Another use of knitting needles at the Watermill!

We’ve just started another brilliant knitting course here, with 12 ladies enjoying tackling the new projects for the week devised by our world-famous tutor Marie Wallin. (And a non-knitting partner, Håkan Wegandt, relaxing in the Summer sunshine.)

Here’s one of our guests, Andrea Gostick, on the Vine Verandah examining one of those projects, Marie’s fairisle Tam.

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And there at the top of this story, courtesy of Gwynneth Allen, Marie’s companion and assistant, is another use for knitting needles!

My old friend and neighbour in nearby Fivizzano, David Trenerry, is helping renovate a house in the town and in the process of clearing out some of the possessions left behind by the previous owner, came across a box of old knitting needles. Where better to donate them, he though, than to a Watermill knitting course. The knitters admired the needles – and carried on knitting with their own – so Gwynneth thought it would be a good idea to add to the artistic ambiance of the Watermill by making a ‘knitting arrangement’, to add to the numerous paintings, sculptures and other artistic artefacts that grace the Watermill.

Not least among these is Marie’s wonderful fairisle square on the siting room wall. It wouldn’t be out of place in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

We have tremendous interest in Marie’s knitting courses, so much so that her 2019 course is already fully booked! But there’s a waiting list if you’d like to join it.

And we still have spaces with our other inspiring knitting courses with Sarah Hazell and Debbie Abrahams. Please click here to see a 2019 preview. And come and arrange your needles at the Watermill!

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Arriverderci and grazie to a fun Watermill painting group

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.Here are members of Terry Jarvis’s delightful painting group showing off some of their work after a final prosecco reception in the Watermill studio. Our thanks to our guests for making this a real fun-filled week. Farewell until we meet again.

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Come and be inspired on one of our world-famous creative courses next year. You can see a preview of all our 2019 courses by clicking here https://watermill.net/wmprov2019/watermill-prov19.php and there’s an enticing ‘2019 courses at 2018 prices’ offer if you book now.

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Picture: Michelle Kent

Come and join in the creative fun!

Painting by Terry Jarvis, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.

Terry demonstating in the Watermill garden

A rampart with a view… painting from the walls of Fivizzano, Tuscany

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Picture: Michelle Kent

Some of Terry Jarvis’ students watching their tutor as he shows them how to try to capture the lovely view down the valley of the river Rosaro with the village of Posara, home of the Watermill, in the distance.

Painting by Terry Jarvis, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Terry’s picture of the valley view with Posara’s church tower in the distance

It’s not the easiest of paintings to master, but the setting couldn’t be finer, under the shade of the plane trees in the Piazza Belvedere. Especially if you’ve snapped up some bargains in Fivizzano’s Tuesday market in the main square – with lot of fun clothes and local produce on offer. And the market itself lends itself to painting and sketching too. Here’s Watermill guest Rocio Puerta immersed in the scene.

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Fivizzano is just one of the great locations on every Watermill painting holiday: we also visit a 13th Century castle, a 17th Century monastery and a 100-year-old village with stunning views of the Apuan Alps, the marble mountains of Carrara.

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The towering Apuan Alps

Why not come and see for yourself and capture this part of unspoilt Tuscany with your brush! You can see a preview of all our 2019 creative courses by clicking here – and there’s an enticing offer of ‘2019 courses at 2018 prices’ if you book now.

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Painting at the Convento del Carmine

Happy painting!

‘Everything was magically suspended’ – a painting week at the Watermill

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Picture: Sandra Strohchein

We have just received a charming card from BZ Meyers, who was a guest on one of Sandra Strohshein’s painting courses in June. She says: “Thank you for such a lovely and memorable week at the Watermill. It was although everything was magically suspended for a week and all I had to do was to show up for one delightful painting session after another with Sandra. Through your hospitality I felt part of a big family by the end of the week.”

Thank you so much for those kind words BZ. We really enjoyed your company. The picture above shows BZ enjoying friendly conversation with fellow guest Katherine Rice in the Watermill Walled Garden. And here are some members of another group of Sandra’s, showing off a painting they made together. Hsppy days!

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Picture Keith Strohschein

Come and join us and take some magical time out of your busy lives. We’d be delighted to welcome you here. You know you deserve it.

More out our fun-filled, sun-filled, inspiring creative courses can be found in our 2019 preview by clicking here. And there’s an enticing offer of ‘2019 courses at 2018 prices’ if you book now.

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Magical!

An unusual point of view makes a great picture

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.Here’s a fascinating picture from Watermill painting guest Robert Christopher, who was with us a few weeks ago. It’s of one of our rustic picnic tables, on a terrace in the Riverside Gardens seen from above. This point of view leads to an intriguing and interesting composition.Thank you for sharing it with us, Robert

Robert is joining us again next year and we look forward to some more unusual viewpoints. And why don’t you subject the Watermill, its gardens and grounds, and the glorious surrounding scenery, to your own point of view on one of our inspiring painting courses?

