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painting from life portrait

I painted this portrait of a young woman during  a group painting session at Webster Groves Christian Church in St.Louis MIssouri. It was painted in Palmer Prism Tempera paint on 16″ x 20″ stretched canvas. The model posed in 20 minute sessions for two hours. I finished the painting in my studio using a photo I took of the model as reference.

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detail from painting

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“In the Beginning” oil painting by John Foster Dyess

The following is the step by step process I took to create this painting.

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This is a digital photograph of my “butcher tray” palette with liquid acrylic paint on it.

I have used this type of palette for decades because it is easily cleaned by
washing with soap and water.This is a similar photo to the palette photo that became the basis for my painting.I placed the photo in a folder on my computer and began to look at this “found” image for a short time. I began to see a universe of planets and space. I used photoshop to create this digital painting. I began to visualize my version of the creation of the universe. My concept was to show planets colliding and changing. I have worked on this digital file off and on for several years. I have tried to express my thoughts that creating is not easy and there can be many collisions of ideas.

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This is the original proportions of this digital painting. I decided to crop the file into a more square format.

I made a canvas print of my digital file and applied oil paint over it to give a hand made look.The final canvas painting is 12″wide x 13.25 ” high

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detail 1 of painting

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“bathroom creature’ caustic light photograph by John Foster Dyess

Here are a few more caustic light photographs I have taken recently. I have enhanced these photographs occasionally in the software Photoshop.

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“light show” photograph by John Foster Dyess

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“time to follow” photograph by John Foster Dyess

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“corner light” photograph by John Foster Dyess

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“bp FOOD” painting by John Foster Dyess

This oil on canvas print painting is from a photograph I took about eight years ago.It is 17″ wide by 11″ high.This painting is one of a series of paintings of Missouri roads and highways.
This painting is about observing and recording a moment in time that will be constantly changing. Automobiles will change, businesses will change,and people in automobiles and trucks will need gasoline and food.
Where were the cars and trucks on the right side of the painting going?
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Day's-End

“Day’s End” painting by John Foster Dyess

This oil on canvas print painting is from a photograph I took about eight years ago.It is 17″ wide by 11″ high.This painting is one of a series of paintings of Missouri roads and highways.
This painting is about observing and recording a moment in time that will be constantly changing. Automobiles will change, businesses will change,and at the end of a day the Sun will set,  as long as we still have a planet.

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Day’s end detail

Going-Home

“Going Home” Painting by John Foster Dyess

This oil on canvas print is from a photograph I took about eight years ago.It is 17″ wide by 11″ high.This painting is one of a series of paintings of Missouri roads and highways.

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Tempera painting of a model by John Foster Dyess

This  painting from a model was painted at Webster Groves Christian Church along with six other artists. I painted the model from life during four 20 minute sessions. and finished it in my home working from a photograph I took of the model. I used Palmer Prism Tempera paint on mat board.The size of the painting is 21″ x 22.5″ .

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detail of painting

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Found art by John Foster Dyess

Friends gave me this drop cloth which they had used when spaying patio furniture with black paint. I thought this was an interesting design and I decided not to use it as a drop cloth on this side. I took a digital photograph of the design and aded color to it the photograph using the software Photoshop.

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I took a series of photographs several years ago of eye glasses and sun glasses with their shadow,taken from above.I’m sure this has been done by other photographers but it was new for me and not based on any photos I had seen before.

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I took a series of photographs several years ago of eye glasses and sun glasses with their shadow,taken from above.I’m sure this has been done by other photographers but it was new for me and not based on any photos I had seen before.
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