Watermill painting tutor David Taylor


David Taylor

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Painting by watermill tutor David Taylor

Market day Fivizzano


Tuesday market in September in the nearby walled mediaeval town of Fivizzano: Here are treasures of the past and future coming alive with movement on a special sunny day. It was time to record and celebrate.

Painting by David Taylor a tutor at the watermill in Italy

A Storm is brewing Lucca


Time waits for no one and my brush works fast before the storm arrives. The power of nature is electric, a moment in time alive in our midst

Painting tutor at the watermill in Italy David Taylor

Life in the Shallows

As we journey through life there are changes to our lives and to the world we live in. Because as an artist I have received so much from the beauty of nature and all that it offers, I need to put something back.

A student says:
"David is a great communicator." "A wonderful, inspiring experience."

Painting tutor David Taylor at the watermill in Italy

Market day in Fivizzano 2


Moisture in the air, colour and atmosphere: every market day is alive in Fivizzano I can’t wait to see it again: it’s a piece of history for all time.

Course dates

Saturday 12 October to Saturday 19 October 2019



David is one of Australia's leading watercolourists and is renowned internationally for his painting and teaching. His work is in collections throughout the world and he has been featured countless times in art magazines.

He served a six-year apprenticeship with a photo engraving firm as a colour etcher and engraver and he’s applied what he learned about colour and composition to his own watercolour work.

David’s 40-year painting career has earned him more than 100 awards and his paintings are in collections all over the world. He’s held regular one-man exhibitions of his work since 1975. In each exhibition he expresses his love of working freely on location and his love of spontaneity, shape, light and colour. He is inspired by subjects that convey atmosphere, mood and feeling.

There have been many varying influences on his painting journey and he aspires to the Impressionist Monet, Turner, and the expressive John Singer Sargent, to name but a few. David says: “It is of high importance for me to say more with less…to discard the inessential…to be simple and poetic not only in the treatment of the subject but in the technical manner of the painting.”

You can find out more about David on his website at davidtaylorartist.com.au


Comments from David's previous courses at the watermill:

“I had a wonderful week at The Watermill and David was such a good teacher, with amazing energy. Your hospitality, the food and wine, were all excellent.”

“David Taylor is in a class all of his own when it comes to teaching others his techniques.”

“Many thanks to Lois & Bill for a wonderful Workshop with David Taylor. David was amazing as usual and helped show us how it should be done! How lucky we were to have such a great group of people who became friends so quickly. Thank you all for your good company and may I take this opportunity of wishing you all well and happy painting”

“One of the best painting holidays I have been on. The Watermill itself is just what I had hoped it would be. We had our every need catered for. A great crowd, lots of laughs and a good tutor (David Taylor) what more could we have?”

“What a week we all had! Quite fantastic! I congratulate you on creating, certainly for an artist, a paradise. The course was so well organised, David was exceptional, the staff worked tirelessly on our behalf, the food and wine were mouth-watering and the trips out to delightful venues, so well organised. Bill, whom we met on the Friday, was the perfect host and made us feel like one of the family. I am sure I am expressing the sentiments of the whole course.”