Only two or three place left on Lea’s inspiring watercolour course

Painting by Lea Nixon, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Nobody does awnings, canopies and umbrellas better than Lea Nixon, who will be back with us for another sun-filled, fun-filled, inspiring watercolour painting course next June. I love the yellow awning above. And here’s a red one:

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

Nine people are already booked in for Lea’s watercolour course at The Watermill, so we have room for only two or three more (There are links to details of Lea’ course below.) We’d love to welcome you here. And here’s an umbrella in The Watermill courtyard to whet you appetitite.

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

And a corner of the market in Fivizzano, where we go to paint during our watercolour week.

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

Here’s what one guest said about Lea’s course here last year: “The whole experience was amazing … I loved it.” And it’s not just a painting experience. As well as Lea’s skilled and sympathetic tuition, you’ll also enjoy the Italian lifestyle, especially the food. Another guest on Lea’s last course wrote: I very much enjoyed my week at the Watermill. What you do is quite unique in that you get the gastronomy as well, visiting the various restaurants and your own excellent kitchen to experience the true taste of Tuscan food and wine. Furthermore, nothing is too much trouble and you have the personal attention of the owners to ensure that you have a good time.” 

Lea Nixon head and shouldersLea Nixon is an exceptional watercolour painter from Wigan in the north-west of England for whom mood, character and atmosphere are particularly important. Lea specialises in watercolours, the magic of which excites him again and again. He has been a school teacher for the past 30 years in art and music, so creativity is in his blood – and he likes nothing more than to help others to achieve their artistic goals. Lea says: “There are many different styles and ways to paint a picture and your own personal style defines you as an artist. I like to spot the originality in my students and work with them to develop their skills. It is fantastic fun.”

Lea Nixon head and shouldersPainting by Lea Nixon, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.24 June- 1 July Watercolours

with Lea Nixon Two places left

To learn more about Lea and his course at The Watermill, please click here.

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

A view by Lea from The Watermill studio

Only a few places left on Sue’s sunny Summer painting course

Sue Ford, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Our talented, charming and versatile painting tutor Sue Ford will be back with us this Summer (please see links below) — and we are looking forward to her visit just as much as she is looking forward to visiting us. Sue says: This is one of my favourite venues, with beautiful location and accommodation.  My 2015 course was a great success, with a lovely group of people. Bill and Lois Breckon made us very welcome at the Watermill. The authentic local food was beautiful. We had fabulous days out painting on locations, as well as a visit to Lucca.”

Her students enjoyed their Watermill week with Sue, too: One said: “I had a wonderful time. Everything was superb – the accommodation, the trips out and the food! Utterly wonderful. It was an experience that I will treasure. Sue Ford is an exceptional tutor with a lovely manner and treats all with respect and kindness.”

Sue Ford Joy and Sanjana at Convento

We already have eight people booked in on this course and it will definitely run, so we have room for only theee or four more.

During her painting holidays, Sue’s aim is to ensure that all her students benefit – regardless of their experience. She says: “The idea is to create a solid foundation of artistic techniques whilst developing their own style in a relaxed and comfortable learning environment.” 

During each day Sue guides every student gently through each of the painting stages; often with an initial demonstration to get everyone started and to build confidence. These painting demonstrations are followed by patient, professional tuition throughout the holiday. Sue says: All paintings created by each student will inspire them to move forward with confidence in their own artistic direction.”

Sue with studentsSue’s inspiring week-long painting course is in watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylic and will run from Saturday 15 July to Saturday 22 July. More details below. Sue says: “I just love creating pictures in any medium – and I love passing on what I’ve learned to other people and to help them release their creativity.”

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

sue plus pic15-22 July Watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylic

with Sue Ford  Three or four places left

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

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Watermill tutor Tom Byrne loves plein air painting and sketching

Painting by Tom Byrne, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.The lovely oil painting in the foreground above is by Watermill painting tutor Tom Byrne, who loves to paint en plein air at every opportunity. It is of a Judas Tree in a garden in Florence, blossoming prolifically – another bright sign of Spring. Tom also loves sketching, both indoors and outdoors. Here’s a recent sketch of the statue in the piazza of San Marco in Florence:Tom sketch Piazza San Marco

And I like these heads sketched in a cafe in Florence:Tom sketching people in Le Murate cafe

Tom will be leading a painting course at The Watermill this June – and there’ll be plenty of sketching in and around the watermill, and in the glorious surrounding countryside.

