The Tale of a Toad

The power of a painting to spark the imagination was perfectly illustrated at our 137th Annual Exhibition when‘Toad Writes a Letter’ by Sylvia Von Hartmann RSW inspired several stories. Here is one of those tales by Norma Brown from writers group Words on Canvas. Toad’s Message The thing about toads is they are quite hard …read more

Summer Celebration of Scottish Watercolour Returns to Forfar

The RSW 7th Open Summer Exhibition is this year returning for the fourth time to the Meffan Museum & Art Gallery in Forfar. The exhibition, open to all watercolour artists in Scotland, is one of the key dates on the Scottish arts calendar and will show new works by some of Scotland’s leading artists alongside …read more

Time for a Poetic Delicacy

A ‘poetry sandwich’ is the perfect description for what happened earlier this year at our 137th Annual Exhibition when a painting inspired by a poem inspired a new poem. The painting ‘The last tooth of time’ by Anthea Gage RSW (below) was inspired by the poem “My father’s watch” written by the well known American …read more

137th RSW Open Annual Exhibition Celebrating Scottish Watercolours

The 137th RSW Open Annual Exhibition opens 5 February at the prestigious Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh presenting over 180 new works by established and emerging Scottish watercolour artists.  It was open to all artists in Scotland and runs until 8 March 2018. A new work by Janet Melrose RSW features on our catalogue, poster and newsletter,  Over the past …read more

Award Winning Artists at 136th Annual Exhibition

Eighteen awards were presented at the RSW 136th Annual Exhibition opening and here is our first selection of winners. Wei Shu Xin, 22, won the £3000 Alexander Graham Munro Travel Award for the best painting submitted by an artist under 30 years old.  She was born in Hong Kong and is currently a postgraduate student …read more

January Opening for 136th Annual Exhibition

Artist Jim Dunbar, who was elected President of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour in October last year,  presented the awards at the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour 136th Annual Exhibition which recently opened at the Royal Scottish Academy Building in Edinburgh. The exhibition is open until 28 January 2017 and …read more

Royal Support for Scottish Watercolour Painting Continues

HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay has extended his patronage of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW) until April 2020. The RSW was founded in 1878 by a group of artists who wanted to encourage and promote watercolour painting in Scotland.  Queen Victoria granted Royal status in 1888 and continued these …read more