Mike Hernandez – Mastering How to Paint Water and Rocks en Plein Air

Mike Hernandez Gouache Plein Air Workshop

Mastering how to paint Rocks and Water en Plein Air

Instructor: Mike Hernandez
Medium: Gouache or Oil—Plein Air
Dates: Oct 21–23, 2024 (M–W)
Class times: 9:00–4:00
Skill Level: Appropriate for all levels
Fee: $595

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 Gain invaluable insights into capturing a sense of natural or stylized lighting and color with gouache! Having a strong understanding of natural color and lighting is an important asset to any environment artist or fine art painter. Among the challenges of outdoor painting, water & rocks tend to be a couple of the most difficult subjects to paint. They need to come across as both effortless and convincing.

In this 3-day gouache workshop, Mike will cover the important fundamentals of composition design, color relationships, staging the light, atmospheric perspective, simplification, and shape design. (students are welcome to use oil or acrylic if desired). This is a great workshop for anyone interested in painting and who would like to learn how to capture a rich sense of natural lighting and color into their artwork. You can choose any medium to paint with—Mike will be using gouache. Each day will start with a painting demo by Mike followed by students painting on location. Monterey Peninsula locations to be determined.

A native of Los Angeles, CA, Mike Hernandez is a plein air painter skilled in gouache, oil, and acrylic. His works have been featured in several online publications as well as galleries. His process began as a young child, painting still-life images. Influenced by the likes of Edgar Payne, Joquin Sorolla, and Franz Bischoff, Mike soon explored the foundations of color and light in the outdoors—striving to find the beauty in the ordinary. With a palette that resides at the crossroads between industrial and landscapes, he finds inspiration anywhere from the Eastern Sierra range to the muddy concrete banks of the Los Angeles River. Mike studied at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, graduating with a B.A. in 1998. Mike was a Production Designer and Art Director as well as a concept artist at Dreamworks Animation and worked on such films as Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon, Turbo, Penguins of Madagascar and many other films.  Mike is also a member of a limited group of the finest painters in the US called PAPA (Plein Air Painters of America) as well as a nationwide sought-after workshop instructor. His works can be found in several private collections around the world.


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