Archives for July 2019

Tai Chi to start the painting day

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Our friend and Watermill painting tutor Mike Willdridge is keeping a sketchbook journal of his week with us, and we both thought it would be pleasant to share it with you. Yesterday one of our painting guests, Lesley Dench, kindly organised an impromptu Tai Chi session before breakfast on one of our roof terraces. A stimulating way to start the day. Thank you, Lesley.

Here’s another sketch made by Mike yesterday, of our colourful local buildings vibrant in the sun.

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

The heatwave is still affecting a large part of Europe but with our air conditioning and our powerful fans, our guests are keeping cool and enjoying the sunny weather   — and our plunge pool and the sparkling river waters are proving very popular. Here’s a picture from a few years back of my daughter, Lara, enjoying a splash with a local friend.

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

Mike will be returning next yearfor a week-long course in watercolour and drawing (also gouache and acrylics) from Saturday 29 August to Saturday 5 September 2020 and we are already taking bookings. If you book now you can enjoy this exciting 2020 course at 2019 prices.

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

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.

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

A lovely watercolour by Mike Willdridge of the mill stream bubbling under one Flavio’s famous wooden bridges.

A comment from a guest on one of Mike’s previous courses here:

“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.”

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!

Mike’s 2020 course at 2019 prices

 If you book now you can enjoy this inspiring 2020 painting holiday at 2019 prices.Please click here for more.

Preliminary details of all our 2020 sun-filled, inspiring painting holidays are on our website at https://watermill.net/.  (Or just type ‘watermill.net’ into your search engine, then click on 2020 Courses Preview.)

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

The river Rosaro, whch flows past the Watermill, by Mike Willdridge