New Painting – Walking the dogs at Greatstone


I  completed this en plein air painting a while back now, with a good friend of mine walking her two lovely dogs on the beach at Greatstone.

The beach was completely deserted, apart from my friend and myself, and the huge skies over the sea really gives a sense of the emptiness of the beach in late autumn, so different from the crowds of summer.

I love the soft, cool blue of the sky as it contrasts with the warm tones of the sun reflecting off of the clouds, I feel it really gives the painting a harmonious whole.

The painting is for sale at £450.

Photo is a little soft apologies

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Sunday Art Workshop – 26th November

The final Sunday art workshop of 2017 will be on Sunday 26th November and there’s just a few spaces left…

The topic for this session will be a one of out iconic British birds and the medium is oils/acrylics.

Robin Study by Paul Apps U.A.

Birds a wonderful topic to paint as they are both delicate and yet robust. The workshop will show you how to capture the character of a bird, whether it is the inquisitiveness of a robin, the grace of a swan or the intelligence of a raven.

Alongside this, we will be focussing on tricky areas when painting birds, such as plumage and proportion.

Peregrine Study by Paul Apps U.A. £525

The workshop starts at 10am and runs to around 4.30pm.  Lunch is included, as are teas and coffees.  Please bring your own painting equipment, I can provide drawing boards if necessary.

The cost for the day is £90 pp.

For further details and to book please see my website.

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Demo Evening – Seascape in Pastels

Last week I held another of my popular monthly demonstration evenings at my Hythe gallery.

The medium for the evening was soft pastels and the subject was this beautiful, tranquil sunset over the sea at Dymchurch Bay, which has some really lovely warm and cool values.

Dymchurch Bay Sunset (pastel) by Paul Apps U.A.

I do enjoy working in pastels.  In a way pastels are akin to oils in that you can layer and work colour and, after oils, they are my favourite medium.

For this demo I used Unison handmade soft pastels, which are are almost pure pigment.  They are just perfect for blending to achieve a wonderfully soft but vibrant finish.

There was not a space to be had at the gallery with a full house made up of regulars and new faces, all of whom enjoyed themselves enormously.  I was certainly kept on my toes, with questions back and forth and plenty of audience participation… the evening was a roaring success!

The final demonstration evening for 2017 is on Thursday 14th December and it’ll be a snow scene in oils, perfect for the Christmas season.

For further details and to book see my website. Hope to see you there!

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Gift ideas for Christmas

Are you stuck for a gift idea for Christmas?

At the gallery I have a range of mugs, cushions and box prints that make ideal Christmas gifts and all are now reduced.

Fine bone china mugs were £12.75 NOW £9.50

Cushions were £39.00 NOW £29.25

 Box prints were £24.95 NOW £14.95

All the mugs, cushions and box prints show scenes from my wildlife and seascape paintings, so there is something to suit every taste.

To order please contact me via my website (include the tag line cushions/mugs) or pop into my gallery at Marine Walk Street, Hythe.

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Sunday Painting Workshop – 26th November

On Sunday 26th November I’m holding my final Sunday painting workshop of 2017 at my gallery at Marine Walk Street, Hythe.

For this session the subject will be a one of our iconic British birds, such as the robin, the gardener’s friend, the busy sparrow and the beautiful, stately swan.

Birds are a trickier subject to paint than would first appear.  It’s important to get the actual size of the bird correct whilst bird plumage requires a very delicate touch!

Peregrine Study by Paul Apps U.A. £525

The paint medium for this workshop will be oils and/or acrylics.

The workshop starts at 10am and runs to around 4.30pm.  A hot fish ‘n’ chip lunch is included, as are teas and coffees.  Please bring your own painting equipment, I can provide drawing boards if necessary.

The cost for the day is £90 pp.

For further details and to book please see my website.

It’s a great way to spend a Sunday so I hope you can make it!

