A chapel of rest and a ‘resting’ student: unusual sights on a Watermill painting course

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.Here are a couple of rather unusual photographs from Ali Farr, who is one of our delightful guests on Claire Warner’s painting course here this week.

The one above is of the interior of the Mortuary Chapel in the village of Verrucola, where we go to paint on Mondays. The chapel, which is used to house the body after a death in the village for a few days to allow friends and neighbours to mourn and pay their last respects, is usually closed, but Ali was able to take this unusual picture through the grille of one of the windows.

On a more light-hearted note, here is Ali’s picture of one of this week’s painting students ‘resting’ after a hard day’s work on the ‘rockface’ of watercolour. (The beer bottle is purely coincidental!) Thanks Ali for sharing these unusual photographs with us.The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

We are having a fun time with Claire Warner this week and are looking forward to welcoming her here again next year. You can find out all about Claire’s 2019 painting course by clicking here.

As well as Claire, we have a wonderful line-up of tutors for 2019, some old friends and others exciting artists new to the Watermill. We’ve had so much interest in our creative courses that we’ve already taken some 150 bookings for our 2019 courses already! So, if you’re keen to come next year, now really is the time to get your booking in and reserve your place.

And there’s a special Early Bird offer: £75 off the cost of every creative holiday if you book before the end of this year. Please click here for more on our fun-filled, sun-filled, inspiring holidays in 2019.

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A vivacious video from Watermill painting tutor Mike Willdridge

The picture above is of a chapel in the village of Verrucola, where we go out on location on Mondays during our painting weeks. You can see the whole video, which lasts little more than 30 seconds, by clicking here.

We had a wonderful time with Mike last week and we’re looking forward to welcoming him again next year. You can find out all about Mike’s 2019 painting course by clicking here.

If you’d like to join him and make your own vivacious painting of Verrucola and all the other beautiful locations near the mill, we’d be delighted to welcome you here. We already have six bookings for Mike’s 2019 course, so if you’re keen to come now really is the time to reserve your place. To recap, you can find details of Mike’s course and more about the Watermill by clicking here.

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

Mike’s sketch of market day in the town of Fivizzano, near the Watermill

We have a wonderful line-up of tutors for 2019, some old friends like Mike and others, exciting artists new to the Watermill. We’ve had so much interest in our creative courses that we’ve already taken some 150 bookings for our 2019 courses already! So, if you’re keen to come next year, now really is the time to get your booking in and reserve your place.

And there’s a special Early Bird offer: £75 off the cost of every creative holiday if you book before the end of this year. Please click here.

We’d be delighted if you could join us for Mike’s course or any of our other sun-filled, fun-filled, inspiring creative courses. We look forward to meeting you here.

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

The Watermill 2019 website is now live!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.Yes, we’ve just published our 2019 Watermill website, with details of all our creative courses – painting, creative writing, knitting and Italian language – for the coming year. You can see it all by clicking here or simply by typing or copying watermill.net into your search engine.

Our remaining courses for 2018 are completely booked up, although there may well be cancellations and if you’re keen to come this year, please scroll down on the opening page of our website where there are also details of the final courses in 2018. We’d be happy to put you on a waiting list.

We have a wonderful line-up of tutors for 2019, some old friends and others, exciting artists new to the Watermill. We’ll be introducing them to you in a series of blogs over the next few weeks.

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A watercolour by one of our new painting tutors, Jude Scott

We’ve had so much interest in our creative courses that we’ve already taken some 150 bookings for our 2019 courses already! So, if you’re keen to come next year, now really is the time to make your booking and reserve your place.

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And there’s a special Early Bird offer: £75 off the cost of every creative holiday if you book before the end of this year.

We’d be delighted if you could join us for one of our sun-filled, fun-filled, inspiring creative courses. We look forward to meeting you here. Pop over to watermill.net and dream your 2019 dreams!

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Too long under a Tuscan sun?

Our energetic and enthusiastic tutor Mike Willdridge took this picture of a dried-out sunflower wearing his floppy painting hat. He asks: Have I spent too long under the Tuscan sun?”

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.I don’t think so Mike. You’ve been as inspiring as ever during this week’s course. We’ve all been enjoying your wonderful tuition, so much so that five members of the group have already booked to come back in 2019. Here’s Mike (below left), looking a little fleshier than in the photograph above, demonstrating to some of the group in the sun-filled Watermill courtyard.

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Mike will be with us again next year and you can find out all about his course, and about all our other creative courses at the watermill in 2019, by clicking here.

And there’s a special offer for people who book before the end of 2018. Our ‘Early Bird’ offer gives you £75 (£GBP 75) if you book before the end of the year. But we recommend that you reserve your place as soon as you can. We only have 250 or so places on our painting, creative writing, knitting and Italian language courses, and we already have some 150 bookings in! So, if you have favourite tutor, a particular time of year or a favourite bedroom, you will need to get in quickly so as not to be disappointed!

We be delighted to welcome you here. In sunshine and shade…

The memories from a Watermill week linger long

We had a lovely ‘thank you’ is note from one of the participants on Nell Whatmore and Rebecca de Mendonca’s pastel course here last week. Kay O’ Rourke sent us the collage above of pictures from the week, and she writes: “Thanks for a magic week. The memories linger long.”

