Lucca or the Cinque Terre? That is the question! Don’t ask Terry!

On Wednesdays during our painting weeks we offer you the choice of an excursion to Lucca or the Cinque Terre. It’s a difficult dilemma.

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

The amphitheatre in Lucca, painted by Terry Jarvis

Lucca is our favourite Italian city, imposing dark red brick city walls, wide enough to walk (or cycle: hire a bike) all the way round. The centre is wonderful with superb architecture, notably the San Michele church, the Cathedral, the houses of the Piazza del Anfiteatro echoing the shape of the old Roman amphitheatre, the classical splendour of the Piazza Napoleone. And there are shops where you’ll find great shoes and leather goods, particularly in the elegant pedestrian street, the Via Filungo.

The washing's out! A Cinque Terre view by Terry Jarvis

The washing’s out! A Cinque Terre view by Terry Jarvis

The Cinque Terre, the Five Lands, are five Ligurian fishing villages nestling in vertiginous valleys terraced with vines, orange and lemon trees. Amazing views, colourfully painted houses, tiny harbours, fishing boats, wonderful cliff-top walks. The villages are called Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Manarola, Vernazza and Monterosso, a roll-call of delight. Each has a slightly different character and everyone has a favourite: ours is Vernazza and what we like to do is to walk there for lunch from the furthest village, Monterosso.

For our money, however, the Cinque Terre are becoming a little too crowded and we prefer Lucca. But if you’ve never seen those five villages, a World Heritage Site, they shouldn’t be missed.  I’ll tell you the secret: come on two creative weeks at the Watermill or come back the next year. Then you’ll be able to do both and decide which is better!

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

An archway in Lucca: Terry Jarvis

To help in your decision-making, I’ve scattered a few paintings by our inspiring Australian watercolour painting tutor Terry Jarvis. He’s been to both venues several times and still can’t make up his mind!

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

Monterosso from the sea: Terry Jarvis

Terry will be with us again next year and will no doubt discuss the CT or not CT dilemma. Come and join him!

Terry rose demo POVTerry Jarvis is one of Australia’s leading watercolour artists. The son of a goldminer, he was inspired at an early age to draw and paint the landscape, as well as people and animals. Terry also works in oils, pastels and acrylics and is happy to teach in those mediums too. He loves drawing and helping his students to develop their drawing skills.

Here’s what one guest on Terry’s Watermill course this year had to say: “I wanted to thank you for a most wonderful stay at The Watermill.  Your treatment of us was terrific.  Six stars doesn’t come close!  I enjoyed every minute. Terry’s course was great.  He is an excellent teacher – very encouraging and knows how to bring out the best in his students.  He has a great personality.”

Another said: “Terry Jarvis was superb with people, very positive and very relaxed. I’ve been on painting holidays before and learned nothing but Terry was great. When you got stuck he’d come along with a smile – and a brush – and bring your picture to life. He wasn’t afraid to criticise your work, but he had a really positive attitude, which helped you to improve.”

terry plus pic7-14 July 2018 

Terry Jarvis

Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)

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

Come and join us and enjoy a six-star, sun-filled, fun-filled, inspiring week!

Terry rose demo 1

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