Archive for the ‘art’ Category

This is a photograph of a green paint shape on my porcelain paint palette. I like the shape and texture of this green paint on my palette. I will make a color print from this digital photograph. I think there are many visual images around me to choose from to use as a photograph or painting.
John Foster Dyess

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This image is from EC’S ( Entertaining Comics Group) 1953 Two- Fisted Annual which is part of my collection of EC’s comic books. I also have in my collection a copy of Aces High , several issues of Frontline combat and one copy of Weird Fantasy. My copies  are well used. This story was illustrated by Wallace Wood.
The United States detonated two nuclear weapons over Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and August 9,1945 respectively. The two bombings killed between 129,000 and 226,00 people, most of whom were civilians, and remain the only uses of nuclear weapons in armed conflict.
I was six years old.

Check out these websites to see more work by myself and my wife Carolyn and to purchase prints and other items:
http://www.johndyessart.com
http://www.studiodyess.etsy.com
http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/studiodyess
http://www.fabri-cations.net

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Green glass and red glass

The shadow shapes in this photograph was created by sunlight shining through a kitchen window. I took this photograph in April of 2020.

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photograph by John Foster Dyess of a water bottle on a kitchen counter top

The Sun was shining through a window in the kitchen and passing  through a dish soap bottle on the my kitchen counter. I liked the blue shapes on the counter and took a photo.
This is from my series of photos taken of everyday objects and light and shadow shapes that I observe and record with my I- phone camera.

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A small stick covered with lichen found in the woods

I found this stick in North Carolina while visiting my wife Carolyn’s cousin Russ. His home was in the mountains and it was surrounded by woods. I brought the stick home to Missouri and took a digital photo of it and placed the photo in my computer. I converted the photo in photoshop to a black and white document.  Using several filters I changed the black and white document into a look of a line drawing. I printed the blank and white image on bond paper and glued it to a mat board. I then  did more work on it with a 000 Rapidograph pen. I colored it with Luma and Dr. PhMartin’s ink. The painting is 17.5″ wide by 8.5″ high. I’m going to place this image on johndyessart.com tonight. You will find other prints of my drawings and paintings on johndyessart.com

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On Sunday May 20,2018,  I had an Art opening and reception at Webster Groves Christian Church, that displayed 77 of my paintings, drawings, and prints. This show was called  “A Visual Dialog ”  The art of John Foster Dyess exploring themes of freedom, wonder, nature and more, accompanied by complimentary lyrics, poetry, literature and scripture. The image  above with the words A Walk in the Woods was created by myself and my wife Carolyn. I did the background color and Carolyn created the design and chose the typeface. My art  show was displayed  in the gallery with  thirteen themes .There were thirteen of these signs created to be hung on  the gallery walls. Each sign was printed  on 17′ wide by 11″ heavy white stock . On this sign was the above graphic and the names of four drawings in color and a framed painting, that my daughter Christy purchased, and these words by Henry David Thoreau – “Nature will bear the closest inspection; She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain. She has no interstices; every part is full of life.”

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beetle drawing by John Foster Dyess was one of a four insect drawings in the show

This insect  drawing along with other insects that I drew were  used in the the book
“The Boy Whose idea Could Feed the World” by my friend Doris Wild Helmering
Her book can be purchased through Amazon. http://www.doriswildhelmering.com

I read these words by Henry David Thoreau today which was the inspiration for this blog post.
-“As I stand over the insect crawling amid the pine needles on the forest floor, and endeavoring to conceal itself from my sight, and ask myself why it will cherish those humble thoughts, and hide its head from me who might, perhaps, be its benefactor, and impart to its race some cheering information , I am reminded of the greater Benefactor and Intelligence that stands over me the human insect.”

prints of  my art can be purchased on  johndyessart.com

President Donald Trump has released general guidelines for how to lift coronavirus restrictions and reopen parts of the U.S. economy – including schools. But most state education leaders say their buildings will have to remain closed until at least late summer or fall.

As of Tuesday afternoon, 35 states and Washington, D.C., had ordered or recommended school buildings remain closed through the rest of the school yearto contain the spread of the coronavirus, according to a tally from Education Week magazine.

Schools in coronavirus hot spots may not even be able to hit a fall deadline for reopening. But a couple of rural states are holding out hope for opening some schools in May.

The problem, some state leaders say: Neither Education Secretary Betsy DeVos nor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said much on how schools should be planning for the future. Left to figure out a plan on their own, state and local education leaders are banding together.

