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100 paintings in 100 days: a wonderful achievement by Mike

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Many congratulations to Mike Willdridge, who has just successfully completed his self-imposed challenge of creating 100 paintings in 100 days. You can see Painting 100 above.

Mike says: “100 days ago I set out on a Journey Towards Abstraction, making one painting a day for 100 days. Time now to sit back and try and make sense of what has been an experience of highs and lows. At times it has felt like treading through treacle and, at other times, paintings and ideas just slipped out as easy as pie. In this, my final painting, I’ve tried to convey my sense of ‘relief’ and ‘joy’ – because that’s how I’m feeling!” The painting is in acrylic, gouache and gold leaf and it is appropriately entitled The End.

Mike’s has been a wonderful journey and we are full of admiration not only of his creativity, but of his perseverance! You can see all of Mike’s 100 paintings by clicking here. And you can see Painting 100 at the Watermill. We liked it so much, we bought it and it will be hanging in pride of place here.

Of his artistic journey, Mike says: “For a long time I’ve enjoyed looking at abstract art and wanted to move in that direction myself, but I found it difficult to leave my representational style. Now that I have given up most of my teaching (except at the Watermill!), I’ve found a renewed energy towards abstraction.”

All in all, the Watermill has purchased five of Mike’s milestones on his road towards abstraction. Here’s another one of those: Picture Number 5.

You can see our five ‘Road to Abstraction’ pictures if you join us for one of our creative courses next year. And if you come in early June, you will be able to meet the artist himself.

You don’t have to go abstract to enjoy Mike’s course: he paints realistic landscapes and loves sketching around the Watermill and in the glorious Tuscan scenery beyond it. He is also a wonderful teacher. Mike will be with us again next year, for a week in watercolour and drawing (also gouache and acrylics), from Saturday 29 June to Saturday 6 July 2019. We already have eight bookings for his course, so we have room for three or four more painters and their non-painting partners, if they would like to come.

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

Mike’sketch of market day in the town of Fivizzano, near the Watermill

Mike Willdridge works 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.

A comment from a guest on one of Mike’s previous courses at The Watermill: “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.”

Here’s another of my favourite Mike Willdridge pictures, an exuberant watercolour of the mill stream flowing beneath one of our gardener Flavio Terenzoni’s famous wooden bridges, with their curvy handrails.

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Mike Willdridge
29 June to 6 July 2019
Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics with an emphasis on sketching and drawing on location)

To learn more about Mike and his course at the mill, please click here

Trying to capture Mike’s painting course in 30 seconds!

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.I’ve had a little bit of fun creating one of those short Facebook slideshows, this time trying in less than 30 seconds to capture some of the atmosphere on Mike Willdridge’s painting courses here. You can see it by clicking here. I hope you like it.

And, of course, you can capture the warm and welcoming atmosphere yourself as well as Mike’s enthusiasm and sense of humour if you join us next year on his watercolour course.

Mike will be with us from Saturday 29 June to Saturday 6 July 2019, giving tuition in watercolours (and also in gouache and acrylics for those who are interested), with a special emphasis on sketching and drawing on location.

Mike is particularly keen on all forms of drawing as a way of recording and responding to everyday events. He constantly uses a sketchbook and will encourage you to do the same, gathering speedy impressions and building up a visual record of your time at the watermill and among the mountains, castles, walled towns and hilltop villages of this unspoiled region of Tuscany.

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.

A comment from a guest on one of Mike’s previous courses at The Watermill: “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.”

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

Mike’s sketch of market day in the town of Fivizzano, near the Watermill

Mike Willdridge
29 June to 6 July 2019  
Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics with an emphasis on sketching and drawing on location)

To learn more about Mike and his course at the mill, please click here.

And don’t forget our enticing offer for people who book before the end of 2018. Our ‘Early Bird’ discount gives you £75 off the cost of your holiday if you book before the end of the year. We recommend that you reserve your place as soon as you can. We already have eight people (two of them non-painting partners) booked in for Mike’s course, but there are lovely bedrooms and a self-contained apartment suite still available.

Come and join in the fun!

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A painting group with Mike Willdrige being less than serious

Forbidden fruit at the Watermill

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We call this ‘conceptual artefact’ Forbidden Fruit and you can see it in the Watermill sitting room along with all the wonderful paintings made by our inspiring tutors.

