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Is this Santa Claus? A miller’s tale

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetIf you’ve been to The Watermill you’ll know we have two rather fine little statues in niches in the façade of the Tuscan House overlooking the courtyard. There’s a serene Madonna and child in white marble and the little terracotta chap above, gazing benignly down on us. He looks friendly, despite seemingly missing his left hand.

Trouble is, no-one seems to know who he is. We’ve asked around, but we can’t find anyone who knows when he was put there and why.  The Tuscan House was built in the 19th Century and was originally a ‘pasta factory’, with all sorts of machinery run by water power (in the walled garden you can still see one of the marble wheels used for mixing dough), so presumably the statue was put there then.

We guess he’s a saint and we’d like to think he was the patron saint of millers. The online CatholicSaints.Info page gives a list of eight of them, including two women and the delightfully named Winnoc of Wormhoult.

St Nicholas in all his splendour

St Nicholas in all his splendour

It also includes Nicholas of Myra, better known to you and me as St Nicholas, or Santa Claus. A fourth century Bishop of Myra in Lycia (now part of modern Turkey), Nicholas was renowned for his generosity to the poor and his protection of the innocent. The most famous tale told about him concerns a local man who had fallen on such hard times that, unable to raise dowries, he was planning to sell his daughters into prostitution. Nicholas went to the house at night and threw three bags of gold down the chimney from the flat roof, saving the girls from a fate worse than death. From this beginning grew the story of St Nicholas or Santa Claus and our Christmas-time gift-giving.

I am sure our terracotta saint is Nicholas: he’s certainly not a woman, nor Winnoc of Wormhoult!

But why is Nicholas the patron saint of millers? There is an Italian folk tale of a starving widow praying in an empty church with her two children and hearing a voice telling her to go to the nearby mill where there would be food for her. She was sceptical, as the miller was notoriously stingy, but she went, and yes, he turned her away. But as he was doing so, an old man appeared from nowhere and touched the miller with his staff, turning him into a donkey.

In some countries St Nicholas arrives on a donkey, not by reindeer sleigh

In some countries St Nicholas arrives on a donkey, not by reindeer sleigh

St Nicholas (for it was he) showed the woman food on the table and warm beds to sleep in — and she took over and ran the mill with a young assistant provided by the saint, while the donkey brayed in his stall. A year later Nicolas returned and changed the donkey back to the miller, who was now a transformed character, one of the kindest men around, and who even gave the mill to the widow and her family.

I think the saint in our niche looks like he could have achieved all that and I see a twinkle in his eye as he looks out over our guests and, hopefully, approves of our hospitality. Come and see him for yourself!

You can find out more about all next year’s creative courses by clicking here. And why not give yourself a Christmas present: there’s a £75 Early Bird discount if you book on any 2017 course by the end of the year.

The Watermill December newsletter is here

Dec 16 mill newsletter screenshotThere’s news of two new outstanding painting tutors, of our 2017 yoga and mediation course — and much else besides in our Watermill December newsletter. You can read all about it by clicking here.

And don’t forget our Early Bird discount: If you book on any of our sun-filled, fun-filled, inspiring creative course before the end of the year, there’s a £GBP 75 discount. Treat yourself to a week in the Tuscan sun!

Announcing our 2017 yoga and meditation retreat

Yoga retreat at The Watermill in Tuscany, yoga and meditation retreatsWe are delighted to announce our 2017 yoga and meditation retreat with Claire Murphy.

Following the outstanding success of last year’s course, Claire is returning for a special seven-day retreat, which she has called Nourish — mind, body, and soulIt will run from Saturday 9 September to Saturday 16 September 2017.

There’s an Early Bird discount: If you book before 31 December 2016 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on Claire’s unique yoga and meditation retreat.

