|Charles Reid, Painter,
The Figure in Watercolor DVD
(57 Minute DVD or download)
This highly acclaimed figure painting in watercolor instructional DVD beautifully captures this great watercolor master in action painting the nude figure in watercolor as only Charles Reid can do.
Originally inspired by his classic book, "Figure Painting in Watercolor", this watercolor figure painting DVD invites you into Charles Reid's Connecticut studio to sit by the side of one of America's greatest watercolor masters as he meets the challenge of working with a live nude model and painting The Figure in Watercolor.
Get the Flash Player to see this player.
Charles begins his figure in watercolor with an in depth pencil drawing, laying the foundation for the fresh and spontaneous figure painting to follow. His figure and the still life surrounding it are beautifully rendered, in a simple, direct and natural gestural manner. Throughout the DVD Mr. Reid concisely explains his creative process.
Charles Reid's creative energy, focus and mastery of the watercolor medium are a revelation to witness. You will gain profound insights by seeing this master at work, insights that can only be gained by actually seeing a great master of Charles Reid’s level in action. You will be able to see, sense and feel the energy involved in his creative expression. This can speed up your growth as an artist.
Charles Reid states that, "a painting needs to have soul and a sense of the models personality". This DVD definitely has both soul and personality.
This watercolor figure painting DVD is formatted to play in all countries. Shipping and handling on international orders is $12.00
Charles Reid's creative energy, focus and mastery of the watercolor medium are a revelation to witness. You will gain profound insights by seeing this master at work, insights that can only be gained by actually seeing a great master of Charles Reid’s level in action. You will be able to see, sense and feel the energy involved in his creative expression. This watercolor instruction DVD can accelerate your growth as an artist.
Charles Reid states that, "a painting needs to have soul and a sense of the model's personality". This DVD definitely has both soul and personality.
View the Photo Gallery
Visit Charles Reid's Website
Painting workshop schedule
Charles Reid Interview in Spring 2008 Issue of American Artist Watercolor:
Watercolor: You are especially well known for your figurative paintings. What attracts you to this subject?
Charles Reid: My early training was in figure painting. Capturing the personality and gesture of a model fascinates me.
Watercolor: How do you decide on a pose?
Charles Reid: The model takes a pose that is natural and comfortable, and I adjust it if necessary to make it pleasing.
Watercolor: What is your general approach for painting the figure in watercolor?
Charles Reid:"I believe in contour drawing, and I always connect the figure to the background. Drawing is critical for the figure in watercolor. People can get away with poor drawing with bold and free work, but the drawing has to be right for the figure and portraits. I started contour drawing in the late 1970s and 1980s, when I was traveling a lot. I drew people in airports and found that drawing on the spot is the easiest way to learn to draw the figure. It's not contour drawing in the traditional sense of not looking at the drawing, but to look and draw on the spot is very helpful. I've had good success in class with people learning the figure in this way."
I am so glad to have the opportunity to get this DVD. I first saw this video as a graduate student in painting. I learned so much from this particular video. I own all of Charles Reid's videos and had a vhs copy of "The Figure in Watercolor"(long time missing), but I think that this is the video that gave me the most encouragement and courage to really explore with watercolor. I have long thought that this painting of Holly, especially when it came to working the portrait portion is the best example of great portrait painting. Thanks for making this available on DVD.
Visual Art Institute
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a DVD of Charles Reid painting surely must be worth a thousand art instruction books. At a time when I was looking to revitalize my passion for figurative art, I returned to Reid, an undisputed master. I recall Reid causing quite a sensation among my fellow students at the art college when his watercolor painting books were first published. I have always admired Reid’s contemporary impressionistic paintings, which are often both spontaneous and whimsical in their feeling, yet based on fine and solid draughtsmanship. This watercolor DVD is both educational and inspirational. It’s a delight to be allowed inside Reid’s studio to watch him work from the blank page to the finished story, seeing the process from the pencil drawing to the beautiful finished painting. Reid carefully explains compositional decisions along the way, and his straightforward and humble approach reinforces the concept that no matter how skilled the artist, each artwork presents its own challenges, especially when painting with watercolors. It’s a glimpse inside not only the artist’s studio, but also his mind and heart. Charles Reid’s art instruction books are valuable resources, loaded with practical information, which I have consulted regularly over the years, but seeing how he actually goes about the job of painting, how he selects colors, and mixes and applies paint, adds a whole other exciting dimension. "
-- Kristine K. (Toronto, Canada)
Delivery was extremely fast. I am particularly pleased with this product because I have been a fan of Mr. Reid for over 20 years. Fantastic! Thank you AHN Colorado
Excellent DVD, fast shipping (arrived earlier than expected), safely packaged and in excellent condition. The content of the DVD is excellent - Absolutely recommended! DK California
Great DVD arrived on time. MK Japan