Sometimes when I get together with other painters we’ll talk about the craziest thing someone said to us, or a weird thing that happened while we were working on location. Well, I definitely had my strangest painting experience while painting in Laguna Beach a few weeks ago.
I went out painting with my friend, Jacobus Bass, and we found a spot on some rocks at the edge of the water. I chose to stand on a flat rock just inches above the waterline. Occasionally a wave would splash my legs and feet, but it didn’t seem like anything to worry about. At least until I felt something on my foot. I looked down to see an octopus crawling onto my foot. The octopus was about a foot and a half long, and was apparently very curious about the human foot. Of course it scared the hell out of me, so I jumped away from it and ran to the other side of my easel. After a minute or so it slid back down into the ocean, never to be seen again.
Thankfully Jacobus was there to witness this insanity and my freak out. I settled down and got back to work on the painting, but every splash of a wave behind me shot my adrenaline back through the roof. My jumpiness was a great source of amusement for Jacobus. The only explanation I heard was from Ray Roberts, who told me it was Octopus mating season. Maybe it had a foot fetish?
Posted on Monday November 3, 2014 | 7 Comments