We’ll nourish your soul on rural walks and visits to ancient walled towns and hilltop villages, castles and14432947_10154449229557557_403500150842892678_n convents. You’ll also savour the relaxed atmosphere of la bella vita italiana in local cafes, shops, restaurants and markets. We’ll venture a little journal writing and painting in The Watermill studio overlooking the river or under the shade of the vine verandah to nourish your mind. And we’ll nourish your body with fresh, home-cooked, nutritionally balanced meals lovingly prepared by the Watermill cooks, with many of the ingredients freshly picked from The Watermill’s own gardens. There will be vegetarian options for every meal, of course. Private sessions with a local Shiatsu practitioner are also available, at cost, on request.
yoga Claire croppedYoga, meditation and massage have been a way of life for Claire Murphy for more than 25 years and she’s passionate about teaching them.        Together we’ve created a unique seven-day programme. You can see the itinerary by clicking here.

Claire has a wealth of teaching experience in both yoga and meditation, primarily focused on women’s health. Claire currently teaches classes for women through all stages of their life and has even run sessions for women in recovery from cancer. In addition, her approach is very much from a remedial perspective in which she sees yoga being available to everybody.

In addition to her yoga capabilities, Claire has studied meditation within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for many years as well as being a qualified mindfulness for stress relief teacher. It’s this presence and focus that she brings to all her teachings and infuses all her sessions with mindful awareness.

Having been a ‘secret writer’ for many years, Claire will also be offering conscious journaling and mindful writing activities within the 2017 retreat. Writing is a way of reconnecting to what’s real for us – making the unspoken manifest and along the way, it brings many insights. Giving voice to the unseen and writing through our bodies is Claire’s way of getting pen to paper. No writing skills are necessary, as the sessions will offer writing prompts and jumping off points to inspire making a mark on the blank page. Claire delights in making all that she offers fun and inviting.

14355042_10154591097083804_1900634091968054361_nClaire’s style of teaching is very eclectic, borne out of studying and training in various traditions over the years across the UK and in many other areas of Europe and extensively in the USA. She brings a sense of humour and imagination to her teaching in order to make it accessible to everyone.

The sessions at The Watermill at Posara will be friendly and welcoming and no prior experience of yoga or meditation is necessary: all levels from beginner to intermediate will be catered for and we’ll also tailor our sessions to your particular needs. The classes are secular (non-denominational).

And don’t forget our Early Bird discount: If you book before 31 December 2016 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on Claire’s unique yoga and meditation retreat.

Claire Murphy H&SYoga portrait shape 39-16 September Nourish — mind, body and soul

with Claire Murphy

To learn more about Claire and her retreat at The Watermill, please click here

Come and join us and nourish your mind, body and soul.

 

Rebecca is in the running for Artist of the Year

CPainting by Rebecca di Mendonca, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Many congratulations to Watermill painting tutor Rebecca de Mendonça, who has been shortlisted for the Artist of the Year 2017 award, a competition run by Artist and Illustrator Magazine in the UK. You can see her winning entry pastel Charlie (that’s him above) with all the other shortlisted candidates in a special exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London from 23rd to 28th January.

And you can meet the artist herself during her fun-filled, inspiring week at the Watermill next September. Rebecca and her New Pastel School partner Nel Whatmore will be with us for a unique week-long course in Pastels from Saturday 23 September to Saturday 30 September 2017. More details below – and don’t forget our Early Bird discount: If you book before 31 December 2016 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on this fabulous 2017 painting holiday.

Charlie was created with Unison pastel and with a little bit of conte crayon. Bec says: I primed the surface (mount card) with 2 layers of acrylic paint and then a layer of Colourfix clear Pastel Primer. It takes a while to do that, but is a lovely way to get a fresh bright background as well as a textured surface.

“The reference was a quick snap I took on my ipad when I met the dog by chance at a workshop. I tried to keep it sketchy and lively as he wouldn’t keep still, and I wanted to capture that feeling.”

