Category Archives: Paul Apps Fine Art Gallery

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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En Plein Air Painting Day – 14th May

Painting En Plein Air

Why not join me for a day of En Plein Air painting on the 14th May? I will be painting running a one-day workshop down at Camber Sands, East Sussex and still have a few spaces available.

These workshops are suitable for both beginners and those with some experience of painting En Pein Air.  After meeting at Camber Sands at 9.45am, our day will start at 10am with a short introduction for those new to plein air. This will be followed by a one hour demonstration (feel free to ask any questions!) and then you will have a go. I shall be there with assistance, ideas and tips to guide you along the way.

We will break for lunch at 1pm. Lunch will be at a local pub (you’ll need to bring some cash as lunch is not covered in the cost of the day). At 2pm we will relocate back to the beach to continue our painting. You will be creating a new painting from scratch, putting into practice what you learnt in the morning. At the end of the day, around 4.30pm, you will have two completed paintings and have had a fun and insightful day!

Please bring all the paint and equipment you’ll need and also refreshments (if required). The workshop is mainly aimed at oil painters but I can accommodate and instruct in other painting mediums. Also, bring a cardigan/jumper, although it’s May it can get a little breezy down by the sea (in case of bad weather another date will be set). Email me or call me on 07746 887815 for more detailed information on what you need to bring.

The cost is £65 for the day. BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment.

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SAA show – creating my entry, part 4

This is the concluding part of my short video detailing the creation of the painting of guinea fowl which I hope to enter into the forthcoming SAA show to be held at Gloucester. I hope you enjoy.  I’ll let you all know whether the painting is accepted as soon as I know, wish me luck!

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SAA show – creating my entry, part 3

This is part three of my short video about the entry that I’m hoping will be exhibited at the forthcoming SAA show at the Nature in Art Museum, Gloucester.  I really enjoyed painting the guinea fowl and I hope you’ve enjoyed the seeing the creative process so far!

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SAA show – creating my entry, part 2

This is the second part of my video showing how I created the entry I hope to submit for the forthcoming SAA show at the Nature in Art Museum, Gloucester.  Enjoy!

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Demonstration evening – 13th April 2017

Demonstrating painting techniques.

On Thursday 13th April I’m holding another of my popular demo evenings and there’s still a couple of places left. To celebrate Easter, this session is a very seasonal spring lambs in acrylics.  The evening starts at 6.30pm sharp and finishes around 9pm.  Price is £15.00. Refreshments and nibbles will be served.  Spaces are very limited so book now if you want to join us.  Hope to see you there!

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SAA Show – Creating my entry, part 1


I’m hoping to show a painting in the forthcoming Society of Animal Artists show to be held at the Nature in Art Museum, Gloucester.  This is the first time the SAA have held a show in Britain so I’m really pleased to be a part of it.  I’ve created a short video outlining the progress of my entry, a painting of guinea fowl, that I hope you all enjoy!




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Art classes for 2017

I have a few spaces left for my regular Tuesday and Wednesday art classes.  Spaces are very limited so, if interested, you will need to book asap!

Dates and times are:

Tuesday afternoon – 1.30-3.30pm [2 spaces available]

Wednesday morning – 10.30am-12.30pm [Fully booked]

Wednesday afternoon – 2.00-4.00pm [1 space available]

Wednesday evening – 6.45-8.45pm [1 space available]

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DUE TO DEMAND, I’M NOW TAKING BOOKINGS FOR A NEW ART CLASS TO BE HELD ON A TUESDAY EVENING, 6.30-8.30pm. NEW SPACES WILL BE LIMITED SO EARLY BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL.

Please email me at paul@paulapps.com took reserve your space.

My classes are aimed at all levels and all abilities using any media, from those who have never painted or drawn to those who wish to add to their creative knowledge. I have been teaching and demonstrating painting for over 22 years and I really enjoying showing others what I have learned.

The glasses are £12 each and booked in blocks of 10 lessons at a time (£120 per term payable in advance) and we have between 4 and 5 rolling terms each year.

The classes are small and friendly with no more than 8-10 people a session. I supply table easels, boards and refreshments. You need to bring your own materials and I am happy to help and advise on the right choice of materials so that you do not spend unwisely.

 Students at the art class.

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Demonstration Evening – Painting animal eyes

Animal eyes painting during the demonstration evening

My regular monthly painting demonstrations, held at the gallery in Marine Walk Street, are very popular and always fully booked.  This month’s demo was focussed on painting eyes, an area of animal painting that can be very tricky.  Capturing the expression in the eyes is vital to bring life and narrative to any animal painting.

Overall, I managed to paint four different animal eyes in the two-and-a-half hours of the session.  I began with painting a cheetah’s eye, first when the animal was in shadow and then in light, to show how light impacts on colour and tone (top right and top centre).  I then moved on to a hare’s eye (top right).  As a prey animal, it’s eye is located to the side of the head so that it can have a wider field of vision.  This means that colour and tone are subtly different to that of a predator which influences how you capture it’s character.   I finished off with a vixen and caught her expression of hopeful intent as she looked up towards a flock of birds coming into feed.

The evening was great fun with a very lively atmosphere, much discussion amongst the participants and many questions for me! The feedback from those who attended was positive and many said that they  found the evening very helpful.  The consensus was that the evening had improved the participants’ confidence in painting the eye and many took photos of the finished eyes as an aide memoire.

It was a very successful evening and I’m looking forward to the next one on Thursday 13th April.  Then I’ll be painting spring lamb using acrylics.  There are still a couple of places available so visit my website to book your place.  Hope to see you there!

 

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Plein Air Workshops: New Sessions for 2017

 

Students enjoying painting en plein air at Dungeness in 2016

As you’re all aware I love to get out of the studio and paint en plein air. It’s a fun and challenging way to paint with the whole of nature as your studio and inspiration.  Last year, my en plein air workshops proved really popular so, due to demand, I’m running a new series of workshop sessions for summer 2017.

The dates are:

Sunday 14th May – Camber Sands. BOOK NOW

Sunday 11th June – Dungeness BOOK NOW

Sunday 16th July – Fisherman’s Beach, Hythe BOOK NOW

Sunday 20th August – Rye Harbour BOOK NOW

These workshops, suitable for both beginners and those with some experience, start at 10am (meet at the venue at 9.45am) and finish around 4.30pm.  The workshops are mainly aimed at oil painters but I can accommodate and instruct in other mediums.  The day starts with a short introduction for those new to en plein air, followed by a one hour demonstration of techniques.  Then it’s over to you! I shall be there with assistance, tips and ideas to guide you along the way.

Please bring all the paint and equipment you’ll need and also refreshments (tea/coffee/cold drinks if required).  Pub lunch (1pm-2pm) is not included so please bring some cash to get cover the cost of your lunch. Also, bring a cardigan/jumper; although it’s summer we can never guarantee the English weather (in case of bad weather another date will be set). Email me or call me on 07746 887815 for more detailed information on what you need to bring.

The cost is £65 for the day. Space is very limited so book now to avoid disappointment.  See website for further details.

Hope to see you there!

Creating art en plein air, Dungeness 2016

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