Category Archives: Paul Apps Fine Art Gallery

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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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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Sunday Workshop 18th June – Seascape in Oils/Acrylics

Camber #2 by Paul Apps U.A. Oil. £450. BUY NOW

On Sunday 18th June I’m holding another of my Sunday painting workshops.  The theme this time around, due to popular demand, is a seascape in oil or acrylic paint.

In this one day Sunday workshop we will focus on capturing the ever-changing light and movement of the Kent sea and I will share the ideas and tips that I use when painting a seascape and creating it’s unique atmosphere.

The day will start at 10.00am so please arrive around 9.50am. The morning session will start with a practical one hour demonstration in which I show you some techniques. Please feel free to ask any questions! You will then begin painting yourself and I’ll be on hand to help you create a beautiful painting.

A hot fish and chip lunch (unless you request otherwise) will be provided at 1pm and, after lunch, we will continue with our painting. The day will finish around 4.30pm. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

The workshop will be held at my light and airy studio located at Paul Apps Fine Art, 7-9 Marine Walk Street, Hythe, Kent CT21 5NW. Local paid parking is available or free parking is possible in nearby streets about a five minute walk away from the gallery.

The day costs £90.00 and, owing to space, numbers are very limited. There are only a few spaces left so BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment.

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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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Demonstration Evening – Dungeness in charcoal

Me at a demonstration evening….

I’m having another of my very popular demonstration evenings on Thursday 8th June.

This month’s subject is Moody Dungeness and the medium is charcoal.  Charcoal is a really expressive medium in which to evoke mood and build atmosphere.  It’s also fun and messy so be prepared for me to wash my hands a number of times!

The evening starts at 6.30pm sharp and finishes around 9pm. Refreshments and nibbles will be served.  The price is £15.00 per person.

There are only a few spaces left so book now and see you there!

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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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Demo Evening – Swan in pastel pencil

Last night I held another of my popular monthly demonstration sessions.  It was well attended and a really fun-filled evening.  The subject this time around was this beautiful swan created using pastel pencils.

Pastel pencils are a good medium through which to explore pastel work as they give you more control than conventional pastel sticks.  However, it had been a while since I had used pastel pencils so I had to give myself a little time to practice beforehand!

 I used Derwent pastel pencils and my 30-year-old Swann Stabilo pencils, a testament to how good a product they are!  The paper was pastel matt card from Clairefontaine.

Those attending the demo really enjoyed it, lots of questions were asked and the group loved the final finished work.  Hopefully, I may have inspired some people to give pastel pencils a try.

The next demonstration evening is on Thursday 8th June where the subject will be atmospheric Dungeness using charcoal.  It should be a fun (and messy!) evening so book now as spaces are limited.

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Sunday Painting Workshop – 21st May

Elephant and rhino. by Paul Apps. Oil on canvas.

On Sunday 21st May I’m holding another of my very popular painting workshops and the subject is Painting Wild Africa, as you know, one of my favourite subjects!

I’ll share my knowledge on painting African wildlife and there’ll be lots of hints and tips along the way to help you create a stunning wildlife painting.

The day starts at 10am with a practical one hour demonstration and then it’s down to painting for the rest of the day!

A hot fish and chip lunch is provided and the day will finish around 4.30pm. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

The workshop will be held at my studio gallery at Marine Walk Street, Hythe and local parking is available.  The day costs £90.00 and numbers are limited.

See my website for further details and to BOOK.

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Upcoming dates for your diary

Demonstration Evening – Thursday 11th May

Mute Swan Study by Paul Apps U.A.

I’m holding another of my very popular demonstration evenings and this month’s subject is a beautiful swan created using pastel pencils.  Come along and watch how I create a picture of this iconic bird, pick up hints and tips for use in your own art work and ask me questions.  It’s a relaxed, fun evening of art!

The evening starts promptly at 6.30pm at my gallery studio at 7-9 Marine Walk Street, Hythe and refreshments and nibbles will be served.  The cost is £15 per person.

There are a very few places left so BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment.

En Plein Air Day – Sunday 14th May

Sand Dunes at Camber by Paul Apps U.A.

Why not join me at the wonderful sand dunes at Camber Sands, East Sussex for a full and fun day of painting en plein air?

These popular painting days are suitable for both en plein air beginners and those more experienced.  All painting mediums are welcome.  The day starts with a brief introduction for those new to en plain air, a short demonstration and then its onto painting with the aim of creating two paintings during the day.

We meet at 9.45am at Camber and it’s a full day of painting until around 4.30pm, with a break for lunch.  The day costs £65 (excluding lunch).

See my website for further details of what to bring and to BOOK your place!

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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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