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’.
After our recent two week stay on the Isle of Skye, we journeyed further north and west to the Isle of Harris. We were staying in the northern, mountainous part:
It was beautifully remote and dramatic:
We tried to make friends with the neighbours:
But they were having none of it:
So we contented ourselves with watching them from afar:
There was certainly plenty of space for everyone to do their own thing. Immense, sweeping, breath-taking space. And if you look closely at this shot (click to enlarge), you will see a marvellous testament to the UK postal system. Collections were made from this post box every morning (except Sundays) at 08:30:
Yet there were places, particularly in the southern part of the island, where space became space-opera, with Luskentyre Beach playing a leading part. This is the most amazing spot. Miles and miles of clean, soft white sand, edged with a turquoise sea and, oh!, the skies!! It is impossible to do justice to this unforgettable location, but here are a few shots which give you some idea…
A match for the sense of space was the spectacular light. With this last set of photos, none have been edited or enhanced: these were the very colours we experienced around our holiday property:
Harris gave us a virtuoso performance, which was moving and memorable.
The earth has its music for those who will listen.
~ George Santayana
After our two weeks on Skye and our week on Harris, the location for our fourth and final week, South Uist, had a lot to live up to. Could it possibly do so…..?