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Octopussy, Acrylic Painting: Process of the Artwork

I have recently completed this Acrylic Painting that I call “Octopussy”, which is my juxtaposition of creepy and cute. This creature, that explores a combination of cat and octopus parts with the added horn often seen in pop culture and all things cute, is partnered with shrimp that are depicted in a cute way.

I was interested in the ocean atmosphere, creating luminescence and rays of light so often seen when swimming in the ocean. Small bits of things- particles, float about which is often seen when you swim. The ocean is full of life, food, and nurture. It is the essence of all things, a purity that must be protected.

About Acrylic Painting

Acrylic painting is a type of painting that uses acrylic paint, a water-based medium that dries quickly and is versatile in terms of texture and application. Acrylics are known for their bright colors and ability to be applied to a variety of surfaces, including canvas, paper, wood, and even metal. Acrylic paint can be used to create a range of effects, from thin washes to thick impasto textures, making it a popular medium among artists working in a variety of styles.

About Pop Surrealism

Pop surrealism, also known as lowbrow art, is a contemporary art movement that emerged in the 1970s and 80s, influenced by the counterculture movements of the time. Pop surrealism combines elements of pop culture, such as comic books, cartoons, and advertising, with surrealistic and fantastical imagery. The movement is known for its bold, colorful style and often depicts strange, dreamlike worlds inhabited by bizarre creatures and characters.

Acrylic painting is a popular medium among pop surrealism artists, as it allows for the creation of vivid, saturated colors that are well-suited to the movement’s bold style. Many pop surrealism artists use acrylic paint to create richly textured surfaces, building up layers of paint to create depth and dimension in their works. Acrylics are also well-suited to the creation of graphic, stylized images, which are a hallmark of pop surrealism.

One of the key features of pop surrealism is its use of narrative imagery. Many pop surrealism artists create works that tell stories, often drawing on the archetypes and motifs found in myths, fairy tales, and folklore. Acrylic paint is well-suited to the creation of these narrative works, as it allows for the creation of richly detailed scenes and characters. Many pop surrealism artists also use acrylics to create works that are both whimsical and dark, creating a tension that adds to the surrealistic feel of the work.

Watch the Painting Process

Watch me make a Pop Surrealist Artwork, Octopussy Painting in this rad Timelapse Video. This Artist Vlog video takes months of work and shrinks it down to a short video for you to enjoy and watch as I problem-solve and re-work the composition till it meets the vision in my mind. Subscribe to this channel to support this artist for free.


Overall, acrylic painting and pop surrealism are two creative forms that have become intertwined in recent decades, with many pop surrealism artists using acrylics to bring their fantastical worlds to life. Acrylics allow for the creation of richly textured, colorful works that are well-suited to the bold, graphic style of pop surrealism, making them a popular medium among artists working in this genre.

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