Commissions… An ideal gift

All artists love a commission as it enables them to create a piece of work that is deeply personal to the client and which is much more personal than a just photograph.

Black Labrador by Paul Apps U.A.

Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to have been commissioned to paint a wide variety of different paintings from beloved pets through to family members and everything in between… I’ve even been commissioned to paint a race horse!

Aldaniti by Paul Apps U.A.

Throughout this time my price for a commissioned piece, dependent upon size, has remained the same.  Sadly, though, in line with increasing costs, my charge for commissions will have to increase from January 2018.

However, all commissions received before the end of 2017 will remain at the pre-increase price even if it is not required until 2018.  So now is the ideal time to commission that painting of a family member or pet that you’ve been thinking about!

Chris by Paul Apps U.A.

Commissions make ideal gifts and are something to treasure, enjoy and pass on as a family investment.  For a no obligation discussion about commissioning a painting please contact me via my website.

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En Plein Air Workshop – 1st November

The final en plain air workshop for this year will be on Sunday 1st October!

Why not join me for a great day’s painting out on the beautiful Romney Marsh to capture the beautiful tones and colours of early autumn?

Cloud Formation at St Mary in the Marsh. Oil en plein air. 8″ x 16″. £650.

The day is suitable for experienced en plain air painters and beginners alike and most paint mediums can be accommodated.

We meet at 9.45am for 10am and finish around 4.30pm.  There’ll be a break for a pub lunch in one of the wonderful Marsh pubs at about 1pm before going back out for more painting.

The day costs £65.00 (excluding lunch) and spaces are limited.  See my website for further details and to book.

It’s a great way to spend a Sunday so hope to see you there!

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Watercolour Demo Evening

There are still a few places left on the upcoming watercolour demonstration evening on Thursday 21st September.

Fishing Boat at Hythe by Paul Apps U.A. Watercolour on 40lb watercolour paper. £75 Mounted. 

Watercolour can be a challenging medium for artists as, once a mark has been made on paper, it’s not easy to correct any mistakes by painting over it or wiping the paint off!

However, watercolour is worth persevering with as it’s great for blending layers of colour to create beautiful sunrises and sunsets, the main theme of this month’s demo.

I’ll show you techniques such as wet-on-wet along with lots of tips on how to get the best out of your watercolour painting.

It’s a fun, relaxed evening which starts at 6.30pm until 9pm. Refreshments and nibbles are served.  The price is £15 per person.

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

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En Plein Air Workshop – Sunday 1st October

Due to interest I’ve squeezed in another en plain air workshop for this year and it will be on Sunday 1st October.

Corn Rolls at Donkey Street, Burmarsh, Romney Marsh. Oil. 8″ x 10″. £450. BUY NOW

The subject of this workshop will be the rural landscape of the Romney Marsh and it should be wonderful with all the warm tones and colours of late summer/early autumn!

The day is suitable for both experienced en plain air painters and beginners and most paint mediums can be accommodated.

We’ll be meeting at 9.45am for 10am and finish around 4.30pm.  There’ll be a break for a pub lunch in one of the wonderful Marsh pubs at about 1pm before going back out for more painting.

The day costs £65.00 (excluding lunch) and spaces are limited.  See my website for further details and to book.  Hope to see you there!

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Watercolour Demo Evening – 21st September

On Thursday 21st September I’m holding one of my popular monthly demo evenings at my gallery at Marine Walk Street, Hythe.  This time around the theme is sunrises and sunsets and the medium is watercolour.

Sunset over Fisherman’s Beach, Hythe. Watercolour. £75 mounted. BUY NOW.

As a paint medium, watercolour is ideal for sunsets (and sunrises!) as you can blend the beautiful reds, oranges and yellows easily on the paper forming a seamless whole.  However, you have to be quick as the paint dries rapidly!

During the demo I will be sharing lots of hints and tips on how you can best to create a beautiful sunset using this tricky medium which you can then take forward into your own work. Feel free to ask questions and I’ll do my best to answer them!

Dymchurch Morning. Watercolour. 12″ x 18″ £95 mounted. BUY NOW.

It’s a fun, relaxed evening which starts at 6.30pm and goes on until about 9pm. Refreshments and nibbles are served.  The price is £15 per person.

Spaces fill up fast so for further details and to book please see my website.

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Big Cats Workshop

On Sunday 3rd September I held another of my monthly painting workshops at the gallery.  This time around it was one of my favourite subjects, the big cats.

A lion was requested as the subject of the workshop and I was happy to oblige.  Lions can be a challenge to capture on canvas at times, what with the rough texture of the fur and the unflinching stare of a top predator.

However, the group rose to the challenge and produced some really good work.  I was impressed!

