This workshop will focus on the different stages of capturing a still life with particular attention to accurate drawing and color. Hone your individual skills as you address formal and technical concerns within your work through various approaches to the subject matter.
Engaging in the process from beginning to end, you will design and light a still life with the goal of achieving balance and rhythm. Color temperature will be addressed, as there will be a setup in warm light and one in cool light. From there, you will gain hand-on practice composing and drawing from the still life in charcoal. Color will be added using either oil paint or pastel. Emphasis will be placed on ample drawing and painting time and individualized feedback from Michael to elevate your practice.
Chicago artist Michael Latala expresses the natural beauty he sees in the world around him through his deft handling of materials, including oil paint, pastels, and charcoal. His landscapes, still life, and figurative work offers a fresh and seemingly effortless symphony of color. After receiving an Associate of Arts degree in Advertising and Design from the American Academy of Art, Michael had a successful career as a storyboard illustrator. Pursuing his love of painting, he has studied with Scott Burdick, Dan Gerhartz, and more. Michael is a member of the American Impressionist Society, Chicago Pastel Painters, Oil Painters of America, among others. His work is represented by River's End Gallery in Elm Grove, WI.