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Happy birthday to my wife Carolyn Dixon Dyess!!



Carolyn ,her mother Carol and her brother Danny.


Carolyn holding our daughter Audrey in 1981.


Carolyn and myself in 1978. I’m a very lucky person! Love John

light over darkness

“Light over Darkness” by john Foster Dyess

“I have come as a light to shine in a dark world”

Cosmic Love painting 5217

This oil on canvas print ,created by John Foster Dyess, is from a series of paintings in my collection called “Inner Space”.

Reproductions of Cosmic Love can be purchased at

detail Cosmic Love

detail from Cosmic Love painting


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


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.


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.


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




“Cosmic Love” is a valentine I made today for my wife Carolyn. John Dyess


Valentine’s card made by Carolyn Dixon Dyess


The inside of Valentines card made by Carolyn Dixon Dyess.


My wife Carolyn suggested that for this Valentine’s day we recycle, saved, bought, valentine cards by cutting them up and making our own collage cards.Carolyn’s card was made of a few elements of bought cards and torn paper.


Valentine card made by John Dyess for Carolyn Dixon Dyess.

Happy Valentine’s day my Wonderful Wife. Love John

Happy Birthday Carolyn!

Posted: February 8, 2016 in art,John_Dyess
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Today is the birthday of my wife Carolyn Dixon Dyess. Happy birthday Carolyn!
Birthday Card card


Now a NRA member

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shot to death

stop killing

law enforcement line of duty deaths  

Love and Joy photo by John Dyess. Drawing by Audrey Dyess Lumetta

This is a photo I took,in 2004, using crayons,plastic letters and a drawing by my daughter Audrey when she was a young girl. Love and Joy to all my family and friends.

Father and daughter holding hands,photograph by Herb Rose

During this past Sunday’s service, at Webster Groves Christian Church, an elderly couple were sitting in the row ahead of me and I saw something I would like to share. The husband has Alzheimer’s disease and needs the help of a cane. He remained seated while his wife and the congregation stood and sang “This is Holy Ground”. The words in the second verse are “These are Holy hands; God’s given us holy hands. God works through these holy hands, and so these hands are holy.” During this verse the husband took his wife’s hand and began softly kissing her hand.

The hands in the photo are my hand and my daughter Christy Dyess Jones hand. The photo was taken by my friend Herb Rose and used on the cover of a brochure for the Father and Daughter Y-indian Princess program. This brochure was from the early 1970’s. Christy was about four years old.