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Original Watercolor Painting "Tidepoint #75"
Eric explains why he chose Tidepoint as the name of this series of paintings.

Students of all levels can benefit from Eric's teaching through his online classes and workshops. This month features a Marine Scene Paint-Along and a Painterly Watercolors Workshop, along with our weekly Mentoring Class. Choose the class format and schedule that works for you. Details below.


- October -

My new Zoom classes have been a very fulfilling experience. Yet I need to remind my students that periods of creativity are often followed by what appear to be plateaus. From 1983 to the end of 1985 I had the pleasure of studying under the watercolor master, Irving Shapiro, at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. His teaching was such an influential part of my development that it still informs my art today. He taught me how to think in terms of design rather than subject matter. At one time early in my career I felt tired of painting and expressed that concern to him. Here is his reply:

I think that the matter of the artist who spends days upon days in the studio not coming up for air and finally coming out unshaven to declare that his ART demands all of his energy and devotion is right out of the pages of some fictional and romantic novel. A poor one at that. Everyone that I have ever discussed the matter with will have had the same experiences as me--days when I can't wait to get behind a brush, days when it's the last thing that I want to do (but will do anyhow, if the schedule is pressing enough), and days when I just take off for a shopping trip with my wife, a visit to a museum, a movie, or maybe just nothing at all. I think that a certain amount of time has to be devoted to emptying the brain. However, our concentration and dedication to painting will, I think, have us see the world differently than others, so that even when we might be doing what seems totally unrelated to painting we're still soaking up what will affect our painting. In my own experience, I've found that at those times when I've had to be away from the studio for a stretch of a few days or even longer, or even when I've chosen to not paint for a while, that when I come back to the drawing board I am refreshed, I am more responsive, and more often than not my work shows the benefit of a bit of renewed excitement.

It just isn't possible--or even desirable, maybe--to have a totally even attitude of sustained interest in painting. That invites burnout, if we should demand this attitude of ourselves. It might very well be that the results of this self-imposed pressure provides us with OK paintings, but the spirit has to be bruised by this kind of excess.

If you don't feel like painting now and then, don't sweat it. I understand that Rembrandt bowled a few lines with the boys once a week, and that Rubens tooled around on his motorcycle. We, like anyone else, are human.

Best Wishes,
Irv Shapiro

Keep your brush wet,

MESSAGE FROM ERIC is also posted on Eric's Website under Workshops. 

If you have a question that you would like to have answered by Eric, just send it to Please put MESSAGE FROM ERIC in the subject line.

This online workshop will follow the classic format of Wiegardt’s Painterly Watercolors, focusing on painting techniques and a philosophy of design that will encourage bold, loose painting. There will be painting demonstrations by Eric as well as ample time for students to practice the concepts presented.

WHEN:  October 6-8
TIMES:  Daily 9-11am & 1-3pm
FEE:   $295
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October 14, 2020

This is your unique opportunity to paint with Eric! You will learn his techniques and thought processes as you paint alongside a master of watercolor painting. Eric will provide the photo reference prior to the class. He will walk you through the painting process including drawing, value study, and paint application. This is an exciting opportunity!

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Students have the opportunity to interact with Eric and other participants, watch live demos and receive feedback and instruction. Give this popular class a try!

CLASSES MEET WEEKLY for 1 hour 15 minutes.

1.  Wednesday afternoons at 4:30pm
2.  Saturday mornings at 8:45am
3.  Saturday  mornings at 10:30am

We also offer a three month subscription option, with the bonus of a free video!

You can sign up HERE for the one that fits your schedule the best!

Looking forward to it,

Eric and Ann

"Eric's Saturday morning Zoom critique is perfect! Always thoughtful and positive in his comments to artists, Eric has a gift for encouraging as well as for precise instruction about how to improve a painting. He is a master teacher and an all-around delightful human being!"  --Lee, TX


This one-on-one time with Eric will help you as an artist refine your technique and identify areas needing attention. You may have up to five paintings for this critique. After you purchase a VIRTUAL CRITIQUE session, we will contact you to schedule a time to meet with Eric on SKYPE, FaceTime or Zoom.

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October Store Specials

Flat Brush #24
This flat brush is a great combination of Kolinsky Red Sable, Russian Blue Squirrel and Russian Black sable, along with small amounts of synthetic hair. All the benefits of the finest natural hair combined. Great pointing and edging of Red Sable, water-holding capacity and wash strokes of Blue Squirrel with the stiffness and durability of Black Sable.

SALE PRICE: $70.88



Eric candidly discusses the unique challenges all serious artists face: self doubt, a proper evaluation of one‘s own paintings, when to push forward and when to take a break, how to keep the creative juices flowing, how to think simply, and much more.

Sale Price: $31.46

For more info and to buy, CLICK HERE
Painting Loosely from Photographs

As Eric demonstrates his practical and time tested techniques for mixing vibrant color combinations and how to effectively translate them onto your paper, you will learn that “muddy color” can be eliminated by following the procedures demonstrated in this video.

Sale Price: $33.75


Also available as an online video
Sale Price: $26.96
Please allow 10 days for shipping for all products.
Or choose "Local Pick Up" while checking out and stop by to get your purchase!

Every month there are specials in the Watercolor Store for Brushes, Art Supplies, Books and DVDs. Eric's website has much more, take a look at


"I have no doubt that his future accomplishments will
leave an indelible mark upon the American art scene." - Irving Shapiro, AWS, Former President and Director of American Academy of Art.
Eric Wiegardt has been awarded the highest honor in watercolor painting: the Gold Medal and Dolphin Fellow from the American Watercolor Society, New York.
As a teacher and artist, he has left a lasting impression on the American and International art scene with his bold, loose painting style. 
Eric has taught over 5000 watercolorists his popular "Wiegardt's Painterly Watercolors" workshops.

To learn more, click on this link: ABOUT ERIC


Wiegardt Studio Gallery
2607 Bay Avenue, Ocean Park, WA 98640
Phone: 360.665.5976

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