Phil Hobbs 2018

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Capturing a sense of place in watercolour

9th-13th July 2018

The price of this 5-day workshop is £540.

I have been to many art classes over the years and this has been one of the most helpful and informative. Although the class concentrated on watercolour, Phil gave instruction for those using different mediums. His approach was encouraging and it was extremely helpful to have a demonstration of how he tackled a complicated street scene, a collection of trees, the denseness of clouds etc. He was prepared to go through any individual artistic problems. I have always got to a certain point in a painting and found a stumbling block which I was unable to solve. Phil helped me to get over this problem. This course was beautifully organised, friendly and held in an attractive Georgian venue. In addition comfortable portable seats were provided for outdoor drawing and painting.’
(from a participant at summer school 2017)

Phil Hobbs painting at Loughrigg TarnWatercolour painter Phil Hobbs is a past President and Honorary Life Member of the Lake Artists Society. Working predominantly in pure watercolour, he has long been established as one of the leading artists in his field.

From the freshness and vitality of rapidly executed outdoor sketches to the highly finished studio works, richly interwoven with allegory, the viewer is invited to embark upon a journey, to be there, to participate and discover new aspects and levels within each piece.

Constantly in search of new subject matter that will best convey his ideas at the time, he has travelled extensively, leading to the creation of a diverse body of work. “I try to capture faithfully the subject that inspired me sufficiently enough to wish to paint it, without forcing it into a predictable or identifiable style. That way there is a chance that what inspired me, will also inspire the viewer”.

If there is a recurrent theme, it is that of the everyday, the portrayal of life and lives within the landscape, be it village, city or workshop. It may be to make a point or simply to make us look again. Mostly it is a celebration of the beauty and poetry of simply being.

He has participated in many national and international exhibitions and has had a number of solo shows in the UK, USA and Europe. Phil also tutors a small number of workshops each year in the UK and Italy. We are delighted that he has agreed to give a workshop for us in Bath.

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