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Rain Painting

Abstract rain painting #1
Abstract rain painting #2
Abstract rain painting #3
Abstract rain painting #4
Rainy crossing
Rainy day taxi

I have a new hobby - rain painting! Lately I've been spending a lot of time riding as a passenger in and out of Manhattan twice daily. Anyone who drives to New York City daily will tell you that driving on a good day can be challenging, but driving when it's raining can be a nightmare from . . . well, you get my drift. Since I'm a passenger I take my camera every day. I do not suggest attempting this if you are driving!! I've discovered that when it's raining very hard, the windshield becomes a canvas that contorts lights and images into wonderful abstracts - hence, rain painting! If the rain is light, it creates a different effect. You obviously can't use a flash because all you get is a reflection off the glass. My husband may not feel exactly the same way, but I now wait for rain days so I can see what artwork awaits me.

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21 responses

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (31 Oct 2009):

    An absolutely wonderful series, Joy! I definitely voted yes!!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (31 Oct 2009):

    Lovely idea for a series / essay. RAD for sure. dp

  • Brenda Wilson

    Brenda Wilson (Deleted) said (31 Oct 2009):

    Isn't it wonderful seeing the world thru the eyes of a photographer?!

  • diana

    diana (Deleted) gave props (31 Oct 2009):

    love the series! voted!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (31 Oct 2009):

    I love your water like painting photos...Beautiful series ...It does make some wonderful abstracts...Voting yes!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (31 Oct 2009):

    I do love this series Joy and this most definately has my vote.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (31 Oct 2009):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip gave props (31 Oct 2009):

    Wonderful awakening. Story and photosa are awesome.

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (1 Nov 2009):

    I love this series, you got some great results, voting..

  • ina:botao

    ina:botao (Deleted) said (2 Nov 2009):

    My vote for this marvelous collection!

  • Thor Rasmussen

    Thor Rasmussen said (2 Nov 2009):

    Very Good! It is interesting the way the water bends the light

  • Suzanne Arnold

    Suzanne Arnold (Deleted) gave props (4 Nov 2009):

    yes, love this photo collection!

  • Sally Sloley

    Sally Sloley said (4 Nov 2009):

    you got my vote!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (4 Nov 2009):

    Fabulous series, Joy. Very artistic. Sure gets my vote.

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (5 Nov 2009):

    Excellent series Joy! Each image is unique and rewarding in this challenge of your "Rain"

  • matraguna

    matraguna (Deleted) gave props (13 Nov 2009):


  • Muhammad Jibreel

    Muhammad Jibreel gave props (28 Feb 2010):

    Hey that's so cool! I think I'll do more rain painting. THanKs!

  • Kelley

    Kelley gave props (3 May 2016):

    couldn't agree more! love the rain! makes everything watercolor.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (5 May 2016):

    Congratulations, Joy for photo essay of the week...I am glad you received that recognition and honor!!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (29 May 2016):

    Congrats on making Story of the Week!

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