Thursday, May 24, 2007

Wide Screen Wallpaper - Fractals

With wide screens becoming more common, I thought it might be a good time to share some specially created *fractal* wide screen wallpaper. The fractals below have been post processed in Paint Shop Pro. Enjoy.

Hot Wheels

Hot Wheels

Gold Fyre

Gold Fyre

Subtle Swirl

Subtle Swirl

and finally (made from scratch)

Spheres of Influence

Spheres of Influence

Full sized versions of the above graphics are available by clicking on the desired graphic and selected the large version from the size listed at the top of the flickr page.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Like That

Just like that, eh? No, you do it... like that. Like that wuz hep, man. Reminds me of my old french teacher, used to say "dig it" long after the phrase had gone out of use. Also pointed out that Petula Clark's song Downtown would be En Ville. We can forget all our troubles, forget all our cares, and go en ville. Francaiz was not my best subject.

Glenn Gould liked Petula Clark's music very much. Thought she was better than the Beatles. And he was right!, yeah yeah yeah. Don't sleep in the subway darlin'. Gould didn't care much for Chopin. Joe Pass didn't go much on Hendrix. No accounting for taste. As with art and fractal art, one just has to "feel like it". Like what? Like that.

Happy Queen Victoria Day! :-) Are we amused? We are NOT amused. ;-)

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Primary Colours / Coffee

The blender adventures continue. Below are two of my recent works.

Primary Colours*

If you look closely, you'll see that there is a fractal pattern on those vases. Its subtle, but its there!

Vases - Primary Colours

*Technically, red, yellow and blue are not primary colours in a digital context. The "misnaming" of this piece led to some interesting discussion over at the Frac Fan forum.

Coffee Mug

Fractal Coffee Mug

Both of the above graphics are available in large size and can be used as desktop wallpaper. Just click on the images and then choose the "large" size option at the top of the flickr page.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Fractal Gallery

I've always dreamed of seeing my fractals in an art gallery. Finally managed to do something about it. Sure the gallery is virtual and the audience is basically made of metal, but its a start.

Gallery Guy

The really large version can bee seen at the preceding link.

The actual graphic was produced using blender (its powerful, open source and totally free). Fractals on the walls were originally made in Apophysis.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Electric Cabbage

I have wanted nothing else
but to release the machine
from its stall

I have told it
you are better than the others
faster than the others,
they paint with sticks
and they talk like fools

Sure, a lot of it's junk
but there's a thousand sides
to a sheet of digital paper
and the machine is never discouraged

Batting one in a million
to an empty stadium
the machine is still a star

Tim Hodkinson

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Sunday, May 06, 2007

Go Ask Alice

Ya know, a lot of fractals out there seem to have a flimsiness to them. They'll be wispy, washed out, and insubstantial. "It seems very pretty," she said, "but it's RATHER hard to understand!" (You see she didn't like to confess, even to herself, that she couldn't make it out at all.) "Somehow it seems to fill my head with ideas -- only I don't exactly know what they are!" - Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll

In the Beginning

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Saturday, May 05, 2007

To Frame or Not to Frame ...

It seems that the more talented the artist, the smaller the frame. Seriously. It seems that many of us go through a phase where we think "if we frame it, its art" followed by some truly amazing (and often ugly) frames. Then, as we get better at the art part, the frames diminish until we dispense with them altogether.

My three main problems with framing fractals are as follows:

  • The frame can detract from the fractal

  • Fractals made into "prints" are often framed after they are printed, so and "electronic" frame would need to be cropped anyway

  • Framed stuff is useless as desktop wallpaper

Of course, there will always be the exception that proves the rule :)

Bad Frame (it makes me cringe, even now)

Patchwork Gallaxy

"Medium Frame" (aka how to destroy good artwork)

Porus Sunset

Very Small Frame

Muted Magic

Prepared to admit this is one of mine
Floral Fantasy

The Exception (hopefully)

Irish Gold