“Much to her mother’s indignation, the young Brienne Brown owned little clothing that was not covered in paint…” Introducing another new, exciting Watermill painting tutor

Painting by Brienne M Brown, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

From a very young age, Brienne M Brown showed talent in art and music, but wanted to pursue a career in the sciences. She obtained a Masters degree in chemistry and then worked in a toxicology lab, but as the years wore on, she realised she wanted to have more art in her life.

After leaving work to raise her first child in 2008, Brienne had the opportunity to paint more consistently. Prioritizing painting, and taking workshops from artists she admired, paid off. Soon she was not only exhibiting and entering shows regularly, but also winning awards. She is a signature member of the US National Watercolor Society.

Her painting above is called On the Porch. Brienne says: “I love painting nostalgic scenes like this.  This is the porch of a friend of mine which is not dramatic or spectacular, but special to me and therefore nostalgic.  However, what made it a great subject to paint were the shadow shapes and patterns of the chairs.  That is what I look for in a great painting subject.”

Brienne is passionate about watercolour and plein air painting. She says: “I find beauty in everyday life. Each painting reminds me of where I was, the experiences I had, the sounds, smells, and the people I met … and I enjoy sharing how I see the world.”  Brienne adds: “Painting in Italy is just a dream come true.” 

And here is another great watercolour, this one called Commerce Corner.

Painting by Brienne M Brown, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Brienne says: I loved the sun on this building and the long shadows that crossed the street I am so grateful to have painted here because this area was hit this fall by the Hurricane Michael and the entire town of Apalachicola, FL was flooded.  This street was totally under water.  This is one reason I love to paint older, historic places.  You never know how long something sill last, so I love to experience locations by painting en plein air.  The painting has so much more meaning to me.”

During her workshop, Brienne will demonstrate and explain her painting process for plein air painting, sharing some great exercises and practices that will help you become a better artist. Using strong value sketches, bold washes, and quick energetic strokes, Brienne will show you how to bring excitement into your paintings. No experience in watercolour painting is necessary, but some drawing experience is recommended.

A comment from one of her previous students: “Brienne’s workshop is great. She goes through each step guiding you through the process clearly while demonstrating her techniques and approach. I really learned a lot from her critique, as well… I would highly recommend her workshop to ANYONE, wanting to learn watercolor, beginner or advanced painter.”

Everything is included in the cost of your holiday at the Watermill: tuition, accommodation, pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals and wines (including outings to charming local restaurants) and all local transportation.

You get to Pisa, Italy, we do the rest!

You can find out more about all our inspiring creative courses by clicking here. (Or, just type ‘watermill.net’ into your search engine)

And don’t forget there is an Early Bird Discount of £75 (seventy-five English pounds, about $90) per person if you book before the end of 2019. We already have nine painters booked into Brienne’s course, so we only have room for three more painters (and their non-painting partners, if they’d like to join them). So, hurry now to reserve your place: you know it makes sense! We would love to welcome you here.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.
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