Tom J Byrne is from Ireland, where he studied and worked as an artist for 20 years, but for the last 15 years he has been living between France and Italy. In his workshop Tom will demonstrate in both oils and watercolours. He says: “The simplicity of watercolours means they are a fantastic way quickly to grasp the principles involved in seeing and painting. Oils give us a very robust and powerful painting which is more easily appreciated by an audience.”

Here’s some praise from former students. One said: “Tom Byrne is a charming host as well as a superb artist. He set up an easy and congenial atmosphere with fantastic food and plenty of wine. Tom is also an inspiring teacher. He’s serious and fun at the same time.” Another said: “Tom Byrne made the experience a special one by creating a friendly, collegial atmosphere among the guests with relaxed, interesting conversations over delicious Italian dinners. There was comprehensive tuition tailored to suit all levels of experience. I was amazed how much I actually painted while thoroughly enjoying myself.”

3 to 10 June 2017 Tom J Byrne

Oils and watercolours

To learn more about Tom and his course at The Watermill, please click here.

 

Come and join us at the Watermill and paint the glorious Tuscan countryside of Lunigiana en plein air with TomLunigiana Bardellino

Speedy Mark tackles the elements!

Painting by Mark Warner, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.I love the speedy time-lapse videos that our Watermill painting tutor Mark Warner sends us from time to time and I can’t resist sharing them with you. Here’s another one, a seascape. That’s just a screen shot above: you can see the whole video by clicking here.

And here’s another painting by Mark, of Stiperstones Ridge in Shropshire, England in acrylic and conte.  Mark says: “It was cloudy to start, then there was glorious sunshine. I have been up there when the weather has not been that kind too!”

Mark Stiperstones 7th April 2017 (002)

We’ll promise you sunny days when Mark come to Tuscany this Summer. Nine places  are already already taken for this course, so we have room for three more painters (and their partners). Details below.

lunigiana sunset

Mark at easelMark Warner is an artist and tutor who lives in Shropshire in England. He is not only a respected artist but also a highly professional tutor with many years of teaching experience. Mark is passionate about working outside, tutoring numerous day and residential plein air holidays. His sessions are very popular — and he leads by example, creating a relaxed and encouraging environment.  He says I adore using colour while interpreting the light, weather and a love for the materials. I work directly in the field (literally on many occasions!) from sketches created outside as well as notes/photographs taken on location.”

Sketching is at the heart of Mark’s work: “This is important in the development of a piece and on many occasions, forming an integral part of the painting itself.” Mark works on coloured grounds, incorporating aspects of mark-making and directional brushstrokes within the work. He says: “I continue to draw inspiration from the landscape, although subject matter can be broad and at times very different.” Here’s Mark’s ‘Harbour Boat Sketch.’Harbour Boat Sketch (4)

Mark at easelPainting by Mark Warner, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.22 to 29 July 2017 Mark Warner

Acrylics/watercolours incorporating conte/pastel. Three or so places left

To learn more about Mark and his course at The Watermill, please click here.

Come and make marks with Mark — and savour the magic of Tuscany and The Watermill.Tom riverside photo Jun 13

 

 

 

 

 

acrylic and conte

Make you own Tuscan Summer painting memories with Lea

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

A view of the village of Verrucola, where we go to paint on Mondays during Lea’s week

Here's an atmospheric Italian street scene

Here’s an atmospheric Italian street scene

Here are some fond memories of Lea Nixon’s watercolour painting weeks with us last year. He’s back with another sun-filled, fun-filled, inspiring course next June – and we still have a few places left. (More details below.) We’d love to welcome you here. Here’s what one guest said about Lea’s course here last year: “The whole experience was amazing … I loved it.”

And it’s not just a painting experience. As well as Lea’s skilled and sympathetic tuition, you’ll also enjoy the Italian lifestyle, especially the food. Another guest on Lea’s last course wrote: “I very much enjoyed my week at the Watermill. What you do is quite unique in that you get the gastronomy as well, visiting the various restaurants and your own excellent kitchen to experience the true taste of Tuscan food and wine. Furthermore, nothing is too much trouble and you have the personal attention of the owners to ensure that you have a good time.” 

