Saturday, December 03, 2011

Painting Canvas

This week I had a need to paint so I pulled out a big piece of canvas, threw a layer of gesso on it and  drew a big octopus. Indigo's always telling me I should paint on canvas more.

I painted the octopus body with acrylic inks.

and painted the water and seaweed with regular acrylic paints. The water is actually more of a teal blue but the camera seems to have a hard time getting that color.

I love the golden orange and teal blue colors together, opposites on the color wheel, they really make the image pop.

I knew it needed more patterning of some kind, so Indigo suggested I make it a blue ring octopus. Which seemed perfect, because I needed some more dark values to balance the dark the eyes.

Now I need to get back to less fun and creative work, filling out class proposals, contracts, etc., but as things move along I'll post more photos.


  1. I. LOVE. IT.
    LOOOOVE IT!!!!!

  2. Gorgeous! I'm also painting on canvas more lately; I'm not sure why, but I like it!

  3. Love it! Indigo is so insightful.

  4. That orange and blue really sing! And a blue ring octopus. Who knew?

  5. I love how those colors vibrate against each other.
    I'm with Indy: you should totally be painting on canvas.
    I adore this!

  6. Who knew that there is a blue ring octopus - pretty cool. Great call, Indigo.

  7. Your octopus is so beautiful...she must have a name like Isabella or Matilda don't you think?:0)! Blessings, Mary Helen

  8. That is the neatest darn octopus I've ever seen. I just totally love, love it!

  9. Loooove the colors! Can't wait to see what comes next. Greetings!

  10. How frickin fabulous is THIS!!! I just can't stop looking at it! The orange & blue are just awesome!

    You da boss!

  11. Hi Judy,
    I love the colors on this.

  12. There's something wonderful about all those curly tentacles, the vibrant colors and the rings. Can't wait to see how this piece progresses. exerdt

  13. We have a blue ringed octopus in Australia! Hope all goes well with the packing, selling & moving. Thinking of you & sending positive thoughts.


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