And a river runs by… Sandra captures the atmosphere of our Tuscan torrente

Painting by Sandra Strohschein, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Today’s picture by Sandra Strohschein, our early Summer artist in residence, is of the River Rosaro, which gurgles past the Watermill. Technically a torrente, in the sense that it is a torrent in the Winter and after the Spring snow melt in the high Apennines, but lower and more sedate in the Summer, the Rosaro is so named because wild roses grow at its source a dozen or so miles from here.

It provides a pleasant backdrop to the Watermill and the ‘white noise’ the water makes as it tumbles over the rocks provides a soothing continuo to the polyphony of birdsong.

Come and see – and hear – for yourselves. We’ve a couple places left on Sandra’s painting courses next week and the week after:

Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
9 June to 16 June 2018 1 place or 2 sharing
Watercolours

To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

 

Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
16 June to 23 June 2018 1 place or 2 sharing
Watercolours

To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

 

And a few places left on later printing courses:

Andrew plus pic

Andrew Geeson
23 June to 30 June 2018 1 place or 2 sharing

Watercolours
To learn more about Andrew, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 

terry plus picTerry Jarvis
7 July to 14 July 2018 A few places left
Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)
To learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 

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

The Rosaro, by tutor Mike Willdridge

 

Imagine a rainy day… it’s an illusion!

Painting by Sandra Strohschein, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Above is a dynamic watercolour demonstration painting by our ‘ tutor in residence’, Sandra Strohschein. It’s of the consequences of a sudden rain squall as our painting guests worked to capture the sights of the imposing castle of Verrucola and the village nestling around its 13th Century walls.

Sandra is very proud of this dramatic watercolour, and so she should be. But one small meteorelogical point: it didn’t rain at all during that morning painting session! Despite squally forecasts, the rain held off until lunchtime, but Sandra really wanted to show her students the techniques of capturing the effects of wind and rain on the landscape, so she made it up!

All great art is an illusion and what a fine example we have in Sandra’s demonstration picture.

It did rain later in the day, but undaunted, or guests carried on painting in the light and airy Watermill studio. Here are guests Christine Booton and Doreen Smith doing just that.

Come rain or shine, you’ll have a wonderful time at the Watermill. Why not join us? We still have a few places left this year and plenty for 2019. Details below:

Ths year’s remaining places:

Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
9 June to 16 June 2018 1 place or 2 sharing
Watercolours

To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

 

Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
16 June to 23 June 2018 1 place or 2 sharing
Watercolours

To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

 

Andrew plus pic

Andrew Geeson
23 June to 30 June 2018 1 place or 2 sharing

Watercolours
To learn more about Andrew, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 

terry plus picTerry Jarvis
7 July to 14 July 2018 Still places
Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)
To learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 

On our Writing your Life’s Stories week:

Jo plus pic

 Jo Parfitt
18 August to 25 August 2018 2/3 places
Write Your Life Stories

To learn more about Jo and her course at The Watermill, please click here

On a knitting course:

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

Lisa Richardson
9 September to 6 October 2018 One place
Knitting and La Bella Vita

To learn more about Lisa and her course at the mill, please visit her Profile Page

** 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.

A painting by Sandra Strohschein, a tutor on painting courses at The Watermill at Posara, Tuscany Italy

Sandra’s painting of a red house in the square in nearby Fivizzano on market day. It DID rain that day!

He’s in there somewhere! Painting the River Rosaro as it flows past the Watermill

The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Watermill painting guest Peter Readman seen yesterday seeking out the best spot to paint beside the River Rosaro as it gurgles past the Mill. Peter’s part of an enthusiastic group of talented painters on Sandra Strohschein’s second week here. We are looking forward to seeing all their work in the end of the week exhibition on Friday.

Meanwhile, here’s a colourful moment photographed by Sandra of the flower vases we fill with blooms from the garden two welcome our guests every Saturday.

And here are some of our guests looking suitably interested as Bill explains the finer points of the workings of the 17th Century mill during their Saturday afternoon tour of mill, river and millstream.

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

Picture: Sandra Strohshein

And here’s an unexpected guest.

