Quarry

May 3rd, 2021

“Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.”
— Robert Louis Stevenson
 

ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS, the virtual exhibition organized by Kate Savage at Arts Connect, had its online event with artist commentary yesterday. As I prepared some remarks about my included artwork, I looked back to see what I’d written about it after its completion in 2019.

Nothing — that’s what I found.

With an emphasis on documenting my journey into making collage en plein air, I’ve apparently neglected to say as much about a corresponding investigation of studio-based landscape. Being a self-taught illustrator and fine artist, working from photographs has been a central part of the creative process — at least since my days as a “gopher” student in the 1970s, when I assisted veteran commercial artists compile reference scrap for tight-deadline assignments. In recent years, my work on location is informing how I do a collage painting indoors from a photo.

Quarry is a fitting example, created from a wonderful image by Jeff Hiles, an Ohio photographer who generously gave a green light to interpret his work in another medium. My piece also dovetails nicely with the theme of the show. More importantly, it demonstrates how I’m gradually learning to bring into the studio the sense of immediacy and intuitive spontaneity that I experience when working directly from a natural scene.

 

Quarry
collage landscape by J A Dixon
25 x 18.5 inches
on panel, framed
available for purchase

March Ex(plosion)  |  Thirty-First and Done

March 31st, 2021

This is the final piece in my month-long collage-per-day ritual. I’ll bet I’m not the only one whose mom used to say, “Your eyes are bigger than your stomach.” The admonishment stays sharply influential. I feel that way in the studio at times, with a peculiar stash ready for decades of dining. But if one wants to keep on devouring, it might be important to watch “the size of the portions,” too. This plate was a ten-inch square dimensional collage on structured panel. And it would be unforgivable to neglect citing the hilarious scene from Philomena as another distinct motherly reference.

March is over. April is served. Bon appétit.
 

Size of the Portions
collage artwork by J A Dixon
10 x 10 x 1.5 inches
for the 2021 March Ex(plosion)

March Ex(plosion)  |  Thirtieth Collage

March 30th, 2021

 

And While You’re At It
collage miniature by J A Dixon
6.5 x 8.75 inches
available for purchase

March Ex(plosion)  |  Twenty-Ninth Collage

March 29th, 2021

 

The Story of My Instant Demise
collage miniature by J A Dixon
6 x 7.75 inches
available for purchase

March Ex(plosion)  |  Twenty-Eighth Collage

March 28th, 2021

 

Never Had No Nothin’
collage miniature by J A Dixon
6.25 x 9 inches
from my Series of Rock
available for purchase

March Ex(plosion)  |  Twenty-Seventh Collage

March 27th, 2021

 

Troubling Tendencies
collage miniature by J A Dixon
7.125 x 10 inches
available for purchase

March Ex(plosion)  |  Twenty-Sixth Collage

March 26th, 2021

 

I’m Gettin’ Bugged Now, Man
collage miniature by J A Dixon
7.25 x 8 inches
available for purchase

March Ex(plosion)  |  Twenty-Fifth Collage

March 25th, 2021

 

Your First Mistake
collage miniature by J A Dixon
7 x 10 inches
from my Series of Rock
available for purchase

March Ex(plosion)  |  Twenty-Fourth Collage

March 24th, 2021

 

Pop Said No
collage miniature by J A Dixon
8.125 x 9.375 inches
available for purchase

March Ex(plosion)  |  Twenty-Third Collage

March 23rd, 2021

 

Ceremony of Innocence
collage miniature by J A Dixon
6.375 x 8.375 inches
available for purchase

March Ex(plosion)  |  Twenty-Second Collage

March 22nd, 2021

 

Promise of Light
collage artwork by J A Dixon
7.875 x 11 inches
available for purchase