Jimmy Dean Blue

Bold Colour. Bold Design. Integrating existing decor.

Colour takes Priority

It was a joy to be told by this client that they wanted paintings created for their home, that were ‘In your face colour’. Now, being an artist that LOVES bold colours, Tracie Eaton immediately knew this would be a super fun project.

Tracie’s clients home is already full of bright splashes of all colours. In particular however was strong oranges and blue. One of their existing prize artworks was an oil paint portrait of James Dean. This has been hanging in their home for some time, and not something that he wanted to part with.

After discussions, it was decided this piece would actually become the focal point of artworks in the lounge room area. One wall had been separated by windows into three sections, perfect for hanging three identically size paintings. And so began the process of designing and creating two very colourful artworks to be hung on each side of James Dean.

One of the first priorities was to colour match the blue that was used in the James Dean painting exactly. This colour became the primary colour in the pieces I created, esnuring a continuity between all three paintings, essential as Jimmy was to be hung in the middle.

The blue was created by mixing 3 x different blues, along with blue-green and white. I have named this colour “James Dean Blue”! 🙂 Additionally, I then colour matched the remaining colours to be used in the paintings to the brightly coloured rugs that are used in the same space.

Both artworks were painted at the same time, to ensure they worked as a set, as well as apart.

Multiple layers were painted to create the finished look. Tracie Eaton shares photos with her clients of their artwork in progress, should they wish to see the stages. On this occassion we all decided against this. And for someone wanting strong, bold colour – I think that seeing the first few layers devoid of colour may well have caused concern!

Needless to say, the pieces were completed and installed, resulting in a happy client and a very colourful room! 

Thank you to Steve for the opportunity to create such a fun, energetic artworks for you. Long may they continue to bring you smiles & immense joy when you look at them.


Home Decore with Painting
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