Pacific Octopus


It’s been a while since tentacles have made an appearance, plus it’s been far too cute on here recently so I decided to paint a pacific octopus. Using watercolour, ink and white pen I found a lovely giant Pacific octopus by photographer Lyrinda Snyderman.

One of the many continuous-line drawings I do before I start a painting.

I know this is a bit late in the day, but I actually tried out the advice that water colourists all over the internet had been screaming this whole time — wet your paper before you paint! I was sceptic that this would make any difference but through a few experiments, wetting your paper and allowing it to dry before applying paint meant no paper buckling, which is fantastic, no more weird looking bent up paintings, hoorah!