Archive for the 'Haus of Cards' Category

Monday, February 15th, 2016

The customary Valentine’s Day division of labor: I make a card and my sweetheart bakes a cherry pie. Don’t you agree that I get the better side of this deal?
 


 

 
Hearts for Dana, 2016

collage greeting card by J A Dixon
7.875 x 5.25 inches

Happy 33!

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Dana and I are observing 33 years of marriage, apart from each other. I have made an anniversary collage for her with the scraps of rubbish at hand. Is there not beauty and the potential for redemption in nearly everything, if you remember to look for it?
 

a hand-crafted 33rd anniversary card by John Andrew Dixon for his wife, Dana

Les Cheneaux Sails
collage miniature by J A Dixon
5 x 7 inches
collection of D L Dixon

Haus of Cards!

Monday, July 6th, 2015

“Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.”
— Franz Kafka

How can one ever exhaust the potential of combining creative spontaneity with affection for another on a special occasion? Wishing another well is a powerful catalyst for plucking a bit of beauty from material that would otherwise be trashed or recycled. Why not re-purpose it? One less store-bought greeting card is no tragedy.
 

collage greeting card by John’s Haus of Cards!

collage greeting card by J A Dixon
collection of L E Dixon

collage greeting card by John’s Haus of Cards!

collage greeting card by J A Dixon
collection of F Breidenbach

collage greeting card by John’s Haus of Cards!

collage greeting card by J A Dixon
collection of C Dixon

collage greeting card by John’s Haus of Cards!

collage greeting card by J A Dixon
collection of K Sluga

collage greeting card by John’s Haus of Cards!

collage greeting card by J A Dixon
collection of J L Dixon

Happy happy . . .

Saturday, 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

Still More Haus of Cards

Sunday, 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

the Man Card ~ part three

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

“But one man loved the pilgrim Soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;”
— William Butler Yeats

If you have not tired of looking at images that grew out of the guy-to-guy thing, here are just a few more items from the Haus of Cards that illustrate some occasions when only a Man Card will do.

 
collage greeting card by John Andrew Dixon

Coast Starlight
collage greeting card by J A Dixon

collage greeting card by John Andrew Dixon

David Down Under
collage greeting card by J A Dixon

collage greeting card by John Andrew Dixon

THE MAN
collage greeting card by J A Dixon

collage greeting card by John Andrew Dixon

The Wood Duck Society
collage greeting card by J A Dixon

A Very Merry Merry!

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

 

collage greeting card by John Andrew Dixon

Nog and Tea
collage miniature by J A Dixon
private collection

the Man Card ~ part two

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

When a shared memory triggers laughter with a pal, bystanders usually understand and think, “I guess you had to be there.”

 
collage greeting card by John Andrew Dixon

Bay-Oh-Deez
collage greeting card by J A Dixon

collage greeting card by John Andrew Dixon

Eddies of Empire
collage greeting card by J A Dixon

collage greeting card by John Andrew Dixon

Assimilation
collage greeting card by J A Dixon

collage greeting card by John Andrew Dixon

Cabin One Tunes
collage greeting card by J A Dixon

your basic Man Card . . .

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

“There are a good many fools who call me a friend, and also a good many friends who call me a fool.”
— G. K. Chesterton

Have you ever made a gift so peculiar that you wondered if your friend on the receiving end would make all the special connections? For me, the personal miniature is inexplicable enough in its own right. The individual collage greeting made by a male artist for his friend not only defies general explanation, but may not be entirely comprehensible, even for its intended recipient (which, in my experience, seems to work out just fine for everyone involved).

 
collage greeting card by John Andrew Dixon

Large Bore Boar
collage greeting card by J A Dixon

collage greeting card by John Andrew Dixon

Reduced to This
collage greeting card by J A Dixon

collage greeting card by John Andrew Dixon

Small Bore Boer
collage greeting card by J A Dixon

collage greeting card by John Andrew Dixon

Pump Heat, Pack Iron
collage greeting card by J A Dixon

Happy 32!

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Celebrating 32 years of laughter, friendship, professional partnership, creative adventure, shared sorrow, deep affection, and mutual respect. Thank you, Dana, for the total package. (I think this might be working out.)
 

Happy 32!
collage miniature by J A Dixon
6.875 x 4.5 inches
collection of D L Dixon

Recipe for enjoyment

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

“The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is
no recipe for living that suits all cases.”
— Carl Jung

The distinctive singularity of an individual has been a profound feature of my awareness throughout life. Undoubtedly, it is the basis for much of what I have enjoyed doing most — from solving visual problems for unique entrepreneurs, or creating my own brand of illustrated portraits, and, of course, hand-crafting greeting cards with collage miniatures. I shall never tire of assembling a spontaneous composition with suitable ingredients to honor a particular person. Each collage, like every human being, is a one-of-a-kind creation, and the medium is ideal for personalized expressions. The artist has a remarkable opportunity to interpret the peculiar constellation of personality traits, proclivities, and associations that befit a fellow mortal. To put it simply: I love it!
 

Dwindling Nest
collage miniature by J A Dixon
collection of J Hellyer