By Kristina Paden

5   Tennessee, United States ||  Feb 08 2017

Dear Jerry and crew,  I have been a part of your online school for 3 years now.  Needless to say I love it.  I started out as a craft painter and I do pretty well at it.  However I wanted to expand my talent and I found your site.  I started with Mr. ROSS, but oil paints and I are like oil and water, we don't MIx well.  I always have more on me than the canvas.   Your techniques are wonderful and I love the fact that I can go back and watch it again if I don't get it the first time.  I love the fact that your encourage to make it our own and not to just copy. <div>I just wanted to say Thank You for providing a service and sharing your talents with us.  </div><div>I just did a painting for my brothers birthday by combining 3 different lessons in one painting.  It turned out wonderful and I can't wait to see his face when he opens it.  Thank you again.</div><div><br></div><div>God Bless You, Your wife and your crew.</div><div>Kristina Paden</div>

By Barbara

4   Oregon, United States ||  Feb 04 2017

I just bought your first book. I plan to work through more. Would you do painting pets. I have Siamesse. One blue point and a seal point. The blue eyes get me every time. Thanks for sharing your skills and your blessings.

By Penny Gibbs

5   MI, United States ||  Feb 03 2017

Hello Jerry, I love your show and I am learning so much.  Would you please show us how to paint the beautiful little wren on the green background?  I love it!

By Laura

5   Florida/Virginia, United States ||  Jan 31 2017

Many thanks for the compassionate, sharing, and fun way that you teach.  I've been enjoying being an online student for several years now.  I learn new things with each painting lesson and though I would love to paint perfectly, thank you for teaching and encouraging us to paint patiently, and just keep painting.  <div><br></div><div>I really enjoyed the "Backwater Swamp" painting lessons.  I've painted it once and plan to go through the 4 lessons again and paint it a second time, and maybe a third.  Really like the mysterious atmosphere and interesting techniques of that painting.  </div><div><br></div><div>Thank you for all you do and for being a teacher to all of us out here learning more art online, no matter what our age.  (in my 70th year now)  The lessons are wonderful, enjoy the variety of subjects, and having the high-quality videos available anytime day or night is great.  </div><div><br></div><div>Bless you and thank you.  </div><div><br></div><div>~Laura Meade</div>

By Richard St.Jean

5   Massachusetts, United States ||  Jan 27 2017

I want to thank you for the good shipping of all the products i have bought from you. Everything was received in good condition. Also the school has been great for me. I have learned a tremendous amount about technique in one month. Jerry is a fine artist and very good teacher. Thank You very much. Richard

By Maritza LaCroix

5   Papillion, Nebraska, United States ||  Jan 27 2017

<p>Hello Mr. Yarnell. I had been watching your classes for more than a year.  I thank God and you for this opportunity for me to</p><p>learn more techniques.  My favorites are landscapings, seascaping and gardens.  God Bless you and your inspiration.  I love the</p><p>way you teach and your paintings.</p><p>Maritza LaCroix</p>

By Chu Delatorre

5   France, Venissieux, France ||  Jan 23 2017

Excellent website you have here but I was wanting to know if you knew of any discussion boards that cover the same topics discussed here? I'd really like to be a part of online community where I can get responses from other experienced people that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Appreciate it!

By Jennie

5   Mechanicville, NY, United States ||  Jan 23 2017

Words cannot express my thanks to you. The need to paint has been intensfying in me yet I was almost afraid to pick up a brush again, thinking I can't paint a masterpiece. I am so impressed with your teaching style. You truly give us, your students, so much by way of tips, reasons why, etc. I can't even begin to articulate how much your teaching has meant to me. Years ago, I took oil painting lessons from a famous local artist. I still have no idea what makes a paint color chalky. I hope one day you can explain that. However, I've learned so much more from you, from the classes I watch on my local PBS station and soon from the DVDs I bought from your store. I even bought myself an inexpensive computer so I can watch them where my canvas will be set up (away from my cats and cat fur!). I've never worked with acrylics but I'm willing to give it a go! Your paintings are so beautiful, such depth sometimes just hinted at. You are most amazing and I'm so grateful I discovered you! Thank you so very much for giving so much.

By Ron

5   Ft Collins, United States ||  Jan 21 2017

<p>Hi Jerry, Are you familiar with the old Hudson River School of Art techniques? It would be great if you could do a demonstration on your television show.</p>

By Alan Behunin

5   Tacloban, Philippines ||  Jan 17 2017

Dear Jerry,<div><br></div><div>I am a former member of your online school. We I cancelled my membership I stated that I wasn't improving. Right after that I was diagnosed with colon cancer. I have been undergoing treatment for a year now. Thankfully I am almost finished with the treatment. I didn't paint during the treatment. I want you to know I have been blessed by God. I have just finished my chemotherapy and I am starting to get stronger. I have started painting again and my work is the best I have ever done. I know it is because I remember the lessons you taught. I also think that I am different now and I am not as critical of myself, I am really enjoying painting. I am not putting so much pressure on myself. I thank you so much for the lessons and the things you have taught me. I hope when I am finished with the rest of my treatment that I will be able to be a member again. Thank you again for all your help and may God bless you and everyone at your school.  Alan</div>

Alan, thank you for your posting and for sharing your story.

