Collage Miniature Collaboration Number Two

April 25th, 2015

“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.”
— Cesar A Cruz

The poet and activist surely was talking about something more significant than a collage collaboration, but his words apply. I can be the object of my own ease and distress when it comes to this sort of thing. Collaborations can be fulfilling when a meeting of minds is achieved, but they should be approached as experimental stretches. Safety has no place when solving these equations. Thanks, Allan, for another round of soothing discomfort!
 

A collage miniature collaboration by John Andrew Dixon and Allan Bealy

Untitled (breech bloom)
a collage miniature collaboration by J A Dixon and A Bealy
(start by Bealy, finish by Dixon)
5 x 7 inches, collection of J A Dixon

A collage miniature collaboration by John Andrew Dixon and Allan Bealy

Untitled (spare keys)
a collage miniature collaboration by J A Dixon and A Bealy
(start by Bealy, finish by Dixon)
5 x 7 inches, collection of A Bealy

As Seen On TV

April 18th, 2015

“This was among some of the collaborations I received while I was going through chemo. I recently found some of the ones I had set aside when really sick and completely forgot about.”
– Ted Tollefson

While we’re on the subject of collage on coasters, a pleasant surprise explodes on the scene from an exemplar of the genre, Ted Tollefson. A prolific collaborator, Ted has impressed many of us working in the medium with his diversity of approach and an indefatigable spirit. Keep your eye on this guy!
 

As Seen On TV ~ a collage on beer coaster collaboration ~ start by John Andrew Dixon, finish by Ted Tollefson

As Seen On TV
collage on Budweiser coaster, 4 x 4 inches
start by J A Dixon, finish by T Tollefson
collection of T Tollefson

Molten Sky, Spotter’s Cry

April 12th, 2015

“I have had a long time affection for the Martini action found in the large frame and small frame rifles.”
– David Simpson

Here is a gift collage on beer coaster for my favorite marksman (but he declined to use it for its intended celebratory purpose). I enjoy the miniature format so much that I never hesitate to try out a genre made famous by others. Any birthday coaster requires a tip o’ the cap to Ted Tollefson, does it not?
 

Molten Sky, Spotter’s Cry ~ John Andrew Dixon, collage artist, Danville, Kentucky

Molten Sky, Spotter’s Cry
birthday collage on Samuel Adams coaster
J A Dixon, 4 x 4 inches
collection of D Simpson

Happy happy . . .

April 11th, 2015

My fondest birthday greetings to a “partner in all things.”
 

For Dana
collage miniature by J A Dixon
6.3125 x 3.875 inches
collection of D L Dixon

Two Bealy starters standing by . . .

April 8th, 2015

 
two collage starters from Allan Bealy

two collage starters from A Bealy
collage on paper by A Bealy
prepared for 5 x 7-inch crops

Collage Miniature Collaboration Number One

April 4th, 2015

“I am most interested in discovering new ways to tell an old story, with humor, irony, and a dash of anarchy!”
— Allan Bealy

It was a pleasure to take a step deeper into the collaboration zone with Brooklyn-based artist and art director Allan Bealy. Take a look at my March 1st entry to see the starters that I sent Allan. His finished artworks are delightfully effective. The rugged, floating pear is a fine touch, and decisively positioned, too. His rhythmic figures are splendid in the second collage, and the “circle v” anchors the whole composition. Thank you, Allan. Now it’s time for me to tackle the items you sent for me to complete!
 

A collage miniature collaboration by John Andrew Dixon and Allan Bealy

Untitled (rugged pear)
a collage miniature collaboration by J A Dixon and A Bealy
(start by Dixon, finish by Bealy)
5 x 7 inches, collection of J A Dixon

A collage miniature collaboration by John Andrew Dixon and Allan Bealy

Untitled (rhythmic figures)
a collage miniature collaboration by J A Dixon and A Bealy
(start by Dixon, finish by Bealy)
5 x 7 inches, collection of A Bealy

two more journal experiments . . .

March 28th, 2015

 
a pair of journal studies by John Andrew Dixon, The Collage Miniaturist

a pair of journal studies
collage experiments by J A Dixon
4.25 x 4.25 inches each

A Narrow Escape

March 21st, 2015

 
A Narrow Escape ~ John Andrew Dixon

A Narrow Escape (detail)
collage on structured panel by J A Dixon
13.75 x 14.5 x 1.5 inches
prize art for the 2015 British Single-Shot Rifle Match
awarded to G Freking

a birthday salute

March 16th, 2015

 
Dixon_forMROSE_2015

a birthday salute to Matthew Rose
collage on paper by J A Dixon
11 x 9.25 inches

Still More Haus of Cards

March 8th, 2015

“I allow total spontaneity to overwhelm the process. Ingredients that allude to the world of the recipient merge with conspicuous or camouflaged non-sequitur elements.”
2/2/13

Journal studies and collage greeting cards are my proving ground for the qualities that lead to fruitful miniatures, and I am finding that self-contained miniatures themselves are increasingly serving as ingredients in larger works. This could get interesting.

 
a collage greeting card by John Andrew Dixon

Two Heart to Handle
collage greeting card by J A Dixon

a collage greeting card by John Andrew Dixon

Adventures to Last
collage greeting card by J A Dixon

a collage greeting card by John Andrew Dixon

February Hearts
collage greeting card by J A Dixon

a collage greeting card by John Andrew Dixon

For The Bobs
collage greeting card by J A Dixon

a collage greeting card by John Andrew Dixon

Sweet Time Puffin
collage greeting card by J A Dixon

Until April . . .

March 1st, 2015

“. . . just set one day’s work in front of the last day’s work. That’s the way it comes out. And that’s the only way it does.”
– John Steinbeck

If I am to be honest with myself, there must be the recognition that this is a blogsite not unlike many others: a personal tool for somewhat murky purposes (and a service to others less so, as much as I would desire that aspect to predominate). At any rate, I deeply appreciate that it is followed, and I shall continue my effort to make it worth the time you take to pay a visit.

I have written before about the March Exercise, my annual focus on building another layer of creative habit that can be internalized as part of a new cycle. It began as an experiment in time management nine years ago. Here at The Collage Miniaturist, I have showcased a month-long collage-a-day ritual for the past two. My tenth March Exercise will be a departure. Blog entries and updates to social networks will be temporarily suspended, as I concentrate all of my time on a few major studio objectives. I am required to stack one block of work on top of another in a way that does not allow for attention to routine public disclosures.

Before I step away for the month, here are two collage starters on their way to Allan Bealy for completion. Compared to prolific collaborators like Allan, I could be considered a rookie. Stay tuned for his response. See you in April.
 

Two Collage Starters For Allan Bealy ~ John Andrew Dixon

two collage starters for A Bealy
by J A Dixon on KYDEX® synthetic sheet
each: 5 x 7 inches