Fantasy Art

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Steampunk Octopus part 7

So when the convention was over and all of my paintings were sold a gentleman approached me and asked if I could paint him one just like the last one I showed you.  I was not very keen to do that since I don't like repeating a painting nor do I want commissions at the moment, but there are some exceptions I'm willing to make.  Sometimes it's nice to stand back and look at a painting, decide what you wish you'd done different and then have another go at it.  I really do like this one a lot better.  For one thing the Steampunk aspect was a little less important to this guy, he just likes octopuses and being British he's very fond of tea so those were the requirements.    It's a small thing but I like that the teapot is lifted up and that the cup sits at an angle, it gives so much more motion and life to the story.  I also had a great time with the random swirls of color on his skin, that made the whole project for me.
I don't know what it says about this Fantasy Artist that I enjoyed painting the teapot possibly more than all the rest of it.

"A Spot of Tea"
24" X 24"
Oil paint on a recycled cabinet door.

Here are some close-ups of the random colors.  What I'd done is painted the purple and blue nicely blended a few days before so it was completely dry.  Then I laid it flat on a table and in certain spots around the painting ( such as along the length of a tentacle) I made a little puddle of paint thinner and linseed oil.  Then I got some teal and white onto a brush and just kind of let it fall into the puddle.  I did nothing to control where it went or what shape it took just stood back and let it ooze and flow.  Left it lying flat until it was dry.
 Wonderful weird unpredictable stuff, I absolutely love it and will do it a lot more in the future.

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