Tim Wilmot-Spain

Watercolor Painting Workshop in Spain with Tim Wilmot: May 26-June 2, 2024

Workshop Description

Our watercolor painting holiday on the Costa Brava is an exciting opportunity to learn from a professional tutor, Tim Wilmot, and to paint in some stunning locations and a wide variety of subjects.

The objectives of the watercolor workshop are to improve your watercolor painting techniques, while exploring the unique beauty of the location. Through demonstrations, individual instruction, and group critiques, participants will gain a better understanding of how to create atmosphere, depth, and interest in their artwork and develop their personal style.

You will hav a chance to paint many different subjects: Beach, Landscape and Seascape  and Street Scenes.  Each day we will try and produce 2 completed paintings together.

Here are some of our objectives for the week:

  • Getting familiar with materials and the location:

– Introduction to watercolor painting plein air techniques and materials
– Painting a seascape view with emphasis on capturing the essence of the location’s atmosphere and lighting.
– How to paint small boats on the beach or in the water.

  • Exploring Colors:

– Painting a street view of the town, emphasizing the use of color and light to create depth and mood.
– Introducing Cars and People into your Street Scenes.
– Demonstrations on the use of colors to create contrast and harmony.Get some colors into those shadows!

  • Capturing the beauty of the surrounding nature:

– Painting a landscape view of the nearby botanical gardens, with emphasis on the use of texture, shape and tone to create depth and interest.
– Demonstrations on creating naturalistic foliage and trees, and the use of aerial perspective to convey distance.

  • Capturing the town’s architecture:

– Painting a view of the town’s traditional buildings, emphasizing the use of perspective and composition to create a sense of space and atmosphere.
– Demonstrations on painting the architectural details and using negative painting techniques to create contrast.

  • Experimenting with different techniques:

– Painting a view of the rocky coastline or harbor, with emphasis on using different watercolor techniques to create a variety of textures and effects.
– Demonstrations on using wet-on-wet, drybrush, and spatter techniques to create interesting effects.

  • Reviewing and developing personal style:

– Painting a view of the town or surrounding area of each participant’s choice, with emphasis on incorporating the techniques learned over the week and developing individual style.
– Final review and discussion of the artwork produced during the workshop.

Watch this YouTube video of Tim painting a boat scene in Spain.

Tim Wilmot's Biography

Meet Tim Wilmot, a watercolor artist who has been practicing his craft since the age of 4!  Tim has always been drawn to the beauty and fluidity of watercolor as a medium, and he loves the way it can capture the light and color of the world around us.

Tim’s style is known for its loose, impressionistic quality, with bold brushstrokes and a focus on capturing the essence of his subjects rather than their exact likeness. He is inspired by nature, particularly landscapes, but also street scenes, seascapes and harbour scenes catch his fancy!

Over the years, Tim has developed a loyal following on YouTube and of collectors who appreciate his unique style and the emotional connection his paintings evoke. His work has been exhibited in galleries across the country (UK), and he has won numerous awards for his paintings.  He has also been featured in many well know watercolor publications like the ‘Encyclopaedia of Watercolour Techniques’, ‘Watercolor Artist’ and ‘Art of Watercolor’.

In addition to his artistic pursuits, Tim is passionate about teaching and sharing his knowledge with others. He leads workshops and classes both online and in-person and is always eager to help his students develop their own artistic voice. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced artist, Tim is dedicated to helping you develop your skills and find your own artistic voice.

One of the things that sets Tim’s teaching apart is his focus on individualized feedback and support. He takes the time to get to know each of his students and provides personalized feedback and guidance to help them grow and develop as artists.

Overall, Tim is a talented watercolor artist and dedicated tutor who is passionate about sharing his love of watercolor with others. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced artist, you can count on Tim to provide the support, guidance, and inspiration you need to achieve your watercolor goals!

Tim is also an artist member of the prestigious Bristol 1904 Arts Society.

More info about Tim Wilmot on his site at https://www.timwilmotartist.com

More Samples of Tim Wilmot's Art

Click on any picture to enlarge.

Day 1: Arrival at the Costa Brava

spain-day4-castle1We will pick you up at a specific hotel downtown Barcelona and drive you to our hotel located in one of the most exclusive beaches on the Costa Brava. Upon your arrival at our hotel by the sea, take time to settle in or start enjoying the wonderful white-washed and preserved fisherman village on the beach.

Enjoy the beach in front of the hotel, walk along the pristine seashore, take in the sun from the terrace or have a drink in the Mediterranean breeze.
Before dinner, we will take an easy walk along the shore that offers breathtaking vistas along the way.

In the evening, you will enjoy a welcome reception followed by a delicious dinner.

