An unusual elephant from Janie

Painting by Janie Pirie, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.We usually associated our Watermill tutor Janie Pirie with amazing botanical drawings made in coloured pencil. Quite rightly, that’s what Janie is famous for. But from time to time she also produces wonderful pictures in other subjects, like the elephants above, amusingly entitled Keep Up!

And how about this stunning portrait of a Tibetan shepherd?Painting by Janie Pirie, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.

Janie’s great strength, however, is in meticulous drawings of flowers and plants, like this hydrangea below – and it’s the botanical world we’ll be concentrating on in her week-long inspiring painting course at The Watermill this May.

 

Painting by Janie Pirie, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Looking at Janie Pirie’s wonderful coloured pencil pictures of plants, like Rainy Day Blues above, it may seem daunting to try to emulate her work.

But, says Janie, students on her course at the Watermill this May will be amazed at home much they will learn – and achieve – in a week. She says: It can take me up to three weeks to complete a complex piece of work but these are large pieces and it is quite easy to complete a finished piece in a day – it all depends on the subject.  A piece of fruit, an interesting vegetable, a small flower on a stem are all subjects that can be drawn and coloured in one day.”Janie Work page (2)

Janie adds: Working with coloured pencils isn’t as daunting as people think.  Many are under the misconception that it is a very slow process but when you consider water colour artists have to wait for their paint to dry before proceeding, coloured pencil artists don’t!  The way I look at it is this – if you want to produce a beautiful piece of work it’s going to take time.  It’s the layering that makes pencil work so vibrant and these layers give depth to the subject.  Putting the shadow colours on first, very gently and without much pressure, means the subsequent layers will look beautiful.  It is that first layer that will define the quality of the piece.”

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

During Janie’s fun-filled, sun-filled course at the Watermill next year we plan to take you out for short visits to lovely locations nearby, but we’ll spend a lot of time in the mill gardens and in the light and airy Watermill studio, with its stunning views of mountains and the river. Janie says: We’ll find something to draw – either from a market stall, a garden or the countryside – and take it back to the studio to draw and colour.”

Janie will take you through every stage of the process to achieve the very best results, from first observation to the creation of a rich and gloriously coloured picture. Her course is ideal for beginners and intermediates. Here’s a comment from one of her students: Everyone always finishes Janie’s courses on such a high, inspired and eager to create more beautiful paintings with real passion.” Another said: “Janie is extremely helpful, a wonderful, stimulating tutor, always ready to offer advice and support.”

Painting by Janie Pirie, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Everything is included in the cost of your holiday at the watermill: tuition, accommodation (including all linen and towels), pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals (including meals with wine at 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!

Janie Pirie head and shoulders14 May to 21 May 2016

Janie Pirie  Painting plants with coloured pencils

To find out more about Janie and her course at the watermill this May, please click here. And to enquire about availability and/or reserve your place, please click here.

*** 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.

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

 

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