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Like Janis

And you measure for wealth by the things you can hold
And you measure for love by the sweet things you’re told
And you live in the past or a dream that you’re in
And your selfishness is your cardinal sin
—Rodriguez

I had an art gallery opening “to Everything there is a Season ” of my paintings and drawings on May 20,2018 at the Gallery Within- Webster Groves Christian Church.
I arranged the 77 images of my art into 14 categories to explore themes of freedom, wonder, nature, and more ,accompanied by complimentary lyrics, poetry, literature and scripture. This collage titled “Grocery Cart” is in  a category called What’s the Cost Of Living

Homelessness

For me, “Grocery Cart” represents hunger, and homelessness. The image of the grocery cart was a Polaroid photo that I had taken for an illustration assignment in the 1960’s. I scanned the Polaroid photo, enhanced it in Photoshop and printed a copy. I glued it in a collage along with a bar code, a price torn out of a newspaper and a ledger page. Between glued layers I added enamel paint textures

 

 

A better Tomorrow

                                                         A Better Tomorrow

My collage image represents advertisements trying to convince you to buy products that will make “a better tomorrow” for you and result in happiness. My illustration commissions were part of that business for a number of years. Later in my career I preferred editorial story illustrations.

 

 

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34 27My mixed media drawing called 34 27 is based on a photograph that I took of a train car parked on a train siding near a rural Missouri highway.
railbox

My mixed media drawing called railbox is based on a photograph of another train car parked with the train car in my drawing 34 27.

I had an art gallery opening “to Everything there is a Season ” of my paintings and drawings on May 20,2018 at the Gallery Within- Webster Groves Christian Church.
I arranged the 77 images of my art into 14 categories to explore themes of freedom, wonder, nature, and more ,accompanied by complimentary lyrics, poetry, literature and scripture. These train car drawings were in a category called wanderer.
wanderer wordNext to the train boxcar drawings was a sign with the  word wanderer and words from the song I got a name  and the song Railroad Bum Song. and words from You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe

I Got a Name
I’ve got a dream
I’ve got a dream
I know I could share it if you want me to
If your going my way I’ll go with you
Moving me down the highway
Rolling me down the highway
Moving ahead so life won’t pass me by
— lyrics by Norman Gimbel, music by Charles Fox, sung by Jim Croce

Railroad Bum Song

All around the water tank, waiting for a train
A thousand miles away from home, sleeping in the rain
I walked up to a brakeman just to give him a line of talk
He said “ If you got money, boy, I’ll see that you don’t walk”
I haven’t got a nickel, not a penny can I show“
Get off, get off, you railroad bum”
And slammed the boxcar door
He put me off in Texas, a state I dearly love
The wide open spaces all around me
The moon and stars up above
Nobody seems to want me, or lend me a helping hand
I’m on my way from Frisco, going back to Dixieland
My pocket book is empty and my heart is full of pain
I’m a thousand miles away from home just waiting for a train
—Anonymous


“Perhaps this is our strange and haunting paradox here in America — that we are fixed and certain only when we are in movement. At any rate, that is how it seemed to young George Webber, who was never so assured of his purpose as when he was going somewhere on a train. And he never had the sense of home so much as when he felt that he was going there. It was only when he got there that his homelessness began.”
-Thomas Wolfe, You Can’t Go Home Again

The show will be open until July 8, 2018, Tuesday through Friday 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.
Webster Groves Christian Church is located at 1320 W. Lockwood Ave. St. Louis, MO 63122. More information about this show can be found at http://www.wgcc.org

 

 

CHA Country doctor

Country Doctor
This is one of three illustrations created for the 1992 Annual Report of Christian Health System. The client wanted to show a Model T Ford going down a country road. Each illustration had to depict the moon and an American flag. 

I had an art gallery opening “to Everything there is a Season ” of my paintings and drawings on May 20,2018 at the Gallery Within- Webster Groves Christian Church.
I arranged the 77 images of my art into 14 categories to explore themes of freedom, wonder, nature, and more ,accompanied by complimentary lyrics, poetry, literature and scripture.  The show will be open until July 8, 2018, Tuesday through Friday 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Webster Groves Christian Church is located at 1320 W. Lockwood Ave. St. Louis, MO 63122. More information about this show can be found at http://www.wgcc.org
wanderer word
Wanderer is one of the categories and contains a story that I wrote in 1970 about the trips my family took to visit  relatives in Louisiana. Country Doctor was one of the images in this category.