Others say America’s schools have long been designed to be locally governed – and a national pandemic doesn’t change that.

“Our grandson  Dominic is off of school until The Fall semester, and may not return then.
My wife Carolyn and I are teaching Dominic and his sister Sophia when they have been at our home while their parents work . Their mother is now working at home during the Pandemic, and we have our grandchildren at our home so that she can concentrate on her work  responsibilities. Their dad works outside of the home. We watch one child at a time several times a week. My wife does most of the teaching and we both focus on art projects with the grandchildren.

Yesterday April 22, my wife and I taught Dominic about Earth Day and did a search around our home for circle shapes. When Dominic found a circle shape, I took a photo of it.

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fan in the studio

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cat scratching tree

golf ball

golf ball

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Rapidograph pens

Earth Day montage

Earth day montage

I drew a fish shape on white mat board,  cut it out, then Dominic colored it.
this fish represented living creature on our planet Earth. My wife Carolyn created a visual graph about Earth day.

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World map we used to show Dominic. We also showed him a world globe that stays in the area where the grandkids play.

 

 

Dominic with Godzilla

Dominic relaxing after finishing his lessons at our home on April 22,2020.  Godzilla is trying to eat mannequin man.

President Donald Trump has released general guidelines for how to lift coronavirus restrictions and reopen parts of the U.S. economy – including schools. But most state education leaders say their buildings will have to remain closed until at least late summer or fall.

As of Tuesday afternoon, 35 states and Washington, D.C., had ordered or recommended school buildings remain closed through the rest of the school yearto contain the spread of the coronavirus, according to a tally from Education Week magazine.

Schools in coronavirus hot spots may not even be able to hit a fall deadline for reopening. But a couple of rural states are holding out hope for opening some schools in May.

The problem, some state leaders say: Neither Education Secretary Betsy DeVos nor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said much on how schools should be planning for the future. Left to figure out a plan on their own, state and local education leaders are banding together.

Others say America’s schools have long been designed to be locally governed – and a national pandemic doesn’t change that.

“Our grandson  Dominic is off of school until The Fall semester, and may not return then.
My wife Carolyn and I are teaching Dominic and his sister Sophia when they have been at our home while their parents work . Their mother is now working at home during the Pandemic, and we have our grandchildren at our home so that she can concentrate on her work  responsibilities. Their dad works outside of the home. We watch one child at a time several times a week. My wife does most of the teaching and we both focus on art projects with the grandchildren.
Dominic is studying in our home art studio.

Bright Red and Violet ink

bright red and violet ink

This National shelter at home time can be an opportunity to see things in our homes that are art. Objects when really seen, can become art. I will share photographs that I have taken in my home during the past ten years.
This photo was taken in 2009.
“see – become aware of something from observation”
Thanks for looking at my blog posts. Stay well.

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This show features the photographs taken by Debbie Kindschuh and the paintings by Ishimwe Bertrand.

Purpose of the Show: To enlighten audience about the wonderful work that Irembo Foundation is doing to improve literacy and education to vulnerable street children inKigali, Rwanda. This foundation was started by a young man, Ishimwe Bertrand,that was born in 1994 during the horrific genocide that killed 1 million people. He was in his mother’s womb when the genocide broke out in April of 1994. His family fled through the forests trying to reach Lake Kivu and to cross into Congo. The family never reached Congo, but their lives were saved. Unfortunately, when they returned home, their families had been murdered and they were homeless. Bertrand thus grew.up on the streets living in extreme poverty. Eventually, he was able to attend school by the sponsorship of a British man. When Bertrand turned 16, he decided to Pay It Forward. He began to sell his paintings to tourists and started paying tuition for youngchildren to attend school. Today his Irembo Foundation organizes sponsorships for 120 children and also conducts a women’s vocational training program in tailoring skills. Irembo US was started in 2017 and is a 501c3 non-profit organization located in Wentzville, MO. Debbie and Randy Kindschuh travel to Rwanda and take people on retreats and mission trips there to help support the education and women empowerment programs of Irembo Foundation. Debbie and Randy have also studied the Rwandan Reconciliation program that was started by Prison Fellowship International. This forgiveness program is based on the Sycamore Tree project which reflects the story of Jesus and Zacchaeus, in the book of Luke. The Reconciliation program helped the small country of Rwanda to move forward though forgiveness and begin the process of reconstruction. John Dyess

Restoring Justice

Contact and websites: us@gmail.com,

http://www.irembofoundation.org/