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Painting Assignment # 2

Late evening semi stormy sunset – with special emphasis on using a darker, richer value system and particular attention to the negative space rule to create good eye-flow and form in the waves, vertical rock formations, and stairway.

Season:  N/A

Size – 18 x 24 Acrylic – Vertical Format

This is a beautiful seascape. Don’t let this painting fool you as it is loaded with all of the traditional technical elements of composition, design, perspective, values, color harmony and compliments. But hidden within all of these elements are the things that make it a very advanced, challenging painting.

I will be looking for proper wave action (movement), proper highlighting to connect each wave, subtle value and color changes within the waves, proper angle of the stripes on the light house and many other challenges.

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.

This will be a lot of fun, so grab your brushes and get started – I can’t wait to see what you come up with!  Good luck.


  • Grade: 90%
  • Submitted on: 2021-10-22 19:49:37

Congrats! You did the suggestion and a nice job making the lighthouse 3-dimentional. Now on to next assignment. God Bless you and stay inspired!

  • Grade: 60%
  • Submitted on: 2021-10-21 20:48:43

Hey Gail   Thanks For resubmitting this assignment . Taking the photo outdoors in the shade really did help make the tonal values appear more natural. This is a great trick so use it as often as you are able. Now as we discussed before the painting turned out very well. The rocks, water, waves, and sky are well done. The only issue is the dimensional form of the light house. It may seem like I am being very picky. It just needs better form. The red stripes are fine because you have a gradual dark to light blend. But now you can work on the white stripes. All you have to do is darken the right side of the stripes by about two or three values with a soft cool gray tone then gradually blend across to the left side. This will make the light house appear to be much more rounded. Then you will be done and you can move on to the next assignment. So God bless you and stay inspired.

  • Grade: 60%
  • Submitted on: 2021-10-18 20:48:47

Hey Gail before I grade this let me give you a little bit of information about photographing your paintings. We learned some tricks over the years. You are correct the light house has very little form because it appears very light without the form shadow on the right side. It dose need to be about three shades darker with a gradual blend around to the left side. The way we photograph is first of all do not use a flash. Second of all do not put any spot lights or strong lights too close to the painting. Finally we often take photos outside in the shade about mid day because u have an even indirect light this usually gives u great tones and clean color. Just be sure to use a tripod no matter how u photograph it. I really do like the changes you made but the light house is just too flat and white. Ill make sure to grade it in a day or two when you re submit so you wont have to wait. Thanks for making this extra effort maybe one of those suggestions will work . God bless you and stay inspired.

  • Grade: 65%
  • Submitted on: 2021-10-07 15:27:59

Hey Gail Thanks for submitting this assignment. The overall affect of the painting is good. However there are a few technical issues we need to address. First of all your sky turned out very nicely. You kept it soft and well blended. Remember Gail at this advanced level of  painting I will be more picky on more things that beginning artists dont usually think about. For instance the top of the light house is crooked and  leaning to the left plus it dose not  fit on top of the light house so you need to rebuild the very top. Also the white tones on the light house are too white plus you need to make the shadow on the right side a bout two values darker and gradually blend to the left to create more roundness to the base. Now your rock formations are really pretty good but they all have about the same tonal values. You need to darken the shadowed side of the front boulders to bring them forward. The ones below the light house are fine. The waves turned really well but are a little busy. It would be good if you would cut down on the white highlights and soften the waves a little. But for the most part the waves look good. I will be excited to see these changes. So God bless you and stay inspired.

  • Grade: 95%
  • Submitted on: 2021-05-28 17:21:43

Once again -- great job!  On to next Assignment!