Posts Tagged ‘art’

Found objects derive their identity as art from the designation placed upon them by the artist and from the social history that comes with the object.

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This is a photo of a paint drop cloth, that I have used for various painting projects in my home.  I see this paint drop cloth as  an art object. The creative process starts with my seeing this functional object as an art object and then  my  cropping of the photo  of this object. I don’t see this as abstract art because it is a photo of a functional object.


Found objects derive their identity as art from the designation placed upon them by the artist and from the social history that comes with the object.

my drawing board

This photo is of a small section of the underside of my drawing board. The strokes of paint and cut marks represent over fifty years of use creating paintings and illustrations. I am going to order  a 20″ high x30 “wide canvas wrap print of this image and then paint over the print using oil paint.

pedestrian painting by John Foster Dyess

This is a painting based on the pedestrian symbol on a street sign. I wanted to symbolize in a graphic image diversity by showing various colored symbols used in pedestrian crossing signs that represents walking away from racism and intolerance. This painting was purchased by a friend several years ago.
I used enamel paint applied with a putty knife and screwdriver on masonite board to create this painting.
This image is  for sale printed on cups,  shirts, phone cases, and many other things and can be purchased at
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John Foster Dyess

all God's creatures

I took this photo my grandchildren Sophia and Dominic’s plastic animals, that they play with when they visit the home of my wife Carolyn and I. This photo was taken several months ago.

Wicker basket with apples and pears

“Wicker basket with apples and pears” by John Foster Dyess

I will have a painting and a drawing displayed at OA Gallery along with other artists, in a show called “The Works”. The opening is Friday, May 31 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm

Red Flower drawing

Red Flower drawing by John Foster Dyess


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My daughter Christy, the person on the right , played Mrs. Webb in the play Our Town. She has acted in many plays at the Pressor Arts center in Mexico Missouri. My wife and and I attended the Sunday afternoon performance.The woman on the left is playing Mrs. Gibbs.

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Christy in another scene during the performance. Photos are from the facebook page of the Pressor Performance Arts Center.

Below is a blog post by our friend Tim Carson who with his wife Kathy attended this performance.

Our Town is every town

by vitalwholeness

I was pleased to recently attend another presentation of the now classic stage play Our Town written by Thornton Wilder. As you know, the sparseness of this play makes it rich. And the running commentary by the Stage Manager actually interprets the normality of life in its bigger view. There are portions of the three act play that always bring me to tears, mostly in the closing act that pulls no punches in bringing the stark reality of mortality and eternity to the fore.

The Stage Manager warns us early on that however intrigued we might be with day-to-day life in Grover’s Corners and refrains of love and marriage, more somber themes are on the way. He wasn’t kidding. Up to the cemetery we go where the dead are “weaned away from the world” step by step.

The living can’t grasp the meaning of life until it’s gone and they sure can’t grasp eternity, not fully, though, as the Stage Manger says, “everybody in their bones knows that something is eternal.”

But it is Emily, dead too early, who captures the longing for life unobserved and missed when she looks back one last time. Her monologue is the nut of the play, and one sentence stands out more than any other:

“Good-by, Good-by, world. Good-by, Grover’s Corners. Mama and Papa. Good-bye to clocks ticking. and Mama’s sunflowers. And food and coffee. And new-ironed dresses and hot baths and sleeping and waking up. Oh, earth, you’re too wonderful for anybody to realize you. Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it? – every, every minute?

And we lean in and listen to the answer of the Stage Manager, our resident philosopher: “No. The saints and poets, maybe—they do some.”

After Emily returns and takes her place in the company of those who have crossed over, darkness falls over Grover’s Corners and the Stage Manager helps us, one more time, to see how the ordinary turns under the aspect of eternity. After noting the time, the way we finite creatures understand time, he speaks to us and says,  “Hm…Eleven o’clock in Grover’s Corners…You get a good rest, too. Good night.”

Do we get a good night’s rest? The saints and poets, maybe.

Is this an Easter story? Part of it? Or larger than it?

Think about that as you watch the close of Act 3 in the Lincoln Center production with actress Penelope Ann Miller.

Here is a segment from  the director’s note by  Dave Roland from the play program.
“It is a play about what it means to be human, what it means for ordinary, unexceptional people to have life and identity, and to contribute their own verse to ” the powerful play.” And in it’s own uniquely powerful way, it encourages the audience to be sure that they are contributing their own verse, they take some time to fully appreciate the small, beautiful wonders of life and our relationship to those with whom we share it.”

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experimental digital portrait of Edgar Allan Poe by John Dyess

This is a recent digital portrait  of Edgar Allan poe that I created.

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Today I returned to reading my copy of Edgar Allan Poe -complete Tales & Poems. I continued to work on my painting “Old Tree” and I voted for the Mayor of Eureka Missouri.

Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and of American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country’s earliest practitioners of the short story. He is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career. Wikipedia
Lived: Jan.19,1809 – Oct 07, 1849
height 5″ 8′
spouse: Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe ( m. 1836 – 1847)

Edgar Allan Poe is one of my favorite authors.

I created a montage illustration of Edgar Allan Poe in 2005  to use as a portfolio sample and to sell  prints.

Edgar Allan Poe

My montage illustration of Poe. The reference for the portrait of Poe is the only photo of him that I am aware of.

Prints of my illustration of Edgar Allan Poe can be purchased at

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art of Martin Luther King that I created for a gallery show on Civil Rights at Webster Groves Christian Church

today I saw a documentary about the Selma to Montgomery march for voters rights during Christian education at Webster Groves Christian Church.

The Selma to Montgomery march was part of a series of civil-rights protests that occurred in 1965 in Alabama, a Southern state with deeply entrenched racist policies. In March of that year, in an effort to register black voters in the South, protesters marching the 54-mile route from Selma to the state capital of Montgomery were confronted with deadly violence from local authorities and white vigilante groups. As the world watched, the protesters—under the protection of federalized National Guard troops—finally achieved their goal, walking around the clock for three days to reach Montgomery. The historic march, and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s participation in it, raised awareness of the difficulties faced by black voters, and the need for a national Voting Rights Act.

today I saw my friend Denise welcome a young woman visiting our church who was from the country of Columbia, by speaking to her in Spanish.Today I saw an eight year old girl from our church welcome this woman’s daughter and sat with her during the church service.

today I  saw this on the back of our worship bulletin,
“Webster Groves Christian Church is diverse in age, race, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, biblical interpretation, and political persuasion. We celebrate and honor the diversity of God’s creation and pray to be the body of Christ by striving to love as God loves.”

Today I taught a class called Drawing for Graphics at St.Louis Community College at Meramec.The class is from 9:00 am until 12:50 pm.  The students were completing an assignment to create a Silhouette drawing and line drawing of an ocean fish. Their line drawing will then be used for a laser engraving.

laser engraving

This image is a laser engraving of a ink drawing of a fish I created for a textbook illustration in the 1990’s. This engraving was created several weeks ago at the Center for Visual Technology at St.Louis Community Collage at Meramec. This was a test of the new laser engraving machine.This image was engraved on black mat board. The tan color is a result of the engraving process. This sample was used to explain the engraving process to the students.

I have taught at Meramec as an adjunct professor since 1997.