Nel and Rebecca head shotTogether Nel and Bec have created The New Pastel School, after years of friendship and mutual respect for each other’s work.Their course at the Watermill offers the unusual experience of having these two experienced pastel artists sharing the tuition, and combining their expertise and great enthusiasm for this versatile and exciting medium. As tutors they can help people to see that there are always different ways to do things, even when working with the same pastels. The course will include some plein air painting, studio-based work and also trips out. What Nel and Rebecca seek to offer is a new experience of using pastels outside and to introduce the joys of exploring how inspiring another country’s landscape and countryside can be. They say: “As ever the atmosphere will be relaxed with one to one help, demonstrations and lots of lovely food! We seek to inspire you all to try something different and join us.”

 Nel Whatmore loves colour and paints in a very expressive way as her focus is on light and getting emotion into a painting. She particularly adores painting flowers, landscapes and seascapes. She has been a regular exhibitor at Chelsea Flower Show for the past 10 years, where her stand has won multiple awards including a 5 star award in 2016. She has appeared on TV and celebrity collectors include Zoe Ball, Richard and Judy, Gary Neville and David Gower.

Rebecca de Mendonça’s teaching and painting is the result of a varied career in the arts that has taken her from a degree at Wimbledon College of Art in Theatre Design, and working on projects ranging from Harrods Food Hall and the Phantom of the Opera to exhibiting at The Pastel Society and being a well known demonstrator. She has been commissioned to paint dancers at English National Ballet, actors in West End Shows, and has had work accepted by the Society of Equine Artists and The Pastel Society.

Come and enjoy tuition from TWO great pastellists, for the price of one! And don’t forget our Early Bird discount: If you book before 31 December 2016 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on any of our fabulous 2017 painting holidays.

Nel and Rebecca head shotPainting by Nel Whatmore, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.23-30 September Pastels

with Nel Whatmore and Rebecca de Mendonça

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

Come and join us for double pastel tuition at The Watermill!

Nel's wonderful pastel 'Star of the garden.'

Nel’s wonderful pastel ‘Star of the garden.’

Oil painting at the Watermill

Painting by Sarah Spencer, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.While many of the guests in our painting courses prefer to paint in watercolours (and we have some outstanding tutors next year, as ever, who specialise in that medium), a good few guests like to try their hand in, or improve their skills in, oil painting. And where better to do so than in the Tuscan countryside, home of Renaissance art and architecture?

We have six inspiring visiting artists in 2017 who will offer tuition in oils (and other mediums as well). Sarah Spencer, Maggie Hellmann and Tom Byrne specialise in oils, but Sarah offers teaching in acrylics too, Maggie in acrylics, watercolours and pastels, while Tom will help you to capture the landscape in watercolours as well. Varvara Neiman favours water-based oils and she, too, is skilled in teaching in acrylics and watercolours. That’s Sarah’s picture of Gubbio in Perugia above, while below  is Maggie’s Creekside Magic:Painting by Maggie Renner Hellmann, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

This is Tom’s oil of the San Niccolo tower and the river Arno in Florence:

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

And this is Varvarah’s lovely oil painting called Midday Sun:ainting by Varvarah Neiman, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

And while two of our talented Australian artists, Terry Jarvis and Charles Sluga are watercolour experts, they have diverse talents and will also demonstrate and teach in oils, pastels and acrylics (Terry) and oils and acrylics (Charles). More details of all these courses below.

So you are spoilt for choice – and don’t forget our generous Early Bird discount offer — £GBP 75 off any of our 2017 painting holidays if you book before the end of this year.

Sarah S H&S for tutor profilePainting bysarah Spencer, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.3-10 June Oils and drawing mediums

with Sarah Spencer

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

 

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

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

Terry Jarvis painting cropped morePainting by Terry Jarvis, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.1-8 July Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)

with Terry Jarvis

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

8 to 15 July 2017 Tom J Byrne

Oils and watercolours

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

 

Neiman H&SNeiman Daumazon promenade26 August-2 September Watercolours

with Varvara Neiman

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

 

Charles New photo 2012Sluga Fivizzano belltower demo pic30 September-3 October Watercolours (and acrylics and oils)

with Charles Sluga

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

Come and join us for an oleaginous time!

