Colours of the Octopi (Original)
Medium: Original Watercolour
Size: Image 10.75" x 4.75" in 16" x 10" black matt
Artist's Notes: The octopus is one of my favorite animals. They are incredibly smart and we are learning more and more about their intelligence all the time. Their ability to change colour from red, to yellow, to brown or to black is fascinating. They are able to do this because of specialized cells called chromatophores. Each cell is filled with colour pigments that allow them to change colour.
The colour change is generally used to camouflage from predators. It is said that if the colour is pale or white, the octopus feels fear and is going to retreat and not stand it's ground; red if it's angry; blue if it's excited. Sometimes the octopus can look completely white. They can change colour in an instant and can also be several colours at the same time.