Archives for April 2017

A golden scene from Tim Wilmot

Painting by Tim Wilmot, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Here’s a golden watercolour from Watermill painting tutor Tim Wilmot, who will be with us for an inspiring painting course this Autumn (Details below).  It’s one of his submissions to the annual Bristol Savages Exhibition 2017, a scene with an emphasis on trees with a golden tint to them.

Tim has used the bridge and the figure walking the dog to enhance the composition. He says; “It is good to get a light figure in front of a dark background.  As a further enhancement, I could have had the figure reflected in some water!”

I am willing to walk our Labrador Rosa along the riverside if you need us when you are painting there during Tim’s course!

Did anyone say Walk!

Did anyone say Walk!

And we can offer you plenty of gold among other wonderful Autumn colours in the glorious unpsoilt Tuscan countryside surrounding the Watermill, with swathes of beech and European oak. And with Tim as your guide, you’ll learn now to loosen our style and capture the essence of the wonderful scenery with your brush, so come and discover the secrets of great watercolours from Tim.

A photograph of the mill and the riverside gardens.

A photograph of the mill and the riverside gardens.

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

Tim’s impression of the riverside by The Watermill

While he’s dabbled with portraits and still lifes over the years, Tim is inexorably drawn to landscapes. He says: I’m an outdoor person rather than an indoor person. For many years I’ve taken a sketch book on my travels and I quickly scribble scenes in a shorthand sort of way. Then, returning home, I recreate those memories with paint and brush.” And you’ll be able to do that, too, in the Watermill studio, overlooking the river and the walled garden with the high Apennines beyond.

 Every day we’ll paint outside as much as possible and Tim will try to do two demos during the day. He says: “During the demos I’ll welcome questions, such as ‘Why did you choose that scene?’ ‘What brush are you using there?’ ‘What colour combination did you just use?’ and so on.” After the demonstration, everyone can have a go at replicating that scene. Tim says: “I will be on hand to look over your shoulder and give some words of encouragement and try to give advice on what, in my opinion, does work and what doesn’t. We can also have all our work displayed together and go through a brief critique and compare our experiences.

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

A vineyard and the Apuan Alps near the Watermill

“If we’re in the studio, no problem. There will be opportunity create some watercolour landscapes from some reference photos and we can do exercises on figure work, and getting things like cars or boats into the landscape.

“We all want to take away many things from our time at the Watermill and then the key is to IMPLEMENT at least one thing you have learnt.

A comment from a previous student: “I’m quite impressed with how you transform a dull image into an impressionistic and beautiful study of light and shadow. You’re great tutor!”  Another said: Like most, I struggle with too much detail. This will help me to “loosen up”. I like how methodical you are and how you capture the light in your paintings. I also find it interesting how your figures are always walking towards the viewer. Seems like most watercolourists have them walking away from the viewer. I think your way brings your paintings to life.” 

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with Tim Wilmot

To learn more about Tim and his course at The Watermill, please click here.

 

Sage words about cooking with this flavoursome herb

 The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.We’ve just been tidying up our herb garden and, among other tasks, cutting back and tidying up the sage, which we use often in our cooking.

A very simple, but delicious, dish is ravioli con burro e salvia. We usually buy our fresh home-made ravioli, filled with ricotta and spinach, from the local delicatessen, which cooks in a couple of minutes, and then coated melted butter, in which sage leaves from the garden have been quickly fried. Sprinkle on top a spoonful or two of parmesan and away you go… The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Sage is also wonderful in chicken involtini, stuffed, rolled chicken breasts. Here’s Lois’ recipe:
Cover a slice of uncooked chicken breast with cling film and whack it with a rolling pin until no more than a couple of millimetres thick, then divide the slice in two, longitudinally, to make up two individual involtini.
Along the length of each one lay a slice of prosciutto crudo, a slice of fontina cheese, spread a thin layer of cooked spinach, and leaf of sage.
Roll up tightly from the short end, rolling in a fresh sage leaf as you go along, and secure your roll with a cocktail stick.
Poach (lid on, in a small pan) for 15 minutes in a small quantity of vegetable brodo enlivened with a dash of white wine.
Remove the cocktail sticks and serve with thin slices of grilled zucchini and sauté potatoes.

 The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

ITINERARY page Mirella in kitchen croppedWe serve involtini one evening during our creative courses and you can try your hand at making it during our unique cookery course, L’Arte di Mangiar Bene, the Art of Eating Well. This lies at the heart of the Italian lifestyle — and that’s just what you’ll enjoy on The Watermill’s first-ever cookery week.You’ll learn the secrets of healthy eating from Lois and The Watermill team, among them an Italian grandmother (Mirella, to the right), an organic farmer and our gardener’s wife Marida. You’ll choose freshest local ingredients (we’ll pick many of them ourselves each day) and prepare them deliciously for the table. We’ll visit markets, vegetable gardens, olive groves and vineyards. The Italians are the healthiest people in Europe and
this is due not just the quality of the food, but to la bella vita italiana, the relaxed lifestyle which means taking time to talk to friends and to enjoy their company, not least in convivial meals around the dining table. You’ll be savouring all that, too. The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Over the years Lois Breckon and The Watermill team have built a reputation for the  quality of their food and we’re keen to share our secrets with you, from antipasti to dolci – and dozens of mouth-watering, freshly prepared, health-promoting dishes in between.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italypanzanella19-26 August – L’arte di mangiar bene 

with Lois Breckon, Ingrid Fabbian and The Watermill team

To learn more about this delicious cookery course, please click here