Posts Tagged ‘art’

Adele Kestler baby photo

Adele Mildred Kestler Dyess is my mother . She was born in St.Louis on January 17, 1916 and died on June 22, 1991. I will be sharing photos of her for about a week. My daughter Christine gave me a gift certificate to Ancestry DNA for Fathers Day and I received the results several days ago.Next Tuesday Christy is going to record an interview of me, asking me questions about my life. She is interested in learning about the history of the Dyess and Kestler families. For a couple of months I will be sharing photos of of various members of these families along with information about historical events that occurred during their lifetime.This is a photo of my mother in 1916. I would like to find out more information about the photographer Alan Wuensche.

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Illustrator magazine

I want to thank Lon Levin for including me in the online magazine the “Illustrators Journal” and for creating a magazine that features  illustration and illustrators. I look forward to seeing future issues.

Here is a link to the issue that features my illustrations. The illustrations he has shown are from the 1970’s. These images represent a period of my career when I was employed at Maritz Motivation Company in St. Louis. This was an exciting fun time in my career. I have moved on from these techniques. My current illustrations and paintings can be viewed on studiodyess.com.

New York City Bycycles

I will be showing three paintings in the “33” gallery show, along with 32 other artists, at The Old Orchard Gallery 39 S. Old Orchard,Webster Groves, MO This show is sponsored by MySLART.org. The show opens Friday June 29 from 6-9 pm This is one of my paintings in this show. I hope you can attend.

Here is a link on facebook.com with information about the show.  https://www.facebook.com/Myslartorg/

Like Janis

And you measure for wealth by the things you can hold
And you measure for love by the sweet things you’re told
And you live in the past or a dream that you’re in
And your selfishness is your cardinal sin
—Rodriguez

I had an art gallery opening “to Everything there is a Season ” of my paintings and drawings on May 20,2018 at the Gallery Within- Webster Groves Christian Church.
I arranged the 77 images of my art into 14 categories to explore themes of freedom, wonder, nature, and more ,accompanied by complimentary lyrics, poetry, literature and scripture. This collage titled “Grocery Cart” is in  a category called What’s the Cost Of Living

Homelessness

For me, “Grocery Cart” represents hunger, and homelessness. The image of the grocery cart was a Polaroid photo that I had taken for an illustration assignment in the 1960’s. I scanned the Polaroid photo, enhanced it in Photoshop and printed a copy. I glued it in a collage along with a bar code, a price torn out of a newspaper and a ledger page. Between glued layers I added enamel paint textures

 

 

A better Tomorrow

                                                         A Better Tomorrow

My collage image represents advertisements trying to convince you to buy products that will make “a better tomorrow” for you and result in happiness. My illustration commissions were part of that business for a number of years. Later in my career I preferred editorial story illustrations.

 

 

Friends Stan and Red

“Friends Stan and Red”by John Foster Dyess

My oil on canvas painting of  the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Hall of Famers, Stan Musial and Red Schoendienst  is 22″ wide by 28″ high and was painted sometime in the 1990’s. I had the pleasure of watching on television and listening on the radio, during the 1950’s, St. Louis  Cardinals games ,when Stan and Red they were team mates.
This painting is based on a small black and white photograph of Stan and Red that was  reproduced in a newspaper.

detail Friends Stan and Red

detail from my painting “Friends Stan and Red”.

34 27My mixed media drawing called 34 27 is based on a photograph that I took of a train car parked on a train siding near a rural Missouri highway.
railbox

My mixed media drawing called railbox is based on a photograph of another train car parked with the train car in my drawing 34 27.

