Archives for April 2016

Imaginary monks enliven Keiko’s convent

Painting by Keiko Tanabe, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.If the headline above sounds like a clue in The Times crossword, let me explain. The picture is of a watercolour (with the real scene behind) by our lovely Japanese painting tutor, Keiko Tanabe, done on location at the Convento del Carmine, a 16th Century monastery where we go to paint on Thursdays. And there haven’t been monks there since 1872 – so they are entirely a figment of Keiko’s imagination.

The convent is a peaceful place, surrounded by lovely gardens and 17 secluded hectares of pines, walnut, chestnut, cypress and fruit trees, meadows and streams. There are views over the town of Fivizzano and the surrounding hills. Here it is:Convento approach]

The convent (that’s what they call it, although the inmates were monks, not nuns) is of the Carmelite order (Ordo Fratrum Beatissimæ Virginis Mariæ de Monte Carmelo) and dates back to 1568. The Renaissance-style building has cloisters with sandstone columns and lunettes decorated with murals attributed to Stefano Lemmi of the Bolognese school of artists.. Around 1970 the convent was partly restored by Ennio Adreani, one of Italy’s first and most-famous acupuncturists, who went to live and set up his practice there. He died in 2000 and left the convent to his nephew, our friend Giovanni Adreani, who, together with his wife Giovanna, has undertaken further restoration work. In 2008 they commissioned artists from the Botticino School and the Belle Arti Academy in Brescia to restore beautiful frescoes within the cloister. The convent is now a setting for romantic weddings.Convento courtyard empty

Our painting guests enjoy the exclusive use of the convent and grounds on Thursdays, together with a delicious picnic lunch.

Sue Ford Joy and Sanjana at Convento

You, too, can enjoy exclusive delights of the Convento del Carmine on a Watermill painting holiday. We’ve had unprecedented demand this year, so now is the time to ensure YOUR place on one of our 2016 painting courses. Come and join us and see what all the fuss is about! Here’s the current availability, but it is changing rapidly, do please contact us if you have a favourite tutor or favourite week and we’ll reserve your place.

Janie plus paintingJanie Pirie

14 May to 21 May 2016 Two places left

Painting plants with coloured pencils To learn more about Janie, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please click here.

Sarah Y plus paintingSarah Yeoman 4 June to 11 June 2016 One place left AND 11 June to 18 June 2016 One place left

Watercolours

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Sandra plus paintingSandra Strohschein 18 June to 25 June 2016 Course Full: Waiting List

Watercolours

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Lea plus pictureLea Nixon 25 June to 2 July 2016 Course Full: Waiting List

Watercolours

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Terry plus pictureTerry Jarvis 2 July to 9 July 2016 One place left

Watercolours

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Amanda plus pictureAmanda Brett 9 July to 16 July 2016 Three places left

Watercolours

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Keith plus pictureKeith Hornblower 13 August to 20 August 2016 Five places left

Watercolours

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Mike plus pictureMike Willdridge 27 August to 3 September 2016 One place left

Watercolours, oils and acrylics, drawing, sketching.

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Sarah S plus pictureSarah Spencer 3 September to 10 September 2016 One place left

Oils and acrylics, drawing

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Trevor plus pictureTrevor Lingard 24 September to 1 October 2016 Four places left

Watercolours

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Lea plus pictureLea Nixon 1 October to 8 October 2016 Five/six places left

Watercolours

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David plus pictureDavid Taylor 8 October to 15 October 2016 One place left

Watercolours

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*** 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.

***PS Keiko Tanabe will be back with us in 2017, from Saturday 10 June to Saturday 17 June 2017 — and we will take early bookings NOW if you get in touch using the Watermill Contact Form, by clicking here.