Archives for March 2017

Doodle your way to looser watercolours, says Doranne 

Painting by Doranne Alden, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Doranne Alden, our lovely watercolour tutor, who is joining us again this May (more details below) has just sent me these three colourful paintings she calls ‘doodles’. That’s ‘doodle 1’ above, while below is ‘doodle 2’Painting by Doranne Alden, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Doranne says: “Sketching in watercolour is a great way to learn about handling watercolour loosely. It can be quick and fun especially if you work on small doodles as I have done in these three paintings. It is also perfect practice for getting to know your palette of colours. Of course, your subject can be anything around you, as it is not what you paint but the way you paint it, that makes your work so much more appealing.” Here’s ‘doodle 3’Painting by Doranne Alden, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

And this a Doranne Alden sketch of a guest painting beside the river Rosaro, which flows beside the Watermill. I reckon this captures the true essence of Watermill painting holidays:Painting by Doranne Alden, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Doranne Alden is a professional artist, art teacher and graphic designer who particularly loves painting in watercolour. She now lives in Malta, but also worked for several years in Germany. Doranne is also a dedicated teacher, who has led many classes and workshops. She loves sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm, inspiring her students to produce their best work — and she’s happy to teach beginners as well as more experienced painters. We already have nine people booked into Doranne’s course here, so we have room for only two or three more.

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 Two or three places left

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

A warm watercolour from Tim Wilmot

Painting by Tim Wilmot, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Doesn’t this vibrant picture, of Malaga in Spain simply make you feel warm? It’s by Watermill watercolour painting tutor Tim Wilmot, who will be enjoying the warm Tuscan sun with us this October. (More details below.)

Tim says: “The lovely yellow/ facade of Palacio Episcopal in central Malaga is a great subject for a watercolour – lovely colours and contrasts with the angle of the sun coming through the square.  It’s one of those places you could spend all day in and just paint different views as the sun moves around.  As you can see on the left, I greatly simplified the people in the cafe – just silhouettes really and shadows on the ground of the table legs and chairs.”

Come and learn the secrets of great watercolours from Tim. During his week-long painting courseyou’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the spectacular scenery of Lunigiana, the unspoilt part of Tuscany that surrounds the Watermill. We promise you river valleys and craggy mountains, vineyards and olive groves, convents and castles, hill-top villages and walled medieval towns. And with Tim as your guide, you’ll learn now to loosen our style and capture the essence of the wonderful scenery with your brush.

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

Tim’s watercolour of a vineyard and the Apuan Alps near the Watermill

While he’s dabbled with portraits and still lifes over the years, Tim is inexorably drawn to landscapes. He says: “I’m an outdoor person rather than an indoor person. For many years I’ve taken a sketch book 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.” And you’ll be able to do that, too, in the Watermill studio, overlooking the river and the walled garden with the high Apennines beyond.

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

Tim’s impression of the riverside by The Watermill

Tim says: There are all sorts of reasons for coming on a painting holiday — it might be to improve your drawing skills, loosen up your style, learn how to incorporate figures in a landscape — and it’s my job to try to find what your personal objectives are and help you achieve them. Ohand have fun with like-minded people on the way.”

Every day we’ll paint outside as much as possible and Tim will try to do two demos during the day. He says: During the demos I’ll welcome questions, such as ‘Why did you choose that scene?’ ‘What brush are you using there?’ ‘What colour combination did you just use?’ and so on.” After the demonstration, everyone can have a go at replicating that scene. Tim says: “I will be on hand to look over your shoulder and give some words of encouragement and try to give advice on what, in my opinion, does work and what doesn’t. We can also have all our work displayed together and go through a brief critique and compare our experiences.

“If we’re in the studio, no problem. There will be opportunity create some watercolour landscapes from some reference photos and we can do exercises on figure work, and getting things like cars or boats into the landscape.

“We all want to take away many things from our time at the Watermill and then the key is to IMPLEMENT at least one thing you have learnt.”

A comment from a previous student: “I’m quite impressed with how you transform a dull image into an impressionistic and beautiful study of light and shadow. You’re great tutor!”  Another said: Like most, I struggle with too much detail. This will help me to “loosen up”. I like how methodical you are and how you capture the light in your paintings. I also find it interesting how your figures are always walking towards the viewer. Seems like most watercolourists have them walking away from the viewer. I think your way brings your paintings to life.” 

