Meet our judge Lois Griffel, and visiting guest artists for Paint Out Winslow 2019

Winslow Art Center Studio & Gallery realize many of you may not be familiar with the concepts or rules around a formal paint out.

We thought we could share this excerpt from  graciously outlined for PleinAir Today his seven “C”s criteria for judging the artwork, offering our readers invaluable insight into what many judges likely consider.

  1. Compelling — An irresistible visual impact. It’s memorable. Often hard to put into words. You can watch people walk up to it. They are drawn to it like a magnet. You say, “I keep coming back to this. There is something about this piece.”
  2. Craftsmanship — Drawing, values, the skill of the medium, paint handling, presentation. You say, “This is really well done. It reads right. It’s painted beautifully.”
  3. Composition — The unity of a painting. The whole impression. Design, balance, movement, rhythm. It’s thoughtful, not accidental. You say, “This works together as a whole. Everything is in the right place.”
  4. Color — Not just bright color, but color harmony. Color relationships. Color balance. It can be subdued color or strong color. The effect of light permeating a piece. You say, “I like the color; it feels right.”
  5. Creativity — Not common. A unique perspective or voice. Outstanding — stands out from other works. You say, “I haven’t seen this before.”
  6. Capture — Truth is presented. Not photographic, but real. You feel something. Capturing the light. You say, “This really captured that moment. It’s like I’m there in the scene.”
  7. Challenge — This piece takes on and overcomes the challenges of painting outside. Weather, fleeting light effects, simplifying dizzying chaos and dealing with dubs, bystanders, and blustery wind. You say, “How did they paint this outside? I’d like to hear the story of this painting.”

Winslow Art Center Studio & Gallery is pleased to announce this year’s judge will be Lois Griffel.

Lois is a Master Signature Artist of the American Impressionist Society. Lois was a student of Henry Hensche. In 1986 she was given the great honor of becoming the third director of the Cape Cod School of Art which was the first American school dedicated solely to the ideals of Impressionist painting.
school. A beloved teacher and author Winslow Art Center will be offering workshops with Lois as part of the upcoming 2020 calendar.

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in Plein air painting in the United States. Lois considers herself grateful to have been part of this wonderful painting tradition for over 40 years and proud if I had a small part in helping it become embraced in contemporary realist painting today.

Paint Out 2019 Line up of visiting artists: Each Artist has generously donated a demo or chat as part of Paint Out Winslow 2019.

Specific time and location of these events artists events will be listed on the days Schedule of Events

Dianne Shyne: 

Multiple award-winning artists, Dianna Shyne infuses her paintings with a sense of vitality and life-affirming joy.

Pursuing her passion for art, Dianna Shyne has spent over thirty-five years working in acrylic, oil, and watercolor. She studied 15 years with renowned Russian Impressionist teachers including Ron Lukas, William Reese, and Del Gish.

Dianna has exhibited her work in over 40 solo and two-person exhibitions and won more than a dozen top national awards, including first place in The Artist’s Magazine 2013 all-media competition. Her work is included in publications such as The Artist Magazine, Watercolor Magic and Northlight Books. Dianna’s painting “Americana” was featured in the 2013 edition of “Acrylic Works the Best of Acrylic Painting” published by Northlight Books.

Dianna has also given classes and demonstrations locally, around the country and in Canada, Italy, and China. She currently teaches classes and workshops in the Pacific Northwest. To Dianna, teaching is a joy as well as an art. Her classes are both informative and inspirational, conveying not only theoretical art concepts but also delving into the deeper issues of creativity and the ongoing artistic journey,

She is a member of Women Painters of Washington, American Impressionist Society and a signature member and past president of the Northwest Watercolor Society.

From luminous dripping washes to impasto palette knife and painterly brushstrokes, Dianna’s paintings tap into her Russian Impressionist training to evoke the passage of light and deep emotion.

Sunny Pinchapong-Yang:

Sunny Apinchapong-Yang was born in Bangkok Thailand, where his Chinese parents settled after the Second World War. In 1970, Sunny arrived in the United States receiving his first formal art instruction at the Art Center College of Design and Cal State U. LA, earning bot B.A and M.A degrees in Fine Art. 1977-1985, Sunny began studied with Sergei Bongart and later worked as Mr Bongart’s assistant in teaching at the L.A school as well as at his Summer workshops in Idaho. From 1987-present, Sunny worked for several animation studios such as Disney, Dreamworks, Sony, Don Bluth. Sunny had many exhibitions including, the Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Moreseburg Gallery, and the Oriel Gallery, Dublin, Ireland. Sunny is a Signature Member of California Art Club and also the member of Oil Painters of America



Yong Hong Zhong:

Yong Hong Zhong was born in Canton, China and immigrated to the United States when he was twelve years old. Yong developed a keen interest in drawing at an early age. His determination to pursue his dream of being an artist prompted him to attend La Guardia High School, a prestigious school for music and arts in New York City. Yong continued his education at Pratt Institute in New York to further develop his artistic skills. He majored in Illustration and has a minor in Art History.

