Posts Tagged ‘life’


“Evening light show” by John Foster Dyess

This National shelter at home time can be an opportunity to see things in our homes that are art. Objects when really seen, can become art. I will share photographs that I have taken in my home during the past ten years.
“see – become aware of something from observation”
Thanks for looking at my blog posts. Stay well.
John Foster Dyess   March 26, 2020

Sophia and Toshi

Our granddaughter Sophia homeschooling our Japanese Bobtail cat Toshi.

My wife Carolyn and I are homeschooling  our grandchildren Sophia and Dominic while our daughter Audrey works from home. For now, her husband, can work at his place of employment. Carolyn and I have a large studio in our home, which is where we teach our grandchildren. My role now is helping with art projects. Carolyn teaches math and English. My role will expand to teaching history. My career as an illustrator included many assignments for text book publishers.
John Dyess


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This show features the photographs taken by Debbie Kindschuh and the paintings by Ishimwe Bertrand.

Purpose of the Show: To enlighten audience about the wonderful work that Irembo Foundation is doing to improve literacy and education to vulnerable street children inKigali, Rwanda. This foundation was started by a young man, Ishimwe Bertrand,that was born in 1994 during the horrific genocide that killed 1 million people. He was in his mother’s womb when the genocide broke out in April of 1994. His family fled through the forests trying to reach Lake Kivu and to cross into Congo. The family never reached Congo, but their lives were saved. Unfortunately, when they returned home, their families had been murdered and they were homeless. Bertrand thus grew.up on the streets living in extreme poverty. Eventually, he was able to attend school by the sponsorship of a British man. When Bertrand turned 16, he decided to Pay It Forward. He began to sell his paintings to tourists and started paying tuition for youngchildren to attend school. Today his Irembo Foundation organizes sponsorships for 120 children and also conducts a women’s vocational training program in tailoring skills. Irembo US was started in 2017 and is a 501c3 non-profit organization located in Wentzville, MO. Debbie and Randy Kindschuh travel to Rwanda and take people on retreats and mission trips there to help support the education and women empowerment programs of Irembo Foundation. Debbie and Randy have also studied the Rwandan Reconciliation program that was started by Prison Fellowship International. This forgiveness program is based on the Sycamore Tree project which reflects the story of Jesus and Zacchaeus, in the book of Luke. The Reconciliation program helped the small country of Rwanda to move forward though forgiveness and begin the process of reconstruction. John Dyess

Restoring Justice

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World War I claimed an estimated 16 million lives. The influenza epidemic that swept the world in 1918 killed an estimated 50 million people. One fifth of the world’s population was attacked by this deadly virus. Within months, it had killed more people than any other illness in recorded history.

The plague emerged in two phases. In late spring of 1918, the first phase, known as the “three-day fever,” appeared without warning. Few deaths were reported. Victims recovered after a few days. When the disease surfaced again that fall, it was far more severe. Scientists, doctors, and health officials could not identify this disease which was striking so fast and so viciously, eluding treatment and defying control. Some victims died within hours of their first symptoms. Others succumbed after a few days; their lungs filled with fluid and they suffocated to death.

The plague did not discriminate. It was rampant in urban and rural areas, from the densely populated East coast to the remotest parts of Alaska. Young adults, usually unaffected by these types of infectious diseases, were among the hardest hit groups along with the elderly and young children. The flu afflicted over 25 percent of the U.S. population. In one year, the average life expectancy in the United States dropped by 12 years.

It is an oddity of history that the influenza epidemic of 1918 has been overlooked in the teaching of American history. Documentation of the disease is ample, as shown in the records selected from the holdings of the National Archives regional archives. Exhibiting these documents helps the epidemic take its rightful place as a major disaster in world history.

My wife’s grandfather, Daniel Roberts Dixon, the father of her father died of Influenza on October 16, 1918 and on his death certificate it says he was ill from September 27,1918
until October 16, 1918. He was 38 years old.

My father’s sister Clara Bell Jones died of influenza on October 20th 1918. She was 22 years old. My father was 8 years old when she died.

In 2000 I read the book FLU by Gina Kolata and began reading again the  prologue this week.This information is from the prologue of her book. ” It was a plague so  deadly that if a similar virus were to strike today, it would kill more people in a single year than heart disease, cancers, strokes, chronic pulmonary disease ,AIDS, and Alzheimer’s disease combined.” Her book was published in 1999. Also from her book is this paragraph. ” The epidemic affected the course of history and was a terrifying presence at the end of World War 1, killing more Americans in a single year than died in battle in World War 1, World War 11, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
The plague rapidly spread in September of 1918, and when it was over, half a million Americans had died. Influenza is a respiratory disease- it is spread from person to person, carried on droplets of mucus sprayed in the air when sick people cough or sneeze, or carried on their hands and spread when the sick touch the healthy.

John Dyess

Garden of Eden

This is a photograph that I took about a few years ago of a partially eaten apple.

“According to the Book of Genesis, a snake in the Garden of Eden told Eve to eat from the Tree of Knowledge. The Garden of Eden is first mentioned in the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. The Book of Genesis says the Garden of Eden was made for Adam and Eve.”

Any War

Scene of German soldiers during World War One.

My digital illustration “Any War” is based on a photograph that I took of my television screen , of the World War One movie “All Quiet on the Western Front”.I added texture and color and the flash of light that represents an explosion. This could be a scene from any war if the  the uniforms were changed.  This illustration is from a body of my work that I call “From the TV”.


on the TV 24 x 24

oil over 24″ x24″ digital canvas print .

This collage began with a photograph of the head of a female mannequin that I bought many years ago to use as photo reference for an illustration. The background was created using paint over  paper torn  from a newspaper.

blue and black and light

“Visible light is electromagnetic radiation whose wavelength falls within the range to which the human retina responds, i.e., between about 390 nm (violetlight) and 740 nm (red). White light consists of a roughly equal mixture of all visible wavelengths, which can be separated to yield the colors of the spectrum, as was first demonstrated conclusively by Newton. In the 20th century it has become apparent that light consists of energy quanta called photons that behave partly like waves and partly like particles. The velocity of light in a vacuum is 299,792 km per second.”

This is a photograph of light on the corner of two interior walls of my home. I have enhanced the color in Photoshop. This photograph is from my photography portfolio of  light and shadow.
John Dyess


deck chair and shadows

my photograph of a plastic chair and it’s shadow is part of my series of photographs of “What I see around and in my home”

studio blinds

A photo of blinds in my studio,