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Season – Early Spring

Don’t let this painting fool you. It will challenge every part of your technical knowledge. I will specifically be looking for the proper gradation of the very soft values that create the distance and hazy atmosphere of early morning. I will be looking for soft edges, proper balance of negative space, and proportions of all of the rock formations and other objects. I will be looking for proper color harmony, compliments, and good balance of warm and cool tones. Finally I will be looking for good blending techniques. NOTE: Be sure you have at least 7 value changes to create the proper distance in this painting!
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: 95%
  • Submitted on: 2022-04-28 19:03:59

Hey Gail, thanks for re submitting this assignment. you have done a great job correcting the minor things that I suggested. Everything is working well. Your value system and color tones are well balanced how ever there is one area that is not working. Its no big deal but dose need to be corrected to balance out your color scheme. plus it will make your painting look more professional. Take a look at the pointed rock just behind and to the right of the large cactus. When you highlighted you made the cap way to brown so it sticks out. I recommend you gray out that brown tone. Then cool it off with a touch of white and a touch of orange and enough blue to cool it. Now do the same thing to the rock just directly to the right. Both of those boulders are just a bit too brown to fall in line with the color scheme. Gail this is an easy fix so don't worry about re-submitting it. Ill just trust you to take care of it then you can move on to the next assignment. You did a great job so keep up the good work God bless you and stay inspired.  l

  • Grade: 65%
  • Submitted on: 2022-03-30 21:38:30

Hay Gail, Thanks for submitting this assignment. I really do like this painting very much. you did a great job on blending. The painting is very soft and clean. you really only have some minor problems that need adjusting. The sky and first layers of distant mountains are great . You got the values and tonal values right on. One problem you have is the small cactus scattered throughout the back ground are too green. In fact all of your cactus are too green. They need to be more of a natural deeper olive green. The mix I finally discovered that works best is purple, hookers green, with a touch of orange and sometimes a little burnt sienna. Then of course add what ever amount of white to change the value for that area of the painting. You did a great job on the dry wash/river bed. Your grasses, bushes, weeds and other ground cover is really nice. The main problem you really have is your rocks. These rocks and boulders should be more rugged and chunky. Your rocks are too rounded. You can have some like that but all of your boulders are rounded off too much on the top edges. So you need to make more rugged edges and unique shapes. Dont misunderstand you have done a good job you just need to create more ruggedness to some but not all of the rocks/ boulders. I cant wait to see the changes just be careful not to over do the corrections. God bless you, stay inspired .

  • Grade: 98%
  • Submitted on: 2021-06-02 17:24:06

Great job!