Posts Tagged ‘family’

Dominics painting Aug2017

Oil painting of Dominic

In this paining of my grandson Dominic I tried to capture his desire to always be moving. I took a lot of reference photos of him, in different locations, wearing different clothes . I selected the photo reference I used for this painting because I thought it told a story about a young boy ready to be free to run and jump. I selected the shirt he was wearing because Dominic loves to play with toy cars. The challenge for me was to show Dominic in full figure within a complex environment. I liked the way the afternoon sun was creating interesting highlights. I painted his hair with a used sable brush that had about four strands of hair left on it.
I have painted, in oil on canvas, my seven other grand children.
John Dyess April 2018

This painting of Dominic was accepted in a juried show at the St.Louis Artists’ Guild, called  Clearly Human III. This is a all- media group exhibition of artwork focused on the human figure. This exhibition runs from April 13-May 26, 2018. The opening reception is Friday April 13, 5pm – 8pm.

Dominic Monster Mutt drawing

This is a drawing of “Monster Mutt”, by my 5 year old grandson Dominic .

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Photograph of Monster Mutt.


Happy birthday to my wife Carolyn Dixon Dyess!!



Carolyn ,her mother Carol and her brother Danny.


Carolyn holding our daughter Audrey in 1981.


Carolyn and myself in 1978. I’m a very lucky person! Love John

Zeke-Adele wedding day

This photo is of my mother and father on their wedding day in 1933. This photo is one of my favorite family photos. My mother’s birthday was yesterday January 17. She was born in 1916 and died June 22,1991. The photo was a hand colored sepia print.

Adele and John

This is a photo of my mother holding me. She would have been around 23 years old.

Sophia's whale drawing

This drawing was created by my granddaughter Sophia the same day that she drew a “cat wearing a hat, that I shared on my previous blog post of January 17. My wife is a graphic designer and I am a illustrator/painter/photographer, and I ofter share my visual images and my wife’s designs and personal art. My blog posts are mostly about visual art and artists. The name of my blog “journal of seeing” describes what my posts are about.
Thanks for stopping by and viewing my post about Sophia’s drawing.

Sophia's drawing of a cat wearing a hat

Our granddaughter Sophia drew this picture of a cat wearing a hat, on Monday January 15,2018, in our studio. My wife Carolyn and I love this drawing. Good work Sophia.


Homeless illustration by ToQuyen Tonnu a student in my illustration class at St.Louis Community College at Meramec.

This is the statement on ToQuyen’s poster illustration.

“Never think that what you have to offer is insignificant;
there will always be someone out there that needs what you have to give.
Visit for more information on what you can do to help.”

On Christmas Eve my hope is that there is a room for those that are homeless.
John Dyess

Homeless Project Young Print

Homeless illustration by Bradley Young a student in my illustration class at St.Louis Community College at Meramec.

Thirteen students in my Illustration class at St.Louis Community College at Meramec created poster illustrations that brought awareness of the many reasons that people become homeless.
Large format prints of these posters will be on display in “The Gallery Within” Webster Grove Christian Church. Also in the gallery will be photos taken by and taken of Scott Roy a former art student at Meramec that was homeless for a while when attending Meramec. This show will be hanging from December 19, 2017 until January 7, 2018. Gallery hours are from Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm and Sunday 9:00 am until 12:00 pm
Webster Groves Christian Church ( Disciples of Christ) is located at 1320 W.Lockwood Avenue St.Louis MO. 63122. The gallery entrance is on the West side of the building as you exit the parking lot.  John Dyess

Below is Bradley’s statement about his homelessness poster illustration.

While doing research for political posters I found mostly world war two era political posters. This in particular gave me the idea to do something that had to do with homeless veterans. While panning through the images on google I found an Uncle Sam poster. I figured everyone knew this iconic figure and that gave me the idea to do a homeless Uncle Sam. I personally find it nerve racking that solders come back home and become homeless. If not angry just generally confused on why homelessness is so common among veterans. Sadly, veterans do not get the help they need if going though PTSD (post dramatic stress disorder) or other ailments. This generally leaves some veterans to believe that they should be out on their own no because no one knows truly what they have been through. This is just one possible thing that could make a veteran a homeless person.

With the information I researched, I decided to do a poster that instead of just pointing out what is happening with homelessness, I rather would focus on homeless veterans. As a result, I believe that the message is that this could happen to you if you join a branch of military. Veterans are out there and need help. With this in mind I decided to change the words on the poster and made sure that “help a veteran near you” was on it. I felt that this not only gave the sense of this could happen if you join, but to also help if it has.
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Before the internet most illustrators  collected reference images ,usually cut from magazines, which were put in categories. I have five five drawer file cabinets of reference folders of many things. I started this reference collection in the 1960’s. I’m beginning to throw these cut out images away. I decided to share some of these images on my blog. This page contains magazine advertisements from the 1960’s.

Magnavox portables

children watching tv

This add was for a company that made insulation for mobile homes.

wash machine

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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”