Octopus Watercolour

in art •  last year

Greetings Steemit - I have another watercolour for you! I painted this little octopus a few months ago after taking Ana Victoria Calderón's Skillshare class on Watercolour Textures. She's a fantastic teacher and taught me all the basics of watercolouring, so I really recommend all her courses. Apologies for the bad photo quality, but I don't own a scanner yet so I'm having to use an iPhone "scanner" app to photograph my work at the moment. Hopefully I will be getting a scanner for Christmas - fingers crossed!

He was painted exclusively with Winsor & Newton watercolours, with a little salt added as he was drying to achieve that rough, barnacled effect. I think it works really well for sea/ocean themed paintings. I feel like he's not quite finished yet, but I'm at that stage where I'm worried about spoiling him and am too scared to continue! Any feedback or recommendations for finishing touches would be really appreciated.

I'd love to connect with the artist community on Steemit, so please comment below if you'd like to chat, or can point me towards any resources or good people/groups to follow.

Thanks for reading :)

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This is great! I don't think it looks unfinished at all- I like the use of white space and the fade in from blue. @juliakponsford is more educated on art than I am though and might have a different opinion.

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Thanks for your kind words! Although I didn't use any blue in this - where do you see it? :D


Must have been my computer! Now that I look at it on my phone I don't see it- sorry about that!


No worries! Thanks for commenting. It means a lot :)


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I love it! I agree, using salts for texture is great for ocean-y themed paintings. I ALSO shared a watercolour octopus. It's interesting to compare yours and mine. Yours is dreamy, floaty, and thoughtful and way prettier than mine. Mine is aggressive and graphic. Nice to meet another watercolour artist on Steemit! Following!