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#2210 A Restful Harbor, Part 1

In this opening session Jerry explains to his viewers the purpose for painting the canvas in advance a bluish gray, green tone and shows the formula.

Length: 03:28:20
Date Released On: 1/15/2017
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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#2206 Backwater Swamps, Part 1

Acrylic Medium on 18x24 horizontal stretched canvas. In the opening episode, Jerry discusses with his viewers the reference material he will be using to create the swamp scene. Then shows how to use each photo to create a good eye-flowing composition.

Length: 00:27:49
Date Released On: 12/28/2016
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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#2201 Basket of Plenty, Part 1

Acrylic Medium on 12x24 horizontal stretched canvas. In this first episode, Jerry takes his viewers through the process of understanding how to compose a still life painting using multiple research photos.

Length: 00:27:49
Date Released On: 11/20/2016
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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#2109 A Frosty Tradition, Part 1

In this first episode Jerry explains why the canvas is pre-tinted with a mauve-ish/blue-gray tint. Then shows how to mix and apply it. The he explains the composition and uses soft vine charcoal to make a rough sketch of the land contours and basic objects. Now he shows how to paint a late evening sunset.

Length: 00:27:49
Date Released On: 10/26/2016
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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#2105 A-Colorful-Gateway-Part-1

Acrylic Medium on 16x20 vertical stretched canvas. In the first episode, Jerry explains the purpose for using a gallery wrapped canvas. Then he discusses his reference material and how to use it to lay out the composition.

Length: 00:27:49
Date Released On: 9/18/2016
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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2101 Chesapeake Bay Visitors, Part 1

Acrylic Medium on 15x30 horizontal stretched canvas. In this first episode Jerry explains the ecological significance of the Chesapeake Bay being the largest estuary in the United States. Then he proceeds by showing how to paint the sky and block in the water. Then he shows how to block in the first value of very distant grasses. Then he finishes by discussing how to compose the grasses in the middle and foreground.

Length: 00:27:49
Date Released On: 9/1/2016
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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#2010 A Perfect Pair, Part 1

Acrylic on 16x20 stretched canvas. In this first episode, Jerry explains to his viewers the purpose of a smoother surface for painting close-up feathers; then proceeds to show the process of using the 2-inch hake brush to create a gradated, mottled background to suggest the effect of faded or distant pine boughs.

Length: 00:27:49
Date Released On: 7/26/2016
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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2006 Tribal Existence, Part 1

Acrylic on 18x24 stretched canvas. In the first episode, Jerry explains to his viewers how to layout a proper composition of a vertical formatted canvas.

Length: 00:27:49
Date Released On: 5/25/2016
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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2001 Rocky Mountain High #2, Part 1

Acrylic Medium on 18x24 stretched canvas. In this episode Jerry explains to his viewers how to use his reference material to create the composition.

Length: 00:27:49
Date Released On: 4/21/2016
Recommended Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

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1909 African Cat Nap, Part 1

Acrylic Medium, 18x24 Gallery Wrap Canvas. Continuing on with our focus on African wildlife, Jerry begins with an overview of his reference material that he has selected to create a composite.

Length: 00:27:49
Date Released On: 3/23/2016
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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1905 Big Ears, Part 1

Acrylic Medium, 16x20 Gallery Wrap Canvas. This is a painting of a young male Kudu Buck of the antelope family. With #12 bristle brush to create a mottled background, Jerry starts by just “throwing on” a variety of colors on the canvas.

Length: 00:27:49
Date Released On: 2/17/2016
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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1901 In the Shadow of Giants, Part 1

Acrylic Medium, 12x24 Gallery Wrap canvas. Jerry reviews this painting’s African theme focusing on the magnificent African elephants. This episode primarily includes underpainting and blocking. Starting with a grayed canvas, Jerry uses the #12 bristle brush to block in simple horizon for the sunset of the sky.

Length: 00:27:49
Date Released On: 2/1/2016
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced

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1809 Desert Miracle, Part 1

Acrylic Medium,18x24 Gallery Wrap. This is a painting that Jerry completely composes on camera – he has no previously created composite and he challenges his students to try painting this way versus copying.

