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natural inspiration

Whenever I am tempted to say I am “inspired by nature”, I find I must bite my tongue.   The natural world leaves me in complete awe.   I feel so inadequate when I comtemplate the wonders around me.  The simplest things are so much more complex than we even begin to comprehend!

In case you aren’t following me, let me give you an example.

I am fascinated by the octopus.   Most folks think they are spooky, scary, slimey murderous monsters menacing divers and dangerous denizens of the deep thanks to horror movies depicting overgrown undersea monsters.

I think they are shy fellas with vulnerable soft bodies who have very little defense against natural predators.   That little ink jet they shoot out seems not much of a defense at all. You can clearly see, from this piece I created, that I have a soft spot for these simple creatures.

Sleeps With the Fishes

almost seems huggable, doesn’t he?

The late great Beatles also seemed to have a whimsical attitude about octopi when they wrote their song Octopus’s Garden, a light hearted ditty about an imaginary undersea garden.   The song was resonating in my mind when I created this Artfire Collection.   Imagination went wandering as I wondered what treasures would be found in such a garden.

Other pieces I liked that I thought might be found in an Octopus’s Garden:
This whimsical starfish ring from Sage’s Cupboard Artfire Studio

Epicetera’s magical bamboo coral necklace with a mythical mermaid pendant:   total undersea fantasy.

Spiral Studios fantasy flower hair tie of freshwater pearls

Personal Oasis’s beautiful sea green rhyolite necklace with pearls.

ahhh, the calming ocean.

All of these artists have let their imagination help them recreate the colors or feelings evoked by the natural sea world.

Back to my octopus friend.

After I made that funny little piece, “Sleeps With the Fishes”, someone sent me this video about a diver who has studied Cephalopods:  octopus, squid and cuttlefish.

I was so enthralled by the magic of this creature!   I had NO IDEA what a creative little guy he actually is!   Please watch and learn as I did, the wonder of the lowly octopus.   I promise, you will gain a new respect for this creature.  I have watched the video 20 times and never ceased to be amazed!  My grandkids keep asking to see it over and over.   It is beyond anything I could ever imagine!

Octopus Video

See what I mean about the reality of nature leaving me overwhelmed and feeling inadequate?   How can I EVER hope to create a piece that conveys the magic of an octopus’s camoflage?   I don’t know, but my imagination is working overtime.   I hope it will inspire others.   LOL……Now, I have given you a challenge, yes?


September 7, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Octopi are very smart creatures. When I was teaching, I’d take my classes to the beach on a field trip. The park rangers would skin dive out and bring in jars that they had planted, which the octopi used to hide in. They’d empty them into a bucket and then teach the kids about the octopi. Then they’d skin dive back out and put the octopi and jars back in the water. I learned so much and came to appreciate these unusual creatures.


    Comment by Linda Landig | September 7, 2011 | Reply

  2. Wow, what a wonderful opportunity for those kids! And for you also!


    Comment by stregajewellry | September 7, 2011 | Reply

  3. What a wonderful theme! Ocean designs are definitely a favorite, especially when they include creatures! Thank you so much for featuring some of my designs with your picks.


    Comment by Mortira | September 19, 2011 | Reply

    • Mortira, I could not resist including you. Your designs are so fanciful and I love them!


      Comment by stregajewellry | September 19, 2011 | Reply

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