Posts Tagged ‘oil Painting’

John Foster Dyess self portrait 1960

I painted this oil on canvas  self portrait in 1960 and I am showing this to compare my student work with work done after graduating from Washington University in 1961.

portrait of Claire by John Foster Dyess

This oil portrait of my granddaughter Claire  was painted about four years ago.

oil portrait of Delanie by John Foster Dyess

This oil portrait of my granddaughter Delanie was painted about four years ago shortly before I painted the portrait of her sister Claire.

Portrait of Carolyn wearing an Egyptian Necklace by John Foster Dyess

This oil on canvas portrait of my wife Carolyn was painted about three years ago. I never date my paintings so all dates are approximate.



Nude painting in oil on canvas by John Foster Dyess

I attend a painting group on Thursday evening where we paint from a model during a two and one half hour session. Many artist draw with the intent of capturing an “accurate” representation of what they see. I look at the shapes and colors within the model and the environment that surrounds the model. I normally draw with square soft pastels, but a few weeks ago I began painting on canvas with oil paint. After about an hour of painting I decided this painting was boring and with a paper towel wiped over the wet paint in various directions. I like this approach and will paint this week using this technique.
I have been painting from a model with other artists since the late 1970’s. I was absent from live painting for about 12 years and started back about two years ago. Other examples of my paintings from “life” can be found on previous blog posts.
Painting size is 16″ high x 20″ wide using Fredrix medium texture artist canvas from a canvas pad.

detail from nude painting by John Foster Dyess

Female model in a red blouse by John Dyess

This is another painting from life from the late 1980’s.Oil on canvas board 16″ x 20″

Painting of a model in a nightgown by John Foster Dyess

This model study was created using oil paint thinned with turpentine over crayon on canvas board. This was painted in the late 1970,s.

Portrait of a model in a purple hat 1989 by John Foster Dyess

My favorite paintings are the one’s painted from life.This is the first example of model paintings I have done during the past thirty years. Oil paint on cardboard.


Oil on canvas board still life by John Foster Dyess

This sketch of a still life was created about fifteen years ago. I recently found a digital reproduction of it while organizing my computer files.

Charlie Parker

I created this oil on canvas painting in 1988,which is based on a black and white photo I saw in a book about Charlie Parker. This painting was done for my niece when she asked if I could do a painting or drawing of Charlie Parker that she could give to a friend. I decided to do an oil painting to use as a portfolio sample and than made a print for her to give to her friend. This has never been used for commercial reproduction. The painting size is 16″ wide by 20″ high.

I will be displaying this painting during an Art,Music and Worship event at Webster Groves Christian Church on MLK day . The event will take place from 5:30 until 8:00 on Jan.16,2012.

unfinished painting of State Patrol Trooper

About ten years ago I started a portrait in oil on canvas of a state patrol trooper that is a friend  of my oldest daughter and her husband. I don’t want to mention his name at this time but will share that he is a brave and decent man. This is another unfinished canvas that I recently found in a storage closet. I did complete a smaller portrait of him in a different technique. This unfinished painting does show part of my process painting in oil on canvas.

Step one in this process is to have the subject pose for photographs which will be used for reference. In this photo shoot I used slide film and print film taken with a film camera. I selected a pose for the trooper and selected a difference photo for the patrol car. The second step is to project the image with a slide projector on the canvas and draw an out line of the subject in graphite pencil. I than begin to establish light an dark areas in acrylic paint. This is as far as this painting progressed. Had I completed this painting I would have covered the canvas with a thin wash of acrylic paint and then begun applying glazes of oil paint  completely covering the pencil drawing.The size of this unfinished canvas is 24″wide by 30″ high.  Below are details of this painting and a finished oil painting of my youngest daughter when she was ten that was painted using this same process.

detail of hat and head


Audrey at Ten

oil painting of Devon by John Dyess

This painting is a portrait of my grandson Devon and is painted with oil paint on canvas. I shot many photos of Devon in his yard and selected this pose for the portrait.

painting of Brady by John Dyess

This oil on canvas portrait is of  my grandson Brady who is the younger brother of Mason. This portrait was the second painting completed in my series of  six paintings of my grandchildren. I composed three of the six portraits to show the whole figure in the  environment my grandchild lived at the time I painted the portrait. At the time the reference photos of Brady were taken, he had a large collection of toy cars that he enjoyed playing with. This was the easiest portrait to compose and was an accidental capture with my camera. I had my camera at a birthday party for my grandson Mason and after the party I noticed Brady playing with his toy cars in the afternoon sunlight. I rapidly took several photos of Brady and chose this pose to paint. I returned another day to take reference photos of the  toy garage and a  different  arrangement of cars surrounding the garage. I combined about three photos in photoshop to create the composition of the painting.