After a sunlit door, it’s gotta be geese, Join Mike for another free interactive online session

Our friend and Watermill painting tutor Mike Willdridge has devised three wonderful online, interactive painting sessions where you can brush up your basic painting skills. We have just finished the second session on Zoom, painting a sunlit Tuscan doorway. Above is a montage of some of the pictures created by our guests during the session. Impressive! Here’s Mike’s own version:

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

You can see some of the paintings that were created, and revisit Mike’s steps, (available for the next seven days) by clicking here. In addition, we have posted videos of the various steps on YouTube so people can watch them at your leisure.  You will find the first one here, and the end screen of each step will give you the link to the next video in the session. 

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A still from one of Mike’s videos

Nearly 70 people joined in. It was great fun and now we are putting together the third in the current series (there will another series soon we hope).

We have room for up to 100 Watermill fans to enjoy Mike’s company and spend a couple of hours painting together with him. The session is filling fast, but there are still plenty of spaces at the moment. Lois is the hostess with the mostest, in charge of the technological juggling act! There are details below of how to join.

Unlike many online painting programmes, Mike’s will not expect you to ‘look over his shoulder’ for a long demonstration, and perhaps be allowed to ask the odd question or two. No, you will be painting along at more or less the same time, trying out the watercolour techniques that Mike has shown you, step-by-step. He will  demonstrate some basic techniques for only a few minutes before you start painting the same subject at home. Then, after you have had your turn, Mike will move onto the next part of the process. The session will last a couple of hours.

Before each session Mike supplies a photograph of what is going to be painted, and a list of equipment and colours for your palette. We will send these beforehand to all the participants in the session. After the session we will send you a link that will enable to you revisit Mike’s step-by-step teaching.

The painting subjects is a gaggle of geese. Here is Mike’s practice painting, to show you what he’s aiming at:

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

And here are the date and time:

  • Thursday 11 June, 9.30am UK time (so that students in Australia can join in)

Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please get in touch with Lois by using the Watermill contact form, which you can find by clicking here. Mark the topic as ‘Mike’s free interactive sessions’. You will find the sessions informative, inspirational – and fun! Mike’s sessions are free but many of the participants in the previous session kindly made a donation and if you would like to do so, it will be gratefully received. Lois will also tell you how you can do it when your application for the next session is accepted is accepted.

The sessions are proving so popular that you’re planning to produce more – and will keep you posted when these have been organised.

And when you’ve enjoyed working with Mike online, why not join him for real, on his Watermill course this autumn?

Mike’s painting group last year, not being too serious!
Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Mike’s course, in watercolours and drawing (and gouache and acrylics) will run from Saturday 29 August to Saturday 5 September. Details and link below. Why not give yourself something to look forward to and join Mike here? We think things will be back to normal by then, but don’t forget the Watermill’s coronavirus promise:

  • Rest assured that if travel restrictions in your own country or in Italy mean that the course cannot run on these dates, or that appropriate flights are not available, we will postpone your course until 2021.
  • If a workshop is cancelled, rather than just being postponed, we will refund any payment in full.
  • If a workshop is postponed and you cannot make the new dates for the tutor you have chosen, we will offer you alternative courses with others inspiring tutors.
Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.
A lovely watercolour by Mike Willdridge of the millstream bubbling under one of our gardner Flavio’s famous wooden bridges.

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Mike Willdridge
29 August – 5 September 2020 – three or four places left
Watercolour and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)
To learn more about Mike and his course at the mill, please visit his 2020 Profile Page.


Below is Mike’s beautiful demonstration painting of the nearby church at Pognana. Come and see for yourself. We would love to welcome you here.

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

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