Posts Tagged ‘John Foster Dyess’

cat scratching filter

I see visual interest in objects that I observe in my home. I look for common everyday functional objects and present the visual interest that I see in this object, like this round cat scratching circle. I placed the scratching circle in a home window and took a photograph. I think that the window screen showing through the holes in the scratching circle is visually interesting. John Foster Dyess

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 photograph of cut flowers by John Foster Dyess

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Kitchen Blinds 4 copy

shadow of window blinds on a kitchen cabinet

“As I grow older I allow myself to take more time to see when I look.”
Henry David Thoreau
The Sun was shining through a window in our kitchen and created interesting shadow shapes on a cabinet.

This is from my series of photos taken of everyday objects and light and shadow shapes that I observe and record with my I- phone camera.

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model in 1920's costume

Blurred photograph of a model dressed in a 1920’s costume

This photograph of a model was taken at a drawing and painting group in St. Louis,  that I used to attend. I took some reference photos with my digital camera to look at when I finished the painting at home, after the painting session.
I find these blurred photos interesting to look at even if they were a mistake.

Wasp Nest drawing

Wasp Nest drawing by John Foster Dyess

This black ink drawing is based on a photograph of an empty wasp nest that I found near my home. I placed the wasp nest into my collection of interesting objects, and last week I retrieved it from this collection of objects and created this drawing. Recently I have been creating drawings , paintings and taking photographs of  everyday objects
found in and near my home.
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A small stick covered with lichen found in the woods

I found this stick in North Carolina while visiting my wife Carolyn’s cousin Russ. His home was in the mountains and it was surrounded by woods. I brought the stick home to Missouri and took a digital photo of it and placed the photo in my computer. I converted the photo in photoshop to a black and white document.  Using several filters I changed the black and white document into a look of a line drawing. I printed the blank and white image on bond paper and glued it to a mat board. I then  did more work on it with a 000 Rapidograph pen. I colored it with Luma and Dr. PhMartin’s ink. The painting is 17.5″ wide by 8.5″ high. I’m going to place this image on tonight. You will find other prints of my drawings and paintings on

A walk i.n the woods scan

On Sunday May 20,2018,  I had an Art opening and reception at Webster Groves Christian Church, that displayed 77 of my paintings, drawings, and prints. This show was called  “A Visual Dialog ”  The art of John Foster Dyess exploring themes of freedom, wonder, nature and more, accompanied by complimentary lyrics, poetry, literature and scripture. The image  above with the words A Walk in the Woods was created by myself and my wife Carolyn. I did the background color and Carolyn created the design and chose the typeface. My art  show was displayed  in the gallery with  thirteen themes .There were thirteen of these signs created to be hung on  the gallery walls. Each sign was printed  on 17′ wide by 11″ heavy white stock . On this sign was the above graphic and the names of four drawings in color and a framed painting, that my daughter Christy purchased, and these words by Henry David Thoreau – “Nature will bear the closest inspection; She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain. She has no interstices; every part is full of life.”

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beetle drawing by John Foster Dyess was one of a four insect drawings in the show

This insect  drawing along with other insects that I drew were  used in the the book
“The Boy Whose idea Could Feed the World” by my friend Doris Wild Helmering
Her book can be purchased through Amazon.

I read these words by Henry David Thoreau today which was the inspiration for this blog post.
-“As I stand over the insect crawling amid the pine needles on the forest floor, and endeavoring to conceal itself from my sight, and ask myself why it will cherish those humble thoughts, and hide its head from me who might, perhaps, be its benefactor, and impart to its race some cheering information , I am reminded of the greater Benefactor and Intelligence that stands over me the human insect.”

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Dark clouds and the sun

Photo by John Foster Dyess

The steady fall of rain has stopped.
Black clouds are breaking up,
and passing overhead.
Soon the Sun will be shining,
and the sky will be high.
The Earth will be warm,
and humans shall break from their shells,
and touch one another.

The Beginning (1964)  John Dyess 



mundane: adjective 1. lacking interest or excitement; dull: seeking a way out of his mundane, humdrum existence. 2. of this earthly world rather than a heavenly or spiritual one: the boundaries of the mundane world.relating to or denoting the branch of astrology that deals with political, social, economic, and geophysical events and processes.

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plastic chair and shadow photograph by John Foster Dyess

“What is a course of history, or philosophy, or poetry, no matter how well selected, or the best society, or the most admirable routine of life, compared with the discipline of looking always at what is to be seen.” from Walden by  Henry David Thoreau


help us all

Message typed “help, HELP US ALL, help is coming” on an old Remington typewriter, that is part of my collection of stuff that I can’t let go of. These are are random words that I typed while thinking of Earth day. John Foster Dyess

I teach two classes, Drawing for Graphics and Illustration, at Meramec Community college, which is in Kirkwood Missouri. My current assignment is for my students to create a poster that celebrates the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

frog from our backyard

yesterday my grandchildren found this frog in our backyard and made a nest for it.

Godzilla at a tea party

Godzilla at a tea party. My granddaughter Sophia invited him to the party. I think this party could have been celebrating Earth Day. Godzilla is depicted as an enormous, destructive, prehistoric sea monster awakened and empowered by nuclear radiation. With the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Lucky Dragon 5 incident still fresh in the Japanese consciousness, Godzilla was conceived as a metaphor for nuclear weapons.




Eathday envelope postmark

Earth Day postmark on an envelope

This postmark on an envelope, is  to me,  a message of how distressed the world has become. John Foster Dyess