Hythe Art Society Summer Exhibition

I’m exhibiting this year at the Hythe Art Society’s Summer Exhibition at the Tin Tabernacle in Hythe.

The exhibition runs from 8th-6th July (10-5pm) and entry is free.

There will be a varied range of subject matter in a variety of different media on display, all the work of the talented members of the Society.

Fishermen at Lower Sands, Dymchurch.  Oil on gesso board. £850. BUY NOW

RSPB Reserve, Rye. Oil on gesso board. £650. BUY NOW

I’m exhibiting three oil paintings, two of which are shown above, and I will also have a selection of my watercolours of local scenes in the browser.

Come along and support Hythe Art Society!

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Painting Workshop – 18th June

On Sunday 18th June I held another of my successful painting workshops at my gallery in Marine Walk Street, Hythe.

Myself with the completed seascape!

The subject was a seascape in either oils or acrylic and it was a friendly and fun session. Despite the heat, the day was well attended and the participants really enjoyed it.  It was great to welcome back old friends and to make new ones.

The image that we worked on was of the sea and promenade at Princes Parade, Hythe on a blustery day with the waves crashing along the shoreline, kites being flown and windsurfers bobbing over the waves.

A close-up of the seascape.

The day started with a demo by myself where I showed some hints and tips on how to really capture the characteristics of a seascape such as how best to paint breaking waves and spray.

It was then onto painting for the rest of the day apart from a break for a fish ‘n’ chip lunch.  The participants really made an excellent job of their paintings and were very happy with their efforts!

The next Sunday Painting Workshop is on 3rd September and the subject is Big Cats, one of my favourites.  The price for the day is £90 including lunch.  See my website for further details.

There are only a few spaces left so book now to reserve your place. Hope to see you there!

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Painting on the beach…

After I delivered my paintings to The Pie Factory Gallery for the U.A. Summer exhibition on Thursday, I treated myself to an afternoon’s en plain air painting in Thanet.

The weather was wonderfully warm as I set my easel up at Botany Bay, Broadstairs and there were plenty of people out and about relaxing on the sands, splashing around in the water and generally enjoying the glorious weather.

Botany Bay, Broadstairs – Oil En Plein Air 15.06.17 #1. £450.

Botany Bay, Broadstairs – Oil En Plein Air 15.06.17 #2. Oil plain air. £650

I painted two scenes of day-trippers on the sands which really give a sense of the heat of the day with the warm tones of the sand contrasting with the cool blues the sky and sea.

With the chalk cliffs and the windbreakers in the foreground these paintings are lovely images of an English summer’s day at the Kent coast!

The paintings are still drying but will be available for sale shortly.  If you’d like to reserve the painting please email me.

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En Plein Air Workshop at Dungeness

On Sunday 11th June I held my first en plain air workshop of the year and it was a great day of painting.  Luckily, the weather stayed dry for us, it was a bit blowy though but not enough to spoil the day!

The day was very well attended with participants who are old hands at en plain air as well as  beginners.  It was really good fun and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely!

Pensively, Sam realised that he might not have caught the lighthouse to its best advantage.

We spent the morning painting and then had a tasty pub lunch at the Britannia (where we had a an unexpected visitor!) before resuming for an enjoyable afternoon session.

Our visitor at the Britannia…

Here are some further images of the day!

Some of the participants at the En Plein Air workshop

The next en plain air workshop day is on Sunday 16th July at the iconic Fisherman’s Beach, Hythe with its shingle foreshore, fishing boats and Martello towers.

The day costs £65.00. BOOK NOW to reserve your space as places are extremely limited.

Hope to see you there!

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U.A. Summer Exhibition at The Pie Factory, Margate

I’m exhibiting this month at the United Society of Artists’ Summer Exhibition at The Pie Factory, Margate from the Friday 17th to Wednesday 28th June.

The Pie Factory gallery is located at 5 Broad Street, Margate CT9 1EW.

The exhibition covers an exciting and eclectic mix of artistic media with styles ranging from representational to abstraction and conceptual by members of the U.A. whose range of approaches include figurative, impressionist and expressionist amongst many others.

I have four entries in the exhibition and these are primarily en plein air paintings that I painted during trips to Thanet, such as these two examples here.  There will also be a selection of my original watercolour paintings.

