Archive for April, 2014

This artist is not coasting . . .

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

“To alcohol: the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.”
— Homer Simpson

Yesterday was my birthday, and I was rocked by the generosity of a fellow practitioner, Ted Tollefson. A veteran collaborator, he is also one of the more versatile individuals currently laboring in the medium. Like many collage artists, Tollefson explores a number of different approaches, but has recently established his mastery of the collage-on-beer-coaster format.

I was not fully aware until today that he has been producing a coaster-based collage for each of his facebook friends. That means hundreds of miniatures in a relatively short time frame, and, from what I can tell, he calibrates the visual method for each intended recipient. Given my expressed fondness for personal miniatures, TT is a kindred spirit indeed. He has crafted a real gem for my gift coaster. Everything about it — scale, colors, composition, textures, choice of ingredients — are simply outstanding. Thank you, sir, for your kindness. Keep up the superb effort. You are a true heir to Kurt Schwitters. Merz lives!

Take a look at just a few examples of his creative output and you might share my high regard for this mushrooming body of intriguing work.

April 29
collage on beer coaster
by T Tollefson for J A Dixon





Personal miniatures on beer coasters by Ted Tollefson.
(Hover over image for more information; click to view larger.)

A few more from the Haus . . .

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

“Excellence is a habit acquired by continuous improvement on the little things you do, with a firm belief that it’s going to be better than before!”
― Israelmore Ayivor

It is true that my output of hand-crafted greeting cards has declined, in contrast to when I averaged nearly one per day, but the small-format activity remains one of my most valued improvisational exercises as a collage artist.


A Glenda Kind of Day
collage miniature by J A Dixon
collection of G Dixon

Bill’s Smile
collage miniature by J A Dixon
collection of B Simpson

A Man Named Joe
collage miniature by J A Dixon
collection of M Dixon

Without Hindrance
collage miniature by J A Dixon
collection of M Scarborough

K’s Ladybird
collage miniature by J A Dixon
collection of K O’Brien

Triplet in Blue

Monday, April 14th, 2014


Triplet in Blue
three collage miniatures by J A Dixon
28 x 12.25 inches, framed

available for purchase

For a closer look:
left ~ center ~ right

Exalted Beast

Monday, April 7th, 2014


Exalted Beast
collage miniature by J A Dixon
8 x 10 inches
collection of T Strock