Posts Tagged ‘oil on canvas painting’

Farmers Market
My oil on canvas painting “Farmers Market” was the first of a series of still life paintings that I created from a point of view of looking down.The fruit was purchased at the Farmers Market in Kirkwood, Missouri.

Reproductions of this painting can be purchased at

New York Bridge oil on canvas

This painting “New York City Bridge “is based on a photograph that I took while visiting New York City. It started with the photo that I placed in Photoshop and then I made a high contrast black and white image.  I placed this image over a texture layer that I created using a photo of a painters drop cloth. I had the digital image printed on a canvas wrap print and painted over this print with oil, and enamel paint. The size is 24″ high x 30” wide and is in a wood frame. It is for sale for $1200.00

This painting was accepted in a juried show at Art St.Louis. This exhibit it will be hanging in is called “Maturity and Its Muse: Celebrating Artistic Experience”The show opens on April 14-May 24, 2018. Free reception Saturday, April 21,2018, 5-7 pm.
I have created a series in this style of art.

Harvest Home

I’ve posted two illustrations that I did in the 1990’s for a magazine titled Mature Living, published by LifeWay Press. This illustration was for a story titled “Harvest Home” and was about a father and daughter in America during the late 1800’s. The story had a Thanksgiving theme . I hired models and rented costumes for this oil on canvas painting.

Buschels of Love

This is another illustration for Mature Living magazine that was painted in the 1990’s. This illustration was for a story titled “Bushels of Love”, which was about a father and daughter planting a Victory Garden during World War Two. The daughters husband was a soldier that was overseas.Models were hired and costumes rented to be used for photo reference for this painting. Painting was oil on canvas. To me this painting also has a Thanksgiving theme.

John Dyess

Sylvester ( model ) 1983

This is my painting of Sylvester that was painted from photographs that I took during a painting session in 1983.

I projected the slide photograph on canvas and drew in pencil on canvas the projected image. When oil paint is applied the pencil drawing is completely covered. Below are photographs of another unfinished portrait using this technique.

oil on canvas step one drawing

Pencil drawing on canvas  that I  drew over the projected slide photograph . Then I used acrylic paint  with a brush to block in values and shapes. After this process is complete I begin to use oil paint over the pencil drawing and acrylic paint.This is as far as I got on this painting.

oil on canvas tecnique

detail from unfinished painting.The canvas size is 24″ wide x 30″ high. There is more to the drawing then I have shown.

Delanie Painting1-10

This is a portrait of my grand-daughter Delanie that began by drawing a projected image of a photograph that I took of her. The  hair was painted with a sable brush that had about four strands of hair on it. This is an oil on canvas painting from the early 2000’s.

Delanie 1

This is one of the many photographs that I took of Delanie, but is not the photograph that I used for the painting.

canvas texture001

When I begin a painting on canvas I apply oil paint that has been thinned with turpentine to fill in the valleys of the canvas and then I begin adding oil  paint on the peaks of the canvas using a dry brush application.


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.


Detail 1 of Inner Space 7


detail 2 Inner Space 7


“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.


detail one of “the Creation”

I saw organic shapes in my palette photo.


detail 2 from “the Creation”


detail 3 from “the Creation”

I began to see red eye creatures


New York City Bicycles

Oil on digital gallery wrap canvas print titled New York City Bicycles.

This painting New york City Bicycles is one of eleven of my paintings and drawings of New York City that will be in the Shared Space gallery show .
My wife Carolyn and I are having a joint show on Thursday March 31 at “The Gallery of Contemporary Art at St.Louis Community College -Wildwood.

Bicycles photo

Reference photo for painting New York City Bicycles


cropped photo that has been converted in photoshop to a high contrast black and white photo.

texture background

textured background I created using ink and oil paint on a cotton cloth,then scanned into photoshop

I merged the high contrast black and white photo with the textured background then using a photoshop brush added color to the bicycles.
I shot about 100 digital photos during this trip to New York City then when I returned to my studio I selected about 20 of them and created digital paintings based on this photos. I then selected 7 to print on canvas and paint over.

Guanajuato Market oil painting by John Dyess

Guanajuato market oil painting by John Foster Dyess

I took many photos while visiting Guanajuato, Mexico in June of 2015,some of which I have posted on this blog. This oil painting was based on a photo I took from the second level of a Market in Guanajuato.  It is oil on canvas which is
24″ by 32″.

detail of oil painting

detail of oil painting

detail of market oil painting 2

detail of market oil painting 2