Archive for August, 2014

Counting Cards

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

 

Counting Cards
collage miniature by J A Dixon
3.5 x 5.25 inches
 
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Still more from the Haus . . .

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

“Giving gifts to others is a fundamental activity, as old as humanity itself. Yet in the modern, complex world, the particulars of gift-giving can be extraordinarily challenging.”
― Andrew Weil

For good or ill, I have reduced gift-giving to a flagrant simplicity: the personal collage miniature, disguised as a greeting card. I adopted the practice long ago and, so far, I seem to be getting away with it.

 

Pool Partied
collage miniature by J A Dixon
collection of B Morris

Pancreation
collage miniature by J A Dixon
collection of M J Bowling

Buddhas and Hunks
collage miniature by J A Dixon
collection of M Higggins

SuperTim
collage miniature by J A Dixon
collection of T Rice

To the rule breakers . . .

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

“Individualism is rather like innocence; there must be something unconscious about it.”
— Louis Kronenberger

I often look back on the image of a personal miniature, long released into the intended realm of a friend, and I have no recollection of the process it underwent, but only a strong sense of the personality who inspired it. This is how it should be. I tend to be dubious of any artworks which retain too much of my methodology in their finished state. Calculation and contrivance are somehow out of place in a collage, but, of course, there are glorious exceptions to every rule. This also is how it should be.
 

Untitled (for Irina)
collage miniature by J A Dixon
estate of Irina Ilina

uncommon kindness . . .

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

An artist can anticipate nothing more gratifying than to form a sincere connection to another — someone who will discover satisfaction or meaning in one’s creation. As many collage practitioners already know, it is not a frequent experience for those of us who cannot bring ourselves to pander. It is more irregular to find a buyer who wants to live with an artwork. And beyond the satisfaction of a sale, there are those uncommon times when a corresponding creative act takes place in response, and one is the recipient of a profound kindness.

An Art Form Called Collage
by Patty Seitz

Images placed upon a blank paper just so
Or perhaps they were just placed
With no particular pattern in mind
The story emerging on its own
Developing as each image is carefully cut
Then positioned by the artist
By themselves they speak one message
Placed together they speak another
The dictionary says these are
“Various materials not normally associated with one another”
But when we see them together
Their association seems to have existed for a life time
And they bond as if they will never be apart again
Together they speak one language
Using each individual voice to create a harmony
That is most pleasing to the eye

 

Silk Road Triumphant
collage miniature by J A Dixon
6.5 x 8 inches
collection of P B Seitz