Posts Tagged ‘digital painting’


Fusion, or synthesis, is the process of combining two or more distinct entities into a new whole.

My oil over a digital canvas print is 32″ wide x 48″ high and is from my series of paintings that I call Inner Space.


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My digital image “Cosmic Textures”  is part of a body of my art that I call “Inner Space”. It is a universe that exist within me that has elements of the universe that the world is part of. I see chaos in this image that may become an orderly universe.

Big Bang theory
Around 13.8 billion years ago, all the matter in the Universe emerged from a single, minute point, or singularity, in a violent burst. This expanded at an astonishingly high rate and temperature, doubling in size every 10-34 seconds, creating space as it rapidly inflated. Within a tiny fraction of a second gravity and all the other forces were formed. Energy changed into particles of matter and antimatter, which largely destroyed each other. But luckily for us some matter survived. Protons and neutrons started to form within the first second; within minutes these protons and neutrons could fuse and form hydrogen and helium nuclei. After 300,000 years, nuclei could finally capture electrons to form atoms, filling the Universe with clouds of hydrogen and helium gas. After around 380,000 years it left behind a bath of photons – the Cosmic Microwave Background that Penzias and Wilson accidentally detected. Within this were tiny ripples of matter that were stretched to enormous sizes during inflation, and in turn these became the seeds for the galaxies and galactic clusters we see today. –

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I’ve been working on this digital image this week, which will be added to my “Inner Space” series of paintings. I’ve been working on this series for several years and have posted many of digital and traditional paintings from this series. 

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detail of Inner Space painting 12-18

Reproductions of several of my Inner Space paintings can be purchased on  Several family members have had my Inner Space paintings reproduced on their cell  phone cases.


cosmic textures

This image “Cosmic Textures” started as a scan of a banana peel. I worked on the scan using Photoshop filters and brushes. Many of my Inner Space images started as photos or scans of textures. Leonardo Da Vinci said…”It should not be hard for you to look at stains on walls , or  the ashes of a fire, or the clouds ,or mud, and if you consider them well you will find marvelous new ideas, because the mind is stimulated to new inventions by obscure things” – from the book Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson  

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Banana peel scan

purple palette scan

I also added a scan of oil paint on a paper palette.

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I inverted the paint palette scan an combined with the banana peel scan.


This image began as a photograph of light refraction on a our white refrigerator. This is the final image after several steps of digital manipulation in Photoshop. The texture of this image reminded me of the texture of skin. I will have a print made of this image, and the size will be 32″ wide by 12″ high

light over darkness

“Light over Darkness” by john Foster Dyess

“I have come as a light to shine in a dark world”


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 Angels

My digital art is based on a photograph that I took from the roof of a garage of the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth ,Texas. The woman pushing another woman in a wheel chair was moved to the left, closer to the building, than it was in the photo. I wanted to make a visual connection of the woman in the wheel chair to the angels.

Ft. Worth Motercycles

This is another version of Harley Horses where I used a different technique than the image I posted on September 30. Both are based on a photograph that I took while visiting the Fort Worth Stockyards. More images of my art can be viewed at

detail Ft. Worth Motercycles

This is a detail of Harley Horses

Harley Horses

“Harley Horses” digital painting by John Foster Dyess

This digital painting was based on a photograph that I took while visiting the Stock Yards in Fort Worth,Texas. The name that I gave to this painting seemed appropriate because the motorcycles parked on the street are the horses of the twenty first centuary.