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

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.


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.

It all began back in 1983…

JL 1983I’d promised myself that I wasn’t going to delve into my old Art suitcase but curiosity got the better of me and when I opened it I found this little gem. It’s a piece of quarter inch plywood about eight inches by four inches, smeared with poly-filler and then scratched into while still wet.

I remember the day I made this clearly; Carol and I were youth workers and we took a group of disabled children to Chatsworth Park in Derbyshire for an art taster day. This activity was one of several we facilitated but the kids particularly enjoyed the tactile element – some used their fingers to make their painting..

Historically this art work is very poignant for me because it shows me that the idea for my cartoon strip J.L. was in my mind two years before I began to draw it. For those readers who haven’t seen that cartoon strip and would like to just click on the link below (or above) where I am uploading the stories.

Chilled out Sunday…

Enjoying a chilled out Sunday before the start of another action packed week.

Showered, veggies prepared, doggy walked and now editing a few more of my old cartoon strips. The adventures of my little vagrant can be found either on this link or by going straight to the page above (J.L . Against All Odds). Have a great Sunday.

A new lease of life for 30 year old artwork…

I’ve finally found some time to start editing and cleaning up a cartoon strip I published in the press during the eighties; it’s something I’ve wanted to do for some time but as the original artwork is over 30 years old I’ve put off doing it (for years). Currently I’ve found about 200 of the original strips (there’s more in the archive but I’m not going there yet) and have opened a new page here on my website for them. Although some of the artwork is a little faded I hope the humour still shines through and brings a few smiles.

The strips tell the story of a happy-go-lucky tramp and his friends who live in the bins up a back alley and their daily quest for survival. Currently I’ve uploaded the first ten strips and will continue uploading as I find the time. If you’d like to follow the tale of my little tramp just click on the page ‘JL..Against All Odds’.