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

Picture: Chloe Taylor

He’s Aurora and with his companion Alba (and a couple of humans), he’s just completed a trek to Gothenburg and back. They’re nearly home near La Spezia now after their epic adventure and called in to say hello and nibble a few leaves from our ancient mulberry trees.

There’s always something happening on a Watermill holiday. Come and join us and see for yourselves.

Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
9 June to 16 June 2018 2/3 places
Watercolours

To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

 

Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
16 June to 23 June 2018 1 place or 2 sharing
Watercolours

To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

 

Andrew plus pic

Andrew Geeson
23 June to 30 June 2018 1 place or 2 sharing

Watercolours
To learn more about Andrew, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 

terry plus picTerry Jarvis
7 July to 14 July 2018 Still places
Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)
To learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 

mike plus picMike Willdridge
8 September to 15 September 2018 1 place
Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics with an emphasis on sketching and drawing on location)
To learn more about Mike, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

On our Writing you Life’s Stories week:

Jo plus pic

 Jo Parfitt
18 August to 25 August 2018 2/3 places
Write Your Life Stories

To learn more about Jo and her course at The Watermill, please click here

On a knitting course:

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

Lisa Richardson
9 September to 6 October 2018 One place
Knitting and La Bella Vita

To learn more about Lisa and her course at the mill, please visit her Profile Page

** 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.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Come and celebrate the Tuscan Summer with Terry and the Watermill

Painting by Terry Jarvis, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Are you tempted by the warmth of a Tuscan Summer – and the warmth of a watermill welcome, and a warm and sympathetic tutor?

Time to succumb to your Tuscan temptation and come and paint with Terry Jarvis on his sun-filled, fun-filled course at The Watermill this Summer. We’ve a few places left.

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

Terry Jarvis‘s week-long painting course in watercolours* will run from Saturday 7 July to Saturday 14 July 2018. . *Terry works in oils, pastels and acrylics, as well as watercolours, and is happy to teach in those media too.

Terry is one of Australia’s leading watercolour artists and a great fan of the watermill and the surrounding area of Lunigiana and here’s what a guest said of his course her last year: I wanted to thank you for a most wonderful stay at The Watermill.  Your treatment of us was terrific.  Six stars doesn’t come close!  I enjoyed every minute. Terry’s course was great.  He is an excellent teacher – very encouraging and knows how to bring out the best in his students.  He has a great personality.”

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

 

The son of a goldminer, Terry was inspired at an early age to draw and paint the landscape, as well as people and animals. He now exhibits widely and is a popular tutor at workshops around the world. He loves drawing and helping his students to develop their drawing skills. That’s his Market day in Fivizzano, above

Terry rose demo POV7 July to 14 July 2018

Terry Jarvis Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)

Please click here to learn more about Terry and his course at the mill.

 

  *** Why not bring your non-painting partner as well? There’s a generous £250 discount for him/her if they share a room with you — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here.

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

A flowerseller in a local market, by Terry Jarvis

A beautiful start by Sandra

Painting by Sandra Strohschein, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.This is our delightful painting tutor Sandra Strohchein’s ‘take’ on the Watermill breakfast! Not in the literal sense, of course, by rather an impression of the fresh food and artistic ambiance we provide for the first meal of the day in the courtyard Dining Room. Not surprisingly, Sandra calls this painting A beautiful start. We’ve a new group making their own beautiful start with Sandra this week, in the Walled Garden and the Studio.

We rounded off last week’s course with a celebration of guest Ros Harper’s birthday. And you never know who is going to turn up at the Watermill for an occasion like that: Mr Bean and George Clooney popped in to pay their respects!

Come and practice your art in our warm and welcoming ambiance. We’d love to welcome you here. Can’t promise Bean and Clooney every week, though.

Here’s the list of the few places left on our creative courses this year.

