Water way to paint: Artist uses water around famous landmarks to create watercolour depictions of them

This inventive artist makes the most of her surroundings – using water sourced on-site to create stunning paintings of famous landmarks.

Hannah Koh, 29, has used local water to paint iconic spots including the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

Hannah Koh uses water sourced on-site to create stunning paintings of famous landmarks

Hannah Koh uses water sourced on-site to create stunning paintings of famous landmarks

The resourceful artist sets herself a target of 30 minutes to complete each work and must be at the location in order to paint it.

She came up with the idea for the unique series while in Iceland and finding herself without any liquid when hoping to paint the Gullfoss waterfall.

The resourceful artist sets herself a target of 30 minutes to complete each work

The resourceful artist sets herself a target of 30 minutes to complete each work

Using the dense mist coming off the waterfall, art teacher Hannah was able to collect enough moisture to wet her brush and paint the falls.

Other local liquid sources she has tapped into include saltwater from the Pacific Ocean, the rain of the Pacific Northwest and cheap coffee from a hole-in-the-wall shop in New York.

She came up with the idea for the unique series while in Iceland

She came up with the idea for the unique series while in Iceland

Hannah, from San Francisco in California, USA, said: “I finish the paintings quickly because the light or weather can change quickly and I want to photograph the painting with the scene behind it before there is a huge disparity.

“The goal is not to paint every detail perfectly – but to capture that time and place as I saw it.

Her iconic paintings include the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge and the Grand Canyon in Arizona

Her iconic paintings include the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and the Grand Canyon in Arizona

“None of the paintings are perfect because the rain over blurs colours, the wind whips my hair onto the page and smears and my fingers go numb.

“But the things that are hard to control convey the real moment in the painting.

“It’s nice to know an element of the scene will always be a literal part of my painting.”

Hannah said: "The goal is not to paint every detail perfectly - but to capture that time and place as I saw it."

Hannah said: “The goal is not to paint every detail perfectly – but to capture that time and place as I saw it.”