The paint on the ceiling in my studio had begun to peel. Irregular patches of plaster appeared. One day, I decided to paint Magritte-like clouds in the spaces they provided.

Then the storms came. Walking into my studio one morning, I was dismayed to find water everywhere. I looked up to find the source of the leaks. The water was coming from the clouds I had painted. As the rain increased, the clouds themselves darkened.

I called in my son to witness the event. Then we put buckets under the clouds.

Richard Olsen is an artist, writer, and art educator. He resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.