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:

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  However,I've found myself as a landscape painter. Still practicing my drawing and   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>

By Laura Meade

5   Glen Allen, VA, United States ||  Sep 21 2016

Thank you so much for the video lessons on "The Perfect Pair"  I love cardinals and may use my 'lesson effort' as our Christmas card.  If I do, I'll put on the back of our cards "from a Jerry Yarnell lesson."  My favorite video lessons are of "cropped subjects"  like the broken pots, the penguins, floral stairway, etc. but I learn new things with all the video lessonsThank you for the Online school.  I really appreciate the variety of video lessons and the "snippets" on art techniques.  Thank you for making it all accessible and affordable.  Also, I appreciate your keeping all the earlier video lessons available at the site.  I often go back to some of the lessons from the past.  Please keep doing what you're doing.  Art has no end.

By carol fernandez

5   cocoa, florida, United States ||  Sep 13 2016

Was just shifting channels and came across one of your  painting shows....I love all the tribal paintings you do. This one so captures the essence of Indian living and the colors and scene is so good....just want to eep staring at it..beautiful.  thanks for your show and the enjoyment of watching a painting come to life.<br>

By Rich Robson

5   Billings, MT, United States ||  Sep 03 2016

Mr. Yarnell, I would like to thank you for sharing your painting lessons on PBS. I am new to painting and your program keeps me motivated to keep trying to improve. I learned about water-misable oils from your program. Thank you again for your lessons.

By Rich Robson

5   Billings, MT, United States ||  Sep 03 2016

Mr. Yarnell, I would like to thank you for sharing your painting lessons on PBS. I am new to painting and your program keeps me motivated to keep trying to improve. I learned about water-misable oils from your program. Thank you again for your lessons.

By Ruthie Denning

5   Las Vegas, NV, United States ||  Aug 28 2016

I've been enjoying  your show on TV and have decided to take up painting. I am having a difficult time finding the script brush. I found one at Blick but it does not work like your does. Any suggestions?

By carolyn gonzalez

5   Texas, United States ||  Aug 18 2016

hi Jerry, Some years back, you came to a little town called Cedar Hill, Texas.  I was so blessed to be able to have 2 days of painting with you in that class. I have never forgotten what I learned.  It was the most fun and inspirational class I have ever attended. Thank you ! God Bless you Carolyn

By Kristine Bohrer

5   Woodbury, MN, United States ||  Aug 04 2016

I've only been painting acrylics along with Jerry's teachings, but I got a bug to try "Oil" over my last acrylic painting. Of course I thought I was smart and could buy general paint, thinner, linseed from Michaels, but the smell is too much for me, and I didn't enjoy that attempt at ALL. Do the products for doing oil that Jerry sells omit the odor issue? Thanks. Still love painting.

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