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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Sentient Swimmer

"Sentient Swimmer," 5 1/2" x 8 1.2"
"I'll never eat octopus again."
Like them, I'm always learning.
That's what I said after reading a book a couple of years ago suggested by a favorite former student, now Dr. Lauren Vargas, PhD. in museum studies from the University of Leicester.
I had just had my first taste of one shortly before, at an exquisite meal prepared by great chefs. Delicious.
But then I read the book.
So when I saw today's WorldWatercolorMonth daily challenge prompt, "Sea creatures," and still committed to attempting some form of abstract painting, the choice was obvious.
I think all octopus forms are abstract, with their constant amazing movements, sizes, shapes and ability to change colors. While my mixture of colors may be poor compared to their creativity, today's painting, 140 lb. d'Arches cold press paper, is a tribute to their existence and intelligence--and to Dr. Vargas for her constant inspiration of ideas. 
Here is the book she recommended: Soul of Octopus, and one more. Read them. You'll never eat octopus again, unless you like essentially cannibalizing a fellow intelligent being, with a much shorter life than ours.

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