Different and fun; challenging and absorbing: comments on Mike’s latest interactive online session.

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
Mike’s demonstration picture of the French market.

Market day in the town of Lavalenet in the south of France was the subject of Mike Willdridge’s latest inspiring, interactive, online painting session. And, as ever, many of our 100+ participants found the session both challenging and absorbing, but always fun. Here are some of their comments:

Thanks to you and Mike for today, great fun!

It is with great pleasure that I take part in Mike’s classes and learn with him through your generous help! 

Enjoyed this one and have just finished painting at nearly 7 o’clock! Many thanks to you and Mike. Was glad to hear there will be another series later on!

I loved the subject matter!

I thoroughly enjoy painting with Mike it’s so different and fun!

Very challenging, but absorbing!

I enjoyed the challenge! 

You could do it more often. I am sure everyone would agree, it’s such fun.

.Many of the participants in these sessions send us their efforts at the end of the day. Here is a montage of a few of them, chosen entirely at random. Thanks to all who sent in their pictures; apologies to those whose works were omitted. We simply don’t have space for them all.

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

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.)

The next session will run on Thursday 24 September and , as usual, will be at 2.30 in the afternoon, British time. The next topic is a café in the beautiful town of Vernazza in the Cinque Terre, one of the excursion venues on Wednesdays during our creative courses. Here is the reference photograph:

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

When you register with Lois, she will send you more images, and a drawing of the scene, to inspire you.

Please register 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 and a drawing 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 next year?


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

Mike Willdridge 

Saturday 4 September to Saturday 11 September 2021 

Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)

To learn more about Mike and his week at the Watermill, please click here.

You can learn about all our renowned creative courses, in painting, creative writing, knitting and Italian language, by clicking here. We would love you to join us!

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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