Capturing the joys of nature (and people) with Janie

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

Janie’s painting All is safely gathered in.

We never cease to be amazed at the fantastic results of our new Watermill tutor Janie Pirie‘s  work with coloured pencils, like that bunch of grapes above. Janie called the work All is safely gathered in and the grapes are so irresistible it makes you ant to reach out and touch one.

We can’t offer you fresh grapes to eat, or draw, on Janie’s course at The Watermill next May – it’s probably a good six month’s too early for the 2016 vendemmia!

Sharon tuscan wild flowersBut we can offer you wonderful spring flowers, in the mill gardens and the wonderful surrounding countryside of Lunigiana – and Janie’s inspirational teaching. So why not join us? There’s a special Early Bird booking discount is you reserve your place now.

Janie Pirie must be unique among painting tutors by being a double Gold Medallist of the UK’s Royal Horticultural Society! It reflects her love of plants, and of drawing them. Her work is now exhibited worldwide and she teaches in the UK and USA – using only coloured pencils.

Although enjoying much success with her plant illustrations and botanical paintings, Janie also draws beautiful portraits (like the Tibetan Shepherd below) and still lifes. You’ll have an opportunity to practice all this on her week-long course, as well as visiting stunning locations in the beautiful scenery around the watermill.

Pirie Tibetan Shephperd

Janie will take you through every stage of the process to achieve the very best results, from first observation to the creation of a rich and gloriously coloured picture. Her course is ideal for beginners and intermediates. Here’s a comment from one of her students: Everyone always finishes Janie’s courses on such a high, inspired and eager to create more beautiful paintings with real passion.” Another said: “Janie is extremely helpful, a wonderful, stimulating tutor, always ready to offer advice and support.”

Everything is included in the cost of your holiday at the watermill: tuition, accommodation (including all linen and towels), pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals (including meals with wine at 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!

Janie Pirie head and shoulders14 May to 21 May 2016

Janie Pirie  Painting plants with coloured pencils

To find out more about Janie and her course at the watermill next year, please click here. And to enquire about availability and/or reserve your place, please click here.

 Early Bird discount: book now!

If you book before 31 December 2015 there’s a £75 per person discount on this fabulous 2016 painting holiday.

 *** Why not bring your non-painting partner as well? There’s a generous £200 discount for him/her if they share a room with you  — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here.



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