Watermill painting tutor Brienne M Brown


Brienne M Brown

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Painting by watermill tutor Brienne M Brown

At the Watermill

Watercolour on paper 10in x 14in

Staying at the Watermill Inn in Posara was relaxing and inspirational. I loved finding views to paint that would remind me of my time there. This painting was a demonstration I did during my time at the Watermill in 2021. This courtyard at the Mill is where we met often as a group. I look forward to returning to paint, relax, and eat.

Painting by Brienne M Brown a tutor at the watermill in Italy

Market day

Watercolour on paper 14in x 14in

While at the Watermill in in 2021, we visited the village of Fivizzano on market day. It was great to walk around, see the local people enjoying the day shopping and talking. I did several sketches on that day trying to capture the energy and excitement of the day. Inspired by one of those sketches, I did this studio painting of the market day in Fivizzano. It was a great place for inspiration and shopping.

Painting tutor at the watermill in Italy Brienne M Brown

In the walled city

Watercolour on paper 14in x 20in

I had a wonderful day at Lucca walking around the walled city, taking photos, and sketching some views. This studio painting was inspired by some of my photos and sketches of the city. It was wonderful to have a higher vantage point from the top of the wall, looking down on the bustling city streets. The architecture was so interesting to capture.

Painting tutor Brienne M Brown at the watermill in Italy

Silence at the Monastery

Watercolour on paper 10in x 14in

The Monastery was one of my favourite painting locations. This was a plein air demonstration I did in 2021. It was a magical day. After a few busy days of travel and painting, spending the day at the monastery was peaceful and relaxing.

Course dates

Saturday 16 September to Saturday 23 September 2023



Much to her mother’s indignation, Brienne owned little clothing that was not covered in paint. From a very young age, Brienne showed talent in art and music, but wanted to pursue a career in the sciences. She started her education at the University of Utah as a double major (Art and Chemistry), eventually receiving a BS in Chemistry and finishing with a Master’s degree in 2004. After graduation, Brienne worked in a Toxicology lab. Though she painted some by taking an occasional class, as the years wore on, she realized she wanted more art in her life than a career in science would allow. She was surprised and delighted to find great fulfilment in painting. In fact, it became a necessity.

After leaving her job as a toxicologist to raise her first child in 2008, Brienne had the opportunity to paint more consistently. Prioritizing painting and taking workshops from artists she admired paid off. Soon she was not only exhibiting and entering shows regularly, but also winning awards. Brienne holds signature membership status for the National Watercolor Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, and Utah Watercolor Society. Since 2015, Brienne has been an invited faculty member at the annual Plein Air Convention. Also, every year, she participates is several national juried plein air events and teaches workshops all over the country. Her work has been published in Splash 17 Best of Watercolor: Inspired Subjects, PleinAir Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, and Watercolor Artist Magazine.

Brienne’s passion is watercolour and plein air painting. She has won several top awards in many plein air competitions. “I find beauty in everyday life, the so called ‘mundane’. Ordinary people going about their everyday lives inspire me. I especially enjoy painting en plein air, where each painting reminds me of where I was, of the experiences I had, the sounds, smells, and the people I met. As I try and capture the essence of a scene, my paintings are always more about a moment in time than about a particular location. I enjoy sharing how I see the world.”

Brienne’s teaching philosophy

“If you want to improve your painting skills, you need to get outside and paint!”

"Learning to paint on location is not only fun and exciting, but can help you with your studio work. Painting in Italy is also just a dream come true". During this workshop, Brienne will demonstrate and explain her painting process for plein air painting, sharing some great exercises and practices that will help you become a better plein air and studio watercolour artist. With the use of strong value sketches, bold washes, and quick energetic strokes, Brienne will demonstrate how to unify and bring excitement into your watercolour paintings. No experience with watercolour painting is necessary, but some drawing experience is recommended.

If you are new to plein air painting, it can be scary and hard to know where to start, know what to paint, and how to deal with the elements. Don’t worry! Brienne will teach and guide you through the process of painting with watercolours on-location. Her enthusiasm about watercolour and plein air is infectious and you can’t help but have a good time while learning and exploring in Italy.

You will be spending some time in the studio and sometime painting outdoors. Each morning the class will meet in the studio to discuss the day’s plan and some concepts. We will then venture outside to paint. Brienne will do several demonstrations throughout the workshop, but students will also have plenty of painting time with help and personal critiques from Brienne. In case of inclement weather we will be indoors, but we will still discuss painting on-location.

You can learn more about Brienne at her website: www.briennembrown.com

Praise from Brienne’s 2021 course at the Watermill

I want to commend you on your graciousness while I was at the Watermill. You go over and above for the groups, and it still sits in my mind as one of the best memories I have from the last ten years. (That’s how long my husbands been gone ) loved meeting Lois and Bill and Brienne as well. Will do my best to come back if Brienne is back. Thank you both, along with Karsten, for your wonderful care of us. EW

Praise from some of Brienne’s previous students

Brienne's workshop is great. She goes through each step guiding you through the process clearly while demonstrating her techniques and approach. I really learned a lot from her critique, as well. She recognized my tendency to overwork areas with my brush and identified my other problems, as well. I would highly recommend this workshop to ANYONE, be it a beginner or an advanced painter, wanting to learn watercolor. Thanks, Brienne, for the great lesson! RN

Enjoyed the workshop very much. Explanations and demo very clear and concise. My challenges are getting water to pigment ratios and I love how you explained the tea, milk, etc. My goal is to get it right in few steps! So going to try it again. KA

I learned so much from your workshop! You are an excellent instructor! MS

This marvellous workshop walks the viewer through the steps of creating a watercolor. Brienne Brown, the artist, explains everything clearly and well. I got a lot out of it. DF