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Season – Fall

This painting is very challenging, and I will be focusing on the warm/cool balance of the tonal values. I will be looking at the horizontal and vertical depth and your ability to dry-brush multiple glazes to create the soft bluish mist. The road, boulders, trees, and grasses will really test all of your technical skills. I will be looking for loose, painterly strokes to create the professional look all of you aspire to have. “Don’t let this painting fool you – it is harder than you think.”
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: 2022-06-26 17:04:17

Hi, Gail, Thanks for re submitting this assignment. I must say you did a great job re structuring the leaf canopy on the trees.  And over all this painting is one of your best pieces. Now there are some very minor things that really dont justify re submitting but would help make the painting more accurate. For instance the large tree on the right could use more limbs to help support the leaf pattern. Also the reflected highlight on the tree trunks should be a little bit stronger and more on the mauvish side. There is something about the light colored rock just below the large boulder in the shadow on the right side of the road. It is too pale and washed out. It should be  deeper in tone and with more sharper rugged edges. As you know rocks and boulders give every one trouble so just keep practicing . Over all Gail you did a great job. Congratulations. This painting is going to pass with flying colors. Keep up the good work and God bless you and stay inspired.

  • Grade: 65%
  • Submitted on: 2022-06-26 14:15:41

Gail, just assigning this grade so you are able to immediately resubmit.

  • Grade: 65%
  • Submitted on: 2022-06-06 23:18:51

Hi, Gail, thanks for submitting this assignment. Well as usual Gail you did a great job. your distant mountains turned out great. The structure of all of your objects are done well and your painting technique is really improving. The main problem you have with this painting is your value system in the middle and foreground. The large pointed rock on the right side is too pale and kind of washed out. You need to make it about two values darker along with the smaller rock just below it. Also the large trees on the right side of the road are too light. The yellow gold one should be richer in tone. It would be a good idea to darken the sienna underpainting of the canopy of leaves. This will give you a good foundation to apply the golden yellow leaves. The contrast will really make that tree come alive. Then move to the larger darker tree in the right hand corner and make the leaves about two values darker also Gail make the leaves slightly larger in size to help create a more dense leaf canopy. These two trees are very important to the color and value system of the painting. So do not be afraid to make them very rich in tone because they anchor the foreground. The road, grasses and shadows are in good shape. Once you make the value changes on the rocks and trees you will have a great painting. I cant wait to see how it turns out. God bless you, stay inspired.

  • Grade: 97%
  • Submitted on: 2021-06-02 17:28:29