Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Toned-Up Tuesday

The Monochrome Festival continues with another colourless post. According to artists, black, white and grey are not colours, they are tones. I remember this being rammed home in an art class where I was supporting Deaf students. It cam as a surprise to me as I had always thought they were colours. Turns out in art, they are not.

Monochrome Five Star - Created with Apophysis

Winter has certainly arrived here in Auckland. It is raining, cold and miserable at the moment. Perfect weather for curling up somewhere with a good book to read. Only downside to this kind of weather is that getting out of bed at 0600 is not, repeat not fun.

My dad keeps asking "Why are we doing this", to which the response is "We get paid!". Its quite crazy when you think about it.

Monday, May 30, 2005

Monochrome Monday

Inspired by various fractal artists who have used only black, white and grey in their creations, this week has been declared Monochrome Festival Week.

Monochrome Cross - Made with Apophysis

Above is the first official entry. Given how wintry and cold it has become over here, the lack of colour is oddly appropriate.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Ice Flower

The Ice Flower below is in honour of the fact that I am officially cold!

Ice Flower - Made with Apophysis

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Starry starry night

I am not the only one posting star shaped fractals tonight. Stacey over at fractal rock has posted her own dazzling creation.

Subdued Star - Made with Apophysis

My creation is mirroring the way I currently feel. Star shaped but a bit "faded" and subdued.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Pink - As Promised

Even though I loathe pink, here is a pink fractal as promised in yesterday's post.

Pink Flake - Made with Apophysis

Above for your viewing pleasure (or should that be pain), I present "Pink Flake". I know that true snow flakes are actually six sided, but then true snow flakes are not pink either.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Blue Chrystal

The Apophysis creativity continues. There really is not much more to say.

Blue Chrystal - Made with Apophysis

Tomorrow's fractal will involve pink and lots of it. So, keep watching this space.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Note to Self

I spent most of today trying to get two pages of my latest web design project to look good in IE5. The problem was that I had to use nested tables.

Note to self:

  • Do NOT create another site that requires nested tables. They are just not worth the pain.
  • Should you design a site requiring nested tables, remember that IE5 does not like the <p> tag, the <h2> or the tags used to make bulleted lists. You have to use <br /> and <b> tags instead.

Flower Magic - Made with Apophysis

After battling with IE5 and my nested tables, creating the "Magic Flower" above was easy.

Everything really is relative.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Silver Lattice

Luck had nothing to do with this one!

Silver Lattice, Made with Apophysis

If at first you don't succeed, tweak, tweak and tweak some more.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Desert Dreaming

Not sure if I even like the image below. It is more "interesting" than "beautiful". It is called "Desert Dreaming" because of the earth tones.

Desert Dreaming - Made with Apophysis

Never mind. At least it is Friday afternoon in my part of the world which means I actually managed to make it through a week that has been hellishly long.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Zombified

Am totally shattered* at the moment. My mom has noted that after going "all out" at dance class on Wednesday nights, I tend to walk around like a zombie until the weekend when the batteries get recharged.

* Shattered is kiwi speak for utterly exhausted.

Ghost Flowers

Today's fractal is called "Ghost Flowers" as the flowers don't look like they are 100% with it. They mirror the way I currently feel. Am just not "all here" at the moment.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Dance @ St Pats

Just got home from my Israeli dance class. It was awesome. The strange thing is that we meet at Saint Patricks Cathedral (in Auckland). Odd for an Israeli dance group but they gave us an amazing deal on the hall rental which was really really nice of them.

Thought I would post an "Irish Cross" fractal in honour of our wonderful dance hosts.

Irish Cross

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Continued Obsession

The Apophysis obsession continues. Joining that amazing Apophysis mailing list has only added to the "problem". Am now more inspired than ever