Painting:

Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
9 June to 16 June 2018 2/3 places
Watercolours

To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

 

Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
16 June to 23 June 2018 1 place or 2 sharing
Watercolours

To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

 

Andrew plus pic

Andrew Geeson
23 June to 30 June 2018 1 place or 2 sharing

Watercolours
To learn more about Andrew, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 

terry plus picTerry Jarvis
7 July to 14 July 2018 Still places
Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)
To learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 

mike plus picMike Willdridge
8 September to 15 September 2018 1 place
Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics with an emphasis on sketching and drawing on location)
To learn more about Mike, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

On our Writing you Life’s Stories week:

Jo plus pic

 Jo Parfitt
18 August to 25 August 2018 2/3 places
Write Your Life Stories

To learn more about Jo and her course at The Watermill, please click here

On a knitting course:

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

Lisa Richardson
9 September to 6 October 2018 One place
Knitting and La Bella Vita

To learn more about Lisa and her course at the mill, please visit her Profile Page

** 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.

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

Terry Jarvis’ lovely watercolour of market day in nearby Fivizzano, where we go on location during our painting week.

Two Watermill friends in convivial conversation

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Picture: Sandra Strohchein

This delightful picture, which captures some of the atmosphere on our Watermill creative courses, shows our guests Katherine Rice and BZ Meyers enjoying sunshine and convivial conversation in the Walled Garden during Sandra Strohschein’s painting holiday.  Our thanks to all our gusts for making it a fun-filled week and to Sandra for inspiring painting tuition.

Now we are looking forward to Sandra’s second week, with 12 guests (10 painters and two non-painting partners), no fewer than five of whom have been before. It’s great when people want to come again (and again, the record is 12 visits!)

If you’d like to see what all the fuss is about, come and join us.  There are still a few places left this year. And we are already taking bookings for next year’s fun-filled, sun-filled, inspiring creative courses. There’s a link below.

Painting:

Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
9 June to 16 June 2018 2/3 places
Watercolours

To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

 

Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
16 June to 23 June 2018 1 place or 2 sharing
Watercolours

To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

 

Andrew plus pic

Andrew Geeson
23 June to 30 June 2018 1 place or 2 sharing

Watercolours
To learn more about Andrew, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 

terry plus picTerry Jarvis
7 July to 14 July 2018 Still places
Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)
To learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 

mike plus picMike Willdridge
8 September to 15 September 2018 1 place
Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics with an emphasis on sketching and drawing on location)
To learn more about Mike, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

On our Writing you Life’s Stories week:

Jo plus pic

 Jo Parfitt
18 August to 25 August 2018 2/3 places
Write Your Life Stories

To learn more about Jo and her course at The Watermill, please click here

On a knitting course:

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

Lisa Richardson
9 September to 6 October 2018 One place left
Knitting and La Bella Vita

To learn more about Lisa and her course at the mill, please visit her Profile Page

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

Terry Jarvis’ lovely watercolour of market day in nearby Fivizzano, where we go on location during our painting week

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Capturing the atmosphere of a Watermill painting course

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.Our thanks to Katherine Rice, a guest on Sandra Strohschein’s painting course here, for these atmospheric pictures taken out on location on Monday and Tuesday this week.

Above, the louring walls of Verrucola castle and the menacing clouds massing over the Apennines (the rain kept off). Below, scenes from Fivizzano on market day: first, a flower stall:

And here’s the Ricci gelateria, venue for scoops of delicious homemade ice cream after lunch:

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Thank you, Katherine, for sharing these with us

Which reminds me. Why not enter the Watermill photographic competition, with first prize of a free holiday here in 2019?

It’s simple really: first prize goes to the photograph we judge to be the one that most reflects the ambiance of the mill. We are particularly interested in shots that show our ‘students’ in action, both at ‘work’ and play, although we’d also like to see great photos of the Watermill, its grounds and the surrounding countryside, and of the flora and fauna that abound in this environmentally protected area.

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

A swallowtail butterfly at the Watermill, by Lara Breckon

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Knitting concentration by guest Phil Wright

The winner will be offered a free week-long creative holiday at the Watermill in 2019, of his or her choice, subject to availability.

There will be five runner-up prizes, of £GBP200 off a creative holiday at The Watermill in 2019, subject to availability. Find out more by clicking here.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, yoga holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Come drink the wine – and paint the demijohns!