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Fine Art Christmas Cards

With Christmas rapidly appearing over the horizon, I now have a range of fine art Christmas cards in the gallery.

These cards, all based on original paintings of mine, show seven different scenes, including Peene Church, Folkestone under snow, winter woodlands at Saltwood and Brockhill Park in winter.

Peene Church, Folkestone by Paul Apps U.A.

Woodland Morning by Paul Apps U.A.

All cards printed on high quality card and are left blank for your own message.

The cards are £2.50 each.

Pop into the gallery to see the full selection.

Alongside Christmas cards there’s also a wide selection of blank cards depicting wildlife and local scenes to suit any occasion.

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Demonstration Evening – Thursday 9th October

On Thursday 9th November I’m holding the next of my monthly art demonstration evenings and the medium this time around is soft pastels!

I’ll be demonstrating techniques such as blending, layering and smudging to create a beautifully soft and textured seascape or landscape (possibly both!).

Soft pastels are a wonderful (& messy!) medium to work with as they are almost entirely pure pigment which gives them such wonderful colours.

Camber Sand Dunes (pastel) by Paul Apps U.A.

So, whether you are a novice with pastels or have used them before, why not come along and learn more about this very versatile medium?

The evening starts at 6.30pm until about 9pm and refreshments and nibbles are provided.

The price is £15 pp.

Spaces are filling fast so for further details and to book see my website.

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Demo Evening – 9th November

On Thursday 9th November I’m holding the next monthly demo evening.

The subject of the evening will be a seascape in soft pastels.

Pastels are a very versatile medium and it should be a fun (and for me messy!) evening as I demonstrate techniques such as blending, layering and smudging to create a beautifully soft and textured seascape.

Receding Tide (pastel) by Paul Apps U.A.

The evening starts at 6.30pm until about 9pm and refreshments and nibbles are provided.

The price is £15 pp.

For further details and to book see my website.

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Sunday Painting Workshop – 29th October

There’s just a couple of spaces left on my upcoming painting workshop this Sunday (29th October) which will be held at my gallery at Marine Walk Street, Hythe.

At the workshop we’ll be painting either a landscape or a seascape with pastel pencils, a medium which has all the benefits of traditional soft pastels but are easier and less messy to work with.  There’s a wonderful range of colours and effects that you can achieve with pastel pencils too.

The workshops are relaxed, friendly and fun.  If you’ve never used pastels pencils before or have a set but don’t know how to use them to their best advantage, why not come along?

You’ll be surprised at just how versatile pastel pencils are!

Sunrise over the Sea (pastel) by Paul Apps U.A.

The day starts at 10am with a short demonstration of the techniques I use to get the best out of pastel pencils and then it’s straight into a full day’s creativity, finishing about 4.30pm with a beautiful completed artwork.

A fish ‘n’ chip lunch is provided along with tea and coffee throughout the day.

The cost of the workshop is £90 pp.

You’ll need to bring your own pastel pencils/pastel paper.  Drawing boards are provided.

For further details and to book see my website.

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Sea Edge Exhibition: 20th-29th October

Don’t forget to pop into the exciting Sea Edge art exhibition at the Tin Tabernacle, Hythe which starts today and runs until the 29th October!

The exhibition, part of the Folkestone Triennial Arts Festival, is open from 10am-6pm and will be showing the work of some really gifted artists, all working in a wide range of different media.

Hastings Pier. Oil on board. 8″ x 16″. £650

The sea, and people’s differing responses to it, is the theme of the exhibition and the artists exhibiting are Annie Catford, Laura Froude, David Lay, Andy Maguire, Phyllis McDowell, Catherine Robinson, Mike Sanders, Dee Taylor, Steve Thompson and yours truly!

Alongside some truly beautiful paintings there will be browsers and greetings cards, all with a sea-relate theme.  So it should be a really great show with something for everyone.

Sandcastles at Viking Bay (study). Oil on board. 8″ x 10″. £450

Hope to see you there!

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