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with Tim Wilmot

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

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

Tim’s painting of a city gate in Ancona, Italy

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Congratulations to Tom Byrne on his new appointment

Tom Flornce studio jobWe’re delighted to report that our talented and inspiring oil and watercolour painting tutor Tom Byrne has just been appointed as the Plein Air Instructor in watercolour, oil and sketching at the Florence Studio-Academy of Fine Arts. Tom says: “Looking forward to showing off the city of Florence, paintbrush in hand!”

He’s also looking forward to wielding his paintbrush on his week-long course at The Watermill.

Tom J Byrne was a pupil of our friend Michael John Angel, Director of Studies at the Angel Academy in Florence – and ‘Johnny’ Angel was in turn a pupil of the great portrait and fresco painter Pietro Annigoni. So Tom has an impeccable artistic pedigree. We like his work so much we recently gave one of his paintings of Florence to a special friend for a special birthday present.

Tom's oil painting of Florence which which we bought and gave as a special birthday present

Tom’s oil painting of Florence which which we bought and gave as a special birthday present

Tom is from Ireland, where he studied and worked as an artist for 20 years, but for the last 15 years he has been living between France and Italy. In his workshop Tom will demonstrate in both oils and watercolours. He says: “The simplicity of watercolours means they are a fantastic way quickly to grasp the principles involved in seeing and painting. Oils give us a very robust and powerful painting which is more easily appreciated by an audience.”

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

Work in progress: another view over Florence

Here’s some praise from former students. One said: “Tom Byrne is a charming host as well as a superb artist. He set up an easy and congenial atmosphere with fantastic food and plenty of wine. Tom is also an inspiring teacher. He’s serious and fun at the same time.” Another said:Tom Byrne made the experience a special one by creating a friendly, collegial atmosphere among the guests with relaxed, interesting conversations over delicious Italian dinners. There was comprehensive tuition tailored to suit all levels of experience. I was amazed how much I actually painted while thoroughly enjoying myself.”

3 to 10 June 2017 Tom J Byrne

Oils and watercolours

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

 

Come and join us at the Watermill and paint the glorious Tuscan countryside of Lunigiana en plein air with TomLunigiana Bardellino

Keep your hands off those washes until they are dry, says Lea Nixon

Painting by Lea Nixon, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Our talented and sympathetic English watercolour tutor Lea Nixon recently sent me a couple of paintings with some comments on washes and light that I’d like to pass on to you.

The first was of a village in the Cinque Terre (above), one of the venues for our excursion on Wednesdays during the Watermill painting week. Lea says: Beautiful day, beautiful light and crowds of beautiful people! That is, depending on how you look at it! For something like this the process of painting is quite quick because the light’s moving across the harbour cove rather quickly and people are coming and going all the time; it made me move and act quickly also.

Lea used only a few colours: French ultramarine and burnt sienna for most of the painting, with some extra bright colours like red for the shirts of people. White gouache was used for highlights.

And Lea sounds a loud cautionary note about washes: “As always, I applied washes quickly, without going back into them, to keep them fresh and transparent. Fiddling with your washes is the quickest way to disaster!”     

The second painting, below, is of the harbour in Amalfi, in Southern Italy. Lea says: “Light is everything in a painting and you can’t see the light without the shadows so you have to paint both.”

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

And leave those washes alone! “To achieve a fresh look to your paintings it is best to lay down your washes without touching them again until they are dry. The more you touch the wet washes the more chance there is to lose sparkle and this is where the word ‘mud’ comes from when referring to watercolours.”

Lea Nixon head and shoulders

Lea Nixon is an exceptional watercolour painter from Wigan in the north-west of England for whom mood, character and atmosphere are particularly important. Lea specialises in watercolours, the magic of which excites him again and again. He has been a school teacher for the past 30 years in art and music, so creativity is in his blood – and he likes nothing more than to help others to achieve their artistic goals. Lea says: “There are many different styles and ways to paint a picture and your own personal style defines you as an artist. I like to spot the originality in my students and work with them to develop their skills. It is fantastic fun.”

