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Mike Hernandez: Exploring Color, Lighting and Composition Through Gouache

Saturday, July 15, 2023 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Discover the secrets of gouache mastery with renowned instructor Mike Hernandez. In this transformative workshop, learn the fundamentals of gouache painting, including color relationships, lighting, and shape design. With hybrid in-person and Zoom classes, you’ll receive personalized feedback and guidance from Mike himself. Don’t miss this opportunity to elevate your artistry. Sign up now!


Workshop Description:

In Mike’s transformative one-day studio painting workshop, you’ll delve into the world of gouache. Mike Hernandez will guide you through essential concepts such as composition, color relationships, lighting, atmospheric perspective, simplification, and shape design. Gain invaluable insights into capturing a sense of natural or stylized lighting and color with gouache! This workshop will be a hybrid experience, allowing you to participate in person or on Zoom.

Starting with an inspiring lecture and demo by Mike, artists get a glimpse into his artistic process. Following the demo, artists will be free to paint around the grounds of American Legacy Fine Arts and receive one-on-one assistance from Mike along the way.

For those who attend on Zoom, Mike will provide individual feedback using Photoshop. He captures photos of the works in progress, providing personalized guidance through digital paint overs in real time.

Witness firsthand as he demonstrates techniques and offers invaluable tips to take your art to the next level. This interactive and personalized approach ensures that you receive tailored instruction during the workshop.


About the Artist

A native Angeleno, Mike Hernandez is a plein air painter skilled in gouache, oil and acrylic, who’s works have been featured in several on-line publications as well as galleries. His process began as a young child, painting still life images. Influenced by the likes of Edgar Payne, 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 as well as a nation-wide sought-after workshop instructor. His works can be found in several private collections around the world.



Date & Time:             Saturday, July 15; 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (with a 1/2-hour lunch; bring your own)

Location:                    American Legacy Fine Arts, 949 Linda Vista Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

Cost:                             $250  Member, $325 Non-Member, $125 Mentorship Program (In-person space is limited; Zoom is unlimited space)

R.S.V.P.:                   RSVP HERE

Supply List


Winsor newton Brand: Permanent White, Linden Green, Brilliant Yellow, Permanent Yellow Deep, Marigold Yellow or cad orange, Cad red Medium, Magenta, Primary red, Alizarine Crimson, Brilliant Violet, Naples yellow, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Spectrum Violet, Cobalt Blue, Olive Green, Brilliant Green, Cobalt Turquoise Light, Cypress Green.

Holbein Brand: Aqua Blue, Katsura Blue.

A simplified palette that would also work would be:

Permanent White, Brilliant Yellow,  Marigold Yellow or cad orange, Cad red Medium, Alizarine Crimson, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Spectrum Violet,

Cobalt Blue, Olive Green.

Brushes:  Half inch, 1 inch flat and #8 round acrylic brushes. I like the Jack Richeson set from Blick.com.

Paint saver palette box from Amazon:

Paint Saver Palette



Saturday, July 15, 2023
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Program Categories:


California Art Club
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Artists, Art Enthusiasts
Los Angeles/Pasadena
Membership Categories
Artists, Artist Members, Associate Artists, Mentorship Program, Signature Artists, Student Artists


American Legacy Fine Arts
949 Linda Vista Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103 United States
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