Category Archives: Oils

New Paintings

As the weather has been so variable of late and with the summer now behind us, I’ve been working a lot in my studio at home.

I have a huge array of photographs that I can use as sources materials when painting in the studio and I can just lock myself away, put my music on and get on with painting.

It’s wonderful!

Here a couple of my new paintings – I do hope you like them!

Corn Rolls across the Marshes. 4″ x 12″ oil on board. £375.

RH&DR Dr Syn at Botolph’s Crossing. 8″ x 10″ oil on board. £450

Skies across the Channel 4″ x 12″ oil on board. £375

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New Wildlife Painting

I have been so busy over the summer painting en plein air or focussing on local landscapes and waterscapes that I feel that I have neglected a little my wildlife paintings!

That being so, I turned to one of my favourite subjects – the big cats – and painted this beautiful image of a cheetah.  Caught in the moment when she first spots her prey in the distance,  you can almost sense the tension in her long, lean body as she scents the air.

Prey Ahead! Oil on board. 16″ x 12″ £1,200. BUY NOW

Cheetahs are such beautiful cats, strong and agile, yet also curiously vulnerable, they really are the most iconic and little understood of all the big cats.

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Commission – Italianate Garden

Commissions are important to artists.  Not only are they a validation of your art, as people have chosen you and your work specifically, they provide an opportunity to really create a painting that is deeply personal to the client.

That being so, I was pleased to be able to be commissioned recently to paint a beautiful Italianate garden, not my usual subject of dogs, pets and people but an enjoyable challenge nonetheless!

Garden Loggia by Paul Apps (private commission).

The cool of the shady loggia and the inviting waters of the pool contrasts so well with the vibrant blue of the sky and acid green of the hedging.  It really gives a sense of the lazy heat of a Mediterranean afternoon.

The painting was commissioned by a friend of mine who was delighted with the result!

If you would like to commission an original painting, either for yourself or as a gift for a loved one, please contact the gallery to discuss your requirements.

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Demo Evening – Folkestone Harbour in Oils

I recently held another of my popular monthly demo evenings at my gallery.  This time the subject matter was Folkestone Harbour and the medium was oils.

The evening was huge fun and very well attended.  All the participants had a good time and picked up lots of handy hints and tips to increase their knowledge of painting in oils.

This is the painting that I started during the demo evening, which I took home and completed in my studio.  The title is Marooned at Low Tide and, once dry, it will be available for sale in the gallery and on my website.

Marooned at Low Tide. 12″ x 16″ Oil on canvas board. £850. BUY NOW

The next demo evening is on Thursday 21st September where I will be demonstrating how to paint a warm sunset in watercolour.

Spaces are filling up fast so book now to reserve your space!

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New Studio & New Paintings

In order to make more room at the gallery to display my work, I’ve slowly been moving all my painting gear from it’s old position just in front of the gallery window.

Instead, I’ve relocated my paints, easel and canvases to my new studio, in my garage!

The new studio is still very much a work in progress, as I’m having to adapt it to suit my needs, but I’m finding it very liberating as it allows me to concentrate entirely on painting.

I’m not distracted by the hustle and bustle of the gallery and the all temptations to waste time that Hythe can offer!

Sunset over Fisherman’s Beach, Hythe.  28″ x 20″. Oil on canvas. £1,950. BUY NOW

I’ve produced some work that I’m really delighted with since relocating there.  I’ve been focussing in particular on the magnificent sunsets, cloud formations over the sea and local scenes such as these ones here.

Summer Fun at Sunny Sands. 8″ x 10″. Oil on canvas board. £450. BUY NOW

Skies over Dymchurch Bay. 12″ x 12″ Oil on board. £600. BUY NOW

Dymchurch Sands Sunset. 12″ x 16″ Oil on canvas board. £850. BUY NOW

Dymchurch Sands Sunrise. 12″ x 12″ Oil on board. £600. BUY NOW

More details on the new studio to follow as it slowly comes together!

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New en plein air paintings

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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En plein air workshop – Fisherman’s Beach, Hythe

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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Cornwall… so far

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!

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DSWF Artist of the Year Finalist!

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!

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Painting in Cornwall

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

The gallery will be open as usual in my absence so if you’re in the area do pop in and have a browse or check out my website, all the current Cornwall paintings are there to view.

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St Michael’s Mount from Marion (Stormy Afternoon). 8″ x 10″ Oil on gesso panel. £450. BUY NOW

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