Summer is now and full swing and, this year, we’ve had good weather (so far!). It’s great to have the long evenings, I can paint until the light fades at around 9-9.30pm and there’s been some amazing sunsets to capture on canvas!
I’ve been taking full advantage of the long sunny days and getting out as much as I can to paint en plein air.
On Monday, I was out in Folkestone painting all day. I love Folkestone’s mix of holidaymakers, historic quarter and commercial harbour.
Here are some of my latest paintings I do hope you like them!
On the Sands at Folkestone by Paul Apps U.A. (Oil en plein air)
Little Mermaid at Folkestone by Paul Apps U.A. (Oil en plein air)
Towards the Cliffs at Folkestone by Paul Apps U.A. (Oil en plein air)
Once fully dry, these paintings will be available to purchase at the gallery.
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On Sunday 16th July there was another of my very enjoyable en plein air day workshops!
This month’s workshop was at the atmospheric Fisherman’s Beach, Hythe with it’s small fishing boats beached high on the shingle against the background of the haunting and evocative Martello towers.
I was joined by a small group of fellow en plein air enthusiasts and the day was very successful. The rain held off for us and we produced some really good work.
Here are the two paintings I created on Sunday.
Fisherman’s Beach, Hythe looking towards the Martello towers.
From Fisherman’s Beach, Hythe towards Folkestone.
Once dry, these paintings be available for purchase at my gallery.
The next en plein air workshop is on Sunday 20th August at Rye Harbour, East Sussex.
The cost of the day is £65.00 and further details are available on my website.
Spaces are limited so book now to reserve your space!
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I’m having a great time on my painting trip to Cornwall, the weather has been kind and I’ve managed to get out painting every day.
I”ve completed 15 en plein air paintings so far this week and sold one immediately! I was painting on a nearby beach to where I’m staying and was approached by a couple who loved the painting so much that they purchased it. I was delighted!
Sennen Cove. Oil en plein air. £450. BUY NOW
The scenery is a stunning as I remembered from my last trip and I’m really inspired by the light and the amazing views. I’ll blog further about Cornwall on my return and show some of my new work.
Botollack Sunset. Oil en plein air. £450. BUY NOW
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Catch up with you all soon!
I’m really pleased to have made the finals of the David Shepherd Wildlife Fund Wildlife Artist of the Year with my painting ‘In the Shadows’!
In the Shadows by Paul Apps U.A., S.A.A.
I attended the preview night on Tuesday 27th at the Mall Galleries, London and it was amazing. There was a real buzz in the gallery and the standard of art on show was stunning.
Myself and some of the other finalist at the DSWF preview evening
If you can do go and see the exhibition, it’s incredible and for a really worthwhile cause. It was also great to catch up with many old friends and to make new ones!
It was great, too, to meet up again with David Shepherd himself. He’s a wonderful ambassador for wildlife conservation and an inspiration to all wildlife artists. I’m honoured to count him as a friend.
Myself with David Shepherd
Will keep you posted on the outcome of the finals – fingers crossed!
I’m off to Cornwall very shortly on a painting trip and I’m really looking forward to it!
Botollack Mines, Cornwall (Poldark Country). 10″ x 8″ Oil on gesso panel board. £450. BUY NOW
Cornwall is one of my favourite places in the UK to paint because of it’s stunning landscape and coastline. It also has the most wonderful clear light which is just perfect for artists.
Hopefully this wonderful weather we’ve been experiencing will last and I can get out every day and make the most of my time there.
Porthcurnick Beach. 8″ x 10″ Oil on gesso panel board. £450. BUY NOW
I’ve included here some of my en plein air paintings from my last Cornwall trip. As you can see I travelled around and got to paint lots of wonderful scenery. I look forward to revealing my new paintings on my return!
The Lizard. 10″ x 8″ Oil on gesso panel. £450. BUY NOW
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St Michael’s Mount from Marion (Stormy Afternoon). 8″ x 10″ Oil on gesso panel. £450. BUY NOW
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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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!
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.
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!
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