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two more journal experiments . . .

Saturday, 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 Most Happy Happy!

Thursday, January 1st, 2015


a New Year’s Day greeting from John Andrew Dixon

Untitled (thoughtform)
collage experiment by J A Dixon

All Things Collage: Year Two

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

“When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.”
— Mark Twain

“Take what you can,
All you can carry.
Take what you can,
And leave your thoughts behind.”
— Tom Petty

“If everything you do must be measured against the good opinion of everyone else, what happens to your good opinion of yourself?”
— Wayne W Dyer

Hmmm . . . just realized that my line-up of quotations above might seem odd to some of you. At any rate, they capture a bit of what is on my mind, as I begin to reflect on a couple years of remarks about collage at this blogsite.

Mombo_MotherOfTheArtistLike many others, I spend prayerful time caring for a parent with progressive dementia. The other day I was trying to explain to my mother, in terms she could appreciate, my burning desire to make collage artwork, and, touching on her prevailing sense of confusion, talked about my creative activity as a way to bring some kind of harmony out of the chaotic stream of disorder that dominates so much of current stimuli in our daily lives. It brought to my awareness the motivation at the center of what I love to do, but also fell short of the clarity for which I was reaching. Over the next year, I hope to find better words which get to the heart of that idea — how I take what I can carry into a process that leaves thinking behind, a kind of sweet madness that offers explanations difficult for me to achieve any other way. Of course, this is not the only approach to the medium. I hope to profile more collage artists who use a different methodology than my own — the extraordinary minimalists, the dedicated aestheticians, and those who continue to harness a kind of thoughtful irrationality that keeps me in awe.

I just looked over my previous comments after a full year of blogging, and, as a result, I feel the need to temper my ambitions going into year three, but that is not my nature. There are too many interesting things to explore in the dynamic world of contemporary collage. One of them is the continued explosion of collaboration. Another is the influence of social networks. Nearly every day I see an artist defeat the purpose of the platform with overexposure, failing to keep the age-old quality-vs-quantity issue in balance. One of my goals for the coming year is to take a closer look at how the ease of internet sharing affects the challenge of striking an equilibrium between the imperative to follow one’s passion without regard for opinion and the practical aspects of seeking recognition and approval from others. As most of you already know, it is not an easy task to walk that tightrope.

And one more thing, dear visitor. Please let me know what I can do to make this site more interactive as a unique forum for discussion. Meanwhile, you can count on me to observe, write, and make more art. Stop back again!

Untitled (flutter)
collage experiment by J A Dixon
9 x 11 inches
not for sale

Another journal experiment

Friday, June 27th, 2014


Untitled (Speak No Evil)
collage experiment by J A Dixon
7.5 x 11.5 inches

March Exercise  |  year nine, day seventeen

Monday, March 17th, 2014

“If you want to get better at something, you have to do the reps. Dreams work the same way. You don’t get to pick and choose a life of home-run moments. You get to swing the bat, a lot. Some of them are going to connect; some of them won’t. But each one takes you one step closer to awesome.”
— Jon Acuff

I have crossed the halfway point in my March Exercise. Yesterday, I went to the plate one more time and met the ongoing challenge of creating a harmonious balance of counterpoise in a collage. For me, it is one of the most important factors that determine whether or not a composition is merely an active “stew” of ingredients. As I added another miniature to my Bibelot Series, I completed the exercise of using journal experiments to concentrate on a particular set of design principles — the visual support for any ideas at play in the artwork. Perhaps I should have made this parameter more clear at the beginning of the month, and explained the history of the annual regimen. One comment maker on Facebook asked me if I have been creating daily college entries for nine years. Any earlier concern I had about the potential for misinterpretation proved valid. A blogsite should not cause confusion for those kind enough to pay a visit. On the other hand, more and more people ask questions before spending enough time to comprehend a fuller picture of things. Nevertheless, I am always willing to interact with my guests and answer any inquiries. I have a great passion for working in this medium, but this online destination is meant for the observer (and remember: I have a thick skin, too!).

In Pomp Arrayed
collage miniature by J A Dixon
4 x 5.75 inches
on consignment
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March Exercise  |  year nine, day sixteen

Sunday, March 16th, 2014


journal experiment:
harmonious balance of counterpoise



Refine (Bibelot 632)
collage miniature by J A Dixon
5 x 6 inches
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March Exercise  |  year nine, day fifteen

Saturday, March 15th, 2014


journal experiment:
dynamics of color and space



Silk Road Dialogues
collage miniature by J A Dixon
6 x 8 inches
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March Exercise  |  year nine, day fourteen

Friday, March 14th, 2014


journal experiment:
shape, color contrast, symmetry



collage miniature by J A Dixon
7.5 x 9.5 inches
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March Exercise  |  year nine, day thirteen

Thursday, March 13th, 2014


journal experiment:
activation of space



Ascend (Bibelot 136)
collage miniature by J A Dixon
5 x 6 inches
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March Exercise  |  year nine, day twelve

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014


journal experiment:
color, depth, density



Awaken (Bibelot 409)
collage miniature by J A Dixon
5 x 6 inches
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March Exercise  |  year nine, day eleven

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014


journal experiment:
human profile, minimal elements



Pulcinella’s Secret
collage miniature by J A Dixon
8 x 10 inches

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