A warm watercolour from Tim Wilmot

Painting by Tim Wilmot, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Doesn’t this vibrant picture, of Malaga in Spain simply make you feel warm? It’s by Watermill watercolour painting tutor Tim Wilmot, who will be enjoying the warm Tuscan sun with us this October. (More details below.)

Tim says: “The lovely yellow/ facade of Palacio Episcopal in central Malaga is a great subject for a watercolour – lovely colours and contrasts with the angle of the sun coming through the square.  It’s one of those places you could spend all day in and just paint different views as the sun moves around.  As you can see on the left, I greatly simplified the people in the cafe – just silhouettes really and shadows on the ground of the table legs and chairs.”

Come and learn the secrets of great watercolours from Tim. During his week-long painting courseyou’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the spectacular scenery of Lunigiana, the unspoilt part of Tuscany that surrounds the Watermill. We promise you river valleys and craggy mountains, vineyards and olive groves, convents and castles, hill-top villages and walled medieval towns. 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.

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

Tim’s watercolour of a vineyard and the Apuan Alps near 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.

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

Tim says: There are all sorts of reasons for coming on a painting holiday — it might be to improve your drawing skills, loosen up your style, learn how to incorporate figures in a landscape — and it’s my job to try to find what your personal objectives are and help you achieve them. Ohand have fun with like-minded people on the way.”

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.

“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.

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

Tim’s painting of a city gate in Ancona, Italy


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