“Blanket” Octopus Watercolor

Hello Friends,

Here is a quick sketch I did the other night with my watercolor pencils.  I was watching a nature show about sea creatures a couple of weeks ago, and I had never seen this type of octopus before!  I sketched it in graphite pencil first, but made a note that it was a vivid red color!  (My watercolor pencils don’t do it justice, and I will probably paint it again bigger and closer to the real color at some point.)

This type of octopus is called a Blanket octopus.  This is a female.  They can grow as long as 6 feet!  They drift in the open ocean at all times.  When she feels threatened by predators, she can unveil her “Gossamer shroud” to make herself look bigger.  She can also detach part of her cloak to confuse her predators as well as release ink!  I thought it was interesting.

And if you want to see the first octopus I did, it’s called Octopus on the Loose!

I painted this on a Canson 5×7 watercolor sketch pad I picked up the other day.  I haven’t used my watercolor pencils in a while, and this is not exactly how red it appears in the show, but I am going to watch it again, and hopefully be able to match the red better with my paints from the tube.  Also, I am going to try and paint her with her shroud spread out a lot more like it showed on the nature show.  And who knows?  Maybe I will get some octopus cards made, too, someday!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂



About whitefeatherfloating

When I began this blog I was simply going to share my writing. However, after being part of the blogging world for quite some time now, I decided to begin sharing my artwork. Patsy's Creative Corner will always have my artwork. Thanks for visiting! :)

Posted on July 12, 2017, in Art Talk and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. I love learning about sea creatures and animals too! Your octopus looks fantastic, Patsy! Love that it is red! ❤

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  3. Six feet? Wow! I love this, Patsy. The colors are so beautiful. xo

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  4. Oh I love this! I think cards are a great idea! Such happy colors! 🙂

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    • Thanks, MichelleMarie! It will take money and time, but I made contact with the person I had other paintings made into cards a few years ago yesterday, and fortunately, she went up very little on the price! I still need to figure out how to make them available online in an easy and least time-consuming way! LOL! 🙂 And yes, I love happy colors!


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