Days 2-3: Painting One of the Most Beautiful Villages on the Costa Brava

spain-day2bspain-day3aThis “little fishing village” is a hidden gem among all other villages along the Northern Costa Brava. This village is made up of endless rocks, cliffs and extremely beautiful beaches.

The parish church lies in the center of the village and is surrounded by numerous small, windy alleys, which lead down to the beach and give this village its picturesque charm.

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Day 4: Flowers, Coves and Sea Views at the Botanical Garden

spain-day4-gardenTen minutes up the road, lies The Jardi Botanic de Cap Roig. It is considered one of the most important botanical gardens in the Mediterranean.

The most characteristic plant species in the Mediterranean region mix with trees and plants from other continents are a must see and a must paint…

High above the bay, the garden offers stunning views towards the ocean.

In 1927, a Russian Colonel and his English wife began building a castle and a magnificent park. The garden runs down in terraces from the castle to the sea. These ornamental and extremely beautiful gardens contain over 1000 species of plants and flowers from all over the world.

Day 5: Pals, a Unique Preserved Medieval Village

As you walk through the narrow village streets, next to the city walls, towers and churches, you will feel as though you have walked into a new time altogether.

The stone archways, cobblestone streets and wrought balconies adorned with flowers create a welcoming feel in this Romanesque village.

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Day 6: The Surrealistic World of Salvador Dali

For those interested we will go to see the largest surrealistic object in the world created by Dalí, the Dalí Theatre-Museu in the town of Figueres, his birthplace.

We will step inside the surreal world of Salvador Dalí and find a museum like none other. Dalí wanted visitors to see his massive collection as a ‘whole’ work and therefore refused to have his works placed in chronological or subject order.

Inside is a world of fantasy mixed with architecture, paintings and sculptures. It’s a complete surrealistic experience.

Day 7: Painting in the Village

For the last day, we will stay in the village by-the-sea. They are endless vignettes to paint:

cliffs and rocks, boats on the beach, white-washed houses or a magnificent fortress on the beach right in front of the hotel. We will finish our workshop by a “Show and Tell” or ‘Critique” while sipping some sangria before going to the restaurant for our farewell dinner.

Day 8: Departure

It is time to say Hasta Luego!!

After our last breakfast, we will drive you back to Barcelona (either the airport or downtown). We will get to Barcelona around noon so make sure your flight is not before 3pm.

Come and let yourself be carried away by emotions!

For the hotel on the Costa Brava, we have chosen a completely renovated hotel with a breathtaking sea view, overlooking the coves of a hidden and preserved beach.

Enjoy exceptional views of the white-washed fishing village and the blue sea in a comfortable, intimate and relaxed atmosphere.

The village’s narrowing streets and picturesque fishermen’s cottages form an idyllic backdrop to the stunning Mediterranean coast.

You can choose either a standard room (no sea view) with balcony or a superior room with sea view and balcony (see pictures).

Rooms have either two single beds or one double bed. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom, TV, satellite, air conditioning, heating, hairdryer and safety deposit box..

Pricing Details:

The Trip is limited to 12 Participants

Shared room (with ensuite bathroom): US$3,790 per person.  

Single standard room (with ensuite bathroom): +US $550

Breathtaking sea view room: + US $900 (for the room so if you are sharing a room, the supplement is $450 per person)



– Pick-up at 1:30pm at a specific hotel downtown Barcelona to go to the Costa Brava
– Drop-off either at the pick-up hotel in Barcelona around 11am or at the the airport around noon
– A welcome reception
– All nights  at the hotel on the Costa Brava
– All breakfasts
– 3 lunches
– 4 dinners (including drinks and wine)
– All art classes
– Entrance fees to all sites on the tour
– Transportation every day in a comfortable van
– The use of folding chairs
– A personal chauffeur/tour leader throughout the week

Not Included:


– Flights to and from Barcelona
– 3 lunches and 3 dinners
– Painting supplies (we provide folding chairs)
– Tour leader(s) tipping

Cancelation Policy:

If you cancel the trip:Cancellation Fee per Person
More than 120 days before departureThe $600 deposit is forfeited
(however $300 can be transferred to another trip with a departure date within 1 year of cancelation date)
61-120 days before departure50% of total cost forfeited
31-60 days before departure75% of total cost forfeited
0-30 days before departure100% of total cost forfeited
If French Escapade cancels You get a full refund

To reserve your spot, please complete the form below (one per person) and pay US$ 600 deposit.  After receiving your form, we will send you the information for the payment. Note that the deposit is not refundable but $300 is transferrable within one year of cancelation. See our cancelation policy below.

You will be able to pay:

1- By check

2- Via ZELLE, free instant pay, offered by many major US banks

3- By bank transfer

4- By credit card

Reservation Form

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