Lea Nixon head and shouldersLea Nixon is an exceptional watercolour painter from Wigan in the north-west of England for whom mood, character and atmosphere are particularly important. Lea specialises in watercolours, the magic of which excites him again and again. He has been a school teacher for the past 30 years in art and music, so creativity is in his blood – and he likes nothing more than to help others to achieve their artistic goals. Lea says: “There are many different styles and ways to paint a picture and your own personal style defines you as an artist. I like to spot the originality in my students and work with them to develop their skills. It is fantastic fun.”

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

Lea Nixon’s painting of a corner of the Watermill courtyard

Lea Nixon head and shouldersPainting by Lea Nixon, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.24 June- 1 July Watercolours

with Lea Nixon Two places left

To learn more about Lea and his course at The Watermill, please click here.

Maggie’s colourful collection

Maggie paintings Apr 17I love seeing a number of examples of an artist’s work all together on one wall. And that’s just what Watermill painting tutor Maggie Renner Hellman has provided for us in a recent Facebook post. Above are some paintings she delivered to the Many Hands Gallery in Capitola, California. Colourful aren’t they?

Small wonder Maggie has called her week-long course at the Watermill a ‘Courageous Colo(u)r Workshop’. You’ll be able to capture all the glorious colours of Tuscany in her workshop here in June. And the choice of medium you use is up to you! Maggie is a proficient and an inspiring teacher in oils, acrylics, pastels and/or watercolour and ink travel sketches. There are links to more details of her course below. But yoiu’ll have to hurry, we only have one or two places left. Here’s another colourful Maggie creationBlog Maggie WestsideZen-Reverenceadjfb1200

Maggie Renner Hellmann is a contemporary California painter who paints with love, passion and energy. Her work is characterized by a unique blend of loose, energetic brushwork and strong compositions of exuberant color. She says: I love the joy of color and the poetry of brushwork.”

Maggie is also a knowledgeable and enthusiastic tutor. She’s been teaching for more than 15 years – and she loves it! Her years of experience in painting in many mediums have distilled her teaching to the core fundamentals that will help guide any painter toward success. She will encourage the beginner and challenge the more advanced.

Here’s some praise from some of her former students: What I liked best about the workshop was Maggie’s approachable manner and encouragement, her clear understanding about color and light, her experience in simplifying landscapes and the discipline of first studying the subject in values – and how to make poetry out of a simple landscape.”

“What I particularly like about your teaching is that you seem to be able to distil the learning into meaningful chunks that are understandable and then you demonstrate the concept and have us practice it. Your methodology is very effective. I really like getting your feedback. You give it in a very helpful and constructive way and always let us observe you painting.”

RENNER H&SPainting by Maggie Renner Hellmann, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.17-24 June Oils, acrylics, pastels and drawing mediums

with Maggie Renner Hellmann. One or two places left

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

This painting by Maggie is called Summer reflections

This painting by Maggie is called Summer reflections


A golden scene from Tim Wilmot

Painting by Tim Wilmot, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Here’s a golden watercolour from Watermill painting tutor Tim Wilmot, who will be with us for an inspiring painting course this Autumn (Details below).  It’s one of his submissions to the annual Bristol Savages Exhibition 2017, a scene with an emphasis on trees with a golden tint to them.

Tim has used the bridge and the figure walking the dog to enhance the composition. He says; “It is good to get a light figure in front of a dark background.  As a further enhancement, I could have had the figure reflected in some water!”

I am willing to walk our Labrador Rosa along the riverside if you need us when you are painting there during Tim’s course!

Did anyone say Walk!

Did anyone say Walk!

And we can offer you plenty of gold among other wonderful Autumn colours in the glorious unpsoilt Tuscan countryside surrounding the Watermill, with swathes of beech and European oak. And with Tim as your guide, you’ll learn now to loosen our style and capture the essence of the wonderful scenery with your brush, so come and discover the secrets of great watercolours from Tim.

A photograph of the mill and the riverside gardens.

