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Feeling nostalgic…

Tempest Warriors

After a conversation with one of my students at one of my weekly art classes on how difficult it can be to break into the art world, I began thinking about the beginnings of my career as a professional artist.  Way back in the mid-80’s, I was working in the public sector and painting in my spare time. Luckily, two paintings of mine, Tempest Warriors and Resplendent Rains, were reproduced as fine art prints by Solomon & Whitehead Guild Printers, a highly respected art dealer and printing company.  These two prints were phenomenally successful and kick-started my  professional artistic career. Although the original paintings and print run are now long sold, I  have kept one copy of each for myself, a happy reminder of a really important moment in my life.  I also admit to feeling a little nostalgic about them!

Resplendent Rains

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Cornwall National Trust 2017

Yours truly painting at Botollack from the National Trust Images website

When I was down in Cornwall painting last year, lots of people would stop to watch and chat, while a few took photos of me as I worked. Usually, I don’t hear from the people again and just take the contact as a pleasant part and parcel of painting En Plein Air.  However, this week I received an email by a nice Slovakian lady, Natalia Burianova, who I met whilst I was painting on the side of the cliffs at Botollack.  It turns out that she’s a volunteer park ranger for Cornwall National Trust and she forwarded her pictures of me to the Trust for their Images website.  Natalia emailed me to let me know that these images of me have been used in the National Trust Cornwall 2017 booklet which is available at National Trust Information Centres!  I’m not mentioned by name but I’m delighted that my image was used as I support the work of the Trust in protecting the natural environment.

Painting in progress from the National Trust Images website

This is the painting that I completed during that visit when I met Natalia and it’s for sale at £450.  See website for further details and to purchase.

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Coming to the rescue…

Ready to release the Herring gull…

I was out with the dogs early yesterday morning on Dymchurch beach and found a very sick Herring gull on the sand, probably a female by the size of the head.  First of all I thought she might have been poisoned but there were signs of dog paw prints in the sand suggesting that she’d been cornered and worried by dogs.  It’s likely that she was stressed and exhausted by trying to defend herself.  I thought it best to take her home where she could at least die in peace and dignity rather than being the target for further attacks.

Fighting me on the beach…

After getting the bird home, Catherine and I fed her on dog food (the dogs weren’t too happy!) and also tinned tuna (which was my lunch!) and, by this morning we were delighted to find that she could stand and had regained her strength.  So this morning I was back on the beach early to release her.  She wasn’t particularly grateful for our careful ministrations as she proceeded to attack me and, at one point, the gull was hanging off of my arm!  Still, she’s back with her fellow gulls and hopefully all’s now well.  I’ll keep an eye out though over the next week just in case she’s still in need of help.

And she’s gone.

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A new lady in my life…

As an En Plein Air painter I’m often out and about on the Romney Marsh looking for atmospheric landscapes which inspire me to paint.  Unfortunately, doing this by car means that I miss some of the best views, either because I can’t stop anywhere close or the entirety of the view is obscured from the road.  So I brought a bike! I spotted this old 1950’s styled delivery bicycle in a cycle shop and, with a little care and attention, she’s now ready to join me on my En Plain Air rambles.  I’ve called her Priscilla and she’ll easily be able to carry all my art materials and be able to take me off the beaten track in search of new inspiration. I’ll keep you updated on our adventures!

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HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR, ALL BEST WISHES FOR 2017

I just wanted to say such a wonderful thank you to all the many clients and new friends that have purchased and supported my work during 2016. Clients and friends who have found me via my website and social media and all those who have found me painting away in my new gallery/studio in Hythe, Kent.

Thank you

I wish you all such a very happy and prosperous 2017, may it be a happy and safe one for all. I hope that I see many of you in my gallery or exchanging messages on my web or other social media during the coming year. 

Your comments and continued  support of my efforts as an artist are so warmly welcome and I so look forward to working in and out of my studio during 2017.

Many new ideas are taking shape for the new year, more wildlife paintings, both in oils and watercolour. En plein air studies will of course play a major part of my work, exploring the light, sea and landscape of my native Romney Marshes and surrounding areas. Some of these will be worked up into larger works.

New prints and greetings cards, teaching workshops and weekly classes. see website for details.

www.paulappsfineart.com

paul@paulapps.com

 

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Happy Christmas from Paul and Catherine Apps

 

Merry Christmas to all……

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BLACK FRIDAY DEALS

 

Friday 25th and Saturday  26th November 2016  only for  

BLACK FRIDAY

Outstanding deals on my limited edition fine art prints

50%

0ff all prices across the board

( Normal Postage and packing costs apply)

Black Friday limited edition print deals

Below are just a few of those on offer click on the link above to see all on offer.

Great ideas for Christmas gifts and save !!!!

Don’t forget during the lead up to Christmas an advent original painting will be on offer for one day only from my Gallery in Hythe. First come first served. Originals will be 40% off the normal gallery price for that day only. ( Don’t forget easy, no cost payments over 6moths on any original over £200.00)

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Was £53.00 now only £26.50

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Was £84.00 now only £42.00

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Was £36.00 now only £18.000158 Lord Duma

Was £41.00 now only £20.500049. Storm Chaser

Was £84.00 now only £42.00

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New video short film from my Gallery in Hythe.

 

Well I’ve gone and done it now!!!

 

 

I’m proud to show off my gallery space just off the High Street in Hythe, Kent CT21 5NW. Here you can find me most days 10am to 5pm except Sunday and Monday when I am usually out painting en plein air.

If the video quality is not the greatest, please forgive my humble efforts, but George Lucas was unavailable this week to assist me ….. Sorry Mr Lucas….

If you are around in Hythe any time, please seek me out and pop in for a chat and browse.

Don’t forget that I hold weekly classes here at the gallery each Tuesday and Wednesday.

There are also regular workshops throughout the year and monthly demonstration evening each second Thursday of the month.

So  please go to my website and check out all that I can offer you, ooh ! and don’t forget to sign up for my free monthly newsletter.

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Seven new paintings being shown at the U.A. Members show in London.

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The Retreat – Dungeness

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The Old Lighthouse – Dungeness.

I have had seven of my latest paintings accepted for the new upcoming United Society of Artists members show, being held at the prestigious Bankside Gallery in London.

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Camber Sand Dunes

These are just three of the seven that will be exhibited. I have to add it is all very exciting and I so enjoy exhibiting in London.

The Society’s show will be opening to the public on 26th April 2016 until 1st May 2016.

It will be great to see my work hanging alongside other notable members of this well known London society of artists. see link below for much more about the society and the new show at the Bankside Gallery .

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U.A. Full Membership

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In 2014 it was suggested to me that I might want to submit my work to the United Society of Artists in London as an Associate member. The UA is a long established and well respected society based in London and is currently exhibiting annually at the Bankside Gallery in London. My work proved worthy and has shown well in the two shows that I have managed to be a part of.

So it was my absolute delight to receive a letter telling me that the committee had met just before Christmas 2015 and had voted that I be elevated to full membership status of the U.A. with immediate effect!

I was absolutely happy, nay, very very happy indeed. Now I get to use U.A. officially after my name if i choose. I look forward to enjoying the U.A. shows in the years to come and the company of those eminent members who each share my passion to make art.

It was a lovely thing to happen and it validates the many years of painting that I have put in during my artistic journey.

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