A date for your diary… Summer Open Weekend

River Thames and Tower Bridge. £850 Acrylic on board 12″ x 16″

Summer Open Weekend!

To celebrate summer I’m holding an Open Weekend at my gallery, Paul Apps Fine Art, at 7-9 Marine Walk Street, Hythe and would like to invite you to join me for a fun weekend!

The occasion is to showcase the 24 paintings that I created for my very successful book Lakes, Rivers and Streams in Acrylic which published in 2015 by Search Press.

Water, in all its many variations from mighty rivers to babbling brooks, is the subject matter and the paintings include local scenes from the Romney Marsh as well as from across the UK, alongside scenes from further afield including the USA and Scotland.

Swallows on the Romney Marsh£850 Acrylic on board 12″ x 16″

Invitation Preview Evening and Reception: Friday 19th August, 6.30 to 9.15pm

Join me for drinks on the evening before the sale day to preview the showcase paintings.  You will be able to secure your favourite painting before the sale begins!

Sale Open Day: Saturday 20th August, 10am to 5pm

Come in and meet me and see the stunning range of paintings in the gallery. Alongside the showcased artwork there is a good selection of original oil and watercolour paintings, prints, art books, gifts, cards and artist’s materials.

This is the first time the paintings have been released and each painting is a one-off original.  Each painting will be sold at a fixed price of £850!!

The paintings, each sized at 12″ x 16″, will be sold framed.

Prior interest in the event can be registered in advance by emailing paul@paulapps.com or by signing up at the gallery.  Prior registrations will automatically be invited to attend the preview evening reception.

Highland Falls.  £850 Acrylic on board 16″ x 12″”

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Article for the ‘The Paint’ Magazine

I am once again in the Society of All Artists’ (SAA) The Paint magazine!  This reputable magazine is for the members of the SAA and it runs a regular step-by-step painting feature by an professional artist and this time around it was my turn.

The double page article was how I transformed a standard holiday snapshot of a family group at the  beach into this magical painting which captures the joy and adventure of discovering the seaside for the very first time.

I went through each stage of creating the painting, (illustrated with photos), from choosing the right composition to describing which tones/colours to use, with lots of handy hints and tips for the amateur painter along the way.

I was very pleased with the final result and the original painting has recently sold finding a new home very fast.

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Demo Evening – Swan in pastel pencil

Last night I held another of my popular monthly demonstration sessions.  It was well attended and a really fun-filled evening.  The subject this time around was this beautiful swan created using pastel pencils.

Pastel pencils are a good medium through which to explore pastel work as they give you more control than conventional pastel sticks.  However, it had been a while since I had used pastel pencils so I had to give myself a little time to practice beforehand!

 I used Derwent pastel pencils and my 30-year-old Swann Stabilo pencils, a testament to how good a product they are!  The paper was pastel matt card from Clairefontaine.

Those attending the demo really enjoyed it, lots of questions were asked and the group loved the final finished work.  Hopefully, I may have inspired some people to give pastel pencils a try.

The next demonstration evening is on Thursday 8th June where the subject will be atmospheric Dungeness using charcoal.  It should be a fun (and messy!) evening so book now as spaces are limited.

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Sunday Painting Workshop – 21st May

Elephant and rhino. by Paul Apps. Oil on canvas.

On Sunday 21st May I’m holding another of my very popular painting workshops and the subject is Painting Wild Africa, as you know, one of my favourite subjects!

I’ll share my knowledge on painting African wildlife and there’ll be lots of hints and tips along the way to help you create a stunning wildlife painting.

The day starts at 10am with a practical one hour demonstration and then it’s down to painting for the rest of the day!

A hot fish and chip lunch is provided and the day will finish around 4.30pm. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

The workshop will be held at my studio gallery at Marine Walk Street, Hythe and local parking is available.  The day costs £90.00 and numbers are limited.

See my website for further details and to BOOK.

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Painting with Priscilla…

Priscilla and painting kit

As you’re aware from a previous post a week or so ago, I’ve recently brought an ex-trade bike which I can use to get off of the beaten track when I’m painting en plain air on the Romney Marsh.

The bike,’ Priscilla” the new lady in my life, is perfect as I can carry all of my painting gear in the basket on the front or towed behind me in a small trailer.

What’s even better is that I can now get to places that I couldn’t in the car and I can now stop and paint at my leisure without worrying about parking on the winding country roads.

As such, I’m finding some wonderful Marsh scenes that I just couldn’t reach before and have been busily painting them when weather allows!  These new paintings are currently drying but will be available to purchase shortly.

A new painting in progress

Strangely enough, I find I’m even covering less mileage on the bike than I was in the car, so another added bonus is a big saving on petrol.  Happy days!

So, if you see myself and Priscilla on our travels stop and say hello!

