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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