What’s it all about?

Well… We had the wooden bananas first, in Scotland, two yellow ‘ripe’ ones and one green one. We didn’t really know what to do with them and worried that, were they on show, someone might try to eat them. So why not display them under glass, as the Victorians did with their butterflies and stuffed birds?

But the bananas looked a little lonely in their glass case, so I got in touch with the delightful English woodturner Barry Charnley and asked him to provide more fruit to keep them company.

He also produced an apple with teeth-marks, which could only have been made by a wooden boy: Pinocchio, of course. (The young man denied this, but when confronted, his nose grew and grew…)

Come and see our forbidden fruit for yourself, but don’t try to eat it. We love to welcome you on one of our fun-filled, sun-filled, inspiring courses where you can make your own creative artefacts, whether they are painted, written or knitted!

As ever, there’s more about everything if you just click here.

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Meanhile, in the garden: Aphrodite kidnapped. A bust of the goddess, normally in the sitting room, placed artistically in the walled garden.

Famous couples and the Watermill

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Cheer up! Let’s go to the Watermill!

We have been having a lot of fun recently with our Watermill newsletters, where we always have a paragraph urging you to bring your partner to join you on one of our creative courses. We seek out pictures of famous couples and make up our own captions and we thought we’d share a few of the latest ones with you.

That’s the Duke and Duchess of Urbino above, as painted by Piero della Francesca. And here are Omar Sharif and Julie Christie, as Dr Zhivago and Lara, looking a little chilly:

Let’s go to the Watermill. We won’t need our furs!

Our encouragement to bring your partner or friend holds good: there’s plenty for them to do while you are enjoying your painting, creative writing, knitting or Italian language course. They don’t have to participate in the course, but they will be able to enjoy the wonderful hospitality of the mill and whenever they want, come out with you to our beautiful locations. We also offer a range of Alternative activities for partners, as well as a generous £250 discount if they share a room with you. We think they’ll be amused:

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We would be amused by a week at the Watermill.

And as Bogie might have said to Ingrid: “We’ll always have Posara!”

But seriously… Do come as a twosome and double your delights on a Watermill creative course. Our 2019 courses are booking fast, but you can find out more about current availability by clicking here.

And, as always, there’s more about everything at The Watermill website, which you can see by clicking here.

‘Living Legends’ to tutor a Scriptwriting course

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We are proud to announce a very special Scriptwriting week with Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, described by the British Comedy Society as ‘Living Legends.’ They are famous for such TV hits as Birds of a FeatherGoodnight SweetheartThe New Statesman and Shine on Harvey Moon.

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And in a new incarnation, they’ve written hit stage musicals, such as Dreamboats and Petticoats and Save the Last Dance for Me, as well as film scripts and award-winning stage, TV and radio plays. And it’s not just comedy: Marks and Gran are producing serious dramatic works as well.The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Listening to words of wisdom on a previous Scriptwriting course

Laurence and Maurice’s week-long course will show you how to craft your work from your original idea through structure, character, plot and finally, script. They will lead you slowly through what makes classic television comedy, using one-to-one tutorials, team writing sessions, and most enlightening of all, studying films and TV series that have become ‘classics’.

They cannot guarantee success, of course, but they promise that you will leave the Watermill a considerably better scriptwriter than when you arrived.

Seeking inspiration in the glorious scenery around the Watermill.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.Lawrence Marks and Maurice Gran

7-14 September 2019

Scriptwriting

To find out more about this unique course please click here.  

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Time for a lunch break on a previous Scriptwriting course

 

Before you paint: stop and think why, says Keiko Tanabe

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

Keiko’s wonderful watercolour from the hilltop village of Monte dei Bianchi, one of our Watermill painting locations

Our delightful Japanese watercolour tutor Keiko Tanabe is returning next year for her fourth visit to the Watermill and we are delighted to have her back. Keiko will be with us for a special week-long course in watercolours from Saturday 18 May to Saturday 25 May 2019. There are more details below.

When people come on a Watermill painting course, they are always keen to put brush to paper to begin to capture the glorious scenery of the mill at the surrounding Tuscan countryside. But, says Keiko, just take a moment’s pause before you start.

