Forgot the Magnitude (diptych 7451)

July 23rd, 2020

 

Forgot the Magnitude (diptych 7451)
collage miniatures by J A Dixon
2 x 2 inches each
left square | right square
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Forgot to Look for America (diptych 69)

July 22nd, 2020

 

Forgot to Look for America (diptych 69)
collage miniatures by J A Dixon
1.9375 x 1.9375 inches each
left square | right square
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Forgot to Be Fearful (diptych 20)

July 21st, 2020

 

Forgot to Be Fearful (diptych 20)
collage miniatures by J A Dixon
1.625 x 1.625 inches each
left square | right square
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Forgot to Chop Wood (diptych 38)

July 20th, 2020

 

Forgot to Chop Wood (diptych 38)
collage miniatures by J A Dixon
1.9375 x 1.9375 inches each
left square | right square
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Forgot to Commit Sins (diptych 7)

July 19th, 2020

 

Forgot to Commit Sins (diptych 7)
collage miniatures by J A Dixon
1.75 x 1.75 inches each
left square | right square

Purchase Award  /  The Doug + Laurie Kanyer Art Collection

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Forgot to Make Merz (diptych 30)

July 18th, 2020

 

Forgot to Make Merz (diptych 30)
collage miniatures by J A Dixon
1.75 x 1.75 inches each
left square | right square
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I finally help to “paint the town” of Lexington!

July 17th, 2020

 
Paint the Town is an annual plein-air-oriented landscape exhibition in Lexington, Kentucky. The parameters of the traditional twelve-hour event are strict, and I’ve always had the notion of it as a flat-out competition — sort of a bass tournament for artists, if I may indulge a silly exaggeration.
 
 
With the current societal restrictions having caused so many art shows to be postponed or cancelled, it’s a distinct credit to ARTSconnect that a way was found to make the event happen at all in 2020. The Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center reopened to host the exhibition. Many of the more stringent guidelines (and, sadly, all the hospitality enhancements) were stripped out of this year’s version.

I’m willing to admit that the relaxed standards were enough to convince me to take part, not having participated in this kind of gig before. I was eager to gather what I’ve learned from my plein-air experience and “paint with paper” in the studio. The goal was to fuse the spontaneity of working outdoors with a more deliberate process that I’ve explored by using photo references to create a larger landscape on panel. I can’t be more pleased with the results. I continue to incorporate white tissue for desired cloud effects, and I’ve come to rely on reclaimed teabag material as a beneficial adjunct to colored papers. I work at not overdoing tinted sealants, but the added depth is worth a cautious, mixed-media enhancement (especially when I mix acrylic gel medium with a rare portion of walnut juice from Richard Taylor).

Please take a Virtual Tour of the show. My 90-second sound bite is included, or you can listen to the audio by clicking here. Of course, there’s a YouTube video of all the artwork, too. My two collage miniatures enjoy some great company, and it pleases me to point out that juror Bruce Neville designated Byway Corner with an Honorable Mention. Current gallery hours at the Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center are Wed/Thurs/Friday, noon to 5pm. The show lasts until August 3, 2020.
 
 

Byway Corner
collage landscape by J A Dixon
7 x 7.125 inches
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Along Market
collage landscape by J A Dixon
7 x 7.125 inches
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Forgot to Pack Heat (diptych 410)

July 16th, 2020

 

Forgot to Pack Heat (diptych 410)
collage miniatures by J A Dixon
1.75 x 1.75 inches each
left square | right square
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Forgot to Wash Hands (diptych 68-69-70-71-72)

July 15th, 2020

 

Forgot to Wash Hands (diptych 68-69-70-71-72)
collage miniatures by J A Dixon
1.5625 x 1.5625 inches each
left square | right square
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Forgot to Pay Respect (diptych 72)

July 14th, 2020

 

Forgot to Pay Respect (diptych 72)
collage miniatures by J A Dixon
1.9375 x 1.875 inches each
left square | right square
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Forgot to Add a Bird (diptych 45)

July 13th, 2020

 

Forgot to Add a Bird (diptych 45)
collage miniatures by J A Dixon
1.875 x 1.875 inches each
left square | right square
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