Raining at a Watermill painting location? It ain’t necessarily so when Sandra Strohschein is about!

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

I’ve always loved this dynamic watercolour demonstration painting by one of our most popular tutors Sandra Strohschein. It’s a view through one of the gateways from the imposing castle of Verrucola and the village nestling around its 13th Century walls. This is our painting venue on Mondays, before enjoying an authentic Italian lunch in the trattoria beside the bridge.

The picture purports to illustrate the consequences of a sudden rain squall, with our painting guests huddled under their umbrellas, while another umbrella spins topsy-turvy on the ground

Sandra is very proud of this dramatic watercolour, and so she should be. But one small meteorological point: it didn’t rain at all during that morning painting session! Sandra simply wanted to show her students techniques for capturing the effects of wind and rain on the landscape, so she made up the whole watery scene, wind, umbrellas and all. All great art is an illusion and what a fine example we have in Sandra’s demonstration picture. We liked it so much it’s now hanging in the Watermill’s inspiring picture gallery on our sitting room wall.

Sandra Strohschein, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy

Sandra Stroschein is one of our longest serving and most popular painting tutors. I’ve lost count of the number of times she has run sun-filled (but it does rain occasionally!), fun-filled painting weeks, but it must be round about 10 by now.

And we’re looking forward to welcoming her back again in 2021, for not one, but two glorious weeks in 2020. Her courses in watercolour will run from Saturday 5 June to Saturday 12 June 2021 and from Saturday 12 June to Saturday 19 June 2021. We would be delighted if you could join us for one or both of them.

Here’s another Sandra Strohschein (sunlit) picture, of the view down the valley towards Posara from the nearby walled mediaeval town of Fivizzano, where we go with our groups not only to paint but to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the weekly market.

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

I have made one of those short Facebook slideshows with more of Sandra’s vibrant watercolours. You can see them by clicking here.

If you fancy capturing the stunning Tuscan countryside, rain or shine, now is the time to book, particularly since we have 11 reservations for her first week already, and nine for her second.

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

Sandra Strohschein   

Saturday 5 June to Saturday 12 June 2021  and Saturday 12 June to Saturday 19 June 2021 

Watercolours

 To learn more about Sandra and her week at the Watermill, please click here.

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!

And you will be Cool and Green: all our rooms are air-conditioned, powered by photovoltaic panels which make us self-sufficient in electricity.

Sandra Strohschein, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
You can be sure of a sunny welcome from Sandra and the Watermil team.

Come and join us and make 2021 a year to remember.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.
Painters in the Watermill walled garden. Picture: Francesco Lastrucci

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