You may remember we recently showed you some lovely drawings from a sketchbook our English painting tutor Mike Willdridge made during one of his weeks here in 2013. Today, we’ve a final selection, of simple portraits of our guests – and one of our ‘Girl Friday’ that year, Rachel Brown, seen in the pencil sketch above.
And here’s one of our May 2013 students, in watercolour and pencil:
And one of a non painting partner (watercolour and pencil):
Mike says: “There’s always something for a non-painting partner to do” and he made this quick pen and ink sketch to prove it.
Talking of non-painting partners, there is plenty for them to do. We’ve a whole list of suggestions in our Activities for Partners programme, which you can see by clicking here. Of course, none of it is obligatory: partners may care to accompany painters out to the fabulous locations and on the excursion to Lucca or the Cinque Terre – or simply just relax in the peaceful, beautiful gardens and grounds of the mill. And don’t forget, there’s a £(GBP) 200 discount for non-painting partners sharing a room.
Mike Willdridge will be with us for another great painting course from Saturday 27 August to Saturday 3 September 2016 Mike will concentrate on watercolour and drawing, but is also happy also to teach in gouache, oils and acrylics.
Mike especially values drawing as a way of recording/responding to everyday events and makes constant use of a sketchbook, as you can see. He’ll encourage you to do the same and to take a sketchbook on location, building up a journal of memories of your time at the watermill and in the unspoilt countryside of Lunigiana.