Private Journey


Between 1989 and 1995 I went through a period of reflection during which I had quite heavy counselling; the past seemed to have caught up with me and I wasn’t in a good place. At the time I was well known in the press for my artwork and so my counsellor suggested I used my art skills to depict my feelings. Over a period of about a year I sketched at bedtime on bits of paper and the backs of envelopes and this collection is the result. ‘Private Journey’ became the first of three exhibitions I would stage, the second being ‘Journeyman’ and the last being ‘Journey’s End’ in 1995. I haven’t exhibited since. I deliberately haven’t given these sketches a clean up because I prefer them to remain in their raw, organic state.

Through my work over the years with vulnerable adults and children I have often encouraged people to use their creative skills as a way to address some of the pains they have experienced in life and have become a firm advocate of Creative Arts Therapy. As time goes by and I continue to develop my website I will, at some point, come round to uploading the other two exhibitions as (like Private Journey) they are a major part of my biography. Meanwhile if you would like to see this collection please click on either the link below or the one above x

Silence is (not always) golden.

Image Continuing my drive to restore old artwork from many moons ago I’ve just opened a new page called ‘Silence is (not always) golden. I produced this booklet in 1993 in support of a Development Worker for Deaf People and it wasn’t until I had done this work that I realised how difficult life could be for people without hearing. In some ways it was something of a wake-up call for me because the message conveyed in the booklet seemed to resonate in my own day job of working with vulnerable adults and children. Today I get the feeling there is still something contemporary about it which I think is another good reason to republish.

My Art is on Twitter @AlanDDixon (Spailpinfanac)

With retirement looming it’s been really nice to have quite a lot of interest in my artwork (from around the world); having been a freelance artist for about 35 years I’ve always known I would never starve as long as I can use a pencil. Although I’m hoping (at some point) to upload all of my artwork here on my website much of my new art (for now) goes directly onto my Twitter account because of the ‘Arty’ connections on there. If you’re one of my Arty-type readers and want to see  new art as it happens please feel free to join me on Twitter @AlanDDixon (or just type in Spailpinfanac into the Twitter browser). Meanwhile here’s a few pix to brighten your day xcollage1 collage2 collage3

Sometimes I get the feeling I know where I’m going…

SpailpinI’ve finally uploaded 120 of my (J.L.) cartoon strips and decided to leave that project alone for a while; there are many more but I want to look at what else is in my art collection to showcase a bit of diversity’

Pushing 60 I get the feeling that my rock and roll days may now be fond memories of the past and so I’m needing to focus on what I can feasibly do with myself in the future. Just digging through my back catalogue of art has been very inspirational, so much so that readers may see my website change to become a bit more Arty through the year; and without giving too much away I have to say I’ve begun sharpening my pencil because sometimes I get the feeling I know where I’m going.


A wandering star…

I’ve just uploaded another ten (JL) cartoon strips -110 so far – for those folks who have been following the antics of my little tramp; you can find them on his page. Tomorrow I’m uploading the final ten in this series so if you want to see his finale watch out for those if you’re a fan.

If you haven’t met JL and his friends yet and would like to – just click the link or go to his page here on my website.

100 tales of survival…

JL96Finally I’ve managed to upload the first 100 of my cartoon strips. The stories give a gentle, humorous insight into the quest of a homeless character (J.L.), and his friends, and their daily quest for survival. I created the strip in 1983 and there are still many more from that period to upload yet which I’ll add to the page in due course.

Currently I’m working on a new series set in the present day with life as it is now which hopefully will bring the little guy a new generation of fans,

If you’d like to see this collection please click the link

or visit page 21 here on my website.

This way, that way….

This little sketch is dedicated to all those who sometimes feel that Tom, Dick, Harry and his dog all want a slice of them. You know what I’m talking about; those with employers who think you they have hired an intellectual octopus? I could give a million more examples but far better to let you interpret it your own way.

I’m fortunate really that the sketch is from my 1994 exhibition ‘Private Journey’ and though it was relevant to me at the time it isn’t today; I just thought it might at least bring a smile to the faces of those still in a situation where their favourite refuge is their bed. And if it’s any consolation, isn’t it great to feel wanted? Smile…go on…you know you want to 🙂