Painters, she says, choose to spend a lot of time in their lives, um, painting. They have an innate passion for the process itself, the sheer act of painting, which drives them on.

 Keiko says: “So let’s make the time spent painting really worthwhile before we actually do it by thinking why: Why do we choose a particular subject?  Why is it so appealing?  Why do we think it’s worth our time (or life, really)?  She adds: “We all can, or should, take a moment before putting anything on paper or canvas, to think what is really inspiring us to spend the next hours of our life with.  Knowing that also helps us make an even stronger statement in our painting as it should be a focal aspect of our visual expression.”

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

A rainy day in Fivizzano where we go to paint on market day

Painting by Keiko Tanabe, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Keiko Tanabe was born in Kyoto, Japan but now lives in San Diego, California. Her paintings show stories of everyday life in different corners of the world. Keiko is a much sought-after instructor and has led more than 130 workshops around the world.

She says: Watercolour painting is a vehicle to communicate my artistic vision on the joy of living and the ingenuity of human creations.”

Keiko is also an inspiring and sympathetic tutor. Her workshops at The Watermill are designed for students who would like to gain a better understanding of methods and techniques to make watercolour paintings that are full of light and atmosphere.

Here’s what one student had to say: What a wonderful and memorable week I have had!! The ambiance was just perfect, and Keiko was a wonderful teacher.”  Another added: “Keiko is a fabulous artist and I learned a lot with her…  I had a truly wonderful week at the watermill. It was perfect in every sense… a magical experience.”

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

Evening light on the Watermill vine Verandah: an idyllic setting for aperitivi.

You can find out more about Keiko and her course at the Watermill by clicking here.  We already have eight painters booked in for this week, so we still have room for four more (and their non-painting partners if they’d like to come). And don’t forget our enticing Early Bird 0ffer: there is a discount of £75 if you book this or any of our other 2019 creative courses before 31 December 2018.

Come and join us for a magical week with Keiko!

Keiko Tanabe
18-25 May 2019

Watercolours
To learn more about Keiko and her course at the mill, please click here.

 

Start telling the stories only YOU can write! (and damn the consequences!)

Here are two pieces of very good advice on writing from masters of the craft. “Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that — but you are the only you.”

That comes from Neil Gaiman, best-selling American author of The Sandman and Stardust.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.You can learn how to write about the real you, as only you can do, on Jo Parfitt’s unique Writing Your Life Stories course at the Watermill next June. If you’ve been itching to write some of the stories of your life, as a full-blooded memoir, a shorter journal, over a series of anecdotes or even a blog or two, we’d be delighted to welcome you here. Here are some comments from guests on Jo’s course at the Watermill earlier this year: Thank you so much for the most magical trip to Tuscany, which will stay with me forever!”   “The Watermill is a very special and beautiful place, and everything was organised so perfectly. Everyone was so hospitable, and Joe is a brilliant tutor. Thanks again to you and your team for such a life affirming week.” “What a joyful and inspiring world you have created there… magical days.”

The Write Your Life Stories creative writing course is designed to help you produce your best work, to find your true writer’s ‘voice’ and to write authentically. Among other things, you’ll discover the secret of SPICE, the seven steps to writing life stories. Jo says: “The course at the Watermill will provide a safe haven in which to unlock your creativity, write from your heart and hone your writing craft. Sessions at the mill will empower students to write in a compelling way that makes real experiences come to life.”

Jo Parfitt is an author, journalist, teacher, blogger, conference speaker and poet. She has published 32 books herself, has helped more than 100 authors get into print and more than 1,000 people to begin writing. She’s an inspiring, compassionate and encouraging teacher: her motto is ‘sharing what I know to help others to grow’.

Jo will be with us again from 15-22 June 2019 and we’d be delighted to welcome you on her course. And don’t forget, if you book now you can take advantage of our enticing Early Bird offer. Yes, there’s a £75 discount if you book on this inspiring writing course before 31 December 2018. You can find out more about Jo and her course at the Watermill by clicking here.

And that second piece of writing advice? It comes from the inimitable American author Mark Twain, who said: “Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”

So, the Duke of Wellington said “publish and be damned!”, but Mark Twain says: “undamn and be published.”  I suspect in this day and age, however, where we are used to much stronger language in print and elsewhere, that our editors would leave in the damns so it’s up to you to delete the verys.

