Watermill memories from Varvara Neiman: come and make your own this year

Our talented and inspiring Watermill painting tutor Varvara Neiman has just sent me three lovely paintings, in different mediums, created from her last visit to us in 2017. I hope you enjoy them.

The one above is a watercolour of the back of the mill and the mill stream bubbling back into the river. I love the way Varvara has created her own vision of this, to me, very familiar sight. Below we have a vivacious pastel market day in the nearby walled mediaeval town of Fivizzano, where we go to paint on Tuesdays:

And this is an acrylic capturing the atmosphere of the ancient peaceful convent where we go to paint on Thursdays:

Our thanks to Varvara for sharing those vibrant memories with us.

You, too, can enjoy the wonderful locations in and around the Watermill and in the lovely unspoiled countryside of Lunigiana in Tuscany – castles, convents, mediaeval walled towns, hilltop villages and much more. Varvara will be with us again later this year. We already have eight people booked into her course, but we have room for three or four more painters, and their non-painting partners, if they would like to come.

Varvara tutors in water-based oils, acrylics andwatercolours and she will be here from Saturday 31 August to Saturday 7 September 2019.

Varvara Neiman, who now lives in Buckinghamshire, England, was born into an artistic family in St. Petersburg, Russia, where art and teaching were professions passed on from generation to generation. Her work combines classical discipline with a modern imagination. She is enthusiastic about painting en plein air and passionate about Cezanne’s famous quote: “Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one’s sensation.”

Varvara has been a popular and inspiring teacher for many years. She is skilled in oils, acrylics and watercolours and will teach in any of those mediums. (Water-based oils for easier transportation.)  During her course there will be group demonstrations as well as one-to-one guidance. Varvara likes to create a friendly atmosphere in the group, encouraging students to share their experiences. A couple of comments from Varvara’s previous students: “I have been coming to classes with Varvara for almost 10 years and she never ceases to amaze me both with her artistic knowledge and range of techniques. “Not only is she excellent teacher she is also good artist… there is no-one better to teach you.” 

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!

You can see more of Varvara’s paintings, and learn more about her course at the Watermill, by clicking on the link below.

Varvara Neiman
31 August – 7 September 2019 Three or four places left
Water-based oils, acrylics and watercolours
To learn more about Varvara and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.



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