The Watermill rose pergola in summer, by Vicki Norman. Join her here next year

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

At this time of year, when the leaves have been blown from the trees and the roses are long gone from our pergola in the walled garden, it’s pleasant to be reminded of summer. How better to do so than with this lovely oil painting by Watermill tutor Vicki Norman? It shows the pergola last June, with the hydrangeas in the foreground and the arch of roses leading us towards Watermill buildings.

Vicki will be with us again next June to celebrate the Tuscan summer and the roses in full bloom. Here’s what they look like:

Picture: Flavio Terenzoni

To brighten our winter day we thought we would also enjoy some more of Vicki’s wonderful paintings of Posara and the surrounding area.

Painting by Vicki Norman, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
A vineyard at first light
Painting by Vicki Norman, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
An olive tree in the sunlit garden of a local convent

And here is a wonderful study of two jugs and two heads of garlic:

Painting by Vicki Norman, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Why not join Vicki for her course here next year and enjoy the early Tuscan summer for yourself? She will be with us from Saturday 20 June to Saturday 27 June, teaching in oils and watercolours en plein air. Here’s a comment from one of our guests on her week last year: “An excellent painting and holiday week. All the trips out to painting locations were well organised and Vicki was very good as a teacher and an inspiration due to her wonderful paintings.” You can find out more about Vicki and her course at the Watermill by clicking here.

Vicki’s paintings seek to capture the essence of the day and the sense of place through the colour and play of the light. You can see this in the Italian study below, of the Apuan Alps, the stunning marble mountains of Carrara, which you will also paint during your Watermill week with Vicki. She says; “I wanted to record the colours of the hills as they receded. The bright yellow of the ginestra at the front contrasted beautifully with the lilac of the marble- capped mountains behind. I knew if I could capture the colours of the moment, I could use them for subsequent studio paintings at home.”

Come and join Vicki and paint the glorious Tuscan countryside yourself. (To say nothing of the rose pergola!) Now is the time to book and take advantage of our Early Bird Discount Offer: £75 (English pounds) off this holiday if you book before the end of this year. But our 2020 bookings are now flowing in, so if you want to be sure of a place is probably best to book as soon as you can. We would love to welcome you here.

Painting by Vicki Norman, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
Vicki’s vivacious painting of Laundry Day.

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