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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 Workshop – 18th June

On Sunday 18th June I held another of my successful painting workshops at my gallery in Marine Walk Street, Hythe.

Myself with the completed seascape!

The subject was a seascape in either oils or acrylic and it was a friendly and fun session. Despite the heat, the day was well attended and the participants really enjoyed it.  It was great to welcome back old friends and to make new ones.

The image that we worked on was of the sea and promenade at Princes Parade, Hythe on a blustery day with the waves crashing along the shoreline, kites being flown and windsurfers bobbing over the waves.

A close-up of the seascape.

The day started with a demo by myself where I showed some hints and tips on how to really capture the characteristics of a seascape such as how best to paint breaking waves and spray.

It was then onto painting for the rest of the day apart from a break for a fish ‘n’ chip lunch.  The participants really made an excellent job of their paintings and were very happy with their efforts!

The next Sunday Painting Workshop is on 3rd September and the subject is Big Cats, one of my favourites.  The price for the day is £90 including lunch.  See my website for further details.

There are only a few spaces left so book now to reserve your place. Hope to see you there!

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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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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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New en plein air paintings

Alongside my recent foray into watercolour I’m still regularly out and about painting en plein air in oils now that the summer is well and truly here.  I do so enjoy taking my bike Priscilla and getting out onto the beautiful Romney Marsh.

St Mary’s Road.  Oil en plein air. 10″ x 8″. £450.  BUY NOW

I try to go out at least once a week and not to let bad weather get in the way, as you can see from this painting of Marine Walk Street, Hythe, which was painted as I sheltered from a heavy downpour!

Marine Walk Street, Hythe. Oil en plein air. 10″ x 8″. £450.  BUY NOW

These are some of my most recent en plein air paintings.  I do hope you enjoy them!

Last Light at Burmarsh.  Oil en plein air. 10″ x 8″. £450. BUY NOW

Lower Sands at Low Tide.  Oil en plein air. 8″ x 10″. £450. BUY NOW

 

 

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Demonstration Evening – Charcoal

Last night I held another of my successful monthly demonstration evenings, this time the medium was charcoal.

Again, it was another well attended and enjoyable evening.  It was a lot of fun and, for me, a very messy evening.  I was covered in charcoal by the end of the demo!

Charcoal is a very versatile medium particularly for creating mood.  I demonstrated lots of different techniques in these four separate drawings during the session.

I think the wave is my favourite of the four.  It was quite spontaneous and done without any reference material.  It came out really well.

The next demonstration evening is on Thursday 13th July where the subject will be a landscape using ink and wash.  See my website for further details and to book your place.  There’s only a few left!

Hope to see you there!

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Further adventures in watercolour…

Dungeness Caravan.  Watercolour. £95. BUY NOW

In my last post I mentioned about rediscovering my love of watercolour and I’ve been very busy painting in this most demanding of mediums.  I’m still really enjoying the challenge.

I feel that the rapid response of of watercolour as a medium allows me to be very fluid in my mark-making.  Also, the softness of watercolour really suits the beautiful landscapes and seascapes of the Romney Marsh.

Here are some of most recent watercolour works and there are more available on my website.

I do hope that you enjoy them!

Fishing boat at Hythe. Watercolour. £75. BUY NOW

Martello Towers Sunset. Watercolour. £75. BUY NOW

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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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New paintings in watercolour…

Enchanted Lake.  Watercolour £145 BUY NOW

On the Beach at Fisherman’s Bay, Hythe.  Watercolour £145. BUY NOW

Thames at Westminster Bridge.  Watercolour. £145. BUY NOW

As you’re all aware my medium of preference is oil paints.  Recently, though, I’ve been doing some watercolour work and I find that I’m really enjoying it!

I started in on watercolour again due to the forthcoming Search Press book Painting Wild Animals in Watercolour which is due out in 2019.  The two animal paintings here will be in the new book.

African Afternoon.  Watercolour.  Not for sale.

Shadow Elephant.  Watercolour.  Not for sale.

I’m really enjoying the fluidity of watercolour as a medium and I’m appreciating the speed with which I can paint and capture the moment.

However, watercolour can be an unforgiving taskmaster!  The speed in which the paint dries means there’s little room for error and you have to be certain that the brush marks you’re making are right first time!

Here are a couple of my recent watercolours which are now available to purchase.

I hope you enjoy them!

Dymchurch Morning.  Watercolour. £95. BUY NOW

Lion in Trafalgar Square.  Watercolour. £145. BUY NOW

Margate Beach.  Watercolour. £95. BUY NOW

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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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