Posts Tagged ‘literature’

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.”

Edgar Allan Poe 3

experimental digital portrait of Edgar Allan Poe by John Dyess

This is a recent digital portrait  of Edgar Allan poe that I created.

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.

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

“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


Mitt Romney digital portrait by John Foster Dyess

This post is about my thoughts on Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand,a book which seems to be a Tea Party favorite. This a a long book,over a thousand pages in the paperback version, which I read about halfway through and finished by listening to a recorded book.
It is about a group of factory owners,inventors, railroad owners, mine owners and teachers. The book begins with the sentence. “Who is John Galt ?” This mysterious character finally appears about halfway into the book where we find out that he is recruiting the “elite” of the world to drop out and live in a commune because of the fact that evil unions and incompetent government leaders are too much of a barrier for them to succeed. They decide to take away their superior knowledge from a stupid ungrateful world. It is also about the main character Dagny Taggart having affairs with three of the male characters including John Galt.
When I was attending Washington University I was a fan of “The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand but as I matured I thought of the main character,Howard Roark, as a terrorist. This story is also about the main characters having an affair.

Franz Kafka portrait created May 2012 by John Dyess

detail from Franz Kafka portrait

Detail from Franz Kafka portrait,me?

This mixed media portrait was completed in May 2012 and is the revision is another montage portrait I completed about ten years ago.
John Foster Dyess


Detail of standing man from Franz Kafka illustration

Portrait of Franz Kafka from illustration by John Foster Dyess

Details from Franz Kafka Illustration by John Foster Dyess

castle and Franz Kafka’s father

I will be posting detail images from my Franz Kafka illustration for a couple of days.

hand and text from Franz Kafka illustration by John Dyess

black and white portrait detail of Franz Kafka

detail from Kafka collage with words and textures

This post is a continuation of my theme “what I see” while I am creating my illustrations and paintings. These are details from a black and white collage which was the beginning stage of a full color portrait of Franz Kafka. More of my process in tomorrows post.