Painting by Sandra Strohschein, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Here’s a wonderful watercolour demonstration painting of one of our collection of old demijohns (vessels for storing wine) in The Watermill courtyard made by our lovely American tutor Sandra Strohschein. She’s tutor to a fun group of eight Americans, three Canadians and two Brits. We are nothing is not cosmopolitan at The Watermill!

The demijohns are collected by our gardener Flavio Terenzoni (people use stainless steel drums these days to ferment their wine and throw these lovely old glass vessels away!) and displayed in the Watermill courtyard. Here’s a picture of them  by my daughter Lara Breckon.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Come and see them for yourselves (and drink our wine, served in more demure carafes!)

Due to last minute cancellations, we still have a place or two left on Sandra’s courses in the next few weeks.

Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
2 June to 9 June 2018 1 place or two sharing
Watercolours

To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

 

Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
9 June to 16 June 2018 2/3 places
Watercolours

To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

 

Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
16 June to 23 June 2018 1 place or two sharing
Watercolours

To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

 

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.

The warm and sunlit Watermill courtyard, on a free postcard!

Last minute cancellation frees Vasari for Sandra’s June 16 painting course

A painting by Sandra Strohschein, a tutor on painting courses at The Watermill at Posara, Tuscany Italy

The square in nearby Fivizzano on market day

Due to a last minute cancellation, we now have our Vasari Suite free for Sandra Strohschein’s inspiring painting course. It is ideal for a couple or two people sharing. If there’s only one of you, we’ll jiggle our bookings and give you your own single bedroom, with en suite bathroom. Please click here for more details of Sandra’s course, and here for details of all our rooms.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

The bedroom of the Vasari suite

We’d love to welcome you here. Sandra is our artist in residence for four weeks and our gusts on her first week, running now, are already having a wonderful time. Today everyone is painting in the nearby walled Medieval town of Fivizzano, enjoying the sights and sounds of the market. Above is Sandra’s wonderful painting of the sqaure on market day, which hangs in the Watermill sitting room.

Yesterday we visited the castle and village of Verrucola and, as well as painting, enjoyed a fabulous friendly meal in the al Castello trattoria. Here’s guest Sarah Haden’s picture of Sandra demonstrating there.

And here’ a lovely picture by another guest, Ros Harper of an early morning sun on the vine verandah:The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Please join for a fun-filled, sun-filled week:

Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
16 June to 23 June 2018 –1/2 places
Watercolours

To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

Brightening our local town with a bicycle made for fun

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.This bright and flowery mauve bicycle has just been put in place outside the Caffe del Angelo half way up the via Roma in the nearby walled Medieval town of Fivizzano. Complimenti to the café owners for their aesthetic enterprise, which really adds to the town’s ambiance.

You can come and see the bicycle during one of our fun-filled, sun-filled creative weeks this year. We still have a few places left on our 2018 painting courses (and on our memoir writing course). Details below.

And 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.

Availability on 2018 creative courses at the Watermill.

Painting:

Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
9 June to 16 June 2018 –1 place or 2 sharing
Watercolours

To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

 

Andrew plus pic

Andrew Geeson
23 June to 30 June 2018 –1 place or 2 sharing

Watercolours
To learn more about Andrew, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 

terry plus picTerry Jarvis
7 July to 14 July 2018 – still places
Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)
To learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 

Nel and Bec plus picRebecca de Mendonça & Nel Whatmore
1 September to 8 September 2018 – 1 place
Pastels
To learn more about Rebecca & Nel, their course and to see more of their pictures, please visit their Profile Page

 

mike plus picMike Willdridge
8 September to 15 September 2018 1 place
Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics with an emphasis on sketching and drawing on location)
To learn more about Mike, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

Painting by Claire Warner, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Claire Warner 
15 September to 22 September 2018 –1 place or 2 sharing
Watercolours (and oils and acrylics)
To learn more about Claire, her course and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page.

On our Writing you Life’s Stories week:

Jo plus pic

Write Your Life Stories
Jo Parfitt

18 August to 25 August 2018 3 places

To learn more about Jo and her course at The Watermill, please click here

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

Terry Jarvis’ lovely watercolour of market day in nearby Fivizzano, where we go on location during our painting week