Posts Tagged ‘abstract art’

Dynamic Shape

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


oil on canvas print painting by John Foster Dyess

The questions are:? What is an abstract painting? What is a realistic painting?
This image started out as combination of photographs I took of several objects and scans of textures I created that I combined in layers using Photoshop. I began to see various forms in my Photoshop creation and began to enhance these forms using a Photoshop brush. After I had completed my digital image I had it printed on canvas ,and using oil paint  I glazed over the print. I have created shapes and forms like I would if I were painting an object or landscape. The difference is this landscape exist in my brain.
This is from a series of paintings I call Inner space.


Detail 1 of Inner Space 7


detail 2 Inner Space 7


“the Creation” oil painting by John Foster Dyess

This is an oil painting on canvas print of a digital image called inner space 2 that I posted on January 31,2017. It is the second of my inner space oil painting series that focuses on my inner vision of time, space and the creative process. This painting is 16″ x 16″.  The digital image began as a photograph of my paint palette. I began to enhance images that I saw in this photo, like I was looking at Rorschach test.


detail one of “the Creation”

I saw organic shapes in my palette photo.


detail 2 from “the Creation”


detail 3 from “the Creation”

I began to see red eye creatures



Found art by John Foster Dyess

Friends gave me this drop cloth which they had used when spaying patio furniture with black paint. I thought this was an interesting design and I decided not to use it as a drop cloth on this side. I took a digital photograph of the design and aded color to it the photograph using the software Photoshop.


“cutting edge” by John Foster Dyess

I like to create visual art by using objects found around my house,and I used a pair of scissors for the subject of “cutting edge”.


I placed a pair of scissors on the glass of a copy machine and made a black and white copy. A lot of detail was lost which I preferred.


I inverted the copy machine image which made the background black and the scissors white. I glued the inverted copy on illustration board and then used sandpaper and an x-acto knife to scratch white texture into the black background. I colored the black and white copy using liquid acrylic paint.


inner Space 6 by John Foster Dyess

This is a digital painting that is one of a series called Inner Space ,that represents my subconscious vision of life,space and time.


“FireFlies” by John Foster Dyess

This is a digital painting that is one of a series called Inner Space ,that represents my subconscious vision of life,space and time.


Oil on museum wrap canvas digital print

This  painting “New york City Bridge” is one of 11 of my paintings that will be included in the  “Shared Space” gallery show in The Gallery of Contemporary Art at St.Louis Community College-Wildwood.This show features my photographs taken during trips to New York City in 2008 and 20010. The images are digitally manipulated and abstracted, printed on large stretched canvas and then painted. My wife Carolyn Dixon Dyess will have 10 “fabric arrangements” in this joint show.

My process:

New York City bridge photo 5 14 10 10 36

A photo of a New York City Bridge taken from inside of a cab at 10:36 am on May 14,2010.


black and white threshold image in Photoshop of the bridge


This is a digital photograph of a section of a painters drop cloth. I have used “found art” in other paintings I have created.

I combined the threshold image and the drop cloth image in photoshop
and then used the overlay brush to add additional color.

I had a photo lab make a 30″wide x 24 high” digital canvas wrap print from
my photoshop file. I then painted the black areas of the print with semi-gloss
black enamel paint and added oil paint over the canvas texture area of the print,
retaining some of the digital print.This painting  on canvas was
created in 2015.

Inner Space-11b

Inner Space-11

I’ve painted digitally on the image from yesterday’s post. I see the direction I want to take this image . More painting on this image

detail from Inner Space 11b

detail from Inner Space 11b


Table service by JoDye