Golden Majesty by Paul Apps U.A.

It was a really enjoyable day.  I prepared food beforehand for our lunch and there was ample tea and coffee to keeps us all going.  A perfect way to spend a Sunday!

If you’re interested in attending one of my Sunday painting workshops, the next one is on the 8th October.  The medium is pastel pencils and the subject matter will be either a landscape or a seascape, I haven’t made a final decision as yet!

For further details and to book a space see my website.  Hope you can make it!

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Paul Apps Fine Art Collector’s Club

Last Light Springbok by Paul Apps. 12″ x 18″ Oil on canvas. £1,400.

As you may be aware, I’m a passionate supporter of wildlife conservation and, through charity auctions, sales of paintings and personal donations, have raised thousands for animal charities over the years.

The charities I’ve given support to include the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, Save The Rhino, Africat and Tuskforce.

Lord Duma by Paul Apps U.A. Limited edition fine art lithograph 220m x 400mm. £20.50.

To continue to support this work, I have recently set up PACF (Paul Apps Conservation Fund) to enable me to have more control over where the money I donate is spent.

I want the money to be used to directly aid conservation efforts on the ground rather than disappearing into Director’s salaries and advertising costs!

Right Behind My Mum by Paul Apps U.A.  8″ x 11″ Oil on canvas. £695.

To support PACF I have set up a new venture, the Paul Apps Fine Art Collector’s Club.

This club, exclusively for those who have collected my work over the years, provides great membership benefits including 25% off selected original paintings, 50% off selected prints and an exclusive opportunity to purchase selected limited edition prints (run of 30).

To aid conservation 10% of all the money raised through sales to club members will go to PACF to fund vital conservation work.

Namibian Whispers by Paul Apps U.A. 16″ x 30″ Oil on canvas. £3,950.

So, if you’ve brought my work in the past, want to know further details about the Collector’s Club and/or would like to become a member, please email me via the Gallery website with the tagline ‘Collector’s Club’.

Young Maasai by Paul Apps U.A.

Limited edition fine art lithograph. 280mm x 200mm. £18.00 + pp.

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Sunday 3rd September – Big Cats

Are you an oil or acrylic painter and want to learn more about painting the beautiful big cats?

If so, there are a couple of spaces still remaining on my Sunday Painting Workshop on Sunday 3rd September!

Black Panther Study. Oil on panel. 14″ x 10″. £875. BUY NOW.

During the workshop I will share ideas and tips that I employ when painting these graceful cats felines including how best to capture the texture of fur and the expression in the eyes.

The day lasts from 10am to 4.30pm.  We begin with a one hour demonstration where I show you some of the techniques I use when painting big cats and then it’s straight down to painting.  Lunch is provided at 1pm and refreshments are available throughout the day.

The workshop is held at my gallery at 7-9 Marine Walk Street, Hythe and costs £90.00pp. Local parking is available.  See my website for further details and to book your space.

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En Plein Air Workshop – Rye Harbour

A group of us went down to Rye Harbour on Sunday 20th August and had a great time painting in this picturesque and tranquil location in East Sussex.

The gang in full-painting mode…

We met up about 10am and made a full day of it, painting till around 4.30pm or so.  Luckily the weather held up and we got a rain-free day along the foreshore, although by the end of the day the clouds were beginning to threaten.

The focus of many of the paintings (including mine) was this beached, derelict boat, a perfect subject within the surrounding marine setting.

Checking the proportions are right…

We broke for a substantial lunch at a nearby pub and compared notes on how our paintings were going whilst tucking into plates of very tasty food and then it was back out to continue our endeavours!

Here are some more of the photos of the day.

Giving my opinion on progress so far….

And again!

Blocking in….

Balancing the proportions….

Getting the detailing right….

Us with our finished paintings!

It was such a successful day that I’ve been asked to squeeze in another en plein air workshop and the date has been set for Sunday 1st October.

This time around we’re planning on painting on the beautiful Romney Marsh.  It should be stunning as the final days of late summer give way to the glorious colours of autumn!

Hope you can make it!

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New Wildlife Painting

I have been so busy over the summer painting en plein air or focussing on local landscapes and waterscapes that I feel that I have neglected a little my wildlife paintings!

That being so, I turned to one of my favourite subjects – the big cats – and painted this beautiful image of a cheetah.  Caught in the moment when she first spots her prey in the distance,  you can almost sense the tension in her long, lean body as she scents the air.

Prey Ahead! Oil on board. 16″ x 12″ £1,200. BUY NOW

Cheetahs are such beautiful cats, strong and agile, yet also curiously vulnerable, they really are the most iconic and little understood of all the big cats.

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