Our next online, interactive session is a symbol of hope, a new dawn following a dark period. You will be creating the dramatic sunrise scene above, painting along with the English watercolourist Mike Willdridge. This fun-filled session will give you the opportunity not just to paint an extraordinary sky, but also some sheep, waiting to welcome the day.
Mike says: “The sheep seem expectant for food on their new day, and the scene suggests the first signs of Spring and warmth and an ending of Winter.” His practice painting above gives you some idea of the effects you will be trying to achieve.”
The session is on Thursday 27 January at 2:30 pm Greenwich Mean Time; 3:30 pm European Time. (Please check what time it is in your own time zone. If it is too early or too late for you, don’t forget we will make a video of the session, available soon after the event to those who have registered.) You can register by clicking here.
Mike says: “You may care to make a preliminary line drawing before the session begins, although there will also be time to make any changes you need during the session itself.”
You will be sent links to Mike’s reference photo, a line drawing, the practice painting and list of recommended materials as soon as you register for the session.
Unlike many online painting tutors, Mike 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 shows 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’ve been given a little time to catch up, Mike will move onto the next part of the process. Lois Breckon from The Watermill at Posara will be on hand during the session to feed your questions. The session will last about three hours.
When you register for the session, you will be asked for a donation. Some people ask how much this should be. It is up to you, but we do suggest a minimum donation of £20 GBP (English pounds). Our Zoom painting demonstrations do take quite a bit of time in preparation and administration and your support is very much appreciated. With your generosity we can plan and run further sessions and, more importantly, provide a regular meeting place for creativity, camaraderie and fun. We hope that you enjoy the international, online painting community that we have created.
Once you have registered you will be provided with two links. The first is the Zoom link for you to join the session. Please note that the start time is 3:30pm European time, that is, 2:3opm (UK time, GMT). Please check the precise starting time in your own time zone compared with Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
The second link is where you will find the reference photograph, the line drawing, the practice painting, and a list of equipment and colours for your palette.
After the event, you are invited to add your painting to the private gallery, where you will be able to view the same scene uploaded by your fellow painters on Zoom. In addition, we will send you a link to a video that will enable to you revisit Mike’s step-by-step teaching. To join the session please click here.
You can find out more about Mike’s style of teaching online by watching the edited video below from a Zoom session last year, hosted by The Watermill at Posara: please just click here.
When you’ve painted with Mike online, why not join him for real at the Watermill in Tuscany Italy this Summer? We would love to welcome you to the Watermill. You can find more details of Mike’s week-long course, from Saturday 3 September to Saturday, 10 September 2022, by clicking here.