NEW! Orcas Island Plein Air Workshop!

Eric is now offering a Destination Plein Air Workshop to the beautiful Orcas Island, WA in May!  See the details below.

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Workshop News

Online Snow Scene

February 10, 2021

Time: 9am-12pm Pacific Time

4321 First Snow, original watercolor painting by Eric Wiegardt AWS-DF, NWS





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 workshop. He will walk you through the painting process including drawing, value study, and paint application. This is an exciting opportunity!


May 6 – 12, 2021


Orcas Island, gem of the beautiful San Juans, presents endless vistas for the artist. From high atop Mt. Constitution, take in the stunning 360 degree view of the surrounding islands – and beyond. Down below: idyllic farms nestled in picturesque valleys, secluded lakes, quaint harbors sheltering working boats and pleasure crafts – all waiting to be painted!

This six night Watercolor Plein Air Workshop offers Eric‘s expert instruction with the added benefit of shared experiences with fellow watercolor artists.

We will be lodging at the beautiful and historic Rosario Resort on Orcas Island, with spectacular views of East Sound from every room. Our painting destinations include Mt Constitution, Deer Harbor Marina, Rosario Marina, and Cascade Lake. The quaint town of Eastsound is close by, offering restaurants, gift shops, bakeries, groceries and a beautiful beach with gorgeous views.

This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a slow-paced vacation coupled with the joy of capturing the island beauty on paper in watercolor. Join us to visit one of the most beautiful destinations in our country!“– Eric and Ann


Online Mentoring Classes


  • Study with a master: Eric has taught over 5,000 students in his 35 years of teaching workshops and judging international shows
  • Get in-depth mentoring from Eric on an ongoing basis
  • Become a better artist!

Our weekly live online classes are taught via Zoom. Students have the opportunity to interact with Eric and other participants, watch live demos and receive feedback and instruction. You will have access to a class chat forum where you can share work, comment and ask questions. Once you’ve enrolled, you’ll receive instructions about how to access the class.


1.  Wednesday afternoons at 4:30pm                                                                                 Now available  as a 3 month subscription,
2.  Saturday mornings at 8:45am                                                                                        Includes a FREE Streaming Video!
3.  Saturday  mornings at 10:30am

To take this class, you need a microphone and camera enabled computer OR an iPad /smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.
We are happy to help with understanding Zoom by individual appointment.

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

Questions? Give us a call at 360-665-5976 or write an email to watercolors@ericwiegardt.com.

Here is what current participants of the Mentoring Classes have to say:

“This Zoom format for workshops is working very well. There is a feeling of being one-on-one with Eric, even when he’s critiquing other paintings. Eric’s excellent teaching and vast knowledge is not at all hampered by the Zoom format.”  – John, WA

“Here is why I love Eric’s Critique Zoom Class, since as artists we all tend to make the same mistakes this is an opportunity to not only learn about your own art work but from other artists work as well. You start to see the good and bad points of each painting as Eric discusses each painting on the screen and learn to look at your own work with a more critical eye going forward. Eric’s demos inspire and are always filled with lessons to learn. This class has definitely been an asset to my art journey.”  – Diane, NY

“This class gives me the much needed focus in my week to be accountable for at least one painting. I am happy when Saturday dawns and I get to see other people’s work and listen to the critique. For me it is the most helpful experience in my adventure as a painter. At this very difficult time, the opportunity to take this Zoom class has been a real rescue for me; to ‘be’ in a group, see friends I’ve painted with before, and enjoy Eric and Anne’s warm wonderful mentorship.”  – Barbara, Georgia

“Thanks, Eric. Your critique and the work of other artists are doing exactly what I’d hoped for – more learning and more growing on my end as an artist. I see and think differently. ”  – Stan, WA



4305 Konstanz Afternoon, original watercolor painting by Eric Wiegardt AWS-DF, NWS

Eric received the Southern California Art Organizations Award for his entry “Calella, Spain” in the 52nd Watercolor West International Juried Exhibition held in Brea, California, from October 10-December 13, 2020. With this entry, Eric achieved Master Signature Member Status with Watercolor West after being accepted into ten of their juried Annual International Exhibitions.

The National Watercolor Society accepted another of Eric’s “Calella, Spain” paintings for their Centennial Celebration, NWS: The First 100 Years. This exhibition is the culmination of a century of the NWS mission, artists, and artwork. It is an exceptional combination of 81 unique juried NWS member paintings alongside curated works by 31 past members depicting 20th century life. Eric is honored to have had his work chosen for this special exhibition. Nov 14, 2020 – Feb 20, 2021




Bold Gallery display of Eric Wiegardt AWS-DF, NWS paintings

Several of Eric’s original works are currently on display at these Washington galleries:

Scott-Milo Gallery, the premier art gallery in Anacortes and Skagit County, showcases the works of top Northwest artists.

The new BOLD Art and Framing, a unique art café, gallery and gift shop, is located on the quiet north end of Long Beach, featuring the work of nearly 40 local artists and artisans.


Both establishments are well worth a visit!

40th Anniversary Kite Festival Poster

40th Anniversary Kite Festival Poster Available!

Unfortunately our local Kite Festival had to be cancelled this year. However, Eric’s entry was chosen for this year’s poster. The Kite Festival organizers have indicated that this is the last year that they will be doing a poster for the festival. You can get this framed limited edition poster with Eric’s signature here at the gallery.

We were only able to get a few copies of this poster, so Eric has decided to only sell it framed.

Only a short time to get this limited edition print!

Artist Specials in January

Zippered Paint Brush Case

Super Deluxe Sketch Book

  • size 12″ x 9″, 60 sheets
  • 93lb, heavyweight
  • use with wet or dry media
  • archival quality
Ergonomic Lead Holder used for sketching

Ergonomic Lead Holder

Contoured for the artist’s hand. Specially molded plastic holder, includes one 5.6mm lead.

Nero Leads by Creta Color to use for sketching

Nero Leads

Fits any of our 5.6mm lead holders.

Package of 6

Color In Shadows DVD by Eric Wiegardt AWS-DF, NWS

Color in Shadows DVD 

In this video Eric shows how to effectively create the feeling of natural light in your paintings by addressing color application in the shadowed areas. By simply following a few basic concepts, he demonstrates the construction of a beautiful painting and avoids the dead “photographic gray” represented in photographs. This instruction will show how to flood your paintings with vibrant color.

We offer free shipping on art supply purchases over $100.  Simply enter “thank you!” for the coupon code when checking out!

Collector Specials

4318 Tidal Morning, watercolor painting by Eric Wiegardt AWS-DF, NWS

Tidal Morning

Original Watercolor Painting
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Dungeness, Giclee watercolor print by Eric Wiegardt AWS-DF, NWS


Giclee Print
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About Eric

Eric Wiegardt, AWS DF, NWS has left an indelible mark on both the American and International art scene with his loose and bold watercolor painting style. He is one of the few in the world to be awarded both the GOLD MEDAL and DOLPHIN FELLOW from the oldest and most prestigious watercolor society, AMERICAN WATERCOLOR SOCIETY, NEW YORK.

Eric teaches workshops in watercolor painting across the country, invites you to his hometown for workshops and even organizes plein air workshops at tropical and European destinations, such as Maui (Hawaii), Venice (Italy), Barcelona (Spain) and more.