I had an art gallery opening “to Everything there is a Season ” of my paintings and drawings on May 20,2018 at the Gallery Within- Webster Groves Christian Church.
I arranged the 77 images of my art into 14 categories to explore themes of freedom, wonder, nature, and more ,accompanied by complimentary lyrics, poetry, literature and scripture. These train car drawings were in a category called wanderer.
wanderer wordNext to the train boxcar drawings was a sign with the  word wanderer and words from the song I got a name  and the song Railroad Bum Song. and words from You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe

I Got a Name
I’ve got a dream
I’ve got a dream
I know I could share it if you want me to
If your going my way I’ll go with you
Moving me down the highway
Rolling me down the highway
Moving ahead so life won’t pass me by
— lyrics by Norman Gimbel, music by Charles Fox, sung by Jim Croce

Railroad Bum Song

All around the water tank, waiting for a train
A thousand miles away from home, sleeping in the rain
I walked up to a brakeman just to give him a line of talk
He said “ If you got money, boy, I’ll see that you don’t walk”
I haven’t got a nickel, not a penny can I show“
Get off, get off, you railroad bum”
And slammed the boxcar door
He put me off in Texas, a state I dearly love
The wide open spaces all around me
The moon and stars up above
Nobody seems to want me, or lend me a helping hand
I’m on my way from Frisco, going back to Dixieland
My pocket book is empty and my heart is full of pain
I’m a thousand miles away from home just waiting for a train
—Anonymous


“Perhaps this is our strange and haunting paradox here in America — that we are fixed and certain only when we are in movement. At any rate, that is how it seemed to young George Webber, who was never so assured of his purpose as when he was going somewhere on a train. And he never had the sense of home so much as when he felt that he was going there. It was only when he got there that his homelessness began.”
-Thomas Wolfe, You Can’t Go Home Again

The show will be open until July 8, 2018, Tuesday through Friday 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.
Webster Groves Christian Church is located at 1320 W. Lockwood Ave. St. Louis, MO 63122. More information about this show can be found at http://www.wgcc.org

 

 

CHA Country doctor

Country Doctor
This is one of three illustrations created for the 1992 Annual Report of Christian Health System. The client wanted to show a Model T Ford going down a country road. Each illustration had to depict the moon and an American flag. 

I had an art gallery opening “to Everything there is a Season ” of my paintings and drawings on May 20,2018 at the Gallery Within- Webster Groves Christian Church.
I arranged the 77 images of my art into 14 categories to explore themes of freedom, wonder, nature, and more ,accompanied by complimentary lyrics, poetry, literature and scripture.  The show will be open until July 8, 2018, Tuesday through Friday 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Webster Groves Christian Church is located at 1320 W. Lockwood Ave. St. Louis, MO 63122. More information about this show can be found at http://www.wgcc.org
wanderer word
Wanderer is one of the categories and contains a story that I wrote in 1970 about the trips my family took to visit  relatives in Louisiana. Country Doctor was one of the images in this category.

Small Town

My first long trip, traveling in a four door 1936 Chevy. My Dad always owned Chevys when I was a boy.Reading Burma Shave signs as we traveled through Illinois, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi: M-IS, S-I-S, S-I-P-P-I. A jingle my brother and I sang .As our ‘36 drove down that never ending two lane highway. Movin’ me down the highway. Through flooded roads, winding through small southern towns.

Headin’ for Looseanna.

Looseanna – Spanish moss, Pine trees, Huey Long, frog giggin’, cotton mouths, Boy, Yankees, slot machines at every restaurant and grocery store. Aunt Ada and Uncle Rudy’s filling station and grocery store.Outside the store, oil cans, bottle caps, hundreds!Reading comic books, Shazam and the Katzenjammer Kids. The old gas pumps. Why did they change those pumps -progress?

Million dollar road. A one and a half lane road, Gravel covered, dust clouding our way to Aunt Minnie and Uncle Urah’s house,In Covington, Louisiana.Never changing, ever changingGeneration after generationSmall town. —John Dyess circa 1970

My father was born in Covington, Louisiana in 1910. He drove a Model A Ford to St. Louis around 1932. He had a limited education, but by studying at night was able to become a radio engineer at WTMV in East St. Louis, Illinois. He married my mother in 1933 when she was just 17 years old.
Homeward Bound 1
This painting ,which is in the category Wanderer,  is based on a photograph that I took of a highway while driving home after teaching an art class at Jefferson College in Missouri about ten years ago. I named this painting Homeward Bound. This is a scene my father would have seen while driving to St.Louis from Louisiana around 1931.

