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We offer a huge range of inspirational books for artists of all abilities and styles, all of which are packed with valuable tips, advice and tuition in watercolour, acrylic and oils and much more. Inspiring art books from publishers like Search Press, North Light, David & Charles and Harper Collins.

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  1. The Watercolour A-Z of Trees and Foliage Book with Adelene Fletcher

    The Watercolour A-Z of Trees and Foliage Book with Adelene Fletcher

    RRP £12.99
    SAA Price £9.99

    This simple guide includes 26 tree varieties and covers shapes and colours, as well as their appearance at different times of the year.

    Each one is covered in just two pages, with a generously-sized final image across a double spread so that you can easily see the result you’re aiming for. Although there are no detailed step-by-step demonstrations, all the basic information is here and is easy to follow. Whether it’s a full-crowned Horse Chestnut, the bare branches of a Black Walnut in winter, the fine tendrils of an Oleander or the solid mass of an Oak, every variation is here.

    Adelene includes basic notes about the species itself and explains the main points to consider when painting each one. She also demonstrates fruits and seeds where these are a feature. The handy introductory section also explains all the techniques you’ll need.

    This is a thorough guide, whether you want to paint trees for themselves or simply as part of a wider landscape.

    Please note - this is a reissue. Learn More
  2. Ready to Paint in 30 Minutes: Landscapes in Acrylics with Barry Herniman

    Ready to Paint in 30 Minutes: Landscapes in Acrylics with Barry Herniman

    RRP £12.99
    SAA Price £9.99

    This straightforward book is nothing less than a complete course in landscape painting presented in easy stages by much loved artist, Barry Herniman.

    There’s an outline tracing for each of the 33 exercises to get you started quickly and subjects include trees, skies, rivers, waves, buildings, hills and flowers, as well as scenes in different seasons and lights, culminating in 3 larger paintings to bring it all together.
    There’s really little else you need to create some truly stunning acrylic landscapes. Learn More
  3. David Bellamy's Landscapes Through the Seasons in Watercolour book

    David Bellamy's Landscapes Through the Seasons in Watercolour book

    RRP £9.99
    SAA Price £7.99

    This is a book that’ll last you all year round.

    In this revised and expanded edition of the book, David demonstrates not just the broader vistas, but quiet corners and details such as trees, buildings, waterfalls, animals, trees and flowers. You’ll discover how the shapes of natural subjects change with each turn of the season, how colours vary and how light affects both the crispness of outlines and the way aerial perspective is perceived.

    Weather is here too, from autumn mists and winter snow to the bright days of summer and sudden spring rain. David provides examples for everything, as well as full demonstrations that show how images develop in their own individual ways.

    This is a thorough guide in the company of a popular and experienced teacher who makes working with watercolour a delight.

    Search Press - Paperback - 96 pages - Colour throughout Learn More
  4. David Bellamy's Landscapes Through the Seasons in Watercolour book & Skies, Light and Atmosphere book

    David Bellamy's Landscapes Through the Seasons in Watercolour book & Skies, Light and Atmosphere book

    SAA Price £13.95

    In David Bellamy's Landscapes Through the Seasons in Watercolour, David demonstrates not just the broader vistas, but quiet corners and details such as trees, buildings, waterfalls, animals, trees and flowers. You’ll discover how the shapes of natural subjects change with each turn of the season, how colours vary and how light affects both the crispness of outlines and the way aerial perspective is perceived.

    Weather is here too, from autumn mists and winter snow to the bright days of summer and sudden spring rain. David provides examples for everything, as well as full demonstrations that show how images develop in their own individual ways.

    This is a thorough guide in the company of a popular and experienced teacher who makes working with watercolour a delight.


    In Skies, Light & Atmosphere in Watercolour, David returns to one of the subjects for which he's best known and he concentrates on the how rather than just the what and the why of a subject that can be difficult to pin down.

    Using plenty of examples, as well as short demonstrations, David explains simple and complex skies, clouds and sunlight. He also shows you how to use layered glazes to increase light effects, how to handle light that comes from more than one direction and how to give real depth to shadows.