Length: 00:27:49
Date Released On: 12/23/2015
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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1805 Appaloosa Beauty, Part 1

Acrylic Medium. 16x20 Gallery Wrap Canvas. Another beautiful and often-requested subject which is a vast part of our history the horse. This particular breed is the Appaloosa and Jerry uses reference material from his personal reference library. First Jerry starts with the #12 bristle brush and starts at the top using a scrubbing method which creates a beautiful mottled background to include transition values.

Length: 00:27:49
Date Released On: 12/1/2015
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced

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1801 The Roost , Part 1

Acrylic painting, 16x20 stretched canvas, Vertical format. A subject which is constantly requested from Jerry’s students around the World: chickens. Jerry shows his ‘chicken’ reference material and provides at a very quick, high-level a valuable copyright tip. This painting includes chickens in a barnyard, a predominant rooster, perch, and more.

Length: 00:27:49
Date Released On: 10/25/2015
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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1710 King of His Domain, Part 1

Acrylic painting, 18x24 Horizontal. In this episode, Jerry shows his students how to correctly use reference material to make the “King of His Domain” painting as original as possible. Now he explains how to compose the painting. Then makes a rough sketch using soft-vine charcoal. He then shows how to properly use the hake brush to underpaint the sky and distant mountains. Now he finishes the episode by blocking in the foreground rocky cliff formation and minor highlights on distant mountains.

Length: 00:27:49
Date Released On: 9/17/2015
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced

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1706 A Cunning Predator, Part 1 of 4

Acrylic Painting.18x24 Horizontal. In the first episode of “A Cunning Predator,” Jerry discusses the reference material he will be using to create this beautiful prairie setting with the “Wile E. Coyote.” Then proceeds to show how to prepare the 18x24 stretched canvas surface – and how to underpaint the entire painting with darker warm earth tones using the #10 bristle brush with long vertical-scrubbing strokes.

Length: 00:27:49
Date Released On: 8/19/2015
Recommended Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

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1701 Cowboy Campfires, Part 1 of 5

Acrylic painting, 18x24 Horizontal. A wonderful subject which was the result of a Jerry Yarnell student request. A fascinating scene from the Midwest where cowboys “ride fence,” do “cattle drives,” and more. A beautiful representation of a cowboy’s life in an impressionistic style. Jerry starts with background color showing how to use contrast. Illustrates how to create a mottling effect near base and uses ‘feather’ blending to combine the two together. Fills in area where chuck wagon will be. This episode and next is mostly placing soft, earthy tones to create atmosphere. Jerry uses white (gesso) to soften and create more opaque-ness. Continuing on background work, Jerry begins placing in sagebrush in small pockets, dried bushes, etc.

Length: 00:27:49
Date Released On: 7/31/2015
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced

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1610 Northern Lights Spectacle, Part 1 of 4

In the 1st of 4 episodes of "Northern Lights Spectacle", a complete study painting, Jerry explains the different types of canvas weaves and why you choose certain ones. In this case, he explains that we will be using a portrait smooth canvas to make blending colors easier. Then Jerry explains the specific color mixtures for underpainting this subject. Jerry then shows how to mottle all of the colors together using the hake brush and mister bottle to spray the canvas and keep it creamy for blending. After it dries Jerry takes his conte pencil and lightly sketches in the composition, then takes the #10 bristle brush showing how to dry-brush some lighter tones to prepare for the final color tones.

Length: 00:27:49
Date Released On: 7/1/2015
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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1606 Church in the Wildwood, Part 1 of 4

As part of his quest to cover all 50 of states in the USA, Jerry has selected another wonderful subject. This time, a little country church in South Dakota is Jerry's painting “Church in the Wildwood.” In the first part of 4 episodes in this Study Painting, Jerry starts with sketch of background land mass including an eroded bank. Large dead tree, semi sunset, country road, little snow, late winter, old dirt road, warm background - just a lot to learn in the 'Church in the Wildwood'. Jerry says, 'You're going to love this. This is going to be a blast.'

Length: 00:27:51
Date Released On: 6/1/2015
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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1601-Multnomah the Magnificent, Part 1 of 5

As promised with subjects from every State in the United States, Jerry begins a painting from Oregon near Portland: Multnomah Falls. This is a Complete Study Painting he has named “Multnomah the Magnificent.” In Part 1 of 5 Episodes, Jerry uses soft-vine charcoal to sketch in some of the elements then begins the underpainting or blocking in sky and where the waterfall will be. Then Jerry begins mottling in where the trees and rock formations will be creating “shelves.”

