Someone who can recite them at…

  • Holy Smoke

    Holy Smoke

    [et_pb_section admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” max_width=”600px” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] In the early hours of Friday morning RJD gallery in Sag Harbor was destroyed by fire. All the artwork on the premises was lost. Hundreds of original paintings gone. Millions of considered brush strokes no more to be seen. With everything else that is…

  • Direct Governance

    Direct Governance

    If I can handle my banking online why can’t I run my country online? Wouldn’t that be better, more responsive democracy? Why do I need politicians to represent me? I can see why they were necessary in the past but why do I need them now? If I can access my online bank account why…

  • No Retreats. No Surrender.

    No Retreats. No Surrender.

    I’m sitting with my eyes closed in a school hall in Dublin. Forty people I met only yesterday surround me. John Denver strums over the sound system and we’re encouraged to sing along. This is the 80’s. This is personal development. “Sweet, sweet surrender. Live, live without care. Like a fish in the ocean. Like a…

  • Social anxiety and me

    Social anxiety and me

    I’m 5 years old and uncle Tommy is coming over to show his cine films. This is 1968 and it’s a big deal. If you’ve seen Mad Men you’ll get the picture. Cine films were an event because they were in colour. Our tv was black and white. Cine films needed a projector, and a…

  • Tax Time Blood Bath

    Tax Time Blood Bath

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  • Yoga Art 8

    Yoga Art 8

    This image is inspired by my yoga practice, the beauty of the poses, and the energy flow within and surrounding the movement. For prints, t-shirts, tote bags and a range of other products with this image click here.     Save

  • Morning Offering

    Morning Offering

    This painting asks further questions about beauty, sensuality, and mystery. Where does the beauty in this painting lie? Is it in the beautiful form of the woman, the sensuality of the moment or the intangible personal experience portrayed? Is this a morning stretch, a moment of pleasure, or someone simply reveling in the beauty of…

  • Mary with chickens and Caesar

    Mary with chickens and Caesar

    Part of the series of paintings I’m currently working on called, “What the eye can’t see but the heart senses,” inspired by County Kerry, in Ireland and its people. 40x40cm acrylic on canvas. Below is a short video showing the making of this picture. [KGVID width=”480″ height=”480″]http://www.johndalton.me/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/trim.DC870B50-4066-410C-BFA5-B63D59215842.mov[/KGVID]

  • Uma Thurman

    Uma Thurman

    Gaze is a series of paintings inspired by the experience of being held in the gaze of a strong woman. Well known actors were used as reference to highlight the contrast between the celebrity portrayals of these women and the reality of their being. The intent of these paintings is to hold a space for…

  • Seamus and Excalibur

    Seamus and Excalibur

    Part of the series, “What the eye can’t see but the heart senses,” inspired by County Kerry, in Ireland and its people. 40x40cm acrylic on canvas. Below is a short video showing the making of this picture. [KGVID width=”480″ height=”480″]http://www.johndalton.me/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/trim.21B259EA-888F-4FE4-86EE-3864D55DF9A0.mov[/KGVID]  

  • Salma Hyek
  • Tony with onlookers

    Tony with onlookers

    Part of the series of paintings I’m currently working on called, “What the eye can’t see but the heart senses,” inspired by County Kerry, in Ireland and its people. 40x40cm acrylic on canvas. Below is a short video showing the making of this picture. [KGVID width=”480″ height=”480″]http://www.johndalton.me/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/trim.B20E0645-BE8B-489E-8A91-A6EC5E084252.mov[/KGVID]  

  • Monica Bellucci

    Monica Bellucci

    This painting is part of a series of six called Gaze. The series includes, Uma Thurman, Salma Hayek, Nicole Kidman, Monica Bellucci, Isabella Rossellini and Cher. I painted this series in 2005 in Brisbane.

  • Eilish and Chester

    Eilish and Chester

    Part of the series, “What the eye can’t see but the heart senses,” inspired by County Kerry, in Ireland and its people. 40x40cm acrylic on canvas. Below is a short video showing the making of this picture. [KGVID width=”480″ height=”480″]http://www.johndalton.me/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/eilish.mov[/KGVID]  

  • The allure of shame

    The allure of shame

    If I look a bit happy beside a painting with the heavy title of, “The allure of shame,” it’s because this painting was a marathon to paint. I took me 13 years!! It began as a simple picture of a woman on a beach which I painted in Brisbane in 2003. I was never completely…

  • Mick and Trampas

    Mick and Trampas

    Part of the series of paintings I’m currently working on called, “What the eye can’t see but the heart senses,” inspired by County Kerry, in Ireland and its people. 40x40cm acrylic on canvas. Below is a short video showing the making of this picture. [KGVID width=”480″ height=”480″]http://www.johndalton.me/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/trim.9E2959F3-2BBE-44D7-AFBF-C46A9695F9E2.mov[/KGVID]

  • Intestinal Flora

    Intestinal Flora

    I started this painting in 2014 in a frenzy of color that turned to mud in the shape of a colon. It sat in my studio for 3 years waiting for me to know what to do next. I painted the second layer just as explosivley as the first. Acrylic on canvas. 27″ x 20″…

  • Leave a podcast review on iTunes

    Leave a podcast review on iTunes

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  • Art Viewing In The Future

    Art Viewing In The Future

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  • Emergent

    Emergent

    I’m expanding my art practice to include unplanned paintings. I don’t know what these are going to look like when I begin. I just begin. This is the most successful one to date. Once it was finished it didn’t feel like I had done it. I look at it the way I do other artists…

  • Support the podcast

    Support the podcast

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  • Mrs D

    Mrs D

    This painting started off as a little colour study I did one afternoon of my wife, Mege. I did it as a surprise for her birthday.  I should mention that I painted it by sight, meaning I didn’t measure anything from the original reference photographs I used. You’ll see why that’s significant as I go…

  • What the eye can’t see but the heart senses. . .

    What the eye can’t see but the heart senses. . .

    My wife, Mege, and I had moved from Dublin city to a rural part of Kerry, a county on the southern tip of Ireland.   As we settled into to our life in the country I saw men and women going about their daily agricultural business, herding cattle, driving tractors, standing in fields.  They had something about…

  • Gaze

    Gaze

    This painting is part of a series of six called Gaze. The series includes, Uma Thurman, Salma Hayek, Nicole Kidman, Monica Bellucci, Isabella Rossellini and Cher.  I painted this series in 2005 in Brisbane. As you can see the painting has remained the same in the last 10 years whereas I’ve got more windswept and interesting.    …

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