Energise your paintings harmoniously in Tuscany with Maggie

Painting by Maggie Renner Hellmann, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Our lovely Watermill painting tutor Maggie Renner Hellman, from Santa Cruz in California, is in love with colour and with colour harmony. This, she says, is at the heart of every painting: “It carries the soul and emotion of the painting.”

You can put your own soul and emotion into your paintings by experimenting and being more courageous with the colours you use. Maggie says: “When painting en plein air or even in the studio, I like to reflect on the existing colour of the overall landscape and then ‘push’ it into a more exciting vision that is still held together harmoniously.”

Painting by Maggie Renner Hellmann, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
Maggie’s Riverside Magic: how’s that for ‘pushing’ your colours?

That sounds fun! So how do you do it? Maggie says: “I will choose an overall colour temperature for the majority of the painting, a group of analogous colours. Let’s say: greens, blues and purples, – cool colours. Then I plan to have the main opposite, or complementary colour, yellow-orange in small amounts, at the focal point or ‘star’ area. A good example can be seen at the top of the story in my ‘Venice by Night’ painting . This method provides an orchestrated bit of drama and excitement to any painting!”

You, too, can energise your paintings by experimenting with colour harmony Maggie’s painting courses at the Watermill this year. She calls her courses Maggie is the tutor on two ‘Courageous Colour Workshops’ at the Watermill this Autumn and we would be delighted if you were to join us on either, or both of them. The week-long courses in oils, acrylics, watercolours and pastels will run from 12 September to 19 September 2020 and from 19 September to 26 September 2020.   

Painting by Maggie Renner Hellmann, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
Maggie’s Wine kissed by the sun and sea

As well as leaving as a much better painter than when you came, you will also have great fun with like-minded people and enjoy the unique ambience of the Watermill. As one of our guests on last year’s painting course with Maggie said: “I just want to express my thanks and appreciation for such a wonderful experience staying at your beautiful Watermill! I loved my room and the meals were fabulous. Maggie and Lou [Maggie’s husband] were a delight and as the novice painter in the group, I always felt supported and encouraged by both of them, as well as the rest of the group. I left with many warm and wonderful memories.  The Watermill is a very special place that will always be a part of me now.” 

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

Maggie Renner Hellmann is a contemporary Californian painter who paints with love, passion and energy. Her work is characterized by a unique blend of loose, energetic brushwork and strong compositions of exuberant colour. She is also an enthusiastic tutor who has been teaching for more than 15 years – and loves it! Her workshop will cover oils, acrylics, pastels and also drawing and sketching mediums, including wax pastels and watercolour. She will encourage the beginner and challenge the more advanced painter. Maggie says: “In this plein air Courageous Colour Workshop, we will paint in various spectacular Tuscan locations. Our emphasis will be on learning and practicing the core elements of successful paintings.”  She adds: I will be playing with and sharing these colour harmony and colour temperature ideas at the Watermill this September, where I will be doing daily demos, experimenting and explaining my own visualization techniques regarding colour and the beautiful Tuscan Landscape we get to explore.”  

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.
Students on one of Maggie’s courses showing off some of their work.

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 (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! 

Painting by Maggie Renner Hellmann, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
More harmonious colours from Maggie: this is her Water’s Edge
Maggie Renner Hellmann

Maggie Renner Hellmann
12 – 19 September 2020 – places available places AND 19 – 26 September 2020 – places available
Oils, acrylics, watercolours and pastels
To learn about Maggie’s courses, please visit her 2020 Profile Page.

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