So a few years ago I started trying to paint an underwater scene, some of you might remember this…
We are just gonna do the TL;DR version here. Don’t like it, wasn’t for me, needs to be finished/changed.
Being that Octopuses are one of my favorite animals, and that I wanted to play a lot with color and form I decided on a blue ring octopus as a subject. In case you aren’t familiar with these guys, here are a few pics!
Here is my process on teaching this old canvass new tricks…
Here I have used sharpie to mark out where I want to octopus to be, and with that done I have laid in a lot of the background coloring.
Next I paint out the area that will be the octopus with white. Paintings is about layering, and as the background is dark already, I don’t want to layer a light color like yellow, as my final painting will end up darker. Here I am making sure that I get a nice solid, light yellow color.
Not quite done yet, but here is where I am as of this morning! More to come soon!
- An Octopus with an Itch (keithparker.net)
- Gorilla Painting: The Making of… In pictures and video (katyjadedobson.wordpress.com)
- Teaching with Tentacles (streetsofsalem.com)