I received this in the mail last week and am now going through the 3 DVDs included in the set. It's hundreds of dollars less than travelling to a workshop with the man, since he is the most expensive workshop instructor around (I think), and always has waiting lists for anywhere he goes. Apparently, everyone wants to paint like Charles Reid.
Some info from the first DVD:
He prefers and uses Fabriano watercolor paper.
He paints with his paper upright on a easel (probably because he began as an oil painter and learned that way), sitting in a chair. He doesn't recommend starting this way for beginners, though...just paint flat or at a slight tilt.
He uses a small, metal palette (almost a travel palette and he hates plastic palettes so always has metal ones) he holds in his left hand while he paints because he doesn't like to have everything spread out and have to reach for it.
He paints very juicy with lots of pigment (either Winsor Newton or Holbein paints), and almost always paints and blends his colors wet-in-wet.
So, as I'm in between other things, I've been watching the first DVD. There are lessons and then assignments he wants you to do = swatches and some fruit studies to learn his technique. I think it has to do with the water to paint ratio and the way he moves his brush. No dab-dab-dabbing the color on but contacting brush to paper and leaving that connection as he swirls the brush around, angling the handle in the direction he wants the stroke to go. He, apparently, doesn't use anything but Kolinsky sable rounds, which are pretty pricey (but not if you're Charles Reid :)
I think I'll do the assignments, just for fun and to see if it helps me with my brush control more. I have a couple of sable brushes I never use - so will get them out. And I do like Fabriano paper a lot.
If you're interested in this DVD, I ordered mine through http://www.paintflix.com and it was delivered quickly.