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Upcoming dates for your diary

Demonstration Evening – Thursday 11th May

Mute Swan Study by Paul Apps U.A.

I’m holding another of my very popular demonstration evenings and this month’s subject is a beautiful swan created using pastel pencils.  Come along and watch how I create a picture of this iconic bird, pick up hints and tips for use in your own art work and ask me questions.  It’s a relaxed, fun evening of art!

The evening starts promptly at 6.30pm at my gallery studio at 7-9 Marine Walk Street, Hythe and refreshments and nibbles will be served.  The cost is £15 per person.

There are a very few places left so BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment.

En Plein Air Day – Sunday 14th May

Sand Dunes at Camber by Paul Apps U.A.

Why not join me at the wonderful sand dunes at Camber Sands, East Sussex for a full and fun day of painting en plein air?

These popular painting days are suitable for both en plein air beginners and those more experienced.  All painting mediums are welcome.  The day starts with a brief introduction for those new to en plain air, a short demonstration and then its onto painting with the aim of creating two paintings during the day.

We meet at 9.45am at Camber and it’s a full day of painting until around 4.30pm, with a break for lunch.  The day costs £65 (excluding lunch).

See my website for further details of what to bring and to BOOK your place!

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Feeling nostalgic…

Tempest Warriors

After a conversation with one of my students at one of my weekly art classes on how difficult it can be to break into the art world, I began thinking about the beginnings of my career as a professional artist.  Way back in the mid-80’s, I was working in the public sector and painting in my spare time. Luckily, two paintings of mine, Tempest Warriors and Resplendent Rains, were reproduced as fine art prints by Solomon & Whitehead Guild Printers, a highly respected art dealer and printing company.  These two prints were phenomenally successful and kick-started my  professional artistic career. Although the original paintings and print run are now long sold, I  have kept one copy of each for myself, a happy reminder of a really important moment in my life.  I also admit to feeling a little nostalgic about them!

Resplendent Rains

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Cornwall National Trust 2017

Yours truly painting at Botollack from the National Trust Images website

When I was down in Cornwall painting last year, lots of people would stop to watch and chat, while a few took photos of me as I worked. Usually, I don’t hear from the people again and just take the contact as a pleasant part and parcel of painting En Plein Air.  However, this week I received an email by a nice Slovakian lady, Natalia Burianova, who I met whilst I was painting on the side of the cliffs at Botollack.  It turns out that she’s a volunteer park ranger for Cornwall National Trust and she forwarded her pictures of me to the Trust for their Images website.  Natalia emailed me to let me know that these images of me have been used in the National Trust Cornwall 2017 booklet which is available at National Trust Information Centres!  I’m not mentioned by name but I’m delighted that my image was used as I support the work of the Trust in protecting the natural environment.

Painting in progress from the National Trust Images website

This is the painting that I completed during that visit when I met Natalia and it’s for sale at £450.  See website for further details and to purchase.

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New painting video – Evening Glow over Dymchurch Bay

I really enjoy teaching painting at my classes and demonstrations and, with this painting called Evening Glow over Dymchurch Bay, I recorded on video how I created the painting and posted it on my channel on You Tube.  This is now available to view.  The painting itself is still drying but will be available to purchase shortly at £450.  I do hope you enjoy the video!  I’d appreciate hearing your feedback.

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Wet Panel Carriers – Exclusive to Paul Apps Fine Art

As an experienced En Plein Air painter of long standing I have always searched for a way of carrying my freshly painted panels safely and have seen and tried many boxes of different designs and sizes over the years.

Whilst many of them are very good I’ve never felt that one entirely fitted my needs.I have always wanted a good, solid, inexpensive carrying box which I can carry either inside my rucksack or strapped onto the outside which has just the right amount of storage to safely transport a day’s worth of paintings.

So, bearing my requirements in mind, I designed the perfect carrier for my En Plein Air requirements!

These carriers, exclusive to Paul Apps Fine Art, are hand-built of good quality timber and, for strength, the top carrier is English oak.  The carrier is waxed and finished to be water resistant 8UH7 so are ideal for any weather conditions.  Currently, the carriers in stock are 8″ x 10″ (ideal for 8″ x 6″ and 8″ x 10″ panels) but 9″ x 12″ carriers are due in shortly (not shown in image) and these will safely transport panels up to 9″ x 12″.

8″ x 10″ 4 panel carrier £40.00 BUY NOW

8″ x 10″ 6 panel carrier £44.00 BUY NOW

9″ X 12″ panel carrier £50 ORDER NOW

8″ x 16″ Panel Carrier £65 ORDER NOW

Please add £6.00 for postage and packing (UK only).  Contact me for overseas costs.

Alternatively, you can specify the size and number of panels and a carrier can be made to suit your individual requirements.  Pleases contact me at paul@paulapps.com to discuss your requirements.


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