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As previously offered in study 7, this will be a custom creation . I will be looking at your specific work over the last several months, re-reviewing all your assignments, and honing-in on areas where I feel you really need to bring your best game. For instance, if I think you still need to perfect your value-system skills, soft edges work, composition or design know-how, etc., then you should count on those techniques being a required part of this assignments.
Again, I will be sending you your very personalized next assignment shortly. You have come extremely far in the Yarnell Certification Program, and I am very proud of your work! However, you should expect to be challenged even more going forward. I want you to be the Best you can Be!
Good luck and God Bless You!

Recommended instructional material from Yarnell School Online:
The instructional material we have on YSO will be a benefit for certain techniques – and by now you should have a feel for what snippets and paintings there can best enable you. We continue to advise you to take full advantage of those.
However, know that because the Category Landscape II is so advanced and because this is an extremely advanced painting, we do not have instructional material to match up to these assignments. To explain, once you reach this level, we assume that you already have gained and retained the knowledge, ability, and techniques at a level that will help propel you in getting through these painting assignments.


  • Grade: 90%
  • Submitted on: 2023-08-11 19:40:53

Hello, Gail, Thanks for submiting the corrected version of this assignment. Thanks for being patient with the long delay. Its been a zoo around here . This painting turned out really ,really well. You did a great job with the corretions. I dont really have any major suggestions. However the canopy of leaves on the aspen trees are too pointed at the top. Most of these trees should be a bit more rounded at the top. this may seem a little picky but at this advanced stage of painting we dont want to leave any stone un turned. Your value system, color scheme, contrast, proprotions are good. I like the way you painted in the deer so that they dont stick out like a sore thumb. The aspen tree trunks and dead tree are great and the reflected highlight worked out beautifully. The only other thing is your grasses are a little bit to structured and stiff. So just continue to practice working on your looser blending techniques and your work will continue improve really well . Over all great job. Donna will be in touch w/you to gather information for your beautiful plaque. Very proud of you, Gail. Congrats on successfully completing Landscape II of the YARNELL SCHOOL OF FINE ART CERTIFICATION PROGRAM. Jerry

  • Grade: 65%
  • Submitted on: 2023-06-27 22:02:00

Hey Gail Hope you're doing good. Thanks for submitting your most recent assignment. The over all concept of this painting is very good. Your sky is very good and background values and mountains are in good shape. The waterfall barn and stream are really well done. However you do have a couple of issues with the stream. When you stand back and look at it from a distant it angles to the right.So you need to level the strokes so the water will appear more flat. Also you need to have some soft shadows along the banks of the stream. Don't make them too dark or two wide. Also normally you don't have cast shadows on running water So you need to blend out that shadow cast by the big tree on the left. Just blend the dark tones into the water and then it will be good. The grasses are good and the deer turned out great and well proportioned. The final thing is the trees. It appears you tried to make aspen trees but the trunks are way too wide and they don't normally come to a point like the second one on the right. Aspen trees are tall and skinny and the leaf pattern is more airy and gradually tappers as it goes up but not to a point. Don't miss understand aspen trees can have fat trunks but in your painting they are out of proportion for where they are located. Cant wait to see the changes. God bless you and stay inspired.

  • Grade: 65%
  • Submitted on: 2023-06-16 12:01:39

Scoring  only so we can return to student and she can resubmit.

  • Grade: 60%
  • Submitted on: 2023-05-03 22:18:57

Gail thanks for submiting this rough sketch. Over all this is a very good composition. There are only a couple of changes i would suggest. First of all I would make that pile of large rocks in the lower right much smaller. As they are now they are way too big and overwhelm the other more important objects. Also be sure when you paint the large dead tree on the left that you proportion it correctly. Right now its wider at the top and narrow at the bottom. It should be the oposite. It should have a gradule tapper(larger at the base and geadually tapper to a smaller shape)The trees and mountains look great. Also you might make one of the deer a little different angle. Gail until I see the finished painting its difficult to really make any other suggestions. So go to work and cant wait to see the finished painting. God bless you.