Monday, November 9, 2015

Winter Workshop in Arizona

I am teaching a five day workshop at

Scottsdale Artists' School

Impressionism in Acrylics: A Fresh Approach to Painting in Acrylics

Dianna Shyne
Course Meets
01/05/2016 - 01/09/2016 9:00AM - 4:00PM on Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
$635/ 5 days  
Award-winning artist Dianna Shyne, will share tools and techniques she uses to create dynamic impressionist paintings. Dianna’s classes are always fast, fun and packed with information. The possibilities with this medium are endless, but a good understanding of handling acrylics is essential.
Dianna has painted for over 30 years in watercolor, oils and acrylics. Eighteen years ago she settled on acrylic paint as her medium of choice for its speed, resiliency, low toxicity, and rapid drying time. She has spent years working on ways to teach these concepts in practical, easy to learn lessons.
Whether students are seasoned oil painters, experienced watercolorists, or newcomers to acrylics, Dianna will take students through the steps to create vibrant, oil-like acrylic paintings. With demonstrations and lectures on color mixing, values, design, composition, and color harmony students will do exercises to improve their skills while still having plenty of time to work on their own paintings.
Students will receive a packet of printed materials to help them remember these concepts long after the workshop has finished. Come learn the strengths of this incredible medium in a fast paced, fun and energizing environment to create impressionist painting artists never thought possible with acrylics.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Getting Going Again

Two Turtle Day 24" x 24" acrylic on canvas
  It's been months since my husband went in to Seattle Cancer Care Aliance for a stem cell transplant to treat Multiple Myeloma, a cancer of the bones and blood.  I became his care giver, and set aside everything else.   It was important to let go of art because when I paint, I get forgetful...loose track of time...get absorbed in the process.  Michael needed me to be fully present, so I set aside painting and teaching.
We moved to the Pete Gross House in Seattle near Lake Union to be closer to the clinic, and set about to go step by step to save Michael's  life.
Living a short walk from the lake allowed me to meet several of the residents.   I counted how nice the weather was by how many turtles lined up on logs.  A "two turtle day" showed promise, a "ten turtle day" was the nicest day of the year.  My other favorite resident of the lake was a gorgeous great blue heron who was so engrossed in fishing that he completely ignored my presence.  On lovely days between cancer treatment appointments, my husband and I would stroll down to the lake and watch  sea planes , sail boats, kids splashing in the water, and the heron in his slow motion fishing beneath the watchful eye of the Space Needle  amidst the roar of urban traffic.
On Stilts  24" x 12" acrylic on hardboard
Patient Fisher 24" x 12" acrylic on hardboard
So here we are two months post transplant...home on Camano Island.  Cancer is in remission.   Now I am beginning to paint  again.  My classes are scheduled to begin soon, and I can't stay out of the studio.  Right now I am painting the images from South Lake Union that kept me refreshed during a stressful time. Thankful and blessed that my husband received wonderful medical care, and that we are home again, putting our lives back together.



Monday, May 4, 2015

Two Spring Demonstrations

Valley Bloom was painted as a demonstration forfor Mercer Isalnd Visual Arts League (MIVAL) on April 2nd 2015 (as a one hour demo).  I put another couple of hours into it at home...I think it still needs work.  But I love the Skagit Valley when it is in bloom, and I think it a worthy subject to get right.
Valley Bloom 36" x 36" acrylic
"Winters End" was painted as a demonstration for Evergreen Associations of the Arts (EAFA) on March 19 2015.  It was started as a one hour demo, and I added another hour of finishing as home.  I did a smaller study of this painting last fall.  I used a photo I took in a back alley in Cle Elum WA.
"Winters End"  36 x 24 Acrylic

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Small Studies...

A while ago, I started painting small studies in my classes to illustrate the lesson .
Some of my students asked if they could purchase them, so I mounted, varnished and framed a number of them to show and sell as small works.
They are priced well below retail as they were quick impressions.
I have posted about half of the available images.
These painting will be available for sale at the Winslow Art Center in Winslow WA on Bainbridge Island, Friday December 12th and Saturday December 13th.