Length: 00:27:40
Date Released On: 4/29/2015
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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1509 - Mountain High - Part 1 of 4

As part of the Yarnell School Online's mission to help and serve all you students with all skill levels using different mediums, Jerry is continuing with the wonderful studies and lessons on the basic concepts of watercolor.  In the 1st of 4 episodes in "Mountain High", a complete Watercolor study painting, Jerry begins a beautiful new long horizontal painting of the Grand Teton Mountains and surrounding landscape.

Length: 00:27:51
Date Released On: 4/1/2015
Recommended Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

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1506 - Silverton’s Proud, Part 1 of 3

In the first of 3 episodes in Silverton’s Proud, complete watercolor study painting, Jerry recaps the processes that were used in episodes 1 through 5 of previously released Watercolor series. 

Length: 00:27:49
Date Released On: 3/1/2015
Recommended Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

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1501 - Introduction to Watercolor, Part 1 of 2

Jerry explains the different types of papers and surfaces to paint on and miscellaneous tips for setting up your palette and painting area plus tools for basic watercolor technique, concepts, and beginning washes.

Length: 00:27:47
Date Released On: 1/30/2015
Recommended Skill Level: Beginner

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1409 - Steps to Nowhere, Part 1 of 5

(16 x 20 Vertical Stretched Canvas, Acrylic Medium)
In the first of five(5) episodes of "Steps To Nowhere" complete painting lesson, Jerry explains the composition of this beautiful painting and shows the various pieces of reference material which will make up Steps to Nowhere.  Using a 16x20 vertical stretched canvas and acrylic medium. Starts with pre-sketch and then begins scumbling with his #10 bristle brush. The painting is an impressionistic, loose technique:  creating a suggestion versus the close-up details. Next step is creation of soft distant trees shapes to push trees in background (depth). Jerry uses script brush to lightly add collection of trees in background. To add contrast, Jerry uses #4 or #6 bristle along w/a grayish green to create cedar trees. Then with #4 bristle using rolling circles to add the rolling mist.

Length: 00:27:46
Date Released On: 1/2/2015
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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1405 A Yellowstone Wonder Part 1 of 4

(18 x 24 Stretched Canvas, Acrylic Medium)
This is the 1st of Four(4) episodes in Jerry Yarnell's "A Yellowstone River", a complete painting lesson. In this wonderful painting Jerry excitedly describes his love for the Yellowstone National Park and the elk as one of the many wonders of that Park.

Length: 00:27:46
Date Released On: 12/1/2014
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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1401 Standing Proud Part 1 of 4

(12 x 24 Stretched Gallery Wrap" Canvas, Acrylic Medium)
This is the beginning of a beautiful iconic image -- an old covered bridge. A four part complete painting lesson. This is an acrylic painting created on a 12x24 stretched “gallery wrap” canvas. Jerry shows his sketch of the painting.

Length: 00:27:46
Date Released On: 11/1/2014
Recommended Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

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1310 Prairie Magic, Part 1 of 4

(12 x 24 Canvas, Oil Medium, Wet into wet technique with water miscible oils)
This is the 1st of 4 episodes in water miscible oil painting project "Prairie Magic" in the 1300 series.

Length: 00:27:43
Date Released On: 10/1/2014
Recommended Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

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1305 - Rocky Mountain Refuge, Part 1 of 5

(12 X 16 Canvas, Oil Medium) This is the beginning video of a series consisting of five (5) parts Jerry Yarnell has prepared for water miscible oils. In this painting Jerry continues with his discussion of water miscible oils and elaborates on a technique he uses frequently, which is the painting of water miscible oils over acrylics.

Length: 00:27:42
Date Released On: 9/1/2014
Recommended Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

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1301 - Two of a Kind, Part 1 of 4

(12 X 16 Canvas, Oil Medium)
This is the beginning video of a series Jerry Yarnell has prepared for water miscible oils by painting on a 12 x 16 canvas board. In this series, he gives a comprehensive hands on  breakdown and walk-through of why and how you use Water-miscible oils.  Explaining differences between different types of oil and water he completes the study painting "Two of a Kind".


