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Ghost Story

This is a new image that I created last week, as usual I don’t know how I got to to this last stage. I should document each step, but I didn’t on this image.I saw a face in the upper third of the image, which seemed ghost like.

Any War

Scene of German soldiers during World War One.

My digital illustration “Any War” is based on a photograph that I took of my television screen , of the World War One movie “All Quiet on the Western Front”.I added texture and color and the flash of light that represents an explosion. This could be a scene from any war if the  the uniforms were changed.  This illustration is from a body of my work that I call “From the TV”.


Mitt Romney digital portrait by John Foster Dyess

This post is about my thoughts on Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand,a book which seems to be a Tea Party favorite. This a a long book,over a thousand pages in the paperback version, which I read about halfway through and finished by listening to a recorded book.
It is about a group of factory owners,inventors, railroad owners, mine owners and teachers. The book begins with the sentence. “Who is John Galt ?” This mysterious character finally appears about halfway into the book where we find out that he is recruiting the “elite” of the world to drop out and live in a commune because of the fact that evil unions and incompetent government leaders are too much of a barrier for them to succeed. They decide to take away their superior knowledge from a stupid ungrateful world. It is also about the main character Dagny Taggart having affairs with three of the male characters including John Galt.
When I was attending Washington University I was a fan of “The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand but as I matured I thought of the main character,Howard Roark, as a terrorist. This story is also about the main characters having an affair.

Flashdancer – texture by John Foster Dyess

Double Parking-digital photo by John Dyess

I would take my first point and shoot digital camera with me most of the time ,so I could record interesting images ,like Double Parking. I saw this handicap parking stencil at Meramec Community College in the faculty parking lot. This was the first of many shots of street signage in my portfolio.

Parking Lot

I created this digital illustration several months after I took the photo Double Parking using the same image as part of a montage along with other street sign photos I had taken.
Below is a screen shot of the layers I ted creating this image in Photoshop.

layers for parking lot illustration

Dawn - digital image by John Foster Dyess

This was one of my first digital photos, using my Minolta Dimage s414, of reflections and refractions taken from above. The subject was the light going through soap bottles and a plastic drinking glass that created these shapes on my kitchen counter. It was a morning and the sun was coming through trees and then my kitchen window that made this,to me, amazing image. I did additional adjustments to this photo  in photoshop .

Owl painting by John Dyess

This owl painting with type was created on October 25,2011


Ok,so the movie scene in yesterday’s blog post was Rebel Without a Cause. It was on AMC the other night and I recorded it so I could see how my opinion of this movie had changed after 50 years. I watched part of it and realized I couldn’t relate to the characters as I had as a youth. The three teenagers were from wealthy families and didn’t seem to lack physical comforts,they just had strange parents. I turned off the sound and watched it in fast forward mode and enjoyed the camera set-ups and art direction which was very creative. I also picked up on symbols I hadn’t noticed when I saw this movie as a teen-ager. I will share some of my thoughts tomorrow on the these symbols.