Most folks pick up the pace or seek cover when the skies open up and it starts to pour, but that’s precisely when Gustavo Sousa takes to the streets to collect some creative inspiration.

The Brazil-born, NY-based art director uses h20 sent straight from the heavens for his Rain Paintings, a series of small watercolor clouds identified by the date and location they were made. “It’s a nice way of documenting something that was happening in the world—or that part of the world—at a particular moment,” he tells Gizmodo. Each of the minimal works measure about an inch-and-a-half, and require only a few drops—collected in an empty cup—to complete.


The resulting set offers a sweetly poetic ode to the natural surrounds that often get ignored when you’re city livin’. “We have these massive water sculptures floating above us every day and we take little notice of them,” he says. “They’re such beautiful, natural creatures; like fingerprints no cloud is like the next.”

Browse through Sousa’s Instagram feed for more of his art which he posts as part of Kilo キロ, a global collective of photographers, musicians, film makers, artists and designers he founded over a decade ago. [Gustavo Sousa]