God Bless you, Stay Inspired, and Keep Painting!

Very appreciatively yours,

Jerry & Donna Yarnell


By Patti

5   Kenosha WI, United States ||  Jan 02 2017

Hi, Jerry! I am always learning and improving based upon your work! You are another "Painter of Light", and as I also honor the Lord, I find He blesses my skill-development thru your experience. I compare my art to yours and find what needs improvement, and I also find that copying for the sake of learning really advances my understanding. All the best artists are copied. <div>I also learned to be sparing with the paint correctly, and apply it thinly, rather than go at it "impasto"-like. Your layers are smooth, and that's one thing I have to develop as I work with my preference acrylic. A proper gradation of values between light and dark is always successful, and I have to take the time and thought to make that happen. </div><div>So, I am always thanking the Lord for you and your shows, because I feel He uses your art more than others to get me to painting better.</div>

By Mike Z

5   Pittsburgh, United States ||  Dec 27 2016

Dear Jerry,<div><br></div><div>I first contacted you about three years ago after seeing your program while visiting my son in North Carolina. I immediately joined YSO and as I said back then, it is the best investment I ever made in art training. I have spent most of the last three years watching your shows and re-learning the basics. One of the most interesting video series to me has been <i>A Perfect Pair. </i> I have several questions and some observations:</div><div><br></div><div>1.) While watching the video, I have come to understand that you actually apply much thinner layers of paint to the canvas than I originally thought. When I painted in the past it has always bothered me that I left "hard edges" because I didn't feather the paint sufficiently. However I am now of the opinion that a lot of my problems were also due to thickness of the paint I applied to the canvas. If my observations are correct, I think it would be helpful if you would put more  emphasis on this point.  </div><div>2.) Your landscape paintings are what originally drew me to watch<i> Paint This. </i>I have enjoyed watching and learning from each one of those videos. However I think <i>A Perfect Pair </i>was one of the best if not the best video for demonstrating the importance of value change in a painting. My father was a photographer and taught me about depth of field and how using that technique properly improved photographs, especially with portraits. The amount of time and effort that went into painting the pine boughs in <i>A Perfect Pair </i>were actually more essential to the realism of that painting than the birds themselves.</div><div>3.) I always enjoy the "mess" disclaimer you frequently give when doing under-painting, especially on the landscapes. I must tell you that I never have difficulty seeing where you are going with that part of the process and now understand how that part of the process is essential to achieving the "looseness" that has always eluded me in the past. </div><div>4.) I just finished watching part two of <i>A Perfect Pair. </i>As in many of your other videos you mentioned the need for practice and the time it takes to develop your skills. I think that I might have finally grasped that point. Thank you for that reminder. I have also come to appreciate the level of detail and skill that would be needed to produce "museum quality" work. A good framing carpenter would need to develop better skills and have better equipment if he or she intends to become a cabinet maker.  </div><div><br></div><div>In closing I want to thank you for the expert instruction. I appreciate the emphasis on the basic techniques and concepts. I have never had an instructor provide the technical detail that you do. It is very much appreciated. I always look forward to the next painting coming from YSO.</div><div><br></div><div>Mike Z</div><div>Pittsburgh, PA </div>

By John Pollard

5   St. Paul MN, United States ||  Dec 26 2016

I enjoy your tutorials and have learned many new and helpful techniques. Thank you for bringing honor to our wonderful God and Savior! John.

By Philip Bright

5   Gresham, Oregon, United States ||  Dec 15 2016

Mr. Yarnell,  I have been incarcerated for over 18 years and during the majority of that time I have made it a point not to miss your PBS broadcast on Mondays and Fridays whenever possible.  I never drew at all before and I started out in colored pencil always wanting to paint.  As I drew cards for my family's birthdays and Christmases mostly I started to get quite good using a lot of your educational input.  I branched out into making my own watercolors out of breaking down colored pencils and making brushes out of peoples hair.  I was asked to paint for the Native Powwow to which they gave me a box of acrylic paints, some brushes and a box of 19x24 canvases.  Also We donated a lot of paintings to a ministry in Bend Or. that supports an orphanage in Africa.  I am out now and have been loving your wonderful web site and look forward to enjoying your broadcasts even more.  I am a Christian and I thank you for helping me develop what I hope to be a satisfactory business in art of my own.  God Bless You.  Sincerely Phil Bright

