This piece was an idea I had last year and had written down in a journal to paint one day. I wanted skeletons holding the frame of an umbrella in the rain that is broken down to it's molecule.
"Element" Watercolor, ink and acrylic on archival paper,
The hydrogen atoms in a water molecule are about 108 degrees apart, which is just about the right angle to build tetrahedral structures. The positively charged portion of one water molecule is attracted to the negatively charged portion of a neighbor. This attraction, termed hydrogen bonding, gives water many of its unique properties.