A mini-masterclass from Milind on painting from photographs

Painting by Milind Mulick a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
Milind’s picture of a corner of the square of Santa Croce in Florence, Italy, painted from a photograph.

Our inspiring new watercolour painting tutor Milind Mulick is in the middle of preparing a new book on painting from photographs. If you come on his week at the Watermill, you will, of course, be out in the beautiful Tuscan countryside, painting en plein-air. But taking photographs is a great way of recording the scene, so that you can finish off your work in the Watermill studio later in the day, or even when you get home after your holiday. Many of our guests tell us that they re-live the memories of a Watermill week by painting more pictures from photographs later in the year.

Milind has given me a sneak preview of his book and I thought I would just show today one of his mini-masterclasses in how to convert a picture into a painting masterpiece. The photograph, below, is from Vernazza, a village in the Cinque Terre, one of the locations for our Wednesday excursion.

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

Milind says: “The weathered wall has a lovely texture , there is a pattern of windows and diagonal shadows, there are hanging clothes… what more can an artist ask for?” He adds: “Sometimes we get bored of those vanishing lines and aerial perspectives and prefer a straight two-dimensional design. Such scenes look simple to draw but believe me they are not, when shapes of windows and shadows are integrated, and when we want to keep a balance in design.”

Milind says that the success of the painting will be determined by the capacity to put ‘life’ into the shadows. Also, he felt the sunlit road was a little boring, so a vignette was needed. Milind says: “The man looks very lonely, so we better find him good company!”

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

We are delighted to welcome Milind, a watercolour artist from Pune in India, to the international team of Watermill painting tutors. He has gained a remarkable reputation in his own country and, increasingly worldwide, for his atmospheric paintings.

Milind has been painting in watercolours for more than 30 years, his artistic journey beginning in childhood, following his father, also a painter. As well as being influenced by the great British watercolourists like Edward Wesson and Edward Siego, Milind has absorbed the styles of Indian artists too. He has won many awards and written a dozen books on watercolour painting.

Milind has also been teaching for many years: “Teaching gives me great pleasure: I love meeting new people and helping them realise their artistic potential.” As a previous student says: “Milind pours his heart and soul into his paintings and believes in spreading his knowledge.”

Milind will be with us for his course, which he calls Colourful Watercolours, from Saturday 3 October to Saturday 10 October. We now have 13 people booked into this course, three of them non-painting partners. We only have one bedroom left, the Bronzino, which is ideal for a couple or two people sharing, although we are quite happy with single occupancy. You can find out more about Milind and his course at the Watermill by clicking here.

Painting by Milind Mulick a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
A shiny bicycle on a rainy day.

Everything is included in the cost of your holiday at the watermill: tuition, accommodation, pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals and wines (including outings to charming local restaurants) and all local transportation.

You get to Pisa, Italy, we do the rest!

Milind Mulick

Milind Mulick
3 – 10 October 2020 – 1/2 places
Colourful watercolours
To learn more about Milind and his course at the mill, please visit his 2020 Profile Page.

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