By Thomas Valle

5   Brooksville, Florida, United States ||  Dec 13 2016

Today I saw your perfect pair (Cardinal painting)<br>I loved it since I had recently finished a pair of cardinals myself.<br>I learn so much from watching your shows.<br>Thank you &amp; God bless, <br>T. Valle<br>

By Gary Leyritz

5   201 Union Ave. S.E. unit 102 Renton, WA 98059, United States ||  Dec 11 2016

Dear Jerry, I discovered you on channel 9, one of our PBS Stations.  I was very happy to also locate you on line.  I've been retired for a while and although I've always drawn, began to get more interested in it.  Your series has inspired me to do "great" things with art.  I look forward to watching you show either on TV or On-line.  Thank you, Gary Leyritz<br>

By Hannah W Barlow

5   Mechanicsville VA, United States ||  Dec 04 2016

I really enjoy your show and especially Chesapeake visitors. I grew up in Maryland on the Severn River which was about 9 Mi down river from Annapolis. My family now has a cottage on the Pamlico sound in Hatteras NC which reminds me of the painting you are airing on PBS. Going crazy because I missed the 3ard episode.while at a fund raiser for church.DVR didn't record. Looking forward to next weeks episode!!. I am new to acrylic and was wondering how you prpare your canvas. I don't buy expensive canvas. I see you paint it  first, but any other prep? My canvas tends to be textured. Also is there any place I can view episode #? I won't worry too much as you usually review a little at the start of your show, It really is facinating! I will be painting a picture of our begal for my husband's Christmas present. Have a great holiday!<div><br></div>

You can find the DVD here:  http://www.yarnellschool.com/shop/products/287-chesapeake-bay-visitors.aspx

By Deborah

5   Rech, United States ||  Dec 03 2016

Is there a way to do a customer review on DVDs? I added a comment under guestbook/comments but it really is a review of a DVD.<div>Thanks,</div><div>~D</div>

By Deborah Rech

5   San Francisco, United States ||  Dec 03 2016

I just bought the DVD on Perspective (1 &amp; 2 point). It is so enormously helpful to understand perspective. I've read some things on perspective and quickly got confused. Jerry lays it out by explaining each concept and demonstrating what it looks like when applied. Excellent! Unless you understand perspective already, this DVD is a must for anyone even halfway serious about painting.

By Beverly Babcock

5   Michigan, United States ||  Nov 11 2016

Mr. Yarnell, my son Kevin is incarnated in Muskegon,mi.  Since he has been there he started watching your show and has developed to be quite good.  He only works with graphic pencils but has developed so his pictures look like they were painted.  His drawings have been shown in an art show by the university of Michigan.  He hopes to start using paints.  When he called me today he said your show has really helped.  It is a surprise by all of the family.  Thank you. <div><br></div>

By Dwaine Colly

5   Phoenix,Az, United States ||  Nov 05 2016

I've been a student of Jerrys for a few years now,via PBS.  I love his work,he has inspired me to paint in ways I didn't think possible. I was never drawn to art,because I couldn't draw well...lol  However,I've found myself as a landscape painter. Still practicing my drawing and perspective.....lol   Thanks<br>

By Paul Fisher

5   East Syracuse. NY, United States ||  Nov 03 2016

I've been a student for over a year. Love your teaching methods. I was just wondering if you can do some more watermisable paintings. Keep<br>up the great work.

By Gwendolyn Elliott

5   Richmond Ca, United States ||  Oct 11 2016

Just returned home from a fabulous class with Rich Fischer , Cave Creek Arizona.   What a fun experience.  I learned a lot.  Rich is a fabulous instructor.  I felt valued, respected and  very much welcomed.  Both Rich and his wife made the class a great experience.  I look forward to other classes.  Five star rating.  🌵🌵🌵Desert miracle will hang on my wall. Thank you for this opportunity. Looking forward to March in California for another painting experience.

By Nolie Hesse

5   Palm Desert, CA, United States ||  Oct 09 2016

<b>I took Rich Fisher's class last in Cave Creek, AZ. Jerry must be very proud of him. He is a very talented artist &amp; a great teacher. He works with each one of us at our level just like Jerry has always done. He &amp; his wife are most gracious. There were several of us regulars and some new faces. Every one appeared to have a good time &amp; happy with the outcome. </b>

By Judy Cooley

5   Singer, LA, United States ||  Oct 07 2016

<div>I just caught the finish of your Senora cacti, and this is the first time I have visited your site after years of enjoying you on pbs.  I always felt that you were Christ inspired, and now I find you have a ministry also.  Thank you for sharing your beautiful talent and</div><div>God Bless - Judy</div>

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