Image of an encaustic painting by Janet Fox titled "Submersion," previously "Submerged."
Submersion | encaustic

An invitation to see below the surface

It’s summer time. The hot, sunny weather beckons us to the fountains, swimming pools and seaside beaches to submerge ourselves to keep cool. Sometimes while in the water, something submerged catches our curious eyes and beckons us under the surface to take a closer look and maybe to pick it up.

The view through open eyes while under the water is quite different than through the air. With the water’s substance and lower levels of light, things can look quite fuzzy and solid objects can seem to ripple. Distances can seem harder to estimate and it may take a few tries when reaching out to pick up something.

If you poke around my site, you’ll see that many of my paintings have themes near or in the water. There are many ideas and articles about the significance of water in dreams. Psychotherapist and author Jeffrey Sumber, M.A., M.T.S., L.C.P.C.’s blog is a good place to start.

What is it, there, under the surface, that is obscured from above and calling me to descend to explore? Can you see what is submerged in my painting above, captured and just beyond a clear view?

Submerged people and things

Image of an encaustic painting by Janet Fox titled "Submerged."
Submerged | encaustic
  • Some explorers, like Fabien Cousteau and the Mission 31 team, push the envelope with record-setting submersion.
  • Did you know? The Olympic torch not only traveled to the International Space Station, it was submerged-and stayed lit-in the world’s deepest lake in Russia ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.

What do you find when you look through and under the surface?

For information about purchasing this artwork, contact Janet Fox. This painting, previously known as “Submerged,” was refined in June 2016.

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