Our good friend at Watermill painting tutor Mike Willdridge has just sent me a lovely pair of acrylic paintings. He tells me: “At the end of May this year I’m opening my studio as part of Dorset Open Studios and currently putting together some appropriate work” (Dorset is a country in the South-west of England, where Mike and his wife Sue now live.)
Mike says: “These two local scenes which are typical of many of the Dorset scenes that I’ll be exhibiting. Both are acrylic on board and measure 600mm x 600mm and both were painted in the studio from photos taken recently this Spring. The location of these is near a village called Fleet which sits alongside Chesil Beach, near Weymouth.” The painting above is ‘Fleet, looking East’, while the one below is ‘Fleet, looking West’.
Mike will also be helping you to capture the beautiful landscapes of Tuscany, in acrylics, watercolours or gouache, during his week-long course at The Watermill this August/September.
Mike Willdridge will be with us this year from Saturday 27 August to Saturday 3 September 2016. He will concentrate on watercolour and drawing, but is also happy also to teach in gouache and acrylics.
Mike especially values drawing as a way of recording/responding to everyday events and makes constant use of a sketchbook. 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.
*** Why not bring your non-painting partner as well? There’s a generous £200 discount for him/her if they share a room with you — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here.