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

Lea’s painting of the market in the nearby walled Medieval town of Fivizzano, where we go to paint on Tuesdays

We had great feedback from guests on Lea’s courses here lat year. One said: “The whole experience was amazing … I loved it.” Another said: “Lea was a wonderful tutor. He not only encouraged us to be productive but divided his attention equally with all his students, a hard task at times to achieve. I personally felt I came home with some worthwhile artwork but mainly came away with a wealth of new-found knowledge gleaned from watching and learning Lea’s painting style.”

Lea’s course at The Watermill is for all levels of experience. He says: “We’ll learn about all the qualities to make a good watercolour and I’ll give you a procedure which will simplify the whole painting process. Watercolour is a captivating medium and there are so many ways to use it to make beautiful pictures.”
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 Four or five places left

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

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

Lea Nixon’s painting of a corner of the Watermill courtyard

A masterclass in collage from Sue Ford

Painting by Sue Ford, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Sue Ford, our delightful and talented painting tutor from England, loves painting in any medium, but is particularly fond of collage. She just written an article about it for the May issue of Paint! Magazine (which, such are the peculiarities of magazine publishing, should be out just about now!)

Here’s a sneak preview of some of Sue’s thoughts and comments. She says: I started working in collage when looking for a technique that could utilise my drawing skills, allow for working with lots of colour and provide a modern look.”

Sue provides a step-by-step guide to making wonderful collages, like the one above of the village of Staithes in North Yorkshire. First, here’s the photo reference.Sue Blog Mar 17 original picture

The next stage is to prepare the canvas with a light orange acrylic wash and, once this is dry, to draw the picture with a black felt tip pen.

Sue Blog Mar 17 drawing

Next, start selecting suitable colours from the magazines- Sue says: “I also use specialist paper. I’ve collected from craft/paper suppliers and tissue paper and even saved sweet wrappers.” You can cut out shapes, but Sue reckons it’s far better to tear. Then build up the picture gradually, bearing in mind tonal values and balance. The picture below shows the ‘sticking’ part, ready for the drawing back in the picture with black and white felt tip pens.Sue first application (002)

And this shows detail after the pen work

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

The picture is then finished using acrylic paints, unify some parts of the picture, glazing and softening edges. Sue says: “I always like to stand back from my picture to see if the balance of the painting is working. Sometimes I use acrylic to alter colour. It all depend, some collage pictures have very little paint. For this picture I painted in the sky with Naples yellow and white, and for the beck, turquoise blue and white.”

She adds: “If you find creating the whole picture in collage too much, I suggest partial collage within your acrylic paintings.”

You can learn more when Sue returns to the Watermill this Summer. She says This is one of my favourite venues. My last course here, in 2015 was a great success: a lovely group of people and Bill and Lois made us very welcome. The authentic local food and the accommodation were beautiful — and we enjoyed fabulous days our paining on location.”

Her students enjoyed their Watermill week with Sue, too: One said: I had a wonderful time. Everything was superb – the accommodation, the trips out and the food! Utterly wonderful. It was an experience that I will treasure. Sue Ford is an exceptional tutor with a lovely manner and treats all with respect and kindness.”

Sue with studentsSue’s inspiring week-long painting course is in watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylic will run from Saturday 15 July to Saturday 22 July. More details below. Sue says: “I just love creating pictures in any medium – and I love passing on what I’ve learned to other people and to help them release their creativity.”

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with Sue Ford  Three or four places left

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

Mindful Walking with Watermill yoga tutor Claire Murphy

Italy- Mindful Walking (004)Our delightful yoga and meditation tutor Claire Murphy is returning to the Watermill this September for a special seven-day retreat, called Nourish — mind, body, and soul. There’s a link below for you to find out more details of this unique, joyful yoga and meditation retreat. Eight people have already signed up, so we have room for only three or four more.

And to whet your appetite and get you into the right mode — mind. body and soul — Claire has prepared a series of relaxing yet invigorating exercises for the week, which you can enjoy NOW, even before you come (or even if you don’t!)

This one is Mindful walking.

Claire says: During your stay at the Watermill, it is anticipated that at least on a couple of mornings before breakfast we will engage in some mindful walking. The aim is not having a particular destination in mind; rather, it’s about bringing our attention to the experience and sensation of walking.

