Dynamic Shape

This is one of my digital images that was fun for me to to create. John Foster Dyess 12 3 17

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Blue-Heron

Great Blue Heron by John Foster Dyess

Personagrams store on Etsy- Custom designed mats for photos

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Example of custom designed photo mat featuring Mother’s Day. Other special occasion mats shown in the Personagrams store.

Studio Dyess Etsy store:

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Set of 4 Christmas Mug Rugs handmade by Carolyn. Perfect Christmas hostess gift.

Harvest Home

I’ve posted two illustrations that I did in the 1990’s for a magazine titled Mature Living, published by LifeWay Press. This illustration was for a story titled “Harvest Home” and was about a father and daughter in America during the late 1800’s. The story had a Thanksgiving theme . I hired models and rented costumes for this oil on canvas painting.

Buschels of Love

This is another illustration for Mature Living magazine that was painted in the 1990’s. This illustration was for a story titled “Bushels of Love”, which was about a father and daughter planting a Victory Garden during World War Two. The daughters husband was a soldier that was overseas.Models were hired and costumes rented to be used for photo reference for this painting. Painting was oil on canvas. To me this painting also has a Thanksgiving theme.

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Frankie Muse Freeman

Ten years ago I created fifty one portraits of inductees into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, located in Atlanta, Georgia, which were to be used for a traveling exhibit sponsored by Anheuser-Busch. The exhibit was built ,my portraits were completed and then InBev bought A-B. I don’t think the exhibit ever traveled. This portrait of Frankie Muse Freeman was the first portrait that I created for this series of portraits. Today she was honored with a bronze statue which is placed in Kiener Plaza in downtown St.Louis Missouri.

Frankie Muse Freeman is an American civil rights attorney, and the first woman to be appointed to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, a federal fact-finding body that investigates complaints alleging discrimination. Freeman was instrumental in creating the Citizens’ Commission on Civil Rights founded in 1982. She has been a practicing attorney in state and federal courts for nearly sixty years.

deck shadowsI observed these shadows on my deck today and recorded them.
John Foster Dyess  12-20-17

secretary

Before the internet most illustrators collected reference images ,usually cut from magazines, which were put in categories. I have five five drawer file cabinets of reference folders of many things. I started this reference collection in the 1960’s. I’m beginning to throw these cut out images away. I decided to share some of these images on my blog. This page contains magazine advertisements from the 1960’s that showed women working in an office as a secretary before computers.I was an illustrator at a Maritz Motivation Company in the 1970’s. I remember scenes like this. I think when I started working at Maritz in 1969 there were two woman artists and one African American male artist.

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The latest technology in the 1960’s-1970’s

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This is a “clip art” drawing of a secretary from the 1960’s. I have never liked this style of illustration. I think it has come back into favor .

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Before the internet most illustrators  collected reference images ,usually cut from magazines, which were put in categories. I have five five drawer file cabinets of reference folders of many things. I started this reference collection in the 1960’s. I’m beginning to throw these cut out images away. I decided to share some of these images on my blog. This page contains magazine advertisements from the 1960’s.

Magnavox portables

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This add was for a company that made insulation for mobile homes.

wash machine

Kitchen-Shapes-#1

This is one of my digital and traditional paintings from my collection called Black Shapes and Textures. This painting is called Kitchen Shapes # 1.  More images in this collection can be viewed on behance.net

autumn set

Carolyn has been making sets of 4- 5” x 5” “Mug Rugs” in Autumn and Christmas theme colors. They are made from scraps and remnants of fabric patched together and quilted with padding in the middle and a solid coordinating fabric on the back. Great gift ideas for the season. See new offerings in our Etsy store, StudioDyess-Art for Life and Living

Turkey in the Woods

This is a mixed medium painting that I created of a wild turkey in the woods. Prints of this painting can be purchased at johndyessart.com