We’ve arrived! Day One of an exhilarating virtual week at the Watermill

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

More than 90 guests arrived yesterday for the start of our latest online, interactive ‘virtual’ week at the Watermill, in which they will spend two or three hours each day painting scenes from the Watermill and its beautiful surroundings in rural Tuscany with our tutor Mike Willdridge.

On Day One they arrived at Pisa and no sooner had their feet touched the ground than Mike had them painting a vibrant street scene in the city, before they set off for the Watermill. That’s Mike’s demonstration picture above.

Our guests found the experience exhilarating, if a little speedy, but bringing a sense of satisfaction as well as the camaraderie of painting along with other like-minded people. As one of our guests said: “That was wonderful, hard work, but wonderful.” Another said: “It’s life-saving for such a troublesome time.”

As usual, I’ve made a montage of a few of the pictures that our guests sent in to our online gallery. Our thanks to all who did so, and my apologies to those I had to leave out: I chose the pictures purely at random, so if I missed you today, please don’t take it personally!

Also as usual, I have made a short Facebook slideshow of the pictures, so you can see them a little larger. You can view them by clicking here.

Tomorrow we will have all settled in at the Watermill and we going to be painting around the courtyard. Here’s Mike’s demonstration picture of the warm and welcoming scene. I will show you what our guests made of it in tomorrow’s blog. Happy painting.

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

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