Category Archives: Gallery

More Cornwall news!

I’ve just returned from my painting trip to Cornwall and had a great time. It really is a wonderful part of the country.

I’m also very delighted to announce that I’m now working with the prestigious Waterside Gallery in St Mawes, just along the coast from Truro!

Of the 22 paintings I completed during by trip, I sold one painting immediately upon completion and the remaining 21 were snapped up by Waterside Gallery, who absolutely loved them.  The paintings will be exhibited and sold there.

The Waterside Gallery, St Mawes, Cornwall.

The gallery showcases work by local artists as well as those who artists love to paint Cornwall and Cornish themes.

The Waterside Gallery is located right on the water’s edge in the beautiful village of St Mawes, surrounded by stunning scenery such as this, the view just outside the very front of the gallery. A perfect location for my Cornish paintings!

View from the Waterside Gallery looking towards Carricknath Point and Falmouth Bay.

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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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Further adventures in watercolour…

Dungeness Caravan.  Watercolour. £95. BUY NOW

In my last post I mentioned about rediscovering my love of watercolour and I’ve been very busy painting in this most demanding of mediums.  I’m still really enjoying the challenge.

I feel that the rapid response of of watercolour as a medium allows me to be very fluid in my mark-making.  Also, the softness of watercolour really suits the beautiful landscapes and seascapes of the Romney Marsh.

Here are some of most recent watercolour works and there are more available on my website.

I do hope that you enjoy them!

Fishing boat at Hythe. Watercolour. £75. BUY NOW

Martello Towers Sunset. Watercolour. £75. BUY NOW

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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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Sale of fine art limited edition prints!

I’m having a sale on some of my fine art limited edition prints!

Stormchaser. 404mm x 594 mm Fine art lithographic print. WAS £84.00. NOW £42.00 BUY NOW

These prints, some of which are up to 50% off, are of my successful wildlife paintings and subjects include tigers, giraffe, cheetahs and zebra amongst others.

The prints are available to view now my website and make wonderful gifts!

Postage and packing is £7.50 extra.

Lord Duma. 220 x 400mm Fine art lithographic print.  WAS £41.00 NOW £20.50 BUY NOW

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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 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″”

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Three Little Piggies

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.

The painting was £850.  For a limited time only it’s £600.  BUY NOW

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Demonstration Evening – Painting animal eyes

Animal eyes painting during the demonstration evening

My regular monthly painting demonstrations, held at the gallery in Marine Walk Street, are very popular and always fully booked.  This month’s demo was focussed on painting eyes, an area of animal painting that can be very tricky.  Capturing the expression in the eyes is vital to bring life and narrative to any animal painting.

Overall, I managed to paint four different animal eyes in the two-and-a-half hours of the session.  I began with painting a cheetah’s eye, first when the animal was in shadow and then in light, to show how light impacts on colour and tone (top right and top centre).  I then moved on to a hare’s eye (top right).  As a prey animal, it’s eye is located to the side of the head so that it can have a wider field of vision.  This means that colour and tone are subtly different to that of a predator which influences how you capture it’s character.   I finished off with a vixen and caught her expression of hopeful intent as she looked up towards a flock of birds coming into feed.

The evening was great fun with a very lively atmosphere, much discussion amongst the participants and many questions for me! The feedback from those who attended was positive and many said that they  found the evening very helpful.  The consensus was that the evening had improved the participants’ confidence in painting the eye and many took photos of the finished eyes as an aide memoire.

It was a very successful evening and I’m looking forward to the next one on Thursday 13th April.  Then I’ll be painting spring lamb using acrylics.  There are still a couple of places available so visit my website to book your place.  Hope to see you there!


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Plein Air Workshops: New Sessions for 2017


Students enjoying painting en plein air at Dungeness in 2016

As you’re all aware I love to get out of the studio and paint en plein air. It’s a fun and challenging way to paint with the whole of nature as your studio and inspiration.  Last year, my en plein air workshops proved really popular so, due to demand, I’m running a new series of workshop sessions for summer 2017.

The dates are:

Sunday 14th May – Camber Sands. BOOK NOW

Sunday 11th June – Dungeness BOOK NOW

Sunday 16th July – Fisherman’s Beach, Hythe BOOK NOW

Sunday 20th August – Rye Harbour BOOK NOW

These workshops, suitable for both beginners and those with some experience, start at 10am (meet at the venue at 9.45am) and finish around 4.30pm.  The workshops are mainly aimed at oil painters but I can accommodate and instruct in other mediums.  The day starts with a short introduction for those new to en plein air, followed by a one hour demonstration of techniques.  Then it’s over to you! I shall be there with assistance, tips and ideas to guide you along the way.

Please bring all the paint and equipment you’ll need and also refreshments (tea/coffee/cold drinks if required).  Pub lunch (1pm-2pm) is not included so please bring some cash to get cover the cost of your lunch. Also, bring a cardigan/jumper; although it’s summer we can never guarantee the English weather (in case of bad weather another date will be set). Email me or call me on 07746 887815 for more detailed information on what you need to bring.

The cost is £65 for the day. Space is very limited so book now to avoid disappointment.  See website for further details.

Hope to see you there!

Creating art en plein air, Dungeness 2016

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