Posts Tagged ‘digital painting’


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.

Real Cowboy

“Real Cowboy” digital painting by John Foster Dyess

This digital painting is based on a photograph that I took of a cowboy re-enactor at the Stockyards in Fort Worth ,Texas. I placed the photograph in the software Photoshop and using various brushes painted over the photograph.There was an automobile on the street that I removed. I painted over the entire photograph with Photoshop brushes.
I made a 24″ x 30″ photo- print of this image and drew over it with pastel pencils.
Art prints of various sizes , T shirts, pillows and mugs with this image can be purchased on


The photograph that I took that was the starting point of the Real Cowboy painting.


Longhorn Steer

Fort Worth Longhorn Steer

My wife Carolyn and I went to Fort Worth ,Texas in April of 2008 to visit friends and while we were taking a tour of the city and the well known Stock Yards, I took numerous photographs of our varied surroundings ,fascinated with street scenes and the city’s architecture.  As I viewed the images on my computer monitor after I returned home,I became aware of details ,subtleties ,colors and shapes I hadn’t particularly noticed through the viewfinder. I began a body of work I have titled “A Visiting Artists View of Fort Worth”.

inner space 21b

This is another image that I have created for my Inner Space series of digital and traditional paintings that relate to themes of space,time and inner thoughts.


This is a recent addition to my series “Black Shapes and Textures”, which consist of digital and traditional paintings.
I took a digital photograph of a wall clock and placed it in the software Photoshop,and using the Threshold filter converted it to a black image. I placed this black image of the wall clock over a digital photograph that I took of a painters drop cloth which had paint splatters on it. Using a Photoshop brush I added color to the clock numbers.
More paintings from my series Black Shapes and Textures, can be viewed on my website

inner space 18 final

This image is the next step continuing my process of creating a digital painting for my series Inner Space. This is a continuation of my blog post of May 8.The following images are the photoshop layers of the above image.



inner space layer 3

layer 3

layer 1

layer 2

layer 0

layer 1


detail from digital painting

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detail 2


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