to everything sign
I had an art gallery opening “to Everything there is a Season ” of my paintings and drawings on May 20,2018 at the Gallery Within- Webster Groves Christian Church.
I arranged the 77 images of my art into 14 categories to explore themes of freedom, wonder, nature, and more ,accompanied by complimentary lyrics, poetry, literature and scripture. The show will be open until July 8, 2018, Tuesday through Friday 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.
Webster Groves Christian Church is located at 1320 W. Lockwood Ave. St. Louis, MO 63122. More information about this show can be found at http://www.wgcc.org

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature’s first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leaf’s a flower;

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay. —Robert Frost
Nothing Gold Can Stay

        “Nothing Gold can Stay” ,portrait of my daughter Audrey when she was 11 years old
1992

The poem begins at once in paradox: green is gold . . . leaf s a flower.At once,
common knowledge, precise observation, and the implications of ancient associations are brought into conflicting play. Green is the first mark of spring, the assurance of life;

yet in fact the first flush of vegetation for the New England birch and the willow is not green but the haze of delicate gold. Hence green is a theory or sign of spring; gold is the fact. Gold, precious and permanent as a metal, is here not considered as a metal but as a color. Its hue is described as hard to hold, as evanescent as wealth itself.

Here is Frosts most evocative use of the felix culpa metaphor. The subsidence, the sink– ing, the going down is, by the logic of the poem, a blessed increase if we are to follow the cycle of flower, leaf, bud, fruit, into the full life that includes loss, grief, and change.

from “Frost and the Paradox of the Fortunate Fall.Frost: Centennial Essays. Copyright © 1973 by University Press of Mississippi.

Iris .                                    My painting “Iris” represents flower in life’s cycle

Cabbage 1 .                                  My painting Cabbage 1 represents leaf in life’s cycle
River Rocks .                     My mixed media painting “River Rocks ” represents the fall season of life
and the water stream with rocks represents life’s journey.

This is the horizontal arrangement of my paintings on the gallery wall
To Everything there ias a Seasom

Teddy Roosevelt

I was employed as an illustrator at Maritz Motivation Company from 1969 until 1980 and had a great opportunity while working there to create many illustrations. In 1971 I illustrated, using markers and white paint, a series of portraits of famous Americans. These illustrations were for Heinz and were used on mailers sent to their employees to motivate them to encourage their customers to stock Heinz products. They won award points for each item stocked.

Marker layer for Teddy art

My process to create these illustrations started with using “Magic Markers” on tracing paper to create an abstract design. I sprayed the marker drawing with Crystal Clear fixative, which created a texture of spots. I placed a pencil outline drawing of “Teddy” Roosevelt under the tracing paper then applied the markers.

acetate overlay

I laid the pencil drawing of Teddy under clear acetate and painted with Pro White paint the structure of his face. When I was finished with the white painting on acetate I laid it over the marker painting. The offset printing company took a photo of the acetate over the marker painting and  positioned it with the type. A few thousands of the announcement mailers were sent by mail to the employees of Heinz. This was before computers were used to create art and print.

Today I created category tags, using a similar technique, to hang with my paintings for my one person show on Sunday May 20, 4:00pm until 7:30 pm in the Gallery Within-Webster Groves Christian Church. Below is one of the category tags.
wanderer with texture

Coconut Grove fire page 1 and 2

The Lights Went Out. Tonight I found samples of illustrations I rendered in 1987 for a story of the Coconut grove fire in 1942. The story of this fatal nightclub fire was in a small book printed by Barnell Loft,LTD. This book was used as a interactive reading program textbook. This textbook was titled KILLER FIRES. I did several more story illustrations for this series of books.I’m not sure how much i got paid for this series, which I guess probably was not a lot. It seems to me this story and the other three stories illustrated by other artists were pretty dark stories for a reading program.

Coconut Grove Fire page 3 and 4

This may have been the first and last time I illustrated burning people. I think I posed for the figure on the top right of the illustration.I probably posed for the soldier on the left side.

Coconut Grove Fire pages 5 6

This illustration shows dead people laying in the street. I think I posed for some of them and my family members posed for a few dead people.