Posts Tagged ‘Food’

Grocery Cart

Grocery Cart by John Dyess

Does the subject of a painting or lack of a subject change the value of a painting? I’ve created illustrations professionally since I was 22 years old. My illustrations have always had a subject in them and usually a story to tell. Creating illustrations with a subject has provided me with an income to buy things, and pay taxes. My illustrations were created for clients to sell a product, educate children, inform, and tell stories.
Now I create paintings to please myself. My paintings still have a subject and sometimes tell a story.
Grocery Cart is one in a series of paintings that I call “Black shapes and textures”.
My painting Grocery Cart is based on a photograph that I took in a grocery store parking lot.  This Polaroid photo was taken many years ago to use as reference  for a commercial illustration assignment. Recently I was sorting through old Polaroid photos and found this photo. I scanned it into my computer and added a texture that I had painted. Now for me this image of an empty  grocery  cart represents hunger and homelessness.
I have included in this post a comment my friend “Dev”  made about my blog post “What’s the value of a painting”  page 1. Thank you Dev, your comment means a lot to me.

“It allows you to express something inside you – like what you saw when you looked at the fruit. Maybe it was a sense of awe, maybe you were struck by the color or the arrangement or the shadow and light but the art reflects that inner experience. Or perhaps you use the fruit as a metaphor for abundance or what have you. For me the viewer, I can experience what you did by “seeing through your eyes” or I can recall fruit from my past that had meaning for me. I also can just enjoy the beauty of the work, or sense the emotion, or find my own meaning.
At any rate because you chose to paint this and I saw it we connected at some level and shared an experience. I think that is what art does (and a whole lot more but I won’t continue to fill the page!) Now I’ll read page 2.  Dev

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Wicker basket with apples and pears

Wicker basket with apples and pears by John Dyess

Because I have been creating paintings, drawings and illustrations for over fifty years, I’ve been thinking a lot about the value of my “art”. The apples and pears in a wicker basket, that was my subject matter, for this painting, were eaten and had value as food to nourish my body, but my painting can only be looked at.

 

 

Harvest Home

I’ve posted two illustrations that I did in the 1990’s for a magazine titled Mature Living, published by LifeWay Press. This illustration was for a story titled “Harvest Home” and was about a father and daughter in America during the late 1800’s. The story had a Thanksgiving theme . I hired models and rented costumes for this oil on canvas painting.

Buschels of Love

This is another illustration for Mature Living magazine that was painted in the 1990’s. This illustration was for a story titled “Bushels of Love”, which was about a father and daughter planting a Victory Garden during World War Two. The daughters husband was a soldier that was overseas.Models were hired and costumes rented to be used for photo reference for this painting. Painting was oil on canvas. To me this painting also has a Thanksgiving theme.

John Dyess

lettucetomato-pepper

“vegetable salad” photograph by John Foster Dyess

tomatopepper-lettuce-3

“vegetable salad 2” photograph by John Foster Dyess

tomatospepper-celerylettuce

“vegetable salad” 3 photograph by John Foster Dyess

These are three photographs of a still life of vegetables, placed in a cardboard box with a light shining through a hole cut in one side of the box. These photographs are from my series titled “In a Box”

burr

“Burr” photograph by John Foster Dyess

two-mushrooms

“two mushrooms ” photograph by John Foster Dyess

See: “To perceive with the eyes; gain knowledge or awareness by means of one’s vision.”

sketch from the roof of our rental home by Carolyn dyess

sketch from the roof of our rental home by Carolyn Dixon Dyess

My wife carolyn also brought a sketchbook to Guanajuato,and drew buildings and food.

another building sketch by Carolyn Dixon Dyess

another building sketch by Carolyn Dixon Dyess

Food ketch by Carolyn Dixon Dyess

Food sketch by Carolyn Dixon Dyess

Our group of 9 people ate at an Italian restaurant, which was located near Guanajuato.Every  Monday there was reduced price on the menu. Carolyn sketched some of the food that we were served. We all shared each order of food.

restaurant food sketch by Carolyn

restaurant food sketch by Carolyn

food sketch by Carolyn

food sketch by Carolyn

The food was excellent !

Kitchen Shapes

Photography has been a large part of my journal of seeing. I will be posting a series of photographs I have taken of everyday objects.