GNARLY OCTOPUS is painted on at 24″ x 36″ Fredrix Canvas, mixed media.
The painting is a play on the band Dirty Heads’ mascot, the octopus. In this painting, the octopus is eating Magical Butter off of a spoon. (Scroll down to see the video of me painting this.)
All of this stuff comes from my imagination, naturally. People think I take drugs, but I don’t. My natural state is wide open.
In real life, I see shapes, expressions and bright colors that most people don’t see. I put these things into my paintings.
Would love to send this octopus to a good home. You can buy it here.
Some of my paintings are created as illustrations for a particular use. It works like this – my illustration client will buy the rights to use the digital artwork and then I’ll keep the actual paintings to sell to my collectors later.
I create my illustrations old-school and paint them on canvas so that they will make for a collectible piece of art.
The actual painting doesn’t have lettering or anything on it that will take away from it as art – it’s designed so that it will make for art that will be hung.
It’s a great program, because I have been able to turn most of my illustrations into art that is collected by people around the world. Over time, many have become a little slice of history.
Usually, I’ll only take on art commissions that I know I’ll enjoy. If something comes along that I won’t like, I turn it down. You only do your best work if you’re having fun.
Today’s painting, the Gnarly Octopus, was one of three paintings that I created for Magical Butter. They wanted artwork for a 2016 summer concert tour for Sublime with Rome and the Dirty Heads.
I loved working with Magical Butter, because they are a company of fun people who are creative and open to new ideas. And, listening to the bands’ music kept me going through the process. It was a lot of fun.
If you want to talk to me or Maria before deciding to add Gnarly Octopus to your collection, call or text the studio at 949-678-8133.