Posts Tagged ‘portrait’


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

black and white portrait detail of Franz Kafka

detail from Kafka collage with words and textures

This post is a continuation of my theme “what I see” while I am creating my illustrations and paintings. These are details from a black and white collage which was the beginning stage of a full color portrait of Franz Kafka. More of my process in tomorrows post.

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