Mike’s free, interactive, inspiring Internet sessions: “Something I really look forward to.”

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.
Mike’s demonstration picture for painting skies.

We are building a wonderful community of painters who are tuning into Mike Willdridge’s inspiring Internet sessions. More than 150 people joined us for the latest one, on painting skies. The sessions are proving to be havens of peace and pleasure amidst the encircling coronavirus gloom. As one happy participant said: It is something I really look forward to.”

We are pleased to do our bit to add to the sum total of human happiness and hope to welcome even more people for our next session.

Mike’s demonstration picture for last week’s session is shown above while below is a montage of just a few of the many painting sent in by people who took part. I chose them purely at random and I’m only sorry we have room for more.

Mike's demonstration picture for painting skies.

If you’d like to see these and a couple of other pictures a little larger, I made one of those short, 30-second Facebook slideshows which you can see by clicking here.

The next session is on painting flowers and here is Mike’s demonstration painting:

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

The session will take place on Zoom next Thursday, 29 October. As usual it will start at 2:30 in the afternoon, British time. Already more than 100 people have booked in, but we have room for more, so banish the coronavirus blues and sign up to enjoy a carefree couple of hours painting along with Mike and like-minded friends.

You need to register with Lois to enter the Zoom session and to gain access to the video which we make available afterwards. Please register by using the Watermill contact form, which you can find by clicking here. Mark the topic as ‘Mike’s free interactive sessions.’

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

Mike’s inspiring sessions 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. When you register with Lois, she will send you more images to inspire you.

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, if appropriate, 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.

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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