Meet my partner in crime… Kraken the octopus…
I knitted him last December, to feature in my son’s pirate adventures… and he landed on my table a while back somehow and… stayed!
This morning, I got up, had a stretch and sat at the table to paint.
It came to me straight away: I wanted to paint an octopus. And of course, all octopuses are like Kraken – purple!
Then I started to imagine that this octopus was actually an undercover submarine, hence the human eyes… which are actually human spy eyes!
I have always loved the sea and I have been trying to paint it for a very long time – ever since I first started playing with watercolours – ahem, a little while back.
I still have sketchbooks from around 2004 full of blue pages – which were various attempts at painting the ocean.
So whenever I mindlessly – or mindfully – pick up my paint box and brushes, I always start by spreading a lot of blue on the page, and add water. A lot of water.
I just love painting the sea – or at least trying. Every attempt brings me closer, slowly but – hopefully – surely :) well, hopefully!
I like the picture below because it shows three things I love to play with the most: wool, colours and water!
And since I have finished the fair isle mandala hat yesterday… now what?
Well… now I want to knit that one:
Poseidon Tam, by Outi Kater – Photo by Outi Kater.
Even though blue doesn’t really suit me that well (I have green eyes, so I can wear purple but blue doesn’t really work on me… ) I have always loved exploring and playing with it. I just can’t help it, I need to knit this hat! It’s visceral. Just like I need to paint the sea every day, splatting blue pain and water all over my sketchbooks.
Have a lovely day/night!