Monday, March 28, 2011

Latest En plein air study

Folkestone  Harbour from the East Cliff

8" x 12" oil on panel plein air study
This study was painted on Wednesday 23rd March at midday for just over an hour. Painting into the light made me tighten the values in the scene and mix harder with my primary palette. The sun shone and it was glorious to stand on the cliff and work this way, first time this season that I was able to paint in just a T shirt...
This image is for sale. See my other blog  Paul Apps- Daily Paintings for more details.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Small seaside study

Sunny Day at Camber Sands

oil on panel 4" x 12"

For Sale

This small painting was recently completed Alla Prima from Plein air studies I worked on last summer.
I might well do a larger version at some point . The painting is for sale and I can be contacted through my website.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Painting shortlisted finalist

Heed My Warning

This painting has just been shortlisted as a finalist in this years David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year 2011.
As on previous occasions this painting will hang in the prestigious Mall Galleries in London in June this year.
Fingers crossed that it will do well for me at the final event.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Romney Marsh View

Romney Marsh View
160mm x 220mm oil on panel

A view from the Romney Marshes, the flat lands in the extreme south eastern corner of England which is
the area I grew up in and have lived in for most of my life. This wonderful winters day was not painted on the spot as sadly that day I had no time as I was on the way to meet clients. As I passed this spot the clouds cast a shadow over the distant downs and the setting sun created this wonderful light opportunity, Catherine and I were amazed at its beauty.  I just had to stop, no kit with me just a camera, and a valuable lesson learned. I do hope that in this sketch I have captured the essence of the moment and will convey that into a new larger version later.

Winter Fields - Wingham

Winter Fields - Wingham

160mm x 220mm Oil on panel

This is another palm box study that is ready to translate into a larger panel and will be completed very soon.
I observed this scene as I was driving to paint plein air with other artist friends early on in 2010. I could not stop and paint because of the dangerous location on a bend in the road, also my friends would have been waiting too long. So a quick snap on a small camera did the trick.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Hollow Shore - Oare


Hollow Shore - Oare

160mm x 220mm Oil on panel

This small study is one done in my Jullian Palm box  of one of my favourite locations at Oare and Hollow Shore.
I have painted this several times, I really desire painting a much larger version of this scene. Soon I hope that I can find time to slot it in.       

Avocet - Dancing Light

Avocet - Dancing Light

Oil on canvas  12" x 16" 

This study was completed from reference sketched at Oare Marshes in 2010.
I wanted to convey some of the dancing lights observed in the water as the day was ending. The Avocet is one bird that as an artist I would never cease trying to capture. This wader with its finesse and outstanding beauty 1ranks as my top wader to see and render in a painting.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Plage de Cannes

Plage de Cannes1

This is a 12" x 16" canvas painted in primaries upon a cadmium red ground
It was created from sketches and plein air studies from my trip to the region in September 2010.

Other works from this trip are being planned for this year, I hope this image will be featured in my next mixed show at Francis Iles Gallery in late March .

Monday, March 7, 2011

Painting demo #1 for Paint Magazine

Hi everyone 
I thought that I would show you the demonstration image for the first step by step used in the Society of All Artists Paint Magazine. This was the culmination of the first in a new series of articles upon oil painting for beginners. I posted the article to read a few days back, check out the article if you have not already done so.

It was a scene from a visit to Camber Sands and is one part of the extensive dune system that the beach is so famous for. I do hope you like the painting, and please feel free to leave a comment about this or any other of my posts.

Friday, March 4, 2011

New series in the S.A.A. Paint magazine

This new series of articles was commissioned by the Society of All Artists in the UK, for their bi-monthly magazine called 'Paint'. The new series is called 'Oils for Beginners'. I have just read the second article and have just finished the third one  go check them out and professional or amateur it is well worth becoming a member.

Just click on the page and it should open up in a new tab in your browser. let me know if it does not happen

This is the second of two pages, just click on the page and it should open up fully in a separate window in your browser for easy reading. Please let me know at the bottom of this post if that is not working.. Thank you.

I do hope that you enjoyed this article and please feel free to leave comments about it.
Regards as always