For those of you unfamiliar with Virga, its rain that never reaches the ground. Its an observable streak or shaft of precipitation that falls from a cloud but evaporates before reaching the ground. At high altitudes the precipitation falls mainly as ice crystals before melting and finally evaporating; this is usually due to compressional heating, because the air pressure increases closer to the ground.

A close up photograph taken from one of my watercolor paintings.

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  • richman
    richmanover 5 years ago

    WOW! looks like mist covered mountians… super!

  • Kim  Calvert
    Kim Calvertover 5 years ago

    Wow Kathie this is cool, it reminds me of a avalanche ..

  • DragonFlyer
    DragonFlyerover 5 years ago

    Sensational Kathie!!! So – do you still insist that the original paintings themselves are not as ‘good’ as the macros of tiny bits of them? Cos this looks sensational to me :)))

  • Hehehe…….it still isn’t the whole painting……gotcha ya….just another section….but definitely wouldn’t mind painting a larger version. I did paint quite a large one similar to this some years ago, it was the first painting I ever sold. Instead of mountains I had dead trees with the reflections in water and a very similar sky to this one.

    – Kathie Nichols

  • acs565
    acs565over 5 years ago

    Wonderful Kathie

  • Ruth Vilmi
    Ruth Vilmiover 5 years ago

    Wonderful wet-on-wet effects:-) I’ve never seen this evaporating precipitation phenomenon, so thanks for describing it.

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 5 years ago

    Never having seen a Viagra pill Kathie I will have to take your word that this is what it looks like.
    However, this looks more like a landscape to me. The Blue ridge mountains possibly & its gorgeous!! xx

  • Hehehe….funny guy….silly…..Virga not Viagra…..ROFL!!! :D Thanks so much Robin!!!!

    – Kathie Nichols

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 5 years ago

    Doh!!!! :0) xx

  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanover 5 years ago

    way to go Kathie very superb abstract lve the texture of the paper.the pitting is a favourite look I love,

  • brirose55
    brirose55over 5 years ago


  • calves
    calvesover 5 years ago

    Just wonderful Kathie!!!

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