Posts Tagged ‘historical costumes’


Audrey wearing a plaid dress ,sitting in a rocking chair.

Today is the birthday of my daughter Audrey and in this blog post I’m sharing some of the paintings and drawings that she posed for me. This is one of the first of my paintings of Audrey . Oil on canvas, 16″ wide x 20″ high


Drawing of Audrey wearing a flower dress by John Foster Dyess

I have saved this dress that Audrey is wearing. Someday she will get this painting and dress. Black pen and ink drawing on vellum. Colored applied is liquid acrylic paint. 17″ wide x 26″ high This is one of my favorite drawings.


Audrey wearing a pink dress sitting in a rocking chair.

I would create a design challenge when  painting Audrey. I wanted to focus on the figure of Audrey emerging from darkness and to use the shadow shapes  as an important design element in this painting . Audrey was posing under a sky light for the photo reference I took. All of these paintings were based on photos I took. I have kept this dress also. Oil on canvas 21″ wide x 27″ high.


Audrey wearing her wedding dress at Webster Groves Christian Church. Oil painting by John Foster Dyess

I had Audrey pose for me after her wedding . I suggested to the wedding photographer that he take a similar photo in this church location. The concept of this painting was the light from above creating shapes on her wedding dress and like the previous painting the design created by light and dark.  Oil on canvas 16″ wide x 18″ high.
Happy birthday Audrey and for your patience posing for many illustrations.
Love Dad


family photo of my grandmother and grandfather

family photo of my grandmother and grandfather

This is the wedding photo of my mother’s parents. They are from the left, Hilda Bromerloh Kestler and setting John E. Kestler. The man standing is my mother’s uncle,Edward Kestler and his wife Mayble. I don’t know if Ed was married to Mayble at the time of my grandparents wedding. My best guess is that my grandparents were married around 1908 t0 1910.

Hilda Bromerloh Kestler

Hilda Bromerloh Kestler

John E. Kestler

John E. Kestler

I’m showing these photos because I am the custodian of many photos that were in possession of my mother and to keep the people in these photos in sight for a bit longer. Family photos have a way of disappearing as generations die off. I look at the photos and wonder, what the people in the photos were thinking and what happened to them right after the photos were taken. My grandfather was wearing two rings on his left hand and my grandmother was wearing her ring over gloves.




Harvest Home

Happy Thanksgiving! This is an illustration I created for the October 1996 issue of Mature Living Magazine. This magazine was published by the Baptist Sunday School Board. I hired models and rented costumes and took photos of the models in costumes for reference to use in the creation of this illustration. This illustration was painted in oil on canvas. The size is 18″ wide x20″high.