Viking Bay, Broadstairs.  Oil en plein air. £450. BUY NOW

Margate Harbour. Oil en plein air. £450. BUY NOW

There’s really something for everyone at the U.A. Summer Exhibition so I thoroughly recommend a visit.  Hope to see you there!


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Sunday Workshop 18th June – Seascape in Oils/Acrylics

Camber #2 by Paul Apps U.A. Oil. £450. BUY NOW

On Sunday 18th June I’m holding another of my Sunday painting workshops.  The theme this time around, due to popular demand, is a seascape in oil or acrylic paint.

In this one day Sunday workshop we will focus on capturing the ever-changing light and movement of the Kent sea and I will share the ideas and tips that I use when painting a seascape and creating it’s unique atmosphere.

The day will start at 10.00am so please arrive around 9.50am. The morning session will start with a practical one hour demonstration in which I show you some techniques. Please feel free to ask any questions! You will then begin painting yourself and I’ll be on hand to help you create a beautiful painting.

A hot fish and chip lunch (unless you request otherwise) will be provided at 1pm and, after lunch, we will continue with our painting. The day will finish around 4.30pm. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

The workshop will be held at my light and airy studio located at Paul Apps Fine Art, 7-9 Marine Walk Street, Hythe, Kent CT21 5NW. Local paid parking is available or free parking is possible in nearby streets about a five minute walk away from the gallery.

The day costs £90.00 and, owing to space, numbers are very limited. There are only a few spaces left so BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment.

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New en plein air paintings

Alongside my recent foray into watercolour I’m still regularly out and about painting en plein air in oils now that the summer is well and truly here.  I do so enjoy taking my bike Priscilla and getting out onto the beautiful Romney Marsh.

St Mary’s Road.  Oil en plein air. 10″ x 8″. £450.  BUY NOW

I try to go out at least once a week and not to let bad weather get in the way, as you can see from this painting of Marine Walk Street, Hythe, which was painted as I sheltered from a heavy downpour!

Marine Walk Street, Hythe. Oil en plein air. 10″ x 8″. £450.  BUY NOW

These are some of my most recent en plein air paintings.  I do hope you enjoy them!

Last Light at Burmarsh.  Oil en plein air. 10″ x 8″. £450. BUY NOW

Lower Sands at Low Tide.  Oil en plein air. 8″ x 10″. £450. BUY NOW



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Demonstration Evening – Charcoal

Last night I held another of my successful monthly demonstration evenings, this time the medium was charcoal.

Again, it was another well attended and enjoyable evening.  It was a lot of fun and, for me, a very messy evening.  I was covered in charcoal by the end of the demo!

Charcoal is a very versatile medium particularly for creating mood.  I demonstrated lots of different techniques in these four separate drawings during the session.

I think the wave is my favourite of the four.  It was quite spontaneous and done without any reference material.  It came out really well.

The next demonstration evening is on Thursday 13th July where the subject will be a landscape using ink and wash.  See my website for further details and to book your place.  There’s only a few left!

Hope to see you there!

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Further adventures in watercolour…

Dungeness Caravan.  Watercolour. £95. BUY NOW

In my last post I mentioned about rediscovering my love of watercolour and I’ve been very busy painting in this most demanding of mediums.  I’m still really enjoying the challenge.

I feel that the rapid response of of watercolour as a medium allows me to be very fluid in my mark-making.  Also, the softness of watercolour really suits the beautiful landscapes and seascapes of the Romney Marsh.

Here are some of most recent watercolour works and there are more available on my website.

I do hope that you enjoy them!

Fishing boat at Hythe. Watercolour. £75. BUY NOW

Martello Towers Sunset. Watercolour. £75. BUY NOW

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In the news…

I’m in the news! The Kentish Express (Romney Marsh) has a feature on my painting, In the Shadows, being shortlisted for the prestigious David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s (DWSF) Artist of the Year Award.

In the Shadows by Paul Apps U.A.

The article, by Rachel Wood, is on page 22 and explains all about the competition which will be judged on the 27th June at The Mall Galleries, London.

The feature details the background to the painting and how the wildlife of Africa inspires me.  It includes photo of the painting and even one of yours truly!

I’m keeping my fingers crossed as to the result but, regardless, I’m delighted to support the good work of the DWSF in supporting endangered African and Asian wildlife.

I’ll keep you all updated as to my progress in the competition!

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