The challenge of painting water: Mike’s latest inspirational, interactive online session

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
Mike’s demonstration painting for the Watermill session.

Mike Willdridge’s latest free, interactive, online painting, painting a waterfall, seems to have been the most challenging yet. But 150 or so guests rose to the challenge. Here is a montage of some of their efforts, chosen absolutely at random.

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And here are a few of our guests’ comments on the session:

Thanks to Mike for another great lesson. I really do enjoy having him as a teacher. And thank you for organising it all.

Many thanks again for today’s session. Quite a difficult one. Each week seems get more difficult- to think that we started with a couple of lemons!

I am thoroughly enjoying  the class and admire your excellent art and knowledge. Lois thanks for organising everything so well.it must really take some doing!

It’s always such a fun afternoon! 

Thanks for a very entertaining afternoon .

Thank you once again for a great afternoon of concentrated work!

And one lady who wasn’t too pleased with her work: A good idea would be to put it [my painting] under the tap and give it a good scrubbing, particularly with a Brillo pad…

Next week will be simpler, we promise!

We have organised more of these inspiring sessions, each of which can now take up to 500 people. They are designed to help you brush up your painting skills, and they 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 13 August at 2.30pm UK time, when the theme will be painting larger expanses of water. The location of the subject is Milford Sound in New Zealand and when you register with Lois, she will send you a link to the seven source photographs. Here is one of them

Please register 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. Lois will be on hand to feed your questions. 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 August/September?

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.
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 Willdridge’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 are sure that everything 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.

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

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.

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