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Audrey-in-at-10 (1991)

Audrey at 10 years old, oil on canvas (1991)

Audrey Only Gold can Stay

Audrey ” Only Gold can Stay ” ink on vellum (1993)

Audrey's Wedding day (2008)

Audrey’s wedding day. oil on canvas (2008)

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unfinished-portrait-of-Audrey-1980's

Audrey unfinished portrait (1982)

Recently I have been taking an inventory of the visual art I have created during the last 60 plus years.  I will be posting images of many of my drawings, paintings , illustrations and photographs, with a brief description. This post displays paintings that I created of my  daughter Audrey at different ages.

Audrey age 3 (1984)

Audrey age 3 (1984)

Audrey-in-rocking-Chair-at-six

Audrey sitting in a rocking chair at age 6. (1989)

 

Sophia Grandchild number 7 Oilpaint on canvas (2013)

“Sophia” Grandchild number 7  Oil paint on canvas (2013)

Recently I have been taking an inventory of the visual art I have created during the last 60 plus years.  I will be posting images of many of my drawings, paintings , illustrations and photographs, with a brief description. This post displays paintings that I created of my grandchildren.

Dominic Grandchild number 8 (2017)

“Dominic” Grandchild number 8  Oil paint on canvas (2017)

Devon Grandchild number 4 (2007

“Devon” Grandchild number 4 Oil paint on canvas (2007)

Recently I have been taking an inventory of the visual art I have created during the last 60 plus years.  I will be posting images of many of my drawings, paintings , illustrations and photographs. with a brief description. This post displays paintings that I created of my grandchildren.

Brady grandchild number 5. Oil paint on canvas (2007)

“Brady” Grandchild number 5 Oil paint on canvas (2007)

Ryan Grandchild number 6 (2008)

“Ryan” Grandchild number 6  Oil on canvas (2008)

 

Delanie Granchild number 1 (2006)

“Delanie” Grandchild number 1 Oil paint on canvas. (2006)

Recently I have been taking an inventory of the visual art I have created during the last 60 plus years.  I will be posting images of many of my drawings, paintings , illustrations and photographs. with a brief description. This post displays paintings that I created of my grandchildren.

Claire Grandchild number 2 (2008)

“Claire” Grandchild number 2 Oil paint on canvas (2008)

Mason Grandchild number 3 (2008)

“Mason” Grandchild number 3 Oil on Canvas . (2008)

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

End of a Season

End of a Season by John Dyess

My mixed media painting “End of a Season” was in my one man show “to Everything there is a Season” which was in the Gallery Within – Webster Groves Christian Church. The opening was on May 20, 2018 and ran through July 8, 2018. My daughter Christy purchased this painting ,which is hanging in her home. There were 77 paintings and drawings hanging in this show and this was one of the paintings she purchased. For her it had value.
This painting is based on several photographs  that I took. I found a dead bird in the backyard of a home I lived in about 10 years ago. For me this dead bird still had value as a subject matter and metaphor for  life ,death, and change. The time of year was Fall and there were fallen leaves on the ground. I placed the bird on a yard  glove and laid the glove on the ground on top of mushrooms and leaves, and took a photograph. I placed the photograph in Photoshop and added texture to the photo. I printed a black and white print of the digital image, on bond paper and  mounted the print on illustration board. I hand painted it with liquid acrylic paint.

Prints of my paintings and drawings can be purchased at johndyessart.com

Gilbert , Adele Kestler

My mother Adele Kestler is sitting and her brother Gilbert Kestler is standing for this formal portrait. She lived in St.Louis. I don’t know the name of the photographer. I wonder if the sailer suit was provided by the photographer. The only photos I have seen of my mother when she was a child were taken by professional photographers. My guess is this photo would have been taken in 1917. She was born on January 17, .1916

 

 

Gilbert and Adele Kestler

My mother Adele is standing next to her brother Gilbert in this photograph taken at by a professional photographer. My guess is this was taken around 1918 or 1919. The way the shirt fits my uncle Gilbert makes me think it was provided by the photographer. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A major world event 1n 1918 was the influenza pandemic.

It is estimated that the Spanish flu killed more people in 24 weeks than AIDS has killed in 24 years and more in a year than the Black Death killed in a century. Hence it is referred to as “the greatest medical holocaust in history”. The pandemic which started in the final year of the First World War not only killed more people than the World War I but it killed more people than all the wars of the 20th century combined.Most influenza outbreaks disproportionately kill juvenile, elderly, or already weakened patients. However the 1918 flu predominantly killed healthy young adults. Individuals between the ages of 20-40 accounted for nearly half of the fatalities. This abnormal result is believed to have been caused due to ‘cytokine storm’ in which the immune system over responds to the threat of infection. Thus the strong immune system of young adults ravaged their bodies while the population with a weaker immune system was able to recover.
After the lethal second wave which struck in late 1918, new cases dropped abruptly. The reason for the rapid decline of the disease might be that the virus mutated extremely rapidly to a less lethal strain. Influenza viruses usually become less lethal with time as the hosts of more dangerous strains tend to die out and this might have been the case with the 1918 flu too.
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War Ration Book cover

This is my Ration Book from World War 2. I was issued this book of ration stamps when I was 4 years old. I weighed 40 pounds and was 3′ 9″. My daughter Christy is interested in tracing her family history and wants to interview me to get my history. I have many family documents in my possession and this War Ration book and a few other ration books are in my family documents. Much of my life’s history are in documents that I have.   Even if a person isn’t interested in the study of history or the history of their family, the history of their family becomes a part of who they are. I’m interested in my family history and the history of America, especially history during my lifetime.I hope you take the time to read the information on the cover of this ration book and on the back cover. I have scanned the stamps inside that were required to buy food.

back cover of War Ration Book

This is the back cover of my ration book. Included in the information on the purpose the ration book is the warning ” If you don’t need it, DON’T BUY IT” Currently some Americans are stressed about the future of our country, including me. My ration book from this time period reminds me  to have an appreciation for the sacrifices made by Americans during world War 2.

ration stamp with canon image

ration stamp with canon drawing on it.

stamps tank aircraft carrier

ration stamps with tank and aircraft carrier.

Ration stamps with airplane

ration stamps with airplane drawing on it

Statute of Liberty

I started this blog around 2010 with the purpose of sharing visual images, which include my drawings, paintings and photographs and the art of other people. This post is about love and compassion for children.

I am a United States citizen because I was born here. I did nothing to earn being a citizen. I served in the Army reserves from 1961 until 1967, worked for the United States Air Force as a civilian from 1962 until 1966. I vote.
below is an e-mail that I sent today to my Senators, Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill that represent Missouri.
I am a 79 year old citizen of the United States that has lived in Missouri for 79 years and have never been so sad and angry at our elected leaders about how we are treating children from other countries. I am a visual artist and have taught at St.Louis Community College at Meramec since 1997. It has my privilege and joy to have taught many students from other countries.
Would you and Senator Roy Blunt please work together to unite the children in President Trump’s detention centers. Would both of you travel to Texas to visit these children and release a statement about when these children are going to be united with their parents?
Work together as human beings and not politicians.
Do this for America and for which ever God you believe in.
I am sending this same message to Roy Blunt.
John Dyess