In this painting by Sanja Milenkovic, a multitude of swimmers frolic in an outdoor public pool. In the distance, sun bathers and picnickers lay about on the green lawn or under the shade of tall trees. The scene is pleasant, but distant; the observer is removed from the immediacy of the water play below.
In Watching Swallows by German artist Owen Normand, a girl in a bright orange shirt pulled over a light blue dress, dangles her feet in the water of a swimming pool on a sunny day, apparently absorbed in watching the sun’s light reflected and refracted in the pool’s water, like little swallows dancing in the air. Her sandals lay beside her.
The painting is one of a series entitled Slivers and Inklings, which the painter describes as “based around the idea of searching the sense of mystery that we lose as we grow older and, sometimes more cynical.”