Length: 00:27:43
Date Released On: 8/1/2014
Recommended Skill Level: Beginner

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YSO Episode 24: Thatch & Tile Roofs

In this YSO Episode 24, Jerry responds to you, our students, and illustrates the techniques of doing thatch and tile roofs starting with the layering process. This video is wonderful reference material for anybody that is learning different types of roofs, structures and especially buildings.

Length: 00:39:28
Date Released On: 7/1/2014
Recommended Skill Level: Beginner

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1201 - Biloxi Shrimpers Episode 1 of 4

(12 x 24 Gallery Wrap canvas; Acrylic Medium)
In the 1st of 4 lessons in this series, Jerry discusses the differences between a gallery wrap and the traditional canvas as he begins the composition of a boat dock with a shrimp boat, reflections in the water and a pelican on the piering.

Length: 00:27:46
Date Released On: 5/1/2014
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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1110 Parade of Lights, Part 1 of 4

(15x30 canvas; Acrylic Medium)
In the first of 4 lessons in this series, Jerry introduces a cityscape for the first time as one of his painting projects. 

Length: 00:27:46
Date Released On: 3/1/2014
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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1101 A Farmer's Icon, Part 1 of 4

(18x24 Canvas; Acrylic Medium)
In the 1st of 4 lessons in this series, Jerry provides step-by-step instruction on a beautiful nostalgic red barn. 

Length: 00:27:46
Date Released On: 1/1/2014
Recommended Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

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201 - The Decision, Part 1 of 3

Part one of three 30-minute segments
In this opening session, Jerry explains to his students how to use the Hake Brush, and the #6 Dynasty Brush to paint in the background and with the wet-on-wet technique paint in the tall out-of-focus background needs.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
15" x 30" Stretched Canvas
Medium: Acrylic

Length: 00:28:42
Date Released On: 9/16/2013
Recommended Skill Level: Beginner

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204 The Guardian, Part 1 of 5

Part one of five 30-minute segments
In this opening segment, Jerry takes his students through the process of preparing the canvass for the under-painting. Then, he paints in the sky, using the Hake Brush with the wet-on-wet technique. Then, he shows how to under-paint the foreground snow. He ends this segment using the #4 Script Brush to paint in the background trees.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
18" x 24" Stretched Canvas
Medium: Acrylic

Length: 00:28:42
Date Released On: 9/16/2013
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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209 - Starry, Starry Night Part 1 of 3

Part one of three 30-minute segments. In this opening segment, Jerry explains the unique process of using multiple colors to create darker hues to suggest a nighttime affect. Then he shows how to use the #4 Bristle Brush to make a sphere shape to create the moon. Then, finishes the show under-painting the foreground and painting in the distant trees. 16" x 20" Stretched Canvas;
Medium: Acrylic Level: Beginner

Length: 00:28:42
Date Released On: 9/16/2013
Recommended Skill Level: Beginner

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101 - Autumn Bridge, part 1 of 4

In Part 1 of Autumn Bridge, Jerry demonstrates how to properly prepare and under-paint the background of this beautiful Autumn scene using the #10 Bristle Brush.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Canvas Size 18x24

Length: 00:28:15
Date Released On: 9/16/2013
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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105 - The Homestead, part 1 of 4

As part of learning how to do miniatures, in this first of 4 episodes, Jerry starts off with a beautiful snow scene at sunset, with an old farmhouse and warm glowing lights coming from the windows.
Canvas Size 8x10

Length: 00:28:42
Date Released On: 9/16/2013
Recommended Skill Level: Beginner

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109 America's Pride (Bald Eagle Part 1)

This is a wonderful 6 x 8 inch painting of the head of a bald eagle. In this first episode, Jerry shows how to prepare the canvas by underpainting the bird form.
Skill level: Intermediate

Length: 00:28:42
Date Released On: 9/16/2013
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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YSO Episode 2: Brushes Overview 101

Jerry overviews all 7 of his signature brushes. History of each brush; why they do what they do; and common questions which we are often asked, Why you shouldn't use cheap brushes for fine art techniques. Sable versus nylon? Cleaning techniques and more! A great video to watch for all your questions on brushes answered.

Length: 00:23:36
Date Released On: 1/1/2012
Recommended Skill Level: Beginner

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