New en plein air paintings

Summer is now and full swing and, this year, we’ve had good weather (so far!).  It’s great to have the long evenings, I can paint until the light fades at around 9-9.30pm and there’s been some amazing sunsets to capture on canvas!

I’ve been taking full advantage of the long sunny days and getting out as much as I can to paint en plein air.

On Monday, I was out in Folkestone painting all day. I love Folkestone’s mix of holidaymakers, historic quarter and commercial harbour.

Here are some of my latest paintings I do hope you like them!

On the Sands at Folkestone by Paul Apps U.A.  (Oil en plein air)

Little Mermaid at Folkestone by Paul Apps U.A. (Oil en plein air)

Towards the Cliffs at Folkestone by Paul Apps U.A. (Oil en plein air)

Once fully dry, these paintings will be available to purchase at the gallery.

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Art classes – A few spaces left

There are a couple of spaces available for my popular weekly art classes held at my light and airy gallery at Marine Walk Street, Hythe!

The classes are small (no more than eight), relaxed and friendly.  You can choose which medium to work in and all levels of experience are welcome, from those who have never painted or drawn before to those who wish to add to their creative knowledge.

I have over 22 years of teaching and demonstrating drawing and painting.

 

Available slots are on Tuesday afternoon (1.30-3.30pm), Wednesday morning (10.30-12.30) and Wednesday afternoon (2-4pm).

The new term starts on Tuesday 1st August and classes are £12 each booked in terms of 10 lessons (payable in advance).

Refreshments, table easels and drawing boards are provided.  You will need to bring your own art materials.  I am happy to help advise on the right choice of materials if required.

Slots are on a first come/first served basis and spaces will fill up fast.  

Interested? Please email or drop into the gallery to book your place.

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En plein air workshop – Fisherman’s Beach, Hythe

On Sunday 16th July there was another of my very enjoyable en plein air day workshops!

This month’s workshop was at the atmospheric Fisherman’s Beach, Hythe with it’s small fishing boats beached high on the shingle against the background of the haunting and evocative Martello towers.

I was joined by a small group of fellow en plein air enthusiasts and the day was very successful.  The rain held off for us and we produced some really good work.

Here are the two paintings I created on Sunday.

Fisherman’s Beach, Hythe looking towards the Martello towers.

From Fisherman’s Beach, Hythe towards Folkestone.

Once dry, these paintings be available for purchase at my gallery.

The next en plein air workshop is on Sunday 20th August at Rye Harbour, East Sussex.

The cost of the day is £65.00 and further details are available on my website.

Spaces are limited so book now to reserve your space!

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Ink & Wash Demonstration Evening

Last night I held another of my regular monthly demonstration evenings at the gallery.  It was a great evening enjoyed by all!

The topic of this event was ink and wash, a medium which can be tricky to get right but can produce stunning results.

I completed two ink & wash drawings over the course of the evening and I was really pleased with the results.

Cornish Harbour (ink and wash) by Paul Apps

In the first one I completed, a drawing of a Cornish harbour scene, I love the contrast between the cool movement of the water against the solidity of the rocks.  A tranquil scene!

The second drawing, of tenders in a harbour, was a more spontaneous and looser. I used a matchstick to create the thick ink lines and, overall, it’s a much bolder image.

The participants said the overall effect was reminiscent of the illustrations from the original Winnie The Pooh books by the artist E. H. Shepherd!

Tenders in the Harbour (ink and wash) by Paul Apps

This ink and wash drawings will soon be available to buy via my website.

The next demo evening is on the 10th August and the topic will be Folkestone Harbour in oils.  Book early to avoid disappointment as spaces are filling up fast!

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En Plein Air Painting Workshop – Sunday 16th July

Fisherman’s Beach Sunset.  Watercolour. £75.  BUY NOW

On Sunday 16th July why not join me for a fun and fulfilling day of painting in the sunshine (hopefully!) at the picturesque Fisherman’s Beach, Hythe?

The day starts at 10am and is suitable for experienced plein air painters and beginners alike using any medium.

See my website for further details. £65 per person (excluding lunch).