Learn more about the fascinating craft of writing with Jo Parfitt this June.

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Some of our guests on Jo’s Summer 2018 creative writing course.

Learn to add the ‘grace notes’ to your Italian

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.Our good friend and painting tutor Mike Willdridge recently sent me this picture of another friend, Ivana Castelotti, owner of the Elvetico café in the square in Fivizzano, pointing at a sign in her café which highlights the importance of ‘grace notes’ in the Italian language.

The translation of the text is: A coffee: €3; A coffee, please: 2 Euro; Good morning. Can you make me a coffee please? €1.

The point is that these little extra linguistic twiddles are an important part of the Italian language. Most people wouldn’t think of going into a café without saying Buon giorno, and always saying please and thank you.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.You can learn more about the importance of ‘grace notes’, and much else beside on our unique Italian Language course at the Watermill next year. You learn your Italian from the graceful Francesca la Sala, another good friend of ours. That’s her above explaining the intricacies of the language on the Watermill vine verandah. You can join Francesca, soaking up Italian and enjoying la bella vita Italiana from Saturday, 11 May to Saturday, 18 May 2019.

This really is a ‘course with a difference’. Not only are there formal lessons on the vine verandah (some 20 hours in the week), but you will also make trips and excursions to savour the natural beauty of Lunigiana, the area around the mill, to explore its history and culture, to sample its traditional foods – and above all, to meet the people, speak Italian, and practise what you’ve learned.

The Watermill has teamed up again with the prestigious language school Langues Services in Florence to design a week in which people can learn Italian in the most natural and enjoyable way. Your immersion into the language and culture of real Italians will be customised for you, to suit your curiosity and your interests, helping you to treasure everything you learn and make it a seamless part of who you are.

A comment from a guest on this year’s course: “Our teacher was brilliant, and the lessons were always engaging, and all the other staff were remarkable in their efforts to make the week so perfect. I enjoyed every second. I loved the tranquillity and the natural beauty of the river as well as the wonderful food and convivial company…”

But don’t forget to say buon giorno to everyone you meet. Grazie mille!

Langues services and Francesca la Sala

11-18 May 2019

Italian language

To learn more about Francesca and our language team at the mill, please click here.

 

 

 

Architect or gardener? Try a bit of both to improve your creative writing!

Architecture…

It is said that there are two types of writers, the ‘architects’, who have everything well-planned before starting to write, and the ‘gardeners’, who have the seed of an idea and simply let it grow as they write.

… and gardening!

I suspect that the successful writer is a little bit of both: you need some sort of blueprint from which to construct your stories, but you also need to allow your creativity to flow spontaneously and let your idea flourish. During Jo Parfitt’s inspiring Write Your Life Stories course here next year she will be helping you with both your writing gardening and your storytelling architectural design!

Gardening: Jo says: “I always include plenty of spontaneous exercises where I present an idea and immediately give students five, 10 or 15 minutes in which to write something. I give them with a seed of an idea, let them start gardening and just see where it takes them; how it grows. For me, I start with the germ of an idea, one that is not yet fully formed, put fingers to keyboard and go with the flow, writing from my gut until my ideas run out. I work out what I am going to say while I am writing it.”

Architecture: Jo says: “After a break (a few hours or more) I return to the piece to put some structure onto it, adding subheadings if I feel I need them, maybe moving the text around a bit and cutting unnecessary words.”

Jo adds:It makes no difference whether you are a gardener or an architect, or, better still a bit of both. It is okay to start off with a detailed plan or with just a seed. What matters is that you accept who you are and learn to craft your natural style into a coherent piece worth reading.”

One of the best ways to begin writing is with stories from your own life, whether it’s for a short blog or full-blooded memoir. Or just a record for your grandchildren to enjoy and to understand what you did and how it was when you were younger. You’ll need motivation and courage, but the rewards will be great.

We had a wonderful Write Your Life Stories course with Joe last summer and here are some of the comments from our guests:

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Some of our guests on Jo’s May creative writing course here this year.

