Posts Tagged ‘portrait-painting’

Magnolia final painting

This is my final work on the painting of model Magnolia Strange.You can view the beginning stages of this painting in my previous two blog posts.

Magnolia final painting detail

detail of the painting of Magnolia Strange.


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



painting from life portrait

I painted this portrait of a young woman during  a group painting session at Webster Groves Christian Church in St.Louis MIssouri. It was painted in Palmer Prism Tempera paint on 16″ x 20″ stretched canvas. The model posed in 20 minute sessions for two hours. I finished the painting in my studio using a photo I took of the model as reference.


detail from painting


detail 2


Yesterday,I showed my illustrations students, paintings from life ,that I have created while attending painting groups, in the St.Louis region. I teach these students at St.Louis Community College at Meramec.I will share these paintings ,that I showed my students yesterday and paintings I show them in the future. This painting is oil on Plyex canvas board and is 13.5″x13.5″ These paintings are for sale.  This one is $300.00 plus shipping cost.        John Dyess


This is a detail of the painting.





Painting of the model Blyre

Most of this  painting of a model named Blyre was painted from life at Webster Groves Christian Church,which is located near St.Louis Missouri. It was completed today as a looked at a digital photo I took during the model session. It was painted on Plyex Canvas Foundation Board 22″ wide x 38″ high and was painted with Palmer Prism Tempera and Liquitex Basics Acrylic paint. I painted over a previous model painting I had painted from life. Total painting time was about two hours. The model was wearing artificial flowers in her hair.


detail of painting of Blyre


reference photo of Blyre



Beginning stages of applying color

Beginning stages of applying color

I’ve removed the canvas from the wood frame so that the canvas lays flat on my drawing board.This photo was taken outside in the sunlight.

More paint washes applied

More paint washes applied

At this stage, of painting with washes, I’m beginning to add color to the flowers on Sophia’s dress.This stage of painting was June 25,2012