A Bend in the River
12 x 16
Painted to illustrate the power of using fewer pigments
A Peaceful Place
 12 x 16    
We painted this image together using several different color combinations                
Apple Basket
8 x 8
We each painted a copy of this from a black and white photo to see if we could find warm light, cool shadows and reflected light. I had the students work very quickly to not overthink.
 Backlit Aspen
10 x 8
Painted as a quick Plein Air demo several years ago.
Bagno Vignoni
12 x 9
Plein Air demo in Italy done during a short sun break between rain bursts.
Blue Shadow
9 x 12
Painted as a demonstration exaggerating the coolness of shadows in warn light.
 Bright Winter
In this class exercize, I gave my students a black and white photo I took in a small town in Eastern Washington, and a copy of a winter painting by Russian Impressionist, Isaac Levitan, and we attempted to merge ideas from both images.
Castella Di Piano
12 x 9
 Fall Colors
16 x 20
Painted as an in class demonstration at Winslow Art Center to illustrate finding the unique color harmonies of Autumn
 Green Magic
8 x 10
Painted to illustrate using an analagous color harmony (all greens).
Poppy Solo
12 x 9
I had my students paint this several times using different triads of colors.
 Red Tea Pot
12 x 12
Painted to illustrate ways to light, shadows and reflections on Red

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Safe Place

East of the Pass 24" x 30" acrylic Dianna Shyne
Looking for Light 24" x 18" acrylic
In my childhood games of chase, there was always "Home Base", a place where you were safe and no one could get you.

Right now, my home and studio feels like "base". A safe place in a uncertain time.

This summer, my wonderful husband of three years, Michael Gotz, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting the bone marrow and blood.  Suddenly, our wonderful, blissful life of making art and music  has changed.  Stress and uncertainties loom.  Battles with the insurance provider are ramping up over what services they will and will not provide.

Michael is great.  He keeps writing music and going to gigs.  He is constantly cracking me up with his jokes, and caring for his wild birds out the window. He will play his guitar until he drops.

Walk in the Wild 16" x 20"
Mother of the Field 24" x 30"
One Small Gift 20" x 16"
 As I look over the work I've done in the last few months, I can see the arc of feeling and's almost like a personal journal...The protective mother under a scorching sun, the uncertain watcher looking for hope, a bend in the river, a creator of small gifts, a blissful cat on a crooked porch.

Painting has always been the way I find joy, work through problems, work off excess energy, cope with stress, express my emotions... deal with uncertainty.  I think I'll get off the computer and go paint.

Porch Cat 16" x 20"

Monday, April 14, 2014

Studying Boats

Boats on the Arno (Florence Italy) 24" x 24" acrylic on canvas
Rowing Out From Shore (Winslow WA) 24" x 18" Acrylic on Panel
  I've recently been fascinated with the shape of boats and ships.  Like human forms, every one is unique.  My daughter is a ship captain, so painting them impressionistically under the gaze of her exacting eye is no easy task....It's a worthy study and a work in progress.  
Angelique in Winter (Camden Maine) 16 x 12

Small Boats Study (Camden Maine)  12" x 12" Acrylic on panel
In Quiet Water (Winslow, WA) 16" x 12" Acrylic on Panel (sold)

Monday, June 24, 2013


Dianna Shyne (Me)
Susan Diehl
Susan Diehl Painting
So why am I not painting?
My 2012 painting trip to Italy and subsequent show at the Cole Gallery (Now through Mid July 2013)  began on a dark dirt road in Glacier Nation Park in 1990 where Susan Diehl and I first met. It was to be my very first plein air painting experience. Susan and I quickly became close friends…our children were the same ages, we lived in the same town, and were taking painting classes from the same teachers…Ron Lukas, Del Gish, William Reese....

We painted together for years until Susan and her family moved to Arizona.
Susan and I still get together to collaborate and travel, we are in some of the same galleries…we travelled to Western China together in 2008 to paint. So when the opportunity to bring a group of students to Tuscany arose, Susan was my first choice as a teaching partner. We decided to present a unique workshop where all the students were encouraged to use the iconic landscapes and ancient cityscapes to develop their own poetic voice.
This trip to Italy was the completion of a circle that started when I was 16 years old on my first trip to Italy…Until then, I had never really been exposed to original paintings. My first art experience of any kind was the Sistine chapel… Michelangelos iconic ceiling half cleaned and glowing with color, half dark with the grime of centuries. Until this moment, tiny pictures in text books were all I had. I stared at the ceiling until I was ushered out….I got it…art…painting…the profound immaculate and messy beauty of it. I knew I wanted to be an artist…to learn more (everything) …to see more…
Over the years, I longed to return to Italy to experience the landscapes that inspired both a Renaissance and my own life path. It was my dream, but career, children, finances, time constraints kept me away…now slow forward forty years and here I come full circle.
Returning to Italy as an artist and teacher, bringing eager and longing student artists with me to encounter this place as an adult with a whole life of experiences in tow became something entirely new… the completion of one circle and the beginning of a new one.
I will be returning to Tuscany again this fall with another group of students…It’s just me this time. It turns out I can’t be around oil paint at all. So Susan and I have parted ways as co-teachers, but continue our friendship and collaboration with this current exhibition of paintings.