Posts Tagged ‘life’

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painting  from life of a model with tattoos on her arm by John Foster Dyess

This is a tempera painting on canvas 16″wide by 20″ high.

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detail of painting

Inner-Space-7-Painting

oil on canvas print painting by John Foster Dyess

The questions are:? What is an abstract painting? What is a realistic painting?
This image started out as combination of photographs I took of several objects and scans of textures I created that I combined in layers using Photoshop. I began to see various forms in my Photoshop creation and began to enhance these forms using a Photoshop brush. After I had completed my digital image I had it printed on canvas ,and using oil paint  I glazed over the print. I have created shapes and forms like I would if I were painting an object or landscape. The difference is this landscape exist in my brain.
This is from a series of paintings I call Inner space.

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Detail 1 of Inner Space 7

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detail 2 Inner Space 7

girlinplaiddress

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

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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.

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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.

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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

 

Inner-Space-2-painting

“the Creation” oil painting by John Foster Dyess

This is an oil painting on canvas print of a digital image called inner space 2 that I posted on January 31,2017. It is the second of my inner space oil painting series that focuses on my inner vision of time, space and the creative process. This painting is 16″ x 16″.  The digital image began as a photograph of my paint palette. I began to enhance images that I saw in this photo, like I was looking at Rorschach test.

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detail one of “the Creation”

I saw organic shapes in my palette photo.

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detail 2 from “the Creation”

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detail 3 from “the Creation”

I began to see red eye creatures

 

tree-bark-portrait

self portrait on tree bark with triangle shapes

Sometimes I just create images from bits and pieces of things I collect and save,like tree bark.

 

photograph of Jim Frederick

Gallery Within

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Paintings by Jim Frederick

Please join us for the exhibit of Jim’s paintings at Webster Groves Christian Church on Friday March 31,2017 from 5:00pm until 7pm.All are welcome to attend.
Webster Groves Christian Church 1320 W. Lockwood Blvd.,St.Louis ,MO 63122

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Tempera painting of a model by John Foster Dyess

This  painting from a model was painted at Webster Groves Christian Church along with six other artists. I painted the model from life during four 20 minute sessions. and finished it in my home working from a photograph I took of the model. I used Palmer Prism Tempera paint on mat board.The size of the painting is 21″ x 22.5″ .

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detail of painting

crown-of-light

“crown of light ” light photograph by John Foster Dyess

My photograph “crown of Light ” was taken with my first digital camera, about twelve years ago. The camera was a Minolta Dimage S414 and was 4 mega pixels.
Taking photographs with a digital camera gave me the freedom to record images I would  not have taken, because of the cost of developing prints from film. This also changed the way I looked at the visual world around me. This was one of the first photos I took of a caustic light.  I saw this image on the living room floor and it came from the brass frame around a fireplace door. After recording this image I began to observe and record light. Not the way light falls on objects,which I have painted many times but light as an object.
I think of these photographs as light poetry.
I have also called this photograph “crown of thorns”.
John Foster Dyess

cat-catcher

“cat catcher” shadow photograph by John Foster Dyess

zig-zag-shadows

“zig zag” shadow photograph by John Foster Dyess

sunlight-on-a-rug

“sunlight on a rug” shadow photograph by John Foster Dyess

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“across” shadow photograph by John Foster Dyess

hand-and-chair-shadows

hand and chair shadow photo by John Foster Dyess

My shadow photos were taken during the last eleven years and were taken inside two different homes that I have lived in. I enjoy looking at things to find art design and mystery.

plant-and-table-shadows

“Plant and table shadow” shadow photograph by John Foster Dyess

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“Two thirds ” shadow photograph by John Foster Dyess

afternoon-dining-room-shadows

‘afternoon shadows” shadow photograph by John Foster Dyess