A watercolour painting tip from Sandra: let it dry!

Painting by Sandra Strohschein, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Here is a simple, but effective tip from Watermill tutor Sandra Strohschein to improve the way you, and others, view your watercolours. Just let them dry!

She says: “They look more beautiful after they have dried for 24 hours.”

Painting by Sandra Strohschein, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Sometimes, Sandra says, she doesn’t like the look of what she has painted: “I think it is because I am tired of the battle that comes with being involved with watercolour. This is the case with the painting above. I put the painting away and move on to the next painting.”

She adds: “Lately I have been leaving the paintings out on my board for 24 hours and then returning to them with fresh eyes. One thing is becoming very apparent to me. The beauty of the pigment is not fully there until the painting has had a full 24 hours of dry time. I am seeing my work in a whole new light this week. Realizing that there is an evolvement that happens after I have walked away from the paper.”

So, don’t get discouraged about a painting until it has fully dried and you are not tired from working on it.

Great tip Sandra, and true about writing, too. Looking at it afresh the next day is often an eye-opener.

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

Sandra Strohschein is our ‘painter in residence’ for most of June this year: she will be with us for four weeks, from 26 May to 23 June 2018. Her weeks promise to be the greatest fun. The first two weeks are completely full. There are a few places left on the week 9-16 June, and a few more on the week 16-23 June.

Sandra will teach in watercolour, but she says: “Students may choose to paint in acrylic or pastel as well as, or instead of, watercolour. I can instruct on how to put together a painting as far as composition, light, values etc… I cannot handle oil as I am allergic but pencil, acrylic, pastel…perfectly fine.”

Sandra Strohschein, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Sandra under the rose pergola in the Watermill walled garden. Come and join our early Summer ‘artist in residence.’

We had a wonderful course with Sandra last year and our guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves. A couple of their comments: “Sandra was full of enthusiasm and talent and made every day a joy.  To have two chances most days to paint was utter heaven and in such wonderful surroundings. I didn’t paint a masterpiece but thoroughly enjoyed my week.  I hope to remember some of the tricks Sandy taught us and use them in the future.”

 “Many thanks to you both for a fabulous week. Your forethought, hard work and professionalism are very much appreciated. Nothing was too much trouble and nothing was at fault. You have created a gem. Please pass on our sincere gratitude to all your lovely people.”

Sandra garden and painting

Sandra Strohschein from Michigan, USA, has achieved an extraordinary mastery of her medium, transparent watercolours. She works in a fast loose impressionistic style, but above all, she produces passionate, emotionally charged paintings, full of energy.

As for her teaching, people frequently tell her about how much fun they have on her workshops and how nobody ever wants them to end. Another painting guest on her course at the mill said: “Watching your demonstrations was such an education and your kind and patient individual help was invaluable.”  

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!

 Sandra plus picSandra Strohshein

Watercolours

26 May to 2 June Full, 2-9 June Full, 9-16 June Places AND 16-23 June Places

Please click here to learn more about Sandra’s painting holidays at The Watermill.

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The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.

 

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