Meeting An Octopus

Day 28 - Visiting The Aquarium - Octopus Watercolor - #doodlewashApril2018 Doodlewash

We didn’t have one of those large aquariums, our prompt today, in my city when I was a kid, so it was only when we traveled that I got to visit one. Though I loved seeing all the little fish, and certainly the seahorses, seeing an octopus was the highlight of the trip. I still remember the first time I ever met one, or at least got to see one behind glass. I was entranced. All those crazy legs and that odd little head and face were equal parts cute and weird. I, of course, immediately wanted an octopus of my very own. The giant kind as they were the coolest. But, since I didn’t have a swimming pool in the backyard like some of the rich kids, I couldn’t think where I’d keep one. In my little mind, this was literally the only barrier stopping me from actually having one, though, of course, there were infinite reasons why it wouldn’t be possible. So, I never ended up getting my octopus, but I still remember my imagined friend fondly.

I had so many dreams like this when I was a kid. I would decide I wanted something or other that was a pure impossibility much of the time. But I had so much fun imagining various scenarios and seeing it all happen in my imagination that I wasn’t upset that those dreams didn’t always come true. I dreamed big and in full color and for those moments spent imagining, the wildest things were not just possible, but felt as though they had already happened. As an adult, I still dream big, but find I can sometimes talk myself out of them too quickly. I’ve learned a lot in life, but my ability to immediately rationalize something can be a skill that stops short the joy of dreaming. Sometimes, it’s best to let you mind go wherever it wants and simply enjoy the ride. Sure, the destination might be truly impossible in real life, but spending more time on that dream journey is always more rewarding than telling myself to give up and move on.

I find that the more time I spend imagining impossible scenarios, the more interesting solutions I can come up with for the possible ones. Some little thing I never would have thought about comes to mind and provides an even cooler idea that just might work! Daydreaming is something that I’ve always done and sometimes, yes, it can be a bit of a distraction when I’m meant to focus. Even in work meetings, or especially then, I struggle to keep my mind on the topic at hand. But thankfully, I’ve always held a creative job so this actually helps me do it properly. Ideas would be terribly boring if they only consisted of the presented facts and didn’t include something novel and unexpected. So, when I find myself in a boring meeting I’ll still try my hardest to engage and be polite, but in my mind, it’s also possible I’m actually just thinking about meeting an octopus.

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30 Comments
  1. Pamela Smith 3 weeks ago

    Lovely sparkling looking octopus…

  2. June Hadaway 3 weeks ago

    I have to say, this octopus looks much cuter than the ones I’ve seen at the aquarium. They certainly are strange creatures. I always imagined being tangled up in one and suctioned all over my body when I went in the ocean. Thank you for making
    him so colorful and cute.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks, June! 😃💕 Yeah, I think my imagination made them a bit cuter than they really are… hehe… as an adult, I would have the same fear!

  3. Mary Roff 3 weeks ago

    That is one amazingly beautiful, technicolor octopus. Love it!!

  4. Lisa 3 weeks ago

    I adore your octopus! He is beautiful! Now I want one too. Makes the goldfish and tadpoles in my little pond look absolutely pedestrian.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Aww thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 Goldfish and tadpoles are awesome too! You’d need a big pond for the octopus. hehe

  5. Jacob 3 weeks ago

    Wow – he’s certainly an impressive creature, but I’m not sure the seal would take too kindly to such a companion!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks, Jacob! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, probably not. But another seal is coming… it’s in the list of prompts for next month! Yay!

      • Jacob 3 weeks ago

        Yay, great news! There’ll be seals popping up all over the place! You should totally put zonkey in as a prompt sometime; more need to be introduced to those adorable creatures! 😉

        • Author
          Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

          haha! I should! Google would definitely get an extra boost the second a Zonkey prompt appeared! 😉

  6. Sandra Strait 3 weeks ago

    I can imagine your beautiful octopus riding on your unicorn as you all wandered off on incredible adventures. Who knows – I might even have joined you.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕I know you would have you joined us if we knew each other back then! hehe

  7. Karen Howard 3 weeks ago

    That’s a way pretty octopus. Fascinating creatures

  8. SnehLata Maheshwari 3 weeks ago

    Megnificent octopus.
    Charlie.

  9. Your future pet looks gorgeous…keep those dreams alive! I used to dream like you too as a child, imagining how things would be…but they would often involve boys! 🤣 Now all my daydreams are about painting.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 hehe… yeah I tend to mostly daydream about painting these days too!

  10. Sharon Nolfi 3 weeks ago

    Wonderful colors in your octopus! I think daydreaming is essential to creativity, besides being a lot of fun!

  11. Rachel Herold 3 weeks ago

    Wow! That’s an awesome octopus! I love the interplay of colors on the tentacles, among other things. 😊

  12. Jennifer McLean 3 weeks ago

    Damn, Charlie! I LOVE the colors you’ve used to express the dynamic-ness of this animal! Holy COW. so fantastic! That’s what I want to learn to do!!!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      You’re so sweet!! You just made me blush all over!! 😊I’m so thrilled you liked him, Jennifer! Thanks! 😃💕 It was really fun to make! Trying to play with color more and make stuff up!

  13. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 3 weeks ago

    Such a great painting of these ghost-like creatures, floating through the ocean and popping up at unexpected places. I don’t know if they’re really this colorful but I love your rendition.
    We did have a swimming pool at several of our homes and often the ocean nearby as well, but octopi don’t swim in pools and they hide in the ocean – so no advantage to the pool for your Jules Verne dreams. As for all those meetings – dream of getting out of there!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕That’s awesome you had a pool though! I would have been convinced my octopus could have been at home there. hehe I’ll never stop dreaming!

  14. smzang 3 weeks ago

    If you ever quit dreaming, we would all be the poorer for it.

    My two new favorites are the unicorn and the octopus.
    I love every one I’ve seen!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Aww thanks, Sarah! 😃💕 I really appreciate hearing that as those two were a little departure from my normal fare and a chance to just play with color. So happy you liked them!

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