Small Town

My first long trip, traveling in a four door 1936 Chevy. My Dad always owned Chevys when I was a boy.Reading Burma Shave signs as we traveled through Illinois, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi: M-IS, S-I-S, S-I-P-P-I. A jingle my brother and I sang .As our ‘36 drove down that never ending two lane highway. Movin’ me down the highway. Through flooded roads, winding through small southern towns.

Headin’ for Looseanna.

Looseanna – Spanish moss, Pine trees, Huey Long, frog giggin’, cotton mouths, Boy, Yankees, slot machines at every restaurant and grocery store. Aunt Ada and Uncle Rudy’s filling station and grocery store.Outside the store, oil cans, bottle caps, hundreds!Reading comic books, Shazam and the Katzenjammer Kids. The old gas pumps. Why did they change those pumps -progress?

Million dollar road. A one and a half lane road, Gravel covered, dust clouding our way to Aunt Minnie and Uncle Urah’s house,In Covington, Louisiana.Never changing, ever changingGeneration after generationSmall town. —John Dyess circa 1970

My father was born in Covington, Louisiana in 1910. He drove a Model A Ford to St. Louis around 1932. He had a limited education, but by studying at night was able to become a radio engineer at WTMV in East St. Louis, Illinois. He married my mother in 1933 when she was just 17 years old.
Homeward Bound 1
This painting ,which is in the category Wanderer,  is based on a photograph that I took of a highway while driving home after teaching an art class at Jefferson College in Missouri about ten years ago. I named this painting Homeward Bound. This is a scene my father would have seen while driving to St.Louis from Louisiana around 1931.

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.

Hannah Jones Have you ever felt invisible

Homeless illustration by Hannah Jones, a student in my illustration class at St.Louis Community College at Meramec

Below is Hannah’s statement about her Homeless poster.

“When tasked with making a poster about homelessness, I wanted to first understand more about it and why people become homeless. I found a variety of reasons but what stuck out to me most is how homeless people are treated. Whether intentional or not, homeless people tend to be ignored or avoided. They need help but there is so much stigma against homeless people that people are either afraid to help or just don’t care. They are basically invisible to a world that has left them in this situation. I wanted to represent that concept on my poster by having a homeless person blending into the background with others passing by not caring. A lot of times people become homeless and they can’t get out of it because no one is willing to help them, they would rather ignore.” Hannah Jones

HOME_TONNU

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 usich.gov 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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Rosalie Kollefrath

Homeless Illustration by Rosalie Kollefrath 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 Rosalie’s statement about her poster illustration.

“On a single night in January 2015, there were about 564,708 that were homeless. Homelessness occurs for a variety of reasons to a spectrum of people. It could be due to a sudden lost job, being born into poverty, escaping from domestic abuse, chronic mental health issues, or any other of the many, many other situations that could occur. Homelessness can happen to anyone; there are situations that cannot be prepared for. Unfortunately, resources for the homeless aren’t well funded or easy to apply for. If you are homeless, and have a disability and can’t work, you can’t receive Medicaid because the application requires a permanent address. If you have a medical condition which restricts your diet, food banks may not have any food you can eat safely. Jobs can be more difficult to locate if you are homeless. If you do not have a car, it is more difficult to find a job because many employers want to be assured their employees will have the capability to consistently come in on time. If the only clothes you have are worn and ragged, potential employers look down on that. In order to help homeless people and stop homelessness, we must address both the most common reasons for homelessness, and the issues homeless people have to overcome when getting back on their feet. The Housing First Initiative seeks to bring homeless people in off of the streets and into a safe, clean, house of their own. The idea is that permanent or temporary housing is the first step to self-sufficiency. Studies show that 75-91% of those given housing with this program remain housed for at least a year. Even when homeless, people can still achieve their goals. It’s possible to continue your education through financial aid. Homeless students make use of various services that campuses can provide, such as groceries and food drives. In order to humanize and inspire, I based my illustration on this concept. My boyfriend has been without a permanent home for over a year now, due to various circumstances out of his control. I based my illustration on a photo of him. I wanted to give him hope, as he wants to finish college with a degree in Networking/IT. I used a non-flat vector style, retaining the depth and dimension of the photo. The background is intentionally abstract, with the idea of turmoil being left behind as he graduates.”