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A sketch a day brightens your painting week with Mike

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, ItalyWe have just enjoyed a lovely painting week with our old friend Mike Willdridge and his wife Sue. Here’s a comment that arrived this morning from one of our guests on that week: “Thank you so much, Mike, for your wonderful, encouraging tuition during our week at the Watermill.   What a precious place it is to be immersed in art. You gave us a great week striking the balance between demonstration and encouragement and helping us to get going.  My paintings are set out on my kitchen table and they bring back great memories of the places we painted……  those dramatic mountains were so inspiring and quite took your breath away.  I learnt much during the week. Thank you for a wonderfully happy and informative week.”  

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, ItalyMike always encourages the use of sketchbooks and demonstrate their use during the course of his teaching week. Here are a few of his sketches, all of which were demonstrations made when out ‘on location’ – one for each day and each painted rapidly.

Mike will be back with us next year, from Saturday 8 September to Saturday 15 September 2018, and we’d love you to join us for his fun-filled, sun-filled, inspiring week. There are more details below. And don’t forget our Early Bird offer: £GBP 75 off if you book your painting holiday now!

Here are Mike’s sketches. The one above was made in and around the mill on the first Sunday of the course, while the sketch to the left, in watercolour and Indian ink, was made on Monday, when the group goes out to paint at the castle and village of Verrucola.

Mike 2017 sketch Fivizzano market day wcolour and Ind inkOn Tuesdays we go to the nearby walled Medieval town of Fivizzano to enjoy the sights and sounds of the weekly market there. To the right is Mike’s rapid sketch.


Below is  sketch in the tranquil monastery of the Convento del Carmine, where we go on Thursdays:

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy

And here is a striking sketch, in watercolour and Indian ink, of olive trees beside the hilltop village of Monte dei Bianchi, where we paint before enjoy lunch in  gourmet restaurant.

Mike 2017 sketch Monte olives watecrolour and Indian ink

Mike Willdridge works and in a wide range of media and is an enthusiastic and energetic tutor, often encouraging his students to be bold and to take chances. His classes are always light-hearted and fun, with the ‘teaching’ tailored to individual needs. He will concentrate on watercolours, but is also happy to help with gouache and acrylics too.

More comments from previous guests: A wonderful holiday. You were such generous and friendly hosts and Mike was an excellent painting tutor.”  Another said: “The food was exceptional and the mill itself is great, in such a beautiful setting. A truly wonderful week in every respect.”

Everything is included in the cost of your holiday at the watermill: tuition, accommodation (including all linen and towels), pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals and wines (including outings to charming local restaurants) and all local transportation (including transfers to Pisa airport and an excursion by train to Lucca or the Cinque Terre). You get to Pisa, Italy, we do the rest!

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8-15 September 2018 

Mike Willdridge

Watercolour and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)

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

Early Bird discount: book now!

If you book before 31 December 2017 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on this fabulous 2018 painting holiday.  To enquire about availability and/or to reserve your place, please use our Painting Holiday Enquiry Form by clicking here.