DCF 1.0

This is a photograph that I took in 2003 of a plastic colander.The title of this photo is Kitchen Shapes #4a. It is one of a series of Kitchen Shapes. I liked the shadow and shapes in this photo.


My painting “One way Central” was based on a photograph that I took while visiting Chicago,Illinois on 2008. This image is all about street signs and traffic lights. The walking pedestrian symbol forgot to read the directional sign.


detail of “One Way Central”

Cloud Gate

This is a digital image that I created from a photograph of the sculpture “Cloud Gate” by artist Anish Kapoor. I used Adobe Photoshop to enhance and change the photograph to display what interested me while viewing this sculpture and the architecture surrounding “The Bean”. I took the photograph while visiting Chicago,Illinois in 2008.

Detail Cloud Gate

Detail of Cloud Gate drawing

Cloud gate bw


This final Fort Worth image, is a poster my wife and I designed, that could be used to promote the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth,Texas. I created the image which was based on a photograph that I took while visiting Fort Worth in 2008. My wife created the design and selected the type.

Fort Worth Angels

My digital art is based on a photograph that I took from the roof of a garage of the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth ,Texas. The woman pushing another woman in a wheel chair was moved to the left, closer to the building, than it was in the photo. I wanted to make a visual connection of the woman in the wheel chair to the angels.

Fort Worth Live Stock Exchange

Seen and recorded in 2008 while visiting Fort Worth ,Texas. Digital painting created after returning to St.Louis. John Dyess

Cattle Crossing Fort Worth

Cattle crossing sign in the Stockyards,Fort Worth,Texas.Digital painting by John Foster Dyess

Reproductions of my art can be purchased at  http://johndyessart.com


Magnolia Strange

I’m taking a break from my Fort Worth digital paintings for a few days to share my acrylic and tempera painting of model Magnolia Strange. Magnolia posed for a painting group that meets at Webster Groves Christian Church which is in St.Louis County ,Missouri. She is a model and burlesque performance artist. She was wearing a “hippy” costume that she made. I started the painting during the “live” painting session and finished it in my studio viewing photos that I took of her. I used Palmer Prism Tempera and Titanium White Liquitex acrylic paint on canvas.

detail Magnolia Strange

detail of Magnolia Strange painting.

Magnolia strange photo

Photo reference

Fort Worth Reflection a

“Fort Worth reflections a ” by John Foster Dyess

In April of 2008, while visiting our friends, Reverend Tim Carson and his wife Kathy, in Fort Worth,Texas, my wife and I were treated to a tour of the city and the well known stock yards. As usual, I began taking numerous photographs of our varied surroundings, fascinated with street scenes and the city’s architectural landscape. As I viewed the images on my computer monitor, after I returned to St.Louis, I became aware of details, subtleties, colors and shapes I hadn’t particularly noticed through the view finder. This was the creative spark, the genesis, for beginning a new body of work that I call ” A visiting Artist’s View of Fort Worth”

The Process
It begins with a digital photograph. I shoot what I find visually stimulating and exciting.
This is not only the item itself, such as a building, street, motorcycle or signage, but — the abstract shapes, colors and nuances found within the surface and contours of the subject matter.
I could be shooting from inside a moving car, from an office window looking out, from the top level of a parking garage or walking on street level. When shooting in familiar places such as my home town, St.Louis, I find there is such a personal association in my conscious mind with the buildings and structures that I am distracted somewhat from finding those true abstractions of shape and shadow in form that seem to reveal themselves in this Fort  Worth series. Back in the studio I focus on the design quality of the photograph. I might intensify or mute certain colors or manipulate the nature of shapes, texture or shadow. I consider the final image one rendered as mixed media. Finally the image is printed on a paper surface and a paper size that best expresses my creative vision.

I have a long career as an illustrator and painter and I am always looking for a new process or creative outlet. I continue to combine traditional methods and digital methods in a symbiotic approach to enhance the final piece of work .

John Dyess

Fort Worth Reflections

“Fort Worth Reflections b” by John Foster Dyess

Stockyards Cowboy

“Stockyards cowboy” is another of my digital paintings, based on photographs that I took while visiting Fort Worth, Texas in 2008. My focus was on the black shapes created by shadows on the wooden fences.

Ft. Worth Motercycles

This is another version of Harley Horses where I used a different technique than the image I posted on September 30. Both are based on a photograph that I took while visiting the Fort Worth Stockyards. More images of my art can be viewed at studiodyess.com

detail Ft. Worth Motercycles

This is a detail of Harley Horses