Octopus News / by Chris V

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The Art Jewelry Scrunchie Collection.  Each piece handmade by Chris at Octopus Connection.

Octopus Connect Art Jewelry

I am getting ready to launch my line of art jewelry on OctopusConnection.com. It was previously marketed as cdesign jewelry on cdesignjewelry.com, but I felt I was neglecting my other loves, like fine art, digital art, fashion design, sculpting, and the list goes on. I am rebranding the jewelry so it works on my new website, streamlining it and taking new product photography shots to prepare for the launch this summer. The new name is now Art Jewelry by Octopus Connection. You'll be the  first to know when it is live! 

 
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Photo of one of my abstract digital paintings done in the Art Set app. 

Summer Art Exhibitions

Summer is fast approaching. If you're planning a trip or a staycation, you might be looking for some fun things to do. Well, it seems there are no shortage of art exhibitions.  If you have kids or... don't, what a great way to spend a few hours getting out of your zone and into the world seen through the eyes of others. Whatever your situation, this is fantastic news for art lovers who just can't get enough culture. You might even find some cool interactive art that is getting more and more popular. Just keep your eyes peeled (today's meaning: conduct some google searches) and you're sure to find something interesting and beautiful to view wherever you are.  Here are a few links to get you started.  Like the Nationwide Guide to Art Exhibitions listing exhibits going on in major cities across the US.  This is an article featuring Art in 2017: major events and museum openings, going on now through the end of the year, around the globe. San Francisco's Asian Art Museum Exhibit Schedule is chock full of cool happenings as well as Art Radar, posting events all over Asia all the way into next year.  If you get to view some great exhibits, feel free to shoot me an email.  I would love to hear about your adventures!

 
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New Art Class

Yay!!!  My newest art class, Painting Easy Flowers, is now published. It's a 20 minute course inspired by the beautiful spring flowers I see blooming everywhere I go lately.   The class takes you through three different ways to paint flowers quickly and easily. That way, if one technique isn't your thing, you have two more to try out.  I have included resource files of the photos I used in all three projects, plus several more photos that would work well with any given techniques shown in the class to help you with subject matter.  If you find another subject matter you prefer, by all means, use it!  This is all about you being inspired after all.  Of course, this class is free to you as my readers! Here's the link if you would like to check it out. 

 
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Contest Extended!

A quick reminder that the Contest for the Line Drawing- The Power of Suggestion, has been extended to June 15. If you are not yet enrolled in this class, here is a free link for you to join and have the chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card. There are only a half a dozen people entered currently so your chances of winner are good!  All you have to do is submit a line drawing project using the minimalist techniques I teach in the class. Once you do that, you are automatically entered. If you have any questions on the project please reach out to me in the Community section of the class. There's no such thing as a dumb question! I am here to help. Here's a free link to join, and wishing you happy sketching!