The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 207th Exhibition features an accompanying selection of gifts and souvenirs from our bookshop.

The latest arrival in the bookshop is a brand new publication written by Anthony J Lester, Hon. RMS, FRBA, FRSA. RI: Then and Now is a celebration of the Institute's rich history and its member artists of both past and present.

The book includes biographies of the society's current members along with examples of their work, and a preface written by first female president Rosa Sepple who has also signed copies of the book.

Further new arrivals include a collection of fine bone china mugs by Lillias August RI each depicting a charming collection of items painted by the artist: Nests, Lightbulbs, Paintbrushes and Scissors.

Naomi Tydeman RI’s work Marsh Moon (on view in the exhibition) is this year's limited edition greetings card and notecard sets of Ann Blockley RI’s chilling 'Wintry Hawthorn' are also available

Shirley Trevena RI’s signature style of loose and dynamic watercolours are firm visitors favourite and her selection of greetings cards and book are unsurprisingly among our bestsellers.

For those feeling inspired and keen to get painting the first thing every artist needs is a good sketchbook and a travel set of paints followed perhaps by a guide book (or two) with some helpful tips and hints. Thankfully our bookshop has an entire range of instructional titles but two we’d like to highlight were both written by Hazel Soan. Light and Shade in Watercolor offers a comprehensive introduction focusing on the use of shadows and highlights to create depth and atmospheric effects.

However, if you’re new to watercolours and eager to dive straight in and get painting in the great outdoors as soon as possible then our bestselling 10-Minute Watercolours is the perfect pocket-sized guide to carry around with you. This mini edition is full of handy 10-minute step-by-step exercises for the budding artist whose time is limited but passion for painting isn’t.

The Royal Insitute of Painters in Water Colours 207th Exhibition continues at Mall Galleries until Thursday 18 March. 

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All of the products featured are available to purchase in our bookshop:

  • RI: Then & Now book, £34.99 
  • Lillias August mugs, £15.00
  • Naomi Tydeman, 'Marsh Moon' greetings card (limited edition), £2.95
  • Shirley Trevena Watercolours, £25.00
  • 10-Minute Watercolours, (Collins Mini) £5.99
  • Light and Shade in Watercolour, Hazel Soan, £19.99
  • Watercolour paint disc sets, £8.50
  • Seawhite sketchbook, £9.95
  • Ann Blockley card packs, £6.99 (or 2 for £12.00)