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

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