A photograph of the mill and the riverside gardens.

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

Tim’s impression of the riverside by The Watermill

While he’s dabbled with portraits and still lifes over the years, Tim is inexorably drawn to landscapes. He says: I’m an outdoor person rather than an indoor person. For many years I’ve taken a sketch book on my travels and I quickly scribble scenes in a shorthand sort of way. Then, returning home, I recreate those memories with paint and brush.” And you’ll be able to do that, too, in the Watermill studio, overlooking the river and the walled garden with the high Apennines beyond.

 Every day we’ll paint outside as much as possible and Tim will try to do two demos during the day. He says: “During the demos I’ll welcome questions, such as ‘Why did you choose that scene?’ ‘What brush are you using there?’ ‘What colour combination did you just use?’ and so on.” After the demonstration, everyone can have a go at replicating that scene. Tim says: “I will be on hand to look over your shoulder and give some words of encouragement and try to give advice on what, in my opinion, does work and what doesn’t. We can also have all our work displayed together and go through a brief critique and compare our experiences.

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

A vineyard and the Apuan Alps near the Watermill

“If we’re in the studio, no problem. There will be opportunity create some watercolour landscapes from some reference photos and we can do exercises on figure work, and getting things like cars or boats into the landscape.

“We all want to take away many things from our time at the Watermill and then the key is to IMPLEMENT at least one thing you have learnt.

A comment from a previous student: “I’m quite impressed with how you transform a dull image into an impressionistic and beautiful study of light and shadow. You’re great tutor!”  Another said: Like most, I struggle with too much detail. This will help me to “loosen up”. I like how methodical you are and how you capture the light in your paintings. I also find it interesting how your figures are always walking towards the viewer. Seems like most watercolourists have them walking away from the viewer. I think your way brings your paintings to life.” 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAhttp://watermill.net/painting-holidays/painting-holidays-tutor-tim-wilmot17.php7-14 October 2017 Watercolours

with Tim Wilmot

To learn more about Tim and his course at The Watermill, please click here.

 

Capture the moment en plein air in Tuscany with Mark

Painting by Mark Warner, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.We’ll be having a wonderful time at stunning locations painting en plein air with our British painting tutor Mark Warner during his course her this Summer.  Nine people are already signed up, so we have room for three or four more. We’d love you to join us for Mark’s inspiring course and there are more details below.

Mark loves sketching and painting outdoors, even in the damp atmosphere of Wales, where he is often out on location. (It’s a bit dryer and brighter in Lunigiana, the beautiful area of Tuscany that surrounds the Watermill.)

Mark says: When working plein air you are just capturing the moment. Sometimes it is good to leave it at that and others it is important to continue back in the studio working from sketches and photos taken on location.”

Here are some pictures of one of Mark’s recent expeditions, first to the dramatic castle of Dinas Bran. Mark says: “This is one of the most beautifully situated castles in Wales – and that’s saying something. Set high on a hill above Llangollen, Dinas Bran, or Crow Castle, as it is popularly known, is inextricably linked to the legends of King Arthur. The castle was mentioned in the Arthurian romance Perlesvaus as a possible hiding place of the Holy Grail, and home of Bran (Bron), the Fisher King, brother-in-law of Joseph of Arimathea.”

The image above was taken while Mark was painting on location, just before the heavens opened! He took the painting back to the studio to complete. Here it is:

Mark Dinas Bran Final (003)

Mark also sent us a recent Seascape, looking out to sea from the town of Borth on the coast in Mid-Wales:

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

Mark Warner is a specialist in acrylics/watercolours incorporating conte/pastel and his painting course here will run from Saturday 22 July to Saturday 29 July 2017.

Mark lives in Shropshire in England and is not only a respected artist but also a highly professional tutor with many years of teaching experience. Mark is passionate about working outside, tutoring numerous day and residential plein air holidays. His sessions are very popular — and he leads by example, creating a relaxed and encouraging environment.  He says “I adore using colour while interpreting the light, weather and a love for the materials. I work directly in the field (literally on many occasions!) from sketches created outside as well as notes/photographs taken on location.”