Spaces are filling up fast so book now to reserve your space.

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More Cornwall news!

I’ve just returned from my painting trip to Cornwall and had a great time. It really is a wonderful part of the country.

I’m also very delighted to announce that I’m now working with the prestigious Waterside Gallery in St Mawes, just along the coast from Truro!

Of the 22 paintings I completed during by trip, I sold one painting immediately upon completion and the remaining 21 were snapped up by Waterside Gallery, who absolutely loved them.  The paintings will be exhibited and sold there.

The Waterside Gallery, St Mawes, Cornwall.

The gallery showcases work by local artists as well as those who artists love to paint Cornwall and Cornish themes.

The Waterside Gallery is located right on the water’s edge in the beautiful village of St Mawes, surrounded by stunning scenery such as this, the view just outside the very front of the gallery. A perfect location for my Cornish paintings!

View from the Waterside Gallery looking towards Carricknath Point and Falmouth Bay.

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Demonstration Evening – Thursday 13th July

Why not join me for my next demonstration evening on Thursday 13th July?

This is a fun, relaxed evening of art where I demonstrate some of my tips and hints to help you create wonderful art works.

 The medium this month is ink and wash, a fluid and fast-past way of painting that can be tricky but can produce wonderful results!

Trafalgar Square (Ink and Wash) £95. BUY NOW

The evening starts at 6.30pm and finishes around 8.45pm.  Light refreshments will be served.

£15 per person.

Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

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Cornwall… so far

I’m having a great time on my painting trip to Cornwall, the weather has been kind and I’ve managed to get out painting every day.

I”ve completed 15 en plein air paintings so far this week and sold one immediately! I was painting on a nearby beach to where I’m staying and was approached by a couple who loved the painting so much that they purchased it.  I was delighted!

Sennen Cove. Oil en plein air. £450. BUY NOW

The scenery is a stunning as I remembered from my last trip and I’m really inspired by the light and the amazing views.  I’ll blog further about Cornwall on my return and show some of my new work.

Botollack Sunset.  Oil en plein air. £450. BUY NOW

The gallery remains open whilst I’m away so please pop in and see my paintings or you can sign up for my free monthly newsletter.

Catch up with you all soon!

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DSWF Artist of the Year Finalist!

I’m really pleased to have made the finals of the David Shepherd Wildlife Fund Wildlife Artist of the Year with my painting ‘In the Shadows’!

In the Shadows by Paul Apps U.A., S.A.A.

I attended the preview night on Tuesday 27th at the Mall Galleries, London and it was amazing.  There was a real buzz in the gallery and the standard of art on show was stunning.

Myself and some of the other finalist at the DSWF preview evening

If you can do go and see the exhibition, it’s incredible and for a really worthwhile cause.  It was also great to catch up with many old friends and to make new ones!

It was great, too, to meet up again with David Shepherd himself.  He’s a wonderful ambassador for wildlife conservation and an inspiration to all wildlife artists.  I’m honoured to count him as a friend.

Myself with David Shepherd

Will keep you posted on the outcome of the finals – fingers crossed!

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Forthcoming dates for your diary….

Here are some dates for your diary of upcoming events at my gallery.  Hope you can join me!

Thursday 13th July 6.30-8.45pm

Demonstration Evening: Ink and Wash Landscape

Trafalgar Square (Ink and Wash) £95. BUY NOW

A fun evening where I’ll be demonstrating how to create a landscape scene using the tricky medium of ink and wash.

There’s ample opportunity to ask questions and refreshments are provided.  £15 per person.

Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

Sunday 16th July 10am-4pm

En Plein Air Painting Workshop at Fisherman’s Beach, Hythe

Fisherman’s Beach Sunset.  Watercolour. £75.  BUY NOW

Why not join me for a fun and fulfilling day of painting in the sunshine (hopefully!) at the picturesque Fisherman’s Beach, Hythe?

The day is suitable for experienced plein air painters and beginners alike using any medium. See my website for further details. £65 per person (excluding lunch).

Spaces are filling up fast so book now to reserve your space.

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