After the gaggle of geese, it’s washing on the line!

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
A gaggle of geese and an old barn: Mike’s picture for the latest interactive session.

We have had a wonderful feedback from participants in Mike Willdridge‘s latest free, interactive, online session, where they painted a gaggle of geese in front of an old barn, along with Mike. We’d like to share just a few of the comments.

That was really good fun and so lovely to lose oneself in a painting and not worry about the world for a couple of hours.

The perfect approach with or without the dreaded lockdown. I find both watching the ‘parts’ of the sessions AND painting alongside Mike really helpful. You get more of a sense how its ok to be freer. It gives you the confidence to be a bit chaotic and less prone to overpainting – always my problem. Interestingly, with no distractions I found it easy to concentrate and repeat what you were doing on zoom. Being set up beforehand, ready-to-go, and the concentrated session was just great.  Thank you so much.

What a fabulous way to bring the whole world together and coming, doing something happy.

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One of our guest’s paintings.

I have made one of those short, fun Facebook slideshows of some of the paintings made by some of 70+ our guests during the session, which you can see by clicking here.

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And here’s another.

You can see the video Mike made during his interactive session on YouTube, by clicking here, you will be able to see videos from our other interactive sessions with Mike as they become available. And if you would like to see more of our guests’ interpretations of ‘geese and the barn’, please click here.

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A still from the video.
The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.
Here come the geese!

We have now organised another three sessions, each of which can take up to 100 people. These interactive sessions, which are designed to help you brush up your painting skills, are completely free, though many of our guests have generously sent us donations, for which many thanks. If you would like to donate (it is purely voluntary), Lois will tell you how to do so when you sign up for one or more of the sessions. (Details below.)

Mike’s next session is on Thursday 25 June at 2.30pm. The theme is ‘washing on the line’.  It is the first of three sessions where Mike will explore sunshine and shadows.  Further sessions will be:

Thursday 2 July at 2.30pm – a busy market in Le Marche

Thursday 9 July at 2.30pm – Moorish architecture

We are encouraging our guests to come to all three so that they can hone their skills. 

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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.

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.

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

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A painting group with Mike Willdrige being less than serious

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 gardener Flavio’s famous wooden bridges.

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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