Archives for February 2016

Time to look down in Florence’s cathedral

Blog duomo floor 1I don’t know about you, but every time I go into Florence’s wonderful cathedral I want to look up – at the truly amazing massive dome designed by my great hero Filippo Brunelleschi. (It features a great deal in that intriguing detective story A Matter of Perspective! Please click here to learn more.!)

But next time I go I am determined to look down – at the wonderful 16th Century marble floor. As you can see above, it is an intricate geometric design, in different coloured stone echoing the cathedral façade and Giotto‘s spectacular bell-tower. Here’s another shot, taken from the gallery of the cupola:Blog duomo floor 3

But what really inspired me was the extraordinary three-dimensional effect you get when you view the floor from a central point at the top of the cupola. Isn’t it amazing:Blog duomo floor 2

It feels like the visitors are being sucked into a great vortex or a Black Hole.

You can come and see the cathedral floor and dome with us (and some other famous Florentine buildings!) on our beguiling three-day Florence Add-on before your week-long creative course at The Watermill. You can find out more about it by clicking here.

The interior of the dome of Florence cathedral

Looking up: the interior of the dome of Florence cathedral

 

A perfect Valentine present for couples

Oh Romeo! Why not just use the stairs to our Watermill apartment?

Oh Romeo! Why not just use the stairs to our Watermill apartment?

Thinking of a perfect Valentine present for your ‘other half’? One that will bring you just as much enjoyment as him/her, even of you are a non-painting partner? Look no further than a famous Watermill painting course!Lunigiana panoramaThere’s plenty for ‘npps’ to do? We’ve an 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. You can see our suggestions on the watermill website, by clicking here.Equi term grotto

(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!)

A lovely photograph of the mill and the riverside gardens. Lots of greens!

A lovely photograph of the mill and the riverside gardens. Lots of greens!

And we’ve a Special Offer for partners too! As well as our usual generous £(GBP) 200 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 Romeo or (Juliet) and enjoy the sun-filled, fun-filled, inspirational atmosphere of a Watermill painting course. Here’s the list and current availability:

Painting by Janie Pirie, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Janie Pirie Painting plants with coloured pencils.

14 May to 21 May 2016 Three places left

Please click here to learn more about Janie, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures.

 

Painting by Sarah Yeoman, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Sarah Yeoman Watercolours

4 June to 11 June 2016 One place left AND 11 June to 18 June 2016 One place left

Please click here to learn more about Sarah, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures.

 

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

18 June to 25 June 2016 Course full; waiting list

Please click here to learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures.

 

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

25 June to 2 July 2016 Course full; waiting list

Please click here to learn more about Lea, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures.

 

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

2 July to 9 July 2016 Two/three places left

Please click here to learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures.

 

Painting by Amanda Brett, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Amanda Brett Watercolours

9 July to 16 July 2016 Four/five places left

Please click here to learn more about Amanda, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures.

 

Painting by Keith Hornblower, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Keith Hornblower Watercolours

13 August to 20 August 2016 Four/five places left

Please click here to learn more about Keith, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures.

 

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Mike Willdridge Watercolours, oils and acrylics, drawing, sketching

27 August to 3 September 2016 Four/five places places left

Please click here to learn more about Mike, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures.

 

Sarah S Gubbio reducedSarah Spencer Oils and acrylics, drawing

3 September to 10 September 2016 Three/four places left

Please click here to learn more about Sarah, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures.

 

Painting by Lisa Fu, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Lisa Fu Watercolours

24 September to 1 October 2016 Still plenty of places left

Please click here to learn more about Lisa, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures.

 

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

1 October to 8 October 2016 New course: still plenty of places left

Please click here to learn more about Lea, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures.

 

David Lucca anfiteatroDavid Taylor Watercolours

8 October to 15 October 2016 One/two places left

Please click here to learn more about David, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures.

 

‘Wherefore art thou Romeo?’

‘I am on a sunlounger in the walled garden!’

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