Category Archives: Watercolours

Demo Evening – Watercolour Sunsets

On Thursday 21st September I held another of my monthly demo evenings at my gallery in Hythe.  The topic the time around were sunset in watercolour.

As usual, it was a fun and informative evening, well attended by both beginners and those who had used watercolour before.  Watercolour is great for creating sunsets as the warm tones of the sunset can be easily blended together while the paint is still wet to create really natural looking, beautiful sunsets.

Sunset at Pedlinge.  Watercolour. £275 Framed

During the evening I worked on two paintings simultaneously, moving between them to give the paint a chance to dry.  The first one, is of a sunset over Pedlinge, near Hythe and the second is of the iconic Martello towers at Fisherman’s Beach, Hythe.  I was very happy with how they turned out!

Sunset behind he Martello towers. Watercolour. £275 Framed.

The next demonstration evening will be on the Thursday 12th October and the topic will be a zebra foal in acrylics.  For more details and to book your place see my website.

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Ink & Wash Demonstration Evening

Last night I held another of my regular monthly demonstration evenings at the gallery.  It was a great evening enjoyed by all!

The topic of this event was ink and wash, a medium which can be tricky to get right but can produce stunning results.

I completed two ink & wash drawings over the course of the evening and I was really pleased with the results.

Cornish Harbour (ink and wash) by Paul Apps

In the first one I completed, a drawing of a Cornish harbour scene, I love the contrast between the cool movement of the water against the solidity of the rocks.  A tranquil scene!

The second drawing, of tenders in a harbour, was a more spontaneous and looser. I used a matchstick to create the thick ink lines and, overall, it’s a much bolder image.

The participants said the overall effect was reminiscent of the illustrations from the original Winnie The Pooh books by the artist E. H. Shepherd!

Tenders in the Harbour (ink and wash) by Paul Apps

This ink and wash drawings will soon be available to buy via my website.

The next demo evening is on the 10th August and the topic will be Folkestone Harbour in oils.  Book early to avoid disappointment as spaces are filling up fast!

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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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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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Tusk Trust and the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

As you know, the African elephant is one of my favourite subjects to paint and, through this, I’ve become very involved in conservation efforts to protect these majestic animals.  Therefore, I was pleased to be commissioned to produce this watercolour illustration of the Tusk Trust’s garden for this year’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show (4th-9th July).

Illustration for the Tusk Trust’s garden design at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

The garden, to be designed by the award-winning design firm Ferguson & Whyte based at The Garden Shop, Hythe, Kent, is centred around an avenue of replica tusks and aims to highlight the evils of ivory poaching and the rapid decline in the numbers of wild African elephants.

So far, the garden design and illustration has received lots of media coverage with a full page article in the Mail on Sunday (6th March) and The Times (7th March) and, as patron of the charity, HRH Prince William saw and approved my illustration.  I was delighted!

At this stage it’s my intention that he watercolour image will be auctioned and the money donated to Tusk Trust’s vital conservation work.

Mail on Sunday 6th March 2017

The Times 7th March 2017

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This is my latest watercolour


I am really proud of this new work finished a few days back, a 22″ x 15″ half imperial size work.

Three well known Thames Barges are racing in the Swale Estuary and heading out upon the first leg of the race. The day was rather overcast and calm, though the winds later came along with stormy weather.

The title as yet has not been decided and this image is now for sale from my gallery in Hythe.

Framed £375 unframed £325

If you wish to buy this new painting please click here   Buy Now

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New small Watercolour originals

Recently and in answer to having some affordable originals on offer in my gallery I started offering some of my watercolour plein air studies and later my small studio images for sale from my gallery. They have been selling well and now my gallery can display them for many to enjoy and collect. They start at £45 and rise to only £75. So They are very affordable and a number have already found new homes and owners.

Here are just a few on offer right now.

If you like any of them please email me on  I will mount and wrap the painting and send it securely for you the cost will either be £45, £55 or £75 dependant upon size only + £5 p&p.( All sizes are approximate )Sheep Fields Romney Marshes

`The old Sheep Sheds, Romney Marsh £75 Image size 8″ x 5″

Old Net sheds at Dungeness 1

The Lighthouse at Dungeness £75

Morning tide

Morning tide at Lower Sands, Dymchurch. £55

Camber Sands Dunes

Sand Dunes at Camber Sands £55

Towards Folketone

Plein air at Lower Sands, Dymchurch. £45 Image Size 3.5″ x 5″

Yatch Race in the Channel

Plein Air Yachts in the channel. £45

Lifting mits at Dungeness

Mists lifting at Dungeness. £75

Landscape 1

The landscape study £45

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