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This is one of my digital and traditional paintings from my collection called Black Shapes and Textures. This painting is called Kitchen Shapes # 1.  More images in this collection can be viewed on

autumn set

Carolyn has been making sets of 4- 5” x 5” “Mug Rugs” in Autumn and Christmas theme colors. They are made from scraps and remnants of fabric patched together and quilted with padding in the middle and a solid coordinating fabric on the back. Great gift ideas for the season. See new offerings in our Etsy store, StudioDyess-Art for Life and Living


Physicists resolved the centuries-old debate on the nature of light by declaring that it is both a wave and a particle, but for most practical purposes, they treat it as a wave. The distance between wave peaks in a light beam is known as the wavelength, and the total range of possible wavelengths is known as the electromagnetic spectrum. The human eye processes visual information by perceiving only a small fraction of the spectrum. My light photograph is titled “Light Show” .


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I began the Journal of Seeing blog on October 19,2010 with a photograph of my older brother Ronald and I  sitting outside on the steps of our house. I was about five years old. I have decided to repost some of the images I have posted during the last seven years. They are photographs I have taken and art I have created. This first image is a photograph that I took of a lamp’s shade and shadow in my living room. I enhanced the image in photoshop. using the unsharp filter. The title I gave to this image is “triangles and rectangles”

DCF 1.0

This is a photograph that I took of a plastic colander. A simple definition of a colander is “a perforated  bowl used to strain off liquid from food” I see it as an object that has windows that lets light come through it that creates an interesting visual image. .The title of this photo is Kitchen Shapes #4a. It is one of a series of photographs that I have taken of objects found in my kitchen. I have titled this series “Kitchen Shapes”. I placed the colander in front of the kitchen window to let the subshine come through the square shapes.I liked the shadow and shapes in this photo.


My painting “One way Central” was based on a photograph that I took while visiting Chicago,Illinois on 2008. This image is all about street signs and traffic lights. The walking pedestrian symbol forgot to read the directional sign.


detail of “One Way Central”

Cloud Gate

This is a digital image that I created from a photograph of the sculpture “Cloud Gate” by artist Anish Kapoor. I used Adobe Photoshop to enhance and change the photograph to display what interested me while viewing this sculpture and the architecture surrounding “The Bean”. I took the photograph while visiting Chicago,Illinois in 2008.

Detail Cloud Gate

Detail of Cloud Gate drawing

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This final Fort Worth image, is a poster my wife and I designed, that could be used to promote the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth,Texas. I created the image which was based on a photograph that I took while visiting Fort Worth in 2008. My wife created the design and selected the type.

Fort Worth Reflection a

“Fort Worth reflections a ” by John Foster Dyess

In April of 2008, while visiting our friends, Reverend Tim Carson and his wife Kathy, in Fort Worth,Texas, my wife and I were treated to a tour of the city and the well known stock yards. As usual, I began taking numerous photographs of our varied surroundings, fascinated with street scenes and the city’s architectural landscape. As I viewed the images on my computer monitor, after I returned to St.Louis, I became aware of details, subtleties, colors and shapes I hadn’t particularly noticed through the view finder. This was the creative spark, the genesis, for beginning a new body of work that I call ” A visiting Artist’s View of Fort Worth”

The Process
It begins with a digital photograph. I shoot what I find visually stimulating and exciting.
This is not only the item itself, such as a building, street, motorcycle or signage, but — the abstract shapes, colors and nuances found within the surface and contours of the subject matter.
I could be shooting from inside a moving car, from an office window looking out, from the top level of a parking garage or walking on street level. When shooting in familiar places such as my home town, St.Louis, I find there is such a personal association in my conscious mind with the buildings and structures that I am distracted somewhat from finding those true abstractions of shape and shadow in form that seem to reveal themselves in this Fort  Worth series. Back in the studio I focus on the design quality of the photograph. I might intensify or mute certain colors or manipulate the nature of shapes, texture or shadow. I consider the final image one rendered as mixed media. Finally the image is printed on a paper surface and a paper size that best expresses my creative vision.

I have a long career as an illustrator and painter and I am always looking for a new process or creative outlet. I continue to combine traditional methods and digital methods in a symbiotic approach to enhance the final piece of work .

John Dyess

Fort Worth Reflections

“Fort Worth Reflections b” by John Foster Dyess

San Francisco

To purchase prints of my San Francisco poster  and other products with this design go to