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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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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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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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A date for your diary… Summer Open Weekend

River Thames and Tower Bridge. £850 Acrylic on board 12″ x 16″

Summer Open Weekend!

To celebrate summer I’m holding an Open Weekend at my gallery, Paul Apps Fine Art, at 7-9 Marine Walk Street, Hythe and would like to invite you to join me for a fun weekend!

The occasion is to showcase the 24 paintings that I created for my very successful book Lakes, Rivers and Streams in Acrylic which published in 2015 by Search Press.

Water, in all its many variations from mighty rivers to babbling brooks, is the subject matter and the paintings include local scenes from the Romney Marsh as well as from across the UK, alongside scenes from further afield including the USA and Scotland.

Swallows on the Romney Marsh£850 Acrylic on board 12″ x 16″

Invitation Preview Evening and Reception: Friday 19th August, 6.30 to 9.15pm

Join me for drinks on the evening before the sale day to preview the showcase paintings.  You will be able to secure your favourite painting before the sale begins!

Sale Open Day: Saturday 20th August, 10am to 5pm

Come in and meet me and see the stunning range of paintings in the gallery. Alongside the showcased artwork there is a good selection of original oil and watercolour paintings, prints, art books, gifts, cards and artist’s materials.

This is the first time the paintings have been released and each painting is a one-off original.  Each painting will be sold at a fixed price of £850!!

The paintings, each sized at 12″ x 16″, will be sold framed.

Prior interest in the event can be registered in advance by emailing paul@paulapps.com or by signing up at the gallery.  Prior registrations will automatically be invited to attend the preview evening reception.

Highland Falls.  £850 Acrylic on board 16″ x 12″”

Why not sign up for my free monthly newsletter and visit my website at www.paulappsfineart.com.

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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.

Why not sign up for my free monthly newsletter and visit my website at www.paulappsfineart.com.

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Spring is on its way…?

Although winter often has a sting in it’s tail, the weather is usually fairly mild here on the south-East Kent coast. Cloudy skies and rain are usually the norm. A couple of weeks ago though, a sudden drop in temperature was accompanied by snow – the first in four years! This was an unexpected surprise and allowed me the opportunity to get out in the field and paint snow, one of my favourite subjects. Accompanied by my friend Rod Major I headed out to Hothfield Common and had an enjoyable day painting a small series of En Plein Air landscapes of the freshly fallen snow. I love the way that the snow reflects the winter sunlight and how it muffles and distorts sound, creating a mood of stillness and calm that’s all it’s own. The snow only lasted 24 hours before it melted away but I feel that these paintings capture the fragile beauty of an English winter.

Hothfield Common #3

Oil on canvas board 8″ x 10″

Framed £450 BUY NOW

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