Limited edition signed prints, open edition poster, phone cases & 10 Artist Proofs released.
This was a fun one to work on. I am fascinated – like many of you too, I’d guess, with Octopi. That eight armed, three hearted graceful creature has such intelligence, and personality, it’s truly one of the most mysterious creatures of the undersea world.
(By the way, did you see the “My Octopus Teacher” documentary? So amazing!)
I started this oil painting months ago, back in the winter. It was commissioned by one of my fraternity brothers actually, which made it even more special to work on.
The Creative Process
I studied the anatomy, movements and personality of the Octopus before putting a brushstroke down. I like to really know my subject matter, it’s often part of my process.
It was a difficult piece to make it to the finish line on, but I must say, I’m really happy with how it came out, and so is my collector Carl.
The original piece has really thick, textured impasto brushwork and I love the vivid, contrasting complimentary hues of oranges and blues.
I hope that you can feel the passion and attention that I put into this piece.
Of the prints I release are 10 Signed Artist Proofs that are embellished by me.
Weird facts about the Octopus
- They have three hearts.
- If a tentacle is amputated, the octopus is able to regenerate the limb.
- The Octopus is color-blind. (Bummer that they wouldn’t appreciate the colors in my painting)
- Every tentacle also has about 40 million chemical receptors. Each individually is considered a sensory organ.
- There are over 250 species of octopus.
- Mating may take several hours (Lucky bastards)
- All Octopuses have venom.
- Octopuses have decentralized brains, and the majority of its neurons live in their eight arms.
- Octopi can change color in an instant. Much faster than I mix my oil paints.