Crowdsource an Octopus Painting

Recently, I've been painting sea creatures. Two of these paintings have been in art shows and sold (the lionfish and sea turtle). However, the most recent one  of an octopus is not working out. The colors are too garish and the octopus a bit cartoonish:

Colorful octopus art
Not So Great Octopus Art © 2012 Sylvia Liu

So I would like your help. What direction should I take this piece? Here are the options:

A. Octopus Magritte Art: My daughter would like me to paint a bowler hat on it and apple in front of its face, a la Magritte (pardon the sloppy Photoshopping; this is just to give an idea of what it might look like. I would paint over the existing octopus):

Parody of Magritte's Son of Man with Octopus
The Son of Octopus © 2012 Sylvia Liu
B. Octopus on Old Out of Copyright Material: I've always enjoyed illustrations painted on old maps or book pages. So I was thinking a collage of sorts like this (this page scanned from a series of illustrated children's books dated 1912 that I bought at the recent used book sale I worked on):

Octopus illustration on old text
 Sepia Sinbad Octopus © 2012 Sylvia Liu
C. Octopus Warhol Style: Or I could go with a pop art sensibility:
Octopus art - Warhol Style
Warhol Octopus ©2012 Sylvia Liu
Warhol style octopus art
Warhol Octopus II © 2012 Sylvia Liu
Let me know which one you prefer...

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  1. These are very fun, Sylvia! Hard to pick one. I've narrowed it down to Warhol & the collage. Great ideas.

  2. I like the Warhol example, but then, you didn't offer a steampunk option. Octopi are very big in steampunk and neo-Victorian.

    1. Oooh. I hadn't thought of steampunk. That's a great idea. Maybe I'll just exhaust all artistic possibilities with this poor octopus.

  3. I absolutely LOVE the book idea! I'm sure it will be hard to choose but good luck anyway!

    Donna L Martin

  4. Warhol II gets my vote! But I like the steampunk idea.

  5. I love B- octo on the vintage book

  6. I like the one with the book :)

  7. Have you considered changing your perspective? Perhaps from the opposite angle? (What we might think of as the top down- as if looking down from the upper left corner)

  8. Garish? Oh my gosh, how can you say so? These are terrific colors. They may not appeal to EVERYONE but the world would be dull if everything did. So, my vote is for the original, but I will also throw my hat into the Steampunk ring, and suggest perhaps a monocle. :)

  9. I'm with Cindy--I LOVE the original! The bright complementary colors make me happy, and I love the dramatic perspective. Although, I think the apple and bowler hat are hilarious ;)

  10. Gotta be the warhol! Awesome colours


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