“Meditation is often assumed to be a practice that exists solely on a cushion or a chair; however we reap the benefits more when we take it through all our everyday activities. When we usually walk, we are taking our constant chattering mind along with us. It may be thinking about the train that was delayed; feeling miserable that it’s, yet again, raining; worrying about work / home / children; or even fantasising about the weekend ahead (even though it’s only Monday morning). This means we miss out on so much that can enrich our moment-by-moment joy.”

Claire says: “In mindful walking we notice the sensations of our feet as they make contact with the earth, or even the finer details of how one heel lifts up, there’s more pressure in the ball of the opposite foot. In noticing the sensation through the feet, we then move the awareness up to understand how our knees, hips and pelvis are all part of this amazing action of walking.

“As we walk, the focus comes into our breath, then can slowly be expanded to smell – what aromas do I notice? Visually – taking in all that you see, the colours and textures. Not forgetting sounds. Listen to all that is happening around you.  Rather than listening to the voice of your mind.

We may also use the mindful walking of a morning within the mindful writing we shall engage in too. Even more reason to join us before our delicious breakfast is served!”

Yoga retreat at The Watermill in Tuscany, yoga and meditation retreats

We’ll nourish your soul on rural walks and visits to ancient walled towns and hilltop villages, castles and14432947_10154449229557557_403500150842892678_nconvents. 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.

Itali 4 jpgIn 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. Claire’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 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).

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with Claire Murphy Three or four places left

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.

 

 

The Watermill’s cookery course: What will be in the garden in August, and what will we do with it

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Tomatoes fresh from the Watermill garden. Will there be enough for passata?

Although it is only March, Lois and the team of cookery experts are already looking forward to August, when we are running The Watermill’s first-ever cookery course, and thinking of what we will do with all the produce from the garden.

We’ll be eating a lot of it fresh, of course, but Lois says: “In August, we begin to think about preserving the excess of our produce, ready for the Winter months.  The last of the zucchini will be bottled, for example, and we might make passata with our tomatoes (although there aren’t usually many left after we’ve eaten them fresh!).”

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

The grapes will be ripening on the vine verandah

She adds: “We’ll make a compote with the plums for bagging and freezing and enjoying later with breakfast cereals, for example.  And we’ll boil up a fragrant, jewel-like rosemary-and-grape jelly with our young uva fragola, for eating with fresh pecorino or roasted meats.  Herbs are usually rampant by this time (parsley, thyme, marjoram, sage, mint) and so we dry them and store them for use later.”

Why not join us and help prepare all these delicious delights and more on our unique cookery course, which we’ve called L’arte di mangiar bene, the art of eating well. This lies at the heart of the Italian lifestyle — and that’s just what you’ll enjoy on The Watermill’s first-ever cookery week. ITINERARY page Mirella in kitchen croppedYou’ll learn the secrets of healthy eating from Lois and The Watermill team, among them an Italian grandmother (Mirella, to the right), an organic farmer and our gardener’s wife Marida. You’ll choose freshest local ingredients (we’ll pick many of them ourselves each day) and prepare them deliciously for the table.

We’ll visit markets, vegetable gardens, olive groves and vineyards. The Italians are the healthiest people in Europe and this is due not just the quality of the food, but to la bella vita italiana, the relaxed lifestyle which means taking Panzanella 1time to talk to friends and to enjoy their company, not least in convivial meals around the dining table. You’ll be savouring all that, too.

Over the years Lois Breckon and The Watermill team have built a reputation for theThe Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy. quality of their food and we’re keen to share our secrets with you, from antipasti to dolci – and dozens of mouth-watering, freshly prepared, health-promoting dishes in between.

 

 

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with Lois Breckon, Ingrid Fabbian and The Watermill team

To learn more about this delicious cookery course, please click here

A colourful corner of the walled garden

Put your easel in our landscapes with Mark

Painting by Mark Warner, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Our talented, enthusiastic and inspiring English painting tutor Mark Warner has an engaging habit of taking a picture of his easel in the landscapes he paints. There’s one above. We’d like you to do the same and put your easel in our landscapes during Mark’s painting week with us this Summer. Details below. Eight people are already booked in, so we have room for just three or four more painters.

Actually, you don’t even have to bring your own easel unless you want to: we’ll lend you one of our lightweight ones when we go out to one of our stunning locations during the week, including a castle with a village nestling at its feet, a walled Medieval town, a privately-owned convent and a hilltop village with extraordinary views of the mountains.

