Flaming June, painted by Fredric Leighton, is one of my favorite paintings. I was thinking about this image when I woke up this morning. I love the rich color. It's rich but not assaulting. Mostly I do want the artworks around me to be calming and have that emotional something that goes right into my heart and warms it to aching just a bit.
What a dream of is an art balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter- a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue. -Henri Matisse