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

The Oceania fountain Boboli gardens. Oils on canvas. Tom J. Byrne

Less is more in Terry’s study of a lamp

Painting by Terry Jarvis, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Our talented and inspiring watercolour tutor Terry Jarvis recently posted this charming study of the lamp in his garden.  He says: “I was asking myself, ‘Do I put in some background?’ ‘Do I paint the whole lamp?’ and so on.” But he adds: Sometimes it’s better to leave it as it is, as a portrait: so much more with so much less. I hope you all enjoy it.”

We hope so, too – and you can certainly enjoy Terry’s enthusiastic teaching as he joins us for another exhilarating week at the Watermill next year. Don’t take my word for it. Here’s what one guest (who immediately booked to return next year) had to say: “We had a fantastic week and time flew over so quickly. Terry was a great tutor had we had lots of fun with him. Looking forward to next year already.”

Terry will be back in 2017 with a special week-long painting course in watercolours (& oils, pastels and acrylics) from Saturday 1 July to Saturday 8 July 2017. Don’t forget our Early Bird discount: If you book before 31 December 2016 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on any of our fabulous 2017 painting holidays. holidays.

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

Terry demonstrating in the Watermill walled garden

Terry Jarvis is one of Australia’s leading watercolour artists. The son of a goldminer, he was inspired at an early age to draw and paint the landscape, as well as people and animals Terry also works in oils, pastels and acrylics and is happy to teach in those media too. He loves drawing and helping his students to develop their drawing skills.

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

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

Here’s what another guest on one of Terry’s Watermill courses had to say: Terry Jarvis was superb with people, very positive and very relaxed. I’ve been on painting holidays before and learned nothing but Terry was great. When you got stuck he’d come along with a smile – and a brush – and bring your picture to life. He wasn’t afraid to criticise your work, but he had a really positive attitude, which helped you to improve.”

Terry Jarvis painting cropped morePainting by Terry Jarvis, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.1-8 July Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)

with Terry Jarvis

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

Terry rose demo POV

 

 

 

Laugh your way to an Early Bird discount.

nBlog upside down Early BirdIt may not be the most flattering wildlife picture of all time, but I couldn’t resist passing it on. I hope it makes you laugh, as it did me.

Please be assured that I am not suggesting you should adopt this position of this bird, but it did remind me that you have three weeks of so left to take advantage the Watermill’s Early Bird discount, which expires at the end of the year.

If you book before 31 December 2016 there’s a £75 per person discount on each of our fabulous 2017 painting, knitting and Italian language holidays. Our courses are filling fast (some 135 places already taken), so now is the time to book – and receive the Early Bird bonus.

We’d love to welcome you on one of our sun-filled, fun-filled courses next year. Come and join us. You can find out more about everything by clicking here.

First, here’s the full list of our inspiring 2016 painting tutors, with links to more details about them – and more of their stunning pictures. And after that, more details of our knitting and language courses. We hope to see you soon…  Have a chirpy weekend!

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

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

 

Sandra Strohschein head and shouldersA painting by Sandra Strohschein, a tutor on painting courses at The Watermill at Posara, Tuscany Italy27 May – 3 June Watercolours

with Sandra Strohschein

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

 

Sarah S H&S for tutor profilePainting bysarah Spencer, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.3-10 June Oils and drawing mediums

with Sarah Spencer

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

 

Keiko painting en plein air

Painting by Keiko Tanabe, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.10-17 June Watercolours

with Keiko Tanabe

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Terry Jarvis painting cropped morePainting by Terry Jarvis, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.1-8 July Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)

with Terry Jarvis

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

8 to 15 July 2017 Tom J Byrne

Oils and watercolours

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

 

New Sue Ford pic croppedSue Cinque Terre demo15-22 July Watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylic

with Sue Ford

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

Mark Warner H&S croppedPainting 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.

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

Neiman H&SNeiman Daumazon promenade26 August-2 September Watercolours

with Varvara Neiman

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

 

Mike new head and shoulders FINALPainting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.2-9 September Watercolour and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)

with Mike Willdridge

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

Nel and Rebecca head shotPainting by Nel Whatmore, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.23-30 September Pastels

with Nel Whatmore and Rebecca de Mendonça

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

Charles New photo 2012Sluga Fivizzano belltower demo pic30 September-3 October Watercolours (and acrylics and oils)

with Charles Sluga

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

 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.

