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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Painting at the Convento del Carmine

Happy painting!

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

A painting group with Mike Willdrige being less than serious

Lines from Robert on his Watermill painting week

Our thanks to Robert Christopher, a guest on Andrew Geeson’s painting week at the Watermill, for sending his visual (and verbal) impressions of his time with us. His lightness of touch and sureness of line produce charming pictures. Above is a drawing of the interior of the Convento del Carmine, where we go to paint on Thursdays. And below, a study of the village of Verrucola, Monday’s painting venue.

And here’s a gentle study of the river Rosara, running by the Watermill:

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

And verbal lines? Robert writes: “The house and grounds are spectacular but peaceful. My room was so comfortable. The food: good… but Lois’ cooking was outstanding.”

Thank you for sharing your impressions with us, Robert. We hope to welcome you here again next year.

If you would like to join us, 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

Symbolic spaghetti sums up the atmosphere of a Watermill creative week

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

Our thanks to guest Emily Muhlberger for the picture.

Here’s a picture of a bowl of spaghetti all pomorodoro, simply made with fresh ingredients, cooked perfectly al dente. Behind it, a glass of crisp white local wine. Behind that, unseen, 15 guests on a Watermill painting course savouring the tastes, sights and sounds of a traditional Italian trattoria, the Locanda al Castello, in Verrucola, where we go to paint the castle and the village on Mondays.  Beyond them, Italian workmen enjoying their pranzo di lavoro: fresh ingredients, simple recipes, perfectly cooked.

We’re looking forward to our spezzatino alla Romana, a beef casserole Roman style, accompanied by the masterpiece of Mauro, the chef: a puree of fava beans with butter and parmesan cheese.

Yes, good food looms large on our Watermill weeks, whether it is in traditional local restaurants and cafes or in the dining room at the Watermill, as well as good company and inspiring teaching from internationally renowned tutors.

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

Come and join us and savour the magic of the Watermill.

We’ve only a few places left in 2018 (see below) and we’re already taking bookings for 2019: we’ve sold some 85 places out of a potential 250, so if you want a particular course, a specific week or your favourite bedroom, no is the time to book for next year. (and there’s a 2019 at 2018 prices’ offer.) Again, links below.

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

2018 places left:

Painting:

terry plus picTerry Jarvis
7 July to 14 July 2018 one or two 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 Whatmore and Rebecca de Mendonça
1-8 September 2018 one or two places
Pastels 

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

 

On our Writing your Life’s Stories week:

Jo plus pic

 Jo Parfitt
18 August to 25 August 2018 two or three places
Write Your Life Stories

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

On a knitting course:

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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 colourful start with Andrew as his students loosen up

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.Here are some of Andrew Geeson’s students settling in for their first session during his inspiring watercolour week and beginning to learn the secrets of his loose style. Thanks to Emily Muhlberger for the picture.

Painting by Andrew Geeson, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Andrew can capture anything from pears to piazzas with deceptively simple strokes (and blobs!)  and we are looking forward to seeing the results of his influence in our mini-exhibition at the end of the week.Painting by Andrew Geeson, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Meanwhile, you might think of joining us for one of our world-famous painting courses, this year or next.

We’re pretty full up this year, but due to a double cancellation, we have a couple of places suddenly available on Nel Whatmore and Rebecca de Mendonça‘s wonderful pastel course from 1-8 September 2018.To learn more, please click 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 if you can’t make that, we’d love to welcome you here in 2019. 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.