Archive for the ‘Digital paintings by John Dyess’ 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

Found art- "victims of racism"

digital collage with dead rose, burnt match and burnt newspaper.

I saw this burnt newspaper article in my portable barbecue grill  and retrieved it before I added more newspaper to the fire. I used it in this collage that I created several years ago. I scanned a burnt match and dead rose and placed the scans in  this digital collage. The background was  a found piece of cardboard in my garage.

vitims of racism detail

Top of the Rock

This week I will be showing digital paintings, by John Foster Dyess, of scenes of New York City observed in May of 2010

Don't Slow Children by John Foster Dyess

Semester break is over at Meramec Community College and this is my Friday blog, which I use as a teaching tool. A semester long assignment that I have been giving my illustration students, for about eight years, is a “Journal of Seeing” ,where the students observe and record images that surround them in real life not virtual life. I am sharing ,in today’s blog, a digital construction that I created in 2005, using photos I took of street signs. The following is a step by step process I used to create”Don’t Slow Children.

Slow Children street sign

I didn’t know,when I took this photo, that I was going to use it in a digital painting.I just took the photo for reference for some future use.

Do not enter sign

Another reference photo that I used in “Don’t Slow Children”.

Don't Slow Children ,step one.

I combined the two street sign photos in photoshop. Somehow the running child photo got damaged by my computer. I really liked this accidental happening and it became an important part of the final digital image. I added the words Slow Children on several layers and painted them using various color painting modes,like Hard Light and Soft Light .I added the Stop sign and I just kept playing in Photoshop until I got the desired effect.
I entered a framed print of “Don’t Slow Children” and was accepted in a juried show at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild. This image was also used on a cover of a book titled “The Art Tteacher’s Book of Lists”written by Helen D. Hume.

The Art Teachers Book of lists by Helen Hume

The title came from my belief that, when teaching children, we don’t slow down their education by teaching them our own misguided beliefs.,but let them soar and run and discover the joy of living.



bananas-digital art by John Dyess

This is the first day of the second year of my Journal of Seeing blog and I thank those who have stopped by to view my blog and to make comments.

scene from a movie

I had a medical procedure called Catheter Ablation Monday and decided while I’m recuperating I would play at the computer and create some new digital art. I started by recording a movie  yesterday than I took TV screen photos with my digital camera of scenes that interested me visually. I up-loaded a few of my photos from the movie and painted over the photos in photoshop. I don’t know if doing this is covered under the Fair Use Doctrine so I will not name the movie. Anyway I’m having fun with this technigue.


This is a digital painting I created today which is based on a photograph I took August 7,2011. Below is the photo this image is based on. I will probably refine this painting.


I hope Hurricane Irene heads out to sea. Friends and relatives live near the coast of North Carolina.


Things to do along highway 70.

Storage Tanks

This scene is off of Missouri highway 19 on the way to Mexico,Missouri.

For Rent

An empty filling station seen along Missouri Highway 70. This one for rent.