You can use it, too, in the watermill courtyard, walled garden and along the riverside and millstream. Don’t forget to take a photo, like Mark.

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Mark Warner is a specialist in acrylics/watercolours incorporating conte/pastel and his painting course here will run from Saturday 22 July to Saturday 29 July 2017.

Amy Monte dei Binachi view

Mark lives in Shropshire in England and is not only a respected artist but also a highly professional tutor with many years of teaching experience. Mark is passionate about working outside, tutoring numerous day and residential plein air holidays. His sessions are very popular — and he leads by example, creating a relaxed and encouraging environment.  He says I adore using colour while interpreting the light, weather and a love for the materials. I work directly in the field (literally on many occasions!) from sketches created outside as well as notes/photographs taken on location.”

Keiko garden 2 Jess -reducedSketching is at the heart of Mark’s work: This is important in the development of a piece and on many occasions, forming an integral part of the painting itself.” Mark works on coloured grounds, incorporating aspects of mark-making and directional brushstrokes within the work. He says: “I continue to draw inspiration from the landscape, although subject matter can be broad and at times very different.” 

Mark at easelPainting 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.

Watermill lost in the wonderful scenery

Discover how to paint a plein air picture in just 20 minutes with Tom Byrne

Painting by Tom J Byrne, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
Our new Watermill painting tutor Tom Byrne, who stepped happily into the breach when Sarah Spencer had to full out for medical reasons, reckons he can show you how to achieve a great plein air study in just 20 minutes.

Tom’s course, in oils and watercolours, will run from Saturday 3rd to Saturday 7th June. There are more details below. The course is suitable both for beginners and more established plein air painters.

Painted in watercolor in the Corsini gardens, florence, Italy. May 2015. This is the tree over the box maze where the tortise wander around being cute.

Painted in watercolour in the Corsini gardens, Florence, Italy. Tom says: “This is the tree over the box maze where the tortoise wander around being cute.”

During the week we’ll be visiting local beauty spots as well as painting in the stunning Watermill gardens and along the millstream and river and Tom says: “I’ll be demonstrating both at the mill and on location an I’ll be showing you methods for making a quick study as well as more elaborate techniques.” There will be 20-minute painting studies in both oil and watercolour.

The focus will be on good composition and among the topics are:

  • Best practice in laying in a plein air
  • Under-painting for plein air and alla prima in oil.
  • How to use watercolour in wet on wet and colour layers.

Tom says: “Italy has always been the first-choice location for artists who flock here from all over the world to experience the light, friendly people, good food and verdant Italian countryside. We’ll do all that at The Watermill.”

Tom J Byrne is a landscape painter living in Florence, Italy where he specialises in plein air painting. He is from Ireland, where he studied and worked as an artist for 20 years, but for the last 15 years he has been living between France and Italy. In his workshop Tom will demonstrate in both oils and watercolours. He says: “The simplicity of watercolours means they are a fantastic way quickly to grasp the principles involved in seeing and painting. Oils give us a very robust and powerful painting which is more easily appreciated by an audience.”

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

Work in progress: a view over Florence by Tom Byrne

Here’s some praise from former students. One said: Tom Byrne is a charming host as well as a superb artist. He set up an easy and congenial atmosphere with fantastic food and plenty of wine. Tom is also an inspiring teacher. He’s serious and fun at the same time.” Another said: “Tom Byrne made the experience a special one by creating a friendly, collegial atmosphere among the guests with relaxed, interesting conversations over delicious Italian dinners. There was comprehensive tuition tailored to suit all levels of experience. I was amazed how much I actually painted while thoroughly enjoying myself.”

3 to 10 June 2017 Tom J Byrne

Oils and watercolours

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

 

Come and join us at the Watermill and paint en plein air in the glorious Tuscan countryside with TomLunigiana Bardellino

Our March newsletter is out – at last!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy

 We’ve been so busy with the builders at the mill that we completely forgot about the March newsletter – until now!

Everything is beginning to look stunning again, from the roof renovated with antique terracotta tiles, to the marble sink filled with flowers on the new riverside terrace.

We’re looking forward to sharing it all with you but, in the meantime, click here to read the newsletter for a quick catch-up.

The Watermill courtyard from the walled garden

The Watermill courtyard from the walled garden