Unknotting the Nots by Patrice Federspiel

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Original watercolor in cherry wood frame

31" h x 39" w

"This octopus (he`e in Hawaiian) lives at the Waikiki Aquarium. Wikipedia tells us that an octopus is a cephalopod mollusk with two eyes and four pair of arms. It has a hard beak, and its mouth at the center point of its arms. It has no external or internal skeleton and is one of the most flexible & intelligent of invertebrates. This particular octopus changed colors & patterns amazingly fast and moved with amazing speed.

Octopuses live for six months to five years, depending upon the species.
Reproduction is a contributing cause of death. Males live for only a few months after mating, and females die shortly after their eggs hatch, due to starvation. They take more care of their eggs than they do themselves. 

Octopuses are highly intelligent. Maze and problem-solving experiments have shown evidence of a memory system that can store both short- and long-term memory. I’ve been told that the octopus at the aquarium is fed by placing its food into containers that the octopus must open. This provides stimulation, keeping these intelligent creatures healthy longer.

Unknot the Nots in your life; Puzzle out the Plusses instead. Look for the
positive and for the joys surrounding us all. " - Patrice Federspiel

Unknotting the Nots by Patrice Federspiel