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.
As it’s now springtime, I’d thought I’d celebrate with a special offer on a one-off, original oil painting! This painting, of three little piglets chasing across a farmyard, is so full of joie de vivre that it seemed the ideal choice that perfectly compliments the change in the season. I do so enjoy painting piglets, they are just so mischievous and have such endearing characters.
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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″
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Romney Marsh Moods… An En Plein Air winter experience
I love to paint En Plein Air and, as such, I’ve recently been painting on Dymchurch beach every day (weather permitting!), capturing the spectacular sunrises across Hythe Bay. In the early mornings, in particular, I am very often the only person on the beach with just our dogs for company. They are very patient, waiting for me whilst I paint before continuing with our walk! I’m calling this series ‘Romney Marsh Moods’ as the clear light and the huge, open skies of the Romney Marsh mean that no sunrise is the same, reflecting the ever-changing moods of the Marsh. The fantastic colours in the sky and the shifting cloud formations make every day a new painting challenge but each winter sunrise is unique and painting them is always a joy.
Currently available in the 5″ x 7″ format, a new range of 8″ x 10″ will be available very shortly. £80 unframed/£110 framed.
Romney Marsh Moods #12. Buy Now
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In the Shadows
Oil on canvas 36″ x 24″
This painting is a reminder an encounter myself and Catherine had with a male lion in the late afternoon during a trip to the Southern Luangwa River in 2008. Lying under a bush by the river in the shadows, I took some shots and did some sketches of the big cat. The lion, known locally as ‘Grumpy’, was one of three brothers who controlled the area. Not long after our encounter with ‘Grumpy’ we got stuck in the soft sand along the river and it took us over half an hour to dig ourselves out. As we were digging, Grumpy walked past very close to us, forcing us to beat a very hasty retreat into the jeeps!
Sunsetting across winter snow
I just wanted to share my latest image from last week. It is a study of a winter sky across the hills toward Lympne from Pedlinge. A 16″ x 16″ oil on panel and below are the five stages that i recorded during its making. I wanted to indicate to you the way that I approached this painting in these stages. I will be studying it myself over this coming week to see if I wish to add to the work before I sign and call it finished. I do hope that you like the work.
I will post a better image of the final stage as and when I have it.
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Just wanted to post two images that I rushed over to the beach to make on Tuesday evening. I know that they have been on Instagram, but both images, well the painting of them gave me such a buzz that I really wanted to blog about them.
The time was 8pm and my wife ran into my office to let me know that that sun was looking great as it was setting. I took one quick look and then jumped into my car, drove to the beach and excitedly set up to work. The two images are shown in order as they were made. I turned toward the very last of the available light just after 9.15 and worked furiously.
The light was going so fast. This was the time that I really appreciated something that I try to drum into all my students, and that is keeping an ordered approach to setting out my palette. I knew exactly where to find the colour I needed even though I could hardly see it. The hard part was the tones that I needed.
In the end I had to hope that the mixes I had been making were indeed the correct ones for the passages I was laying down on the panel.
I finally finished at 22.15, tired, but so very happy with my efforts. I was so worth getting out at such short notice, and had it not been for Catherine I would certainly have missed the opportunity to create this work. I can’t wait to do it again.
You can see just how difficult it was in the end….. Flash needed to take a picture.
Tomorrow is Sunday and I am planning to be up at 4am to capture the sunrise…. weather permitting.
Today I had a great day, I ventured out to Rye and painted a nice image of Rye Harbour. It was hot, but 90 minutes in and I think I had nailed this lovely harbour scene.
Then this… I finally met with someone who I have admired for many, many years.
Mr Fred Cuming R.A. Then I fulfilled a long overdue ambition, dream, call it what you will. I have been a longtime huge fan of Fred Cuming R.A. Today he invited me to his home near Rye in East Sussex where we spent a treasured hour and a half chatting in the great company of Audrey, his wife. What a lovely gentleman he is. Indeed what a wonderful couple they both are. I should have met him years ago, but that is the way it goes. I am so pleased that another year has not passed me by without talking with this great artist of our time, a man who is responsible for creating magic in paintings. exploring a vision of my Native Romney Marshes that I can only aspire to attaining.
I came away with signed copies of his long awaited new book
” Another Figure in the Landscape” Simply a must have. All landscape painters and plein air artists grab a copy quickly. There are only a 1000 copies available and they are going fast……
Go to Fred’s Website to obtain your copy. Fred Cuming
Fred and I in his new studio at his home… A sensational space full of books, paintings and found objects that Fred enjoys. I was just amazed at being surrounded by so much beautiful art. There are some images that go back to Freds’ student days, including a nude that he showed me
This is my effort before meeting Fred. Rye Harbour, a 90 minute effort in the hot sunshine this Monday Afternoon.
PS Wishing all my friends in the USA a happy fourth of July…. may it be peaceful….
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This is my latest painting of ‘Adamas’ the latest drum horse on his tour of duty with he Household Cavalry . The Osbourne Gallery in Motcomb Street, London displayed the work on behalf of the Household Cavalry fund’s Motcomb Street party on Wednesday evening.
The painting seems to have gone down very well with all concerned and I will be adding more images of this kind very soon.
Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations 2016
Adamas is the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment’s newest drum horse;
this year was his second Queen’s Birthday Parade;
and in April 2016 he was on parade when the Household Cavalry received the Freedom of the City of London.
Adamas finished his training in 2012,
parading first with the Band of The Life Guards for the State Visit of the Emir of Kuwait in Windsor.
While his stable name is Churchill, his parade name is Adamas,
which means diamond in Greek. This name was officially given to him by
The Queen in November 2012 in recognition of her Diamond Jubilee.
from an original oil painting by
Paul Apps U.A.