A whole world of watercolour at our fingertips

I have written before on this blog about the artistic marvels we can access these days via the internet. Since January this year, another site can be added to the rich abundance of treasures available to us.

The Watercolour World is a new site with an amazing aim: to make globally available in digital form as many watercolour paintings as possible. In many cases, watercolours are often too fragile to be exhibited. So TWW will be providing access to works that might otherwise never be seen. This short introductory film talks more about the capturing of these ‘windows on the world’.

It is a couple of years since I last produced any images with watercolour paints. The sketch below depicts a version of this view from the deck of our wonderful holiday home on the Isle of Skye in 2017.

It was pretty cold and blustery, with the afternoon light fading fast, so I had to work quickly. That pressure brought with it a wonderful freedom – I just went for it, not worrying at all about accuracy of colour or shape. I just wanted to capture a sense of place and time. I particularly like the little white house.

Since then, I have mainly been producing digital images. Following my 100 day art project last year, I went back to producing an image a day through January. Here is a selection of my favourites:


It’s good to remind oneself of one’s artistic dabblings. Otherwise, it is all too easy to let time move on, and to forget how enjoyable it is to produce art simply for its own sake.

We will be off to the Isles later this year, this time travelling north rather than west, to visit the Isles of Orkney for our silver wedding anniversary. I love spending time on our beautiful Scottish islands and will look forward to plenty more sketching opportunities.

Meanwhile, in between making my own art, how wonderful it is to take inspiration from other artists past and present all over the world. Whether you would like to look at pictures of funfairs or marvel at the work of women who were botanical artists or anything in between, there is truly something for everyone on The Watercolour World’s brilliant site. 🙂

28 thoughts on “A whole world of watercolour at our fingertips

    1. Thanks so much Susan! The flowers in the ‘real’ vase from which I took the inspiration for that image were gypsophila, with some fern foliage. I enjoyed creating an overall sense of fuzzy fluffiness! 🙂

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  1. Oh Liz, I look forward to everyone of your posts. Every link goes to a marvelous place of discovery. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with us. You continue to inspire me with your determination to spread beauty within our virtual community. In a time of ambiguity and uncertainty, fulfilling our desire to create will build hope and resilience, within ourselves and our communities, both local and globalization. Hugs coming your way.

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  2. Love your art work, particularly the watercolour of Skye. I can’t wait to see your artistic impressions of Orkney. Apart from a few watercolour pencil postcards I haven’t painted for years….your work has reminded me of its endless possibilities.

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  3. I’ve always been intimidated by watercolor–it’s so unforgiving as a medium. But I do love the effect and love seeing it done well. Sargent’s watercolors really blow me away!

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  4. Thank you for the introduction to Watercolour World, Liz. I am pleased you are still deriving so much pleasure from your art; I love all the examples you have posted here. Congratulations on your Silver Wedding Anniversary later this year. Richard and I also celebrate our Silver Wedding this year!

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    1. Thanks so much Sandra. I’m delighted you like the hostas. I spent a long time on those curves, getting them just right, and it is lovely that you picked them out! xxx

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  5. I love the variety of your artwork. I never know what you will produce yet, you’re out of control…in a good way. I’m looking forward to more photos from your trips later in the year!!

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    1. thanks so much for this – I love the thought of being out of control because it is so not me in all other aspects of my life. The power of art and creativity!

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