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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 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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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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Changes at the gallery

The new shelving and display boxes…

I’ve recently had a change-around at my gallery at 7-9 Marine Walk Street, Hythe, Kent with the introduction of a larger selection of my original watercolours and prints.

In order to show these off to their best advantage, I brought glass and metal shelving units (which took a while to put up!) and wooden boxes (currently being painted) in which to display the mounted watercolours and prints.

The shelving also gives me more space in which to display my stock of gifts and artist’s materials and the pretty pale blue display boxes give the gallery a lovely, summery feel!

If you’re in Hythe why not drop into the gallery and check out the changes and view the new stock of watercolours and prints?  See you soon!

The display boxes once painted.

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Sale of fine art limited edition prints!

I’m having a sale on some of my fine art limited edition prints!

Stormchaser. 404mm x 594 mm Fine art lithographic print. WAS £84.00. NOW £42.00 BUY NOW

These prints, some of which are up to 50% off, are of my successful wildlife paintings and subjects include tigers, giraffe, cheetahs and zebra amongst others.

The prints are available to view now my website and make wonderful gifts!

Postage and packing is £7.50 extra.

Lord Duma. 220 x 400mm Fine art lithographic print.  WAS £41.00 NOW £20.50 BUY NOW

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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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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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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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