Thank you kindly for those words, Kay. We enjoyed your company very much and hope that we may see you here again soon.

Nell and Rebecca will not be joining us in 2019, but they will be back in 2020. In the meantime, we have a wide variety of creative courses, from painting to creative writing, from knitting to Italian language. You can find all about them by clicking here.

Painting by Nel Whatmore and Rebecca de Mendonça, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Nel at work on one of our roof terraces

And don’t forget, there is still a very tempting offer of all our 2019 courses at 2018 prices. This offer will last until 15 September, so now is the time to reserve your place and enjoy a magic week creating long-lived memories.

Painting by Rebecca de Mendonça, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Rebecca demlonstrating on location

This could be you:

 

What lights from yonder windows gleam?

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.Here are three ladies from Nell Whatmore and Rebecca de Mendonca’s pastel course at the Watermill posing, like Juliet, in the windows of the Tuscan House. I think the bell must have rung and it was time again for an aperitivo! Our thanks to non-painting partner Chris Davies for the photograph.

We had a lovely week with Nell and Rebecca and our guests and we are now looking forward to another great painting week with Michael Willdridge.

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

A lovely watercolour by Mike Willdridge of the mill stream bubbling under one Flavio’s famous wooden bridges.

All our courses until the end of the year are completely booked up, but there may be cancellations so if you’re keen to come this year, please click here for a list of our courses in 2018.

We are already taking bookings for 2019 and so far, we have some 130 reservations, so if you’d like to come on one of our sun-filled, fun-filled, inspiring creative courses now is really the time to book. And we still have a very tempting offer which will last for another week or so: if you book a 2019 creative course before 15th September 2018 you can enjoy your course at this year’s prices. Some of our most popular tutors are already more or less full, but we do have spaces almost all our courses. So, we would be delighted if you could join us. Please click here for more details of all our 2009 creative courses.

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

Mike’s sketch of market day in the town of Fivizzano, near the Watermill

Chris builds up his strength during a painting course…

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.Here’s Watermill guest Chris Davies building up his strength before our traditional Italian lunch at the Locanda al Castello in Verrucola, where we go to paint on Mondays.

The motto on the wall, by that well-known author Anonymous, translates:

In wine there is Wisdom

In beer there is Strength

In water… Bacteria!

We’d love you to join us here, to gather wisdom and strength, enjoy superb tuition, delicious meals and glorious scenery…  but all our creative courses are fully booked this year!  There may be cancellations, so if you are keen to come, please let us know and will put you on a waiting list. You can see all our remaining 2018 creative courses by clicking here

Bookings are already flowing in for next year: We’ve already taken 130 bookings for 2019, out of a potential total of 240 or so. Now’s the time to grab your places, especially as we have extended our enticing offer for another week or two. If you book before 15 September 2018, you can enjoy a 2019 creative course (painting writing, knitting, Italian language) at 2018 pricesPlease click here for more information.

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The Watermill September 2018 newsletter is just out

Indulge yourself! Please click here and sit yourself down for a good read of our September newsletter and, if you haven’t done so already, decide which course to choose here at the mill in 2019. But don’t linger long because we’re already more than half full!

And we have extended our 2019 at 2018 prices offer for another week or two, while we finish the details of our 2019 website. So now really is the time to book!

In this month’s newsletter there are also stories on:

  • In a café chantant with Dad
  • A reminder of the Watermill photographic competition
  • More intriguing Watermill sketches from Robert Christopher
  • A gift from the heart from a painter to a writer
  • Exiting yarns. Not tales of derring-do but tempting to knit
  • A preview of our 2019 creative courses (Please click here for more details.)

Happy reading… and make that’s 2019 booking so you can enjoy happy anticipation for the autumn winter and spring. We love to welcome you here!

Evening light on the vine verandah

This picture of the evening light coming into the Watermill vine verandah, as we sipped our aperitivi before dinner, was taken by Chris Davies, a ‘non-painting partner’ on Rebecca de Mendonça and Nel Whatmore’s pastel course here this week

Thanks for sharing it with us, Chris and sharing your cake, too (it was his birthday).

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We’d love you to join us here, but all our creative courses, for morning, afternoon and evening light, and superb tuition, and delicious meals, and glorious scenery… are fully booked this year! And bookings are already flowing in for next year: We’ve already taken nearly 130 bookings for 2019, out of a potential total of 240 or so. Now’s the time to grab your places, especially as we have extended our enticing offer for another week or two. If you book before 15 September 2018, you can enjoy a 2019 creative course (painting writing, knitting, Italian language) at 2018 prices.

Please click here for more information.

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Chatting in the Watermill Walled Garden. Picture: Sandra Strohchein

Another fortnight to take advantage of our enticing offer

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Our enticing offer of places on our 2019 creative courses at 2018 prices was due to end today, but as we are undertaking major changes on our website, we won’t be publishing full details of all our 2019 courses for another couple of weeks, we’ve decided to extend the offer until 15 September 2018.

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Bookings are already flowing in for next year: We’ve already taken nearly 130 bookings for 2019, out of a potential total of 240 or so.

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If you want to be sure of a particular tutor or a particular bedroom next year, NOW the time to secure your place, especially with our extended tempting offer.

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Please click here for more information. Come and join us!