“What a joyful and inspiring world you and Lois have created there. Very glad to be back in touch through our shared love of writing and beauty, in which your oasis in Tuscany abounds. With great affection whenever I think of those magical days.

“I had an excellent time at the Watermill and thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality and the company. It is a very special and beautiful place and everything was organised so perfectly. Jo is a great tutor and I think we all had an amazing time. Thanks for such a life affirming week.”

 “Thank you so much for the most magical trip to Tuscany, which will stay with me forever!” 

Why not hone your own writing (architectural and gardening) skills on Jo’s Write your Life’s Stories week here next year? It will run from Saturday 15 June to Saturday 22 June 2019.

Jo says: “The course at the watermill will provide a haven in which to unlock your creativity, write from your heart and hone your writing craft. It will also help to remove blocks to your writing. Sessions at the mill will empower students to write in a compelling way that makes real experiences come to life.”

She adds: “The class will include several methods and genre and is perfect for anyone wanting to write about their own lives for an effective journal, memoir or blog. If you would enjoy an injection of inspiration in a safe and supportive environment this course is for you. It is appropriate for students of any level.”

Jo Parfitt has published 32 books herself, helped more than 100 authors get into print and more than 1,000 people to begin writing. She’s an inspiring, compassionate and encouraging teacher: her motto is ‘sharing what I know to help others to grow’.

Jo Parfitt

15 June to 25 June 2015 

Write Your Life Stories 

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

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Find a quiet corner to start writing your life’s stories

Carry a sketchbook and create instant memories says Mike Willdridge

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.The sketch above by our enthusiastic and inspiring watercolour painting tutor Mike Willdridge of the marketplace in the nearby mediaeval walled town of Fivizzano, where we go to on Tuesdays during our Watermill weeks. You can come and paint and sketch with Mike at the Watermill next June: there are more details about his 2019 painting course with us below. Or please click here for more details.

Mike always carries a sketchbook with him wherever he goes and considers it a vital part of his artistic life. He’d like you to do the same. He says: It’s incredible how looking back on a past sketchbook will instantly remind you not only of the subject matter but also quite personal feelings you may have experienced at the time. Try it! I don’t keep a diary but my sketchbooks (I have a lot of them) are an instant recall of many, many memories.”

Mike adds: “Maybe a good analogy is that of ‘smells’. How often does a certain smell straight-away remind you of something in your past? I suggest that It’s much the same with a sketchbook.” 

Here’s an example. Mike says: “From this paint and ink drawing I can recall vividly the wonderful old chateau we stayed at, the exact time of day, the people I spoke to whilst drawing etc. etc.”

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

Frog on a Fountain. Villa I Bossi, Arrezzo, Italy, 2014

A sketchbook can also be a great vehicle for gathering information. Mike says: “Maybe it’s for something specific – to help you with a ‘finished’ painting.  Maybe you have no idea why you’re using a sketchbook but, at a later date, it proves useful; an ‘aide-memoire’ to help you or inspire you towards another work.”

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

Two pages from visits to museums and galleries

“I don’t know whether you’ve noticed but, so far, I haven’t used the word “drawing”. This has been deliberately to emphasise that ‘anything goes’ for working in a sketchbook. Yes, most of my uses of a sketchbook involve drawing and painting but a sketchbook can also take found objects, cuttings, photos, written work, scribbled ideas, other people’s work (my grandchildren are always painting in my books), postcards etc., etc.”

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

A sketch of one of the small wooden bridges across the millstream at Posara

Mike concludes: “Sketchbooks can be very personal recorders of events in your life but there is no need to be precious about their use. You’re not likely to have to hang your sketchbook on a wall for all to see. The sketchbook can be, if you wish, a collection of memories and information for your eyes only.”Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Mike Willdridge works and teaches in a wide range of media and is an enthusiastic and energetic tutor with more than 20 years’ experience. Although his classes are always light-hearted and fun, he is experienced enough to vary the level of ‘teaching’ to individual needs. For more about Mike and his course of the Watermill, please click here.  We already have eight bookings on Mike’s course next June, two of them non-painting partners. So we still have room for five or six more painters. And don’t forget our enticing Early Bird offer: there is a £75 discount on this inspiring 2019 painting course if you book before the end of this year. Come and create your own colourful and enduring memories!