Posts Tagged ‘portrait’

Magnolia Strange

I’m taking a break from my Fort Worth digital paintings for a few days to share my acrylic and tempera painting of model Magnolia Strange. Magnolia posed for a painting group that meets at Webster Groves Christian Church which is in St.Louis County ,Missouri. She is a model and burlesque performance artist. She was wearing a “hippy” costume that she made. I started the painting during the “live” painting session and finished it in my studio viewing photos that I took of her. I used Palmer Prism Tempera and Titanium White Liquitex acrylic paint on canvas.

detail Magnolia Strange

detail of Magnolia Strange painting.

Magnolia strange photo

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self portrait on tree bark with triangle shapes

Sometimes I just create images from bits and pieces of things I collect and save,like tree bark.


Tempera painting of a model by John Foster Dyess

This  painting from a model was painted at Webster Groves Christian Church along with six other artists. I painted the model from life during four 20 minute sessions. and finished it in my home working from a photograph I took of the model. I used Palmer Prism Tempera paint on mat board.The size of the painting is 21″ x 22.5″ .


detail of painting


pastel drawing by John Foster Dyess

I’m going to be sharing my pastel drawings from life for a while on my blog. Painting and drawing models from life is what I enjoy doing the most.


Tony Bennett portrait by John Dyess

                                                            Tony Bennett portrait by John Dyess

I enjoyed watching the Tony Bennett Birthday celebration on NBC tonight. I created this portrait of Tony Bennett about 10 years ago,which was one of about 35 portraits I did for a traveling exhibit of inductees into the Civil Rights Walk of Fame ,which was sponsored by Anheuser Busch.


Last night I painted a model named Stephanie  with a group of artists at Webster Groves Christian Church which is near St. Louis Missouri. I spent about an hour painting from life an about an hour, painting in our home studio ,from a photograph I took of Stephanie . I used tempera paint on canvas.

portrait of Tony november 2013

portrait of Tony November 2013

The portrait of Tony was painted during a drawing and painting session at Webster Groves Christian Church and was attended by other artists that are members of a drawing and painting meetup group in the St.Louis,Missouri area. This session was for two hours. Painting size is 16″wide by 20″high and is painted with poster paint on canvas.

African American model 1978 painted by John Foster Dyess

This 1978 portrait from life  was painted using crayons mixed with oil paint, thinned with turpentine on canvas board. 18″wide by 19.5″high.

self portrait by JoDye

Detail of standing man from Franz Kafka illustration

Portrait of Franz Kafka from illustration by John Foster Dyess

Details from Franz Kafka Illustration by John Foster Dyess