Workshop Report: Watercolor Landscapes & Still Life with Paul George

The first of four watermedia workshops during the month of July brought long time instructor Paul George to us for a long weekend workshop. Here’s a few things the students had to say about their experience;

The workshop was tremendously worthwhile; I felt Paul George’s approach was perfect – low-key, inspirational, and directed. The staff did a superb job of making us all feel welcome, and of course, the food was excellent! I only wish it could have gone on for another few days. Many thanks!

I loved the workshop with Paul George — he was engaging, hugely talented, kind, and clear. I left feeling as if I had really learned some very important perspectives and practical steps. I felt very inspired.

First, thank you for a lovely experience. In many ways it exceeded my expectations, particularly with respect to the bonding of the participants and instructor. I don’t know if that was particular to our group or just the way things go when you have like-minded people who are all gathered for a similar pursuit. The staff was kind and welcoming.

As always, we’ll share a few of the images we captured here on our blog, but encourage you to also check out the full gallery on our Facebook page. You can also scroll back in our Instagram feed to see what we captured during the class.

And of course, our video for the week, found on our new YouTube channel!

A Few Questions for Watercolorist Paul George

Noted by International Magazine as a rare combination of a good painter and a creative teacher, Paul George will be found here in Greenville this July instructing a three-day workshop on Watercolor Landscapes & Still Life. We highly recommend this workshop for both beginners and experienced painters and there are still a few spots left! Before his workshop, Paul took the time to answer a few questions about his approach to art.

Q: What do you want your work to do?
PG: Inspire my feelings and emotions in the viewer.

Q: How has your style changed over the years?
PG: Yes, I think as with most artists, I have become looser and more confident and that shows as changes in your style and handling of subjects.

Q: How do you come up with a profitable pricing structure for your pieces?
PG: I base my pricing on experience. I have been painting and selling for over twenty years, so I have a good idea from experience in the market place what my pricing should be. I have a base price for size, for example; a 11″x14″ watercolor, I base at $500. But if a certain painting is exceptional in quality I may double or even triple that price. Or if I feel it is slightly below what I want in quality, I may sell it for less. Pricing also depends if I am selling the painting myself or through a gallery and their commission structure.

Q: Are you involved in any upcoming shows or events? Where and when?
PG: Lots of shows coming up during Summer; Art Associations, Mystic Seaport Gallery, Hudson Valley AA, and Lyme AA. 

Learn more about Paul’s workshop with us here.
Learn more about Paul on his website.

Pics from the Paul George Watercolor Workshop

New England watercolor artist, Paul George recently was here teaching a 3-day workshop to a happy and eager group of students. Each day the group spent the morning painting outside around the Greenville Arms 1889 Inn (where the workshops are hosted). IMG 3261
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The pool was recently opened and it made a lovely spot to set up an easel and paint. IMG 3265
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IMG 3275 In the afternoons, the class went back into the air-conditioned studio to work. IMG 0921
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Marvelous May Merriment

The weather has turned mild and the grounds of the Greenville Arms 1889 Inn, home of the workshops, is busting out all over with buds and flowering bulbs.

The stage is being set for some fun workshops in May with Barbara Nechis, Mary Alice Braukman, Eric Weigardt, Robert Burridge, and Paul George.

Robert Burridge’s class is full and Barbara Nechis’ class has only a couple of spots left, but the others still have a bit more space.

Mary Alice Braukman is once again teaching a 5-day workshop, May 6 – 10, 2013 at Hudson River Valley Art Workshops. Mary Alice is always a pleasure to have as an instructor and guest. She was the director of the Kanuga Watercolor Workshops for 17 years, so she is definitely experienced in creating a great workshop experience for her students.

About her teaching style, Mary Alice says, “My workshops involve new concepts and ideas. The goal in teaching is to introduce students to creative textural surfaces by experimenting on various papers and combining different media. I hope to inspire each student to make a unique visual personal statement.”

To facilitate that experimentation, Mary Alice, though her connections with various art supply producers, brings to her classes lots of the latest water media materials to play with in the workshop. We always know that Mary Alice is due arrive soon when we start getting boxes and boxes of art supplies arriving by UPS!


Visit Mary Alice Braukman’s website for more information about Mary Alice.

Eric Weigardt, AWS-DF, NWS, will be teaching a 3-day workshop for us for a change from his usual 5-day (which he’ll be teaching next year). So this is the chance for anyone who can’t get away for a 5-day workshop to enjoy Eric’s friendly, humorous, and knowledgable teaching style. The workshop is scheduled for May 17, 18, and 19th.

Last year Eric received the highest national honor for a watercolor artist, the prestigious American Watercolor Society’s Gold Medal of Honor, April 20th 2012 in New York City. In American Watercolor Society’s (AWS) 130 year history, only 64 Artists have received this award since its inception in 1948.


Check out Eric’s website for more about Eric’s many achievements and his books and DVDs.

Paul George, the award winning New England artist, is teaching a 3-day workshop May 31, Jun. 1, and 2.

Paul is signature member of the National Watercolor Society and is also an active member of the New England Watercolor Society, Cape Cod AA, North Shore AA and former Vice President of the Rockport Art Association.


This is from Paul’s 2011 workshop with us. Looks like a very happy crowd!


Paul has a great YouTube video in which he talks about the watercolor supplies that he uses.


Thanks for reading our blog!

While we always post pictures from our workshops, I’m looking suggestions and ideas for more blog posts. What are you interested in reading or seeing on our blog? Would you like interviews with the instructors, the students?? More of the meal recipes? How about interviews with art material suppliers?

I’d love to get your feedback!

Watercolors with Paul George

They may have had to drive through torrential rains, but nothing was going to stop these artists from getting to the 3-day workshop with Paul George! Luckily once here, the sun came out and it has been a beautiful weekend.

This afternoon, Paul took everyone outside to our parking lot to do a demo painting of the back of the main building of the Greenville Arms 1889 Inn (home of the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops).


He started with filling in the large shapes.


Then added the larger details.


After the demo, the students had the choice of painting outside around the inn or going back to the studio to paint. The workshop day was finished with a group critique.