    In the section on atmosphere, he demonstrates how to make the most of mist and rain, as well as how to create the effect of space and distance.

    Although he treats them separately, all of the subjects link together and you'll soon be getting the passion and inspiration that David says are as important as composition for a successful painting. Generously illustrated and superbly reproduced, this is one of David's most instructive books.

    Skies, Light & Atmosphere in Watercolour: Search Press . Paperback . 80 Pages . Colour throughout

    David Bellamy's Landscapes Through the Seasons in Watercolour: Search Press - Paperback - 96 pages - Colour throughout Learn More
  5. Addictive - An Artist’s Sketchbook with Adebanji Alade

    Addictive - An Artist’s Sketchbook with Adebanji Alade

    RRP £19.99
    SAA Price £15.99

    If you’re familiar with Adebanji’s previous book, you’ll know that his work is full of life and of love of people, sketching and life itself.
    This is not an instruction book, and yet it will teach you everything. It’s a reproduction of a sketchbook, with faces and figures crowding every page and a few scribbled notes that mostly relate to location or character.

    It’s fair to say that, in the hands of anyone else, this would be dull and useless. Without explanation, sketches usually have no meaning. Here, though, there’s every aspect of city life. People look out at you, nap, watch what’s going on, get absorbed in what they’re doing. They’re busy, relaxed, still, moving, full-face, profile, bare-headed, have elaborate coverings.

    This isn’t a book about how to sketch, it’s a book about how to see and it tells you wordlessly everything you need to know. Learn More
  6. A Beginner’s Guide to Watercolour with Mixed Media Book with Alison C. Board

    A Beginner’s Guide to Watercolour with Mixed Media Book with Alison C. Board

    RRP £12.99
    SAA Price £8.99

    There are no mistakes in mixed-media artwork, and Alison encourages you to be unafraid and embrace the experimental!

    Adding other mediums to your watercolour paintings is a fantastic way to take your work in new, more exciting directions. This book and DVD set introduces the range of media that is available and will open your eyes to new and inspirational ways of creating.

    The book provides six step-by-step projects and finished paintings to encourage you to take a definitive leap into the exciting world of mixed media art, covering a multitude of topics including flowers, animal portraits, dancers in motion, cityscapes and landscapes.

    Alison explores how to combine wet and dry media, and how to create vibrant collages from man-made and natural found objects.

    The DVD focusses on the Lion’s Head Dandelion, combining all the skills and techniques Alison so beautifully demonstrates, culminating in a mixed media piece you’ll be proud to hang on your wall.

    Search Press - Paperback - 144 pages - Colour throughout Learn More
  7. The Watercolour Flower Painters A - Z with Adelene Fletcher Book

    The Watercolour Flower Painters A - Z with Adelene Fletcher Book

    RRP £12.99
    SAA Price £7.49

    If you want to paint realistic flowers that capture the spirit of your subject as well as its appearance, this is the perfect guide.

    Adelene offers straightforward instructions that cut through much of the mystique that surrounds flower painting. Each demonstration occupies a single spread and covers the palette, working sequence and a further examination of the detailed areas, covering 50 different popular flowers.

    The full-page illustrations of the finished results show you exactly what you are trying to achieve and the enlarged detail photographs ensure that you'll get the fine work right every time.

    A source of inspiration as well as a rich manual of techniques, a must-have for every flower painter.

    Search Press - Paperback - 130 pages - Colour throughout Learn More
  8. Ready to Paint in 30 Minutes: Boats & Harbours in Watercolour with Charles Evans

    Ready to Paint in 30 Minutes: Boats & Harbours in Watercolour with Charles Evans

    RRP £12.99
    SAA Price £7.56

    If you want to attempt the varied and frequently perplexing subject of boats and their environs, this is the clearest guide you could wish for.

    Charles covers not only the boats and harbours of the title, but also still, rippling and stormy seas, and inland waterways. Here you’ll find receding hills, towpaths, buildings, people and craft of every kind. The book is full of technical advice, all presented in Charles’ simple, no-nonsense way that cuts through jargon and tricky subjects. With thirty-three projects - each accompanied by a pre-drawn tracing - there’s plenty to get your teeth into and you’ll find yourself learning as you work.

