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Season – Beginning of Autumn
Size – 20 x 24 Acrylic – Vertical Format

This is a magnificent study of moving water with multiple waterfalls, large boulders, and cliff-type rock formations. The setting is in the Pacific Northwest at the beginning of the Autumn…. just as Summer is fading away….thus giving you the opportunity to use a full complimentary color scheme. This painting will challenge every artistic bone in your body.
I will be looking for proper brush strokes with the water movement and the proper transition of colors from one value to the next.
So study it carefully and take your time to work out each issue.
Good luck, stay inspired and have fun!

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: 2022-02-23 17:16:17

Hey Gail   Thanks for resubmitting this assignment. The suggested changes you made really did help this painting look more natural and professional. The water appears more level and the rock formation on the left has a better tone for that area of the painting. You are getting better with every  painting. This truely is one of your best attempts so far and one of my favorite paintings you have done. Just always remember all of the technical aspects of a painting and your work will continue to improve greatly. The next assignment will challange you so you can really learn to use all of your artistic skills. Keep up the good work and I cant wait to see how you handle the next assignment . God bless you and stay inspired.

  • Grade: 65%
  • Submitted on: 2022-01-21 20:23:32

Hey Gail thanks for submitting this assignment with the corrections .  I must say the changes you made really put this painting in another category. By the way please accept my apology for the long delay but I ended up with an unintended case of Covid with some extra complications. But I am back to normal now and able to work again. I really like the much looser semi impressionistic  affect the painting now has. I know it took courage to jump outside the box and loosen up but now the painting has a much more painterly look. Now Gail its going to take a little time and patience to refine this style but in the end you will be very proud of your efforts. The broad loose strokes on the boulders are great. Just remember to live by the saying " LESS IS MORE". The falls turned out great. However when you worked on the moving water most of your strokes lean to the left causing a little balance problem with the foreground. The looseness is good but you need to flatten them out a little bit. When you stand back you will see what I am talking about. The only other thing is that the top of the large rock formation on the left is still the wrong tone. It is way to brown and sticks out too much. It needs to be cooler, and slightly grayer. After changing the tone you can put little soft highlight on the left side to slightly accent it but be careful not to over do it. As we discussed before everything else looks great. The sky, trees and other objects. Now this last thing may seem a bit picky but I recommend you make the reflected highlight on the large dead tree about two values brighter. since the tree is so brown this will cool it off. Gail I hate to have you resend this but I just want to be sure we are on the same page and these are all things that are easy to do. I look forward to seeing the final changes and then we can move on. God bless you and stay inspired.

  • Grade: 65%
  • Submitted on: 2022-01-03 08:59:11

Hey Gail thanks for submitting this assignment. Sorry for the delay but I had to take a break from non stop 12 ad 15 hour days. but back to work now. As usual you did a beautiful job. You only have a few minor value and color issues we need to deal with. First your sky is great and first very distant mountain are perfect. The distant pine trees are too dark and too green to be that far back in the distant. They need  to be more of a grayish green and about two values lighter. Now the large rock formation on the left is too brown . It needs to be more of a cooler mauvish gray and about one value lighter. As much as i like your water falls and they are done very well but you have used too much white. Granted  white should be the dominant color but you need to add more bluish purples around the edges and slightly scattered throught the falls . Dont go overboard just enough to create depth within the falls. The rock formations on the right side are over highlighted. You need to paint some darkr tones on the shadowed side to give them better form . Again be very careful not to over do it just enough to balance the highlighted side. right now the highlights slightly over whelm. All of your other rock formations are great. I love your choppy water god job on that. The last thing is you need to do is highlight the dead log and boulder in the lower left corner. Those two objects need to show up a bit more against the darker water. Cant wait to see the changes . God bless you and stay inspired.

  • Grade: 99%
  • Submitted on: 2021-05-31 18:42:08

You're rocking, Mike, Mike, Mike! (pun intended). You've passed this one and on to next. Keep up the good work!