There’s an enticing preview you can see by clicking here and a tempting unique offer of any of our 2019 painting courses at 2018 prices, if you book now.  Irresistible from any Point of View, we’d say!

Here’s another unusual viewpoint: erstwhile Watermill tutor Kevin Scully‘s take on a Panama hat.

And also viewed from above, students on Maggie Renner Hellman‘s course here earlier in the year show off their work:

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Conversation and concentration while painting in the fresh Tuscan air

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Terry Jarvis and two of our guests on a Watermill painting course, Cecilia Spence (right) and Joanne Ford (left) enjoy trying to capture the Tuscan light at the village of Verrucola.

Put yourself in the picture on one of our sun-filled, fun-filled, inspiring painting courses next year. You can see an enticing preview by clicking here and there’s an enticing special offer of ‘2019 course at 2018 prices’ if you book now.

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Terry helps another guest, Yvonne Swaney. Pictures by Michelle Kent

An enchanting Tuscan weekend: a Medieval competition, a wedding and inspired painting

We’ve been having a wonderfully warm Italian weekend here at the Watermill.

First, on Saturday we went to the wedding of our old friend Roberto Vegnuti and the lovely Angela Spiexia at the town hall of nearby Sarzana (that’s the elegant couple above), then to their reception, in the seaside village of Fiascherino, overlooking the Bay of Poets and Portovenere. Here’s the view from the hotel terrace.

And here’s a picture of me, which can only be captioned the Old Man and The Sea!

Today, to Fivizzano, where they were preparing for the climax of the Disfida, an archery competition dating from Medieval times, during which much of the town dress in historical costumes. Here’s another elegant Italian, taking a coffee break before the festivities begin.

And we shouldn’t forget that we have just started another fun-filled, sun-filled painting week here at the Watermill with our old mate Terry Jarvis from Australia. Here he is sharing his know-how with two of our guests, Elaine Ptasznik and Meg Houston.

There’s always something going on during our Watermill creative courses. Come and join in the fun and put yourself in the picture! Please click here to learn more.

The Watermill July 2018 newsletter is just out…

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.This month’s newsletter is jam-packed with updates on local places to see, the glorious local food, fun painting projects, insights into writing techniques and – of course – what spots are still available for 2018 as well as the courses scheduled for 2019. Ci vediamo!

Read it all by clicking here.

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Picture Keith Strohschein

Immerse youself in Italian language and history

Thank you to Sharon Safrin for the picture.

Yesterday we took our guests on our Italian Language week to the delightful small Lunigiana town of Pontremoli for a look around the town centre and tiny cathedral and then a private visit to the Villa Dosi.

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Pictures: Farfalle in Cammina

The villa, built in the late 17th Century, is a Baroque masterpiece set in a fine Italian garden. Our thanks our friends at the responsible tourism company Farfalle in Cammino for showing us round and in particular to the guide Francesco who impressed everyone with his enthusiasm and clear explanations (in Italian), which allowed our group to improve their understanding of the language.

The stunning view from the Vecchio Tino restaurant

Today the group is off to the foothills of the Apuan Alps, for a visit to the ancient village of Monte dei Bianchi and a local vineyard, then lunch in the gourmet restaurant of Al Vecchio Tino.  Not a bad way to learn the language!

We’re running another inspiring Italian language course here next year, from Saturday 11 May to Saturday 18 May 2019 and we’d be delighted if you could come and join us. But you’ll have to hurry to make sure of a place: we already have five people booked in for next year. You can see more by clicking here  — and don’t forget our tempting offer of joining this 2019 course at 2018 prices if you book before 1 September. We’d be delighted to welcome you here.

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Learning the language under the shade of the vine verandah. Picture: Giulia Balestri

A Watermill painting course will have you jumping for joy

The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Picture: Robesrt Christopher

Here’s proof a Watermill painting holiday reaches parts other painting holidays cannot reach. Student Emily Muhlberger jumps for joy during her painting week, while tutor Andrew Geeson and other guests look on slightly bemused.

Come and join in the fun on one of our inspiring painting weeks. Due to a cancellation, we have a place on our pastel course in September:

Nel Whatmore and Rebecca de Mendonça
1-8 September 2018 one place or two sharing
Pastels 

To learn more about Nel and Rebecca and their course at The Watermill, please click here.

 

Happiness on a pastel course is getting you hands dirty, says Nel!

Nel Whatmore, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

* We are already taking bookings for our 2019 creative courses, with a special offer of any 2019 creative week at 2018 prices. Please go to our 2019 courses preview section, by clicking here.

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A painting group with Mike Willdrige being less than serious