An archetypal Australian homestead, fresh from Mike Willdridge’s roving sketchbook

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

As you probably know by now, our friend and Watermill painting tutor Mike Willdridge carries his trusty sketchbook with him everywhere he goes. (When you come on his course at the Watermill, he will encourage you to do the same.)

Mike is currently in Australia, visiting his relatives and touring the continent. He’s just sent me this lovely sketch of a typical Queensland homestead, complete with a windmill. Mike says: “I painted this one quickly outside our camper van, waiting for the rain to come – and it did!”

We haven’t got any windmills near here, but we can promise you a beautiful watermill, surrounded by gardens and the stunning scenery of Lunigiana, in unspoiled Tuscany. Here’s a sketch Mike made of the Watermill from our walled garden:

Mike will be back with us from Saturday 29 August to Saturday 5 September 2020, and we’d love you to join us for his fun-filled, sun-filled, inspiring week. There are more details and links below. We already have 11 people booked into Mike’s course, one of whom is a non-painting partner, so we have room for two or three more painters (and their non-painting partners, if they’d like to come too).

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.
A lovely watercolour by Mike Willdridge of the mill stream bubbling under one Flavio’s famous wooden bridges.

Mike Willdridge works and 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.

Some comments from previous guests: “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.”

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!

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

29 August to 5 September 2020 

Mike Willdridge

Watercolour and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)

To learn more about Mike and his course at The Watermill, please click here.

Come and paint with Mike for creativity, conviviality – and fun!

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