During his third year at Pratt Institute, Disney Animation Studios selected him and fourteen other college students from all over the country to tour their facilities and study under their artists for two weeks. The animation industry reinforced his love for the arts. Upon graduation, he was offered an internship at the Disney Animation Studios in Florida. After completion of the internship, Yong went back to New York and worked for MTV Animation Studios as a storyboard artist. At MTV, he helped design backgrounds, props and also had an opportunity to be a voice-over. A year later, he rejoined the Walt Disney Company and has worked on feature films since 1995.

While at Disney, Yong had the opportunity to work and learn from many talented artists. The changes and demands in the animation industry from traditional 2D films to 3D films have also broadened his versatility and proficiency in various production software. Over the past 14 years, he has refined his skills in storytelling, color, and composition. The knowledge and experiences he acquired from the animation industry continue to be an invaluable influence in his art.

After completion of Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog” project, Yong was ready to take a different direction and focus on his passion for traditional painting. Yong takes inspiration from many different forms of art but none has more influence on him than the early California impressionists. His subject matter varies from landscape to portrait to still life.

Oregon’s beautiful landscapes and family-oriented communities have motivated him to relocate. He currently lives in Portland with his wife and two sons.

Ron Crabb

Ron Crabb’s noteworthy talent was discovered as a young boy and blossomed while self-studying famous American artists like Norman Rockwell, NC Wyeth, and John Singer Sargent. Throughout his high school years in Morton, Illinois he developed his skills by borrowing the techniques of those illustrators and adapting them to his own vision.

His entertainment industry career began after his arrival in Los Angeles at KABC TV during the 1984 Olympics. In short order Ron revealed his aptitude as an illustrator and designer, creating main titles, network graphic design packages, graphics for videos, and TV promos for the ABC Video Design Group and for ABC affiliates nationally.

Ron’s experience also included working at Planet Blue and Pittard Sullivan Design as well as freelancing at most of the post-production companies in and around Hollywood. He has won numerous awards, including Broadcast Design Association awards, Houston Film Festival Awards, as well

Capitalizing on his hyper-realism technique and love of film, Ron entered the feature film visual FX industry and was hired at Cinesite in Hollywood in 2001. His first film was ‘X Men 2’ working on vfx concepts and matte paintings. He continued freelancing in the film industry working with Christov Effects on many feature films (see IMDB link below), and soon received membership into the exclusive VFX Society where he was also nominated for matte paintings in the film  ‘Speed Racer’. Ron has continued working in television VFX with Ring of Fire, Red Enterprises, Milne FX, Engine Room, and numerous others. In 2008 did a ‘Creative Inspirations’ documentary on his work (see link below).

In 2011 a new opportunity came along to work with Big Fish Games in Seattle, again utilizing his devotion to realism by creating environments and animations for the company’s “Mystery Case File” and “Hidden Expedition” projects, doing environmental illustrations using Cinema 4D and Photoshop.

Throughout his career in entertainment, Ron has also sold his original oil paintings through well-known art galleries in both Scottsdale, Arizona and Vail, Colorado, as well as directly to collectors.

Currently, Ron is freelancing TV and Film visual effects, video games, and digital illustration

Fred Truitt:

John Fredrick (Fred) Truitt
Born and raised in SOuthwest Philidelphia, PA
Degrees from Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA and Indiana University. Bloomington, IN.
Taught international trade and international business 1969 to 2003 in everything from small seminars to dreaded UofW Kane Hall 300 seat lecture hall.
Manchester Univerisity, England 1969
University of Washington 1970 to 1992
Willamette University 1992 – 2003
Visiting lecturer Japan, Denmark, and Finland

I have been drawing since I first got my hand on a pencil. I like pen and ink and water-soluble pencil and incorporate these into plein air watercolor travel journals which I have been keeping since 1960. I strive for fresh and spontaneous records of travels in the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia, and Latin America… landscapes, vernacular architecture, and boats.

Although mostly self-taught I have studied watercolor with Jennifer Roberts Almondova and Robert Dvorak on Maui and Oahu and taken courses at the UofW, and Salem Art Museum and Pacific Northwest College of Art Oregon.

First moved to Bainbridge Island from Seattle in 1972. Away in Orgeon 1992 to 2003 but now back home again.

Local exhibits at Art Soup (now Mora Iced Cream Shop) and Bainbridge Arts and Crafts and teach in BAC Art After 60 program at Whyatt House, Island Volunteer Caregivers, and Bainbridge Senior Center, Art in the Lobby at the Harrison (now Franciscan) Hospital in Bremerton.


Maria Coryell-Martin  (Due to a scheduling conflict, Maria will not be able to attend this year’s event)