 

 

Here are the knitting weeks:

Lisa Richardson head and shouldersLisa Richardson Saturday 6 May to Saturday 13 May 2017

Knitting and La Bella Vita 

Please click here for more about Lisa and her course at The Watermill.

 

Marie Wallin head and shoulder croppedMarie Wallin

Saturday 20 May to Saturday 27 May 2017

Knitting and La Bella Vita

Please click here for more about Marie and her course at The Watermill.

Sarah Hatton head and shouldersSarah Hatton

Saturday 16 September to Saturday 23 September 2017

Knitting and La Bella Vita

Please click here for more about Sarah and her course at The Watermill.

 

And last, but by no means least, our unique Italian language course:

Language FrancescaSaturday 29 April to Saturday 6 May 2016

Francesca La Sala Italian Language course

Please click here to learn more about out Italian Language course at the mill, including the itinerary for the week

 

 

 

 

FES – three things to consider when painting complex subjects

Blog Charles FES 1Our talented and inspiring Watermill tutor Charles Sluga has some insightful advice after watching some of his student sketch in, and then do a painting of, a village.

He says:The process of painting is often about Focus, Elimination and Simplification – FES. Basically, when faced with a subject that looks very complicated, it is a good idea to approach it using FES.

1. Decide what part of it you wish to Focus on.

2.Then see if you can Eliminate anything that isn’t important.

3. Then with what is left, Simplify so that it doesn’t become too distracting and unreadable.”

The painting above is by a student who has been quite literal regarding shapes and colours. This ‘literal’ approach, combined with much detail, says Charles, has resulted in a painting that lacks cohesiveness. This is a common problem when people are faced with a scene that may look very busy. Charles says: “There is too much emphasis on what is in front of them rather than creating a painting with unity.” He adds: “Using this student’s painting as a starting point, I did a quick demo trying to unify and simplify  the background and foreground and keeping all the action in the painting in the area under the awnings.”

Here’s Charles’ version of the same scene using FES. He says: “Many times you have a choice of being concerned with literal accuracy or making the painting work  — and they are often not the same thing.” Using FES Charles has connected many shapes in this painting, eliminated detail, and focused on certain sections. What a difference that makes!Painting by Charles Sluga, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Charles Sluga is a highly respected and sought-after watercolour artist in Australia who has gained a reputation for his versatility in both his technique and choice of subject matter. Charles is also skilled in acrylics and oils and is happy to teach in those media, too. Charles not only teaches technique, but also how to think and see as an artist, which he considers just as important. His friendliness, sense of humour and willingness to impart his knowledge makes his classes relaxed, informal and inspiring.

Here’s what some previous students had to say: In addition to being a very talented artist, Charles is an extremely capable and professional teacher: we all benefited from his instruction and guidance during the week.” The most relaxing holiday I have had for a long time: lovely accommodation and exceptional food.”

Charles New photo 2012Sluga Fivizzano belltower demo pic30 September-3 October Watercolours (and acrylics and oils)

with Charles Sluga

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

(At the moment Charles’ 2017 course is fully booked, but there may be cancellations and we have opened a waiting list. Let us know if you’d like to come.)

holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.

Charles Sluga’s painting of the back of the Watermill: Focus, Eliminate, Simplify

Why not bring your partner?

Spencer Tracyand Katherine HepburnEver thought of bringing your non-painting ‘other half’ on a famous Watermill painting course? Worried what he or she might find to do while you are being inspired by your tutor, by the mill and its surroundings and the stunning Lunigiana countryside? Will they be bored? Will they be searching for something to do? Certainly not!

We have a fascinating Activities for Partners programme: a list of suggested activities (by no means obligatory!) for partners to enjoy. It includes underground caverns and sulphurous spas; Bronze Age statues; pilgrims’ routes; the marble quarries of Carrara; a local vineyard, the quintessential walled Italian city of Lucca and the unforgettable seaside village of the Cinque Terre.