Sketching is at the heart of Mark’s work: “This is important in the development of a piece and on many occasions, forming an integral part of the painting itself.” Mark works on coloured grounds, incorporating aspects of mark-making and directional brushstrokes within the work. He says: “I continue to draw inspiration from the landscape, although subject matter can be broad and at times very different.” 

This is the sort of Tuscan view around the Watermill that will inspire him — and you!

A local view, thanks to the Ciao Lunigiana blog

A local view, thanks to the Ciao Lunigiana blog

Mark at easelPainting by Mark Warner, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.22 to 29 July 2017 Mark Warner

Acrylics/watercolours incorporating conte/pastel Three or four places left

To learn more about Mark and his course at The Watermill, please click here.

Lunigiana panorama

Is painting tutor Tom Byrne a reincarnated Roman emperor?

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.It was open day at the Archaeological Museum in Florence at the weekend – free entry to this wonderful collection – so our inspiring Watermill painting tutor took some of his friends in Florence to make sketches there. We went to say ‘hello’ and as we were passing the bronze bust of some old Roman emperor we were struck with the resemblance to Tom, so we snapped them both together. Tom is on the left, the one without a dent in his head.Tom bust lookalike (002)

Later we went to the nearby Piazza SS Annunziata, site of Brunelleschi’s Foundling Hospital, the first classical building of the Renaissance, where there was a craft fair. Here’s Tom sketching on the steps of the earl 15th Century hospital – and some of the ‘work in progress’.

Sketch by Tom Byrne, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.   Tom sketching in piazza (1) (003)

Tom J Byrne is from Ireland, where he studied and worked as an artist for 20 years, but for the last 15 years he has been living between France and Italy. He was a pupil of our friend Michael John Angel, Director of Studies at the Angel Academy in Florence – and ‘Johnny’ Angel was in turn a pupil of the great portrait and fresco painter Pietro Annigoni. So Tom has an impeccable artistic pedigree. In his workshop he will demonstrate in both oils and watercolours. He says: “The simplicity of watercolours means they are a fantastic way quickly to grasp the principles involved in seeing and painting. Oils give us a very robust and powerful painting which is more easily appreciated by an audience.”

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

More work in progress: a view over Florence

Here’s some praise from former students. One said: “Tom Byrne is a charming host as well as a superb artist. He set up an easy and congenial atmosphere with fantastic food and plenty of wine. Tom is also an inspiring teacher. He’s serious and fun at the same time.” Another said:Tom Byrne made the experience a special one by creating a friendly, collegial atmosphere among the guests with relaxed, interesting conversations over delicious Italian dinners. There was comprehensive tuition tailored to suit all levels of experience. I was amazed how much I actually painted while thoroughly enjoying myself.”

3 to 10 June 2017 Tom J Byrne

Oils and watercolours

To learn more about Tom and his course at The Watermill, please click here.

 

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

Doodle your way to looser watercolours, says Doranne 

Painting by Doranne Alden, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Doranne Alden, our lovely watercolour tutor, who is joining us again this May (more details below) has just sent me these three colourful paintings she calls ‘doodles’. That’s ‘doodle 1’ above, while below is ‘doodle 2’Painting by Doranne Alden, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Doranne says: “Sketching in watercolour is a great way to learn about handling watercolour loosely. It can be quick and fun especially if you work on small doodles as I have done in these three paintings. It is also perfect practice for getting to know your palette of colours. Of course, your subject can be anything around you, as it is not what you paint but the way you paint it, that makes your work so much more appealing.” Here’s ‘doodle 3’Painting by Doranne Alden, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

And this a Doranne Alden sketch of a guest painting beside the river Rosaro, which flows beside the Watermill. I reckon this captures the true essence of Watermill painting holidays:Painting by Doranne Alden, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Doranne Alden is a professional artist, art teacher and graphic designer who particularly loves painting in watercolour. She now lives in Malta, but also worked for several years in Germany. Doranne is also a dedicated teacher, who has led many classes and workshops. She loves sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm, inspiring her students to produce their best work — and she’s happy to teach beginners as well as more experienced painters. We already have nine people booked into Doranne’s course here, so we have room for only two or three more.

Doranne new head and shouldersPainting by Doranne Alden, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.13-20 May: Watercolours

with Doranne Alden Two or three places left

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