Saturday, September 3, 2016

Is it a mutant? Is it an alien? It's an octopus - or is it?


Have you ever thought how strange a creature the octopus is?  This week's fascination started when I asked the question, "What colour is an octopus when it's underwater?"  The answer is  "any colour it wants to be " - An octopus' coloration depends upon its surroundings. An octopus possesses the ability to alter its coloration depending on its immediate environment. This defensive technique protects the animal from predators and entices prey to come close to the animal. ((from https://www.reference.com/pets-animals/color-octopus-be94f74fcdc74ebe)   
. Why did I want to know the colour of an octopus? Because I wanted to draw octopus tentacles as mermaid hair for my art journal! Then, I began to think it might be considered a little too weird and even perverse to give a mermaid octopus hair.... Facebook friends assured me that this was not so, citing Medusa and her snake hair as a precedent, and even one friend said that she thought it was logical! 
Drawing with pastel pencils - Wilma Simmons 2016 
At least I didn't totally transform the human body...
by Austin Coppock 

by St Alpha (Deviant Art) 
Then I discovered  the octopus, in spite of its intriguing form, has been adapted by many artists and designers, and you may find an octopus where you least expect it to be.... 
 My sister offered with this owltopus pendant .... 


How about some amazing octopus adornments?
Octopus shoe - meriamber.tumblr.com
Octopus tentacle earrings sold by Dysfunctional Doll 

What about thinking of the octopus for your home decor ? 
from Pinterest - source unknown 
from etsy .com 
Octopus occasional table - homedition.com
From Pinterest- SPI Home 
Octopus raku teapot by Grafton - sold on ebay
 Octopus bottle holder  by Dot &Bo 
Octopus candleholder from gothic.org 
Octopus phone from Octopodal Flickr 

octopus vase by Outer Banks Treading Group 
Piccolo Pottery - etsy.com 
from Pinterest - source unknown 
What about your next birthday cake? 
This was probably the weirdest octopus design I discovered? 
What about this for your next musical recital? 
octopus violin from art- a-designrt.ru
One questions still remains.... octopi? or octopuses?