(Of course they may prefer just to come out with you to our lovely painting locations, or simply relax, reading a book in the riverside gardens, holding down the sun-loungers in the walled garden, dipping their toes in the ‘plunge pool’ of the old olive press reservoir (the water, fresh from the mountains, is very cold) or watching the figs & tomatoes ripen, and the zucchini sprout!)

You can see our suggestions on the watermill website, by clicking here.

And we’ve a Special Offer for partners too! As well as our usual generous £GBP 250 discount for all non-participating partners sharing a room, we’ll take you for a free vineyard visit– and there’ll no doubt we a little wine-tasting on offer, too!

Come with your very own Spencer or Katherine and enjoy the sun-filled, fun-filled, inspirational atmosphere of a Watermill painting course.

Here’s next year’s list of inspiring painting tutors. And don’t forget our Early Bird discount: £GBP 75 off for you if you book a 2017 painting course before 31 December 2016, as well as the £GBP 250 discount for your non-painting partner.

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

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

 

Sandra Strohschein head and shouldersA painting by Sandra Strohschein, a tutor on painting courses at The Watermill at Posara, Tuscany Italy27 May – 3 June Watercolours

with Sandra Strohschein

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

 

Sarah S H&S for tutor profilePainting bysarah Spencer, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.3-10 June Oils and drawing mediums

with Sarah Spencer

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

 

Keiko painting en plein air

Painting by Keiko Tanabe, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.10-17 June Watercolours

with Keiko Tanabe

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Terry Jarvis painting cropped morePainting by Terry Jarvis, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.1-8 July Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)

with Terry Jarvis

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

8 to 15 July 2017 Tom J Byrne

Oils and watercolours

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

 

New Sue Ford pic croppedSue Cinque Terre demo15-22 July Watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylic

with Sue Ford

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

Mark Warner H&S croppedPainting 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.

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

Neiman H&SNeiman Daumazon promenade26 August-2 September Watercolours

with Varvara Neiman

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

 

Mike new head and shoulders FINALPainting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.2-9 September Watercolour and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)

with Mike Willdridge

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

Nel and Rebecca head shotPainting by Nel Whatmore, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.23-30 September Pastels

with Nel Whatmore and Rebecca de Mendonça

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with Charles Sluga

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with Tim Wilmot

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Come and share the enchantment of a Watermill painting course! And don’t forget our Early Bird discount: £75 off for you if you book a 2017 painting course before 31 December 2016, as well as the £250 discount for your partner.

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A warm Watermill welcome to watercolourist Tim Wilmot

Painting by Tim Wilmot, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.We are delighted to welcome another sensational watercolourist to the Watermill team. He is Tim Wilmot, from Bristol in the South-west of England and he will be joining us for a week-long course in watercolours next October. More details below – and don’t forget our Early Bird special discount offer: if you book for Tim’s course before 31 December this year, there’s £GBP 75 off Tim’s fabulous 2017 painting holiday.

Tim specialises in watercolours, exploiting the medium with tone and light in a loose impressionistic style. He says: I seem to have an affinity with painting landscapes, although I have dabbled with portraits and still life in the past, but always come back to landscapes. His vibrant picture above is of the City Gate in Ancona, Italy. Here’s another lovely watercolour, Two houses in Provence.Painting by Tim Wilmot, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Tim says: “For many years I’ve taken a sketchbook 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. Watercolour is also an ideal medium for capturing those quick impressions.” 

As well as an exciting artist, Tim is also an inspiring teacher and on his course, suitable for all levels, he’ll help you to improve your drawing skills, loosen up your style, learn how to incorporate figures in a landscape as well as nurturing you own artistic ambitions. As one student of Tim’s says: I can’t help being inspired by the careful and wonderfully measured strokes of a genius.”

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with Tim Wilmot

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

 

Come and join us  — and enjoy the magic of the mill! (And enjoy the Early Bird discount.)Macfie millstream reduced