    Each of the projects covers a separate topic. Some are more complex scenes, others deal with single elements such as ripples, shadows or foliage. In only a dozen or so steps (often fewer), you’ll find yourself completing a work that many books would only deal with in a whole chapter. Nothing is skimped, though, and there’s a solid basis to everything you’ll do.

    Search Press - Paperback - 128 pages - Colour throughout Learn More
  9. Charles Evans' Pocket Book for Watercolour Artists

    Charles Evans' Pocket Book for Watercolour Artists

    RRP £8.99
    SAA Price £6.29

    Pocket Book for Watercolour Artists

    What could be better than having advice from your favourite artists whenever you want it? With these handy pocket-size guides, you can!

    Got a problem with skies, trees, reflections, washes, masking or virtually anything else? Let Charles show you quickly what to do. Each book contains over 100 ideas to solve problems and improve your painting.

    All the hints include a clear example illustration and a short paragraph explaining what to do.

    There’s no poring over a lengthy textbook or following detailed demonstrations, just a quick question and answer session that’ll have you back on the road in no time. Your creative flow will be uninterrupted!

    Trusted advice is always the best and you can rely on all these experienced artists to show you what they’d do in the same circumstances.

    You know how they work and it’s easy to get the feeling they know how you work too. They’ll be by your side whenever you need them.

    Contents includes:
    Creating Depth,
    Introducing Harmony,
    Light and Shade,
    Life in the Landscape,
    Mountains and Cliffs, Mood and Atmosphere
    And much more!

    *Previously issued as the Top Tips series in spiral-bound format Learn More
  10. Learn to Paint People Quickly (Hardcover) Book with Hazel Soan

    Learn to Paint People Quickly (Hardcover) Book with Hazel Soan

    RRP £9.99
    SAA Price £7.99

    Get to grips with this challenging subject in no time with Hazel Soan.

    This brilliant book has been designed for busy people wanting to learn how to paint.

    Created by bestselling artist and writer Hazel Soan, it's bursting with simple, step by step guidance and easy-to-follow illustrations - the perfect inspiration for artists of all abilities - from those completely new to painting to the more experienced wanting to learn something new.

    Whatever medium you're using, a simple figure in a landscape can add scale as well as a human dimension that together make for a more natural feel.

    These figures don't have to be detailed, but you do need to get the proportions and attitudes right and Hazel will show you how to do this reliably and confidently.

    Hazel's method is simple and to the point. Never overburdened with analysis and explanations, she teaches through concise instruction and plenty of examples that
    will have you learning quickly.

    If all you want is figures in a wider setting, this quick overview will be more than enough.
    However, if your ambitions do stretch to portraiture, there's also enough here to get you
    started on the right road.

    Book: Batsford - Hardback - 112 pages - Colour throughout Learn More
  11. Creative Calligraphy with Mary Noble and Janet Mehigan  Delivered directly from publisher - UK Mainland Delivery Only (Allow 3-5 days for delivery)
  12. The Kew Book of Painting Roses in Watercolour with Trevor Waugh

    The Kew Book of Painting Roses in Watercolour with Trevor Waugh

    RRP £14.99
    SAA Price £10.79

    Roses are one of the most popular flowers, both for gardeners and artists, and this is the definitive guide to painting them.

    Trevor is well known for his flower paintings and his interpretations capture not just the look of a bloom, but its character and essence. In this comprehensive but approachable volume, he demonstrates not just individual specimens, but arrangements and settings where colour, light and shade play as much a part as shape and structure.

    Trevor has plenty to say about mixing colours and applying paint and also working from photographs and existing artworks - handy sources of reference when living examples are not available. Initial exercises include stems, leaves and petals and there’s plenty to practise with as you build up to your first flower portrait.

    There are exercises throughout that, as well as varying the pace of the work also develop your skills with form, light and colourways. Each section concludes with a step-by-step project that brings everything together in a complete painting.

    This is an informative, but above all enjoyable look at the bright, fascinating and beautiful world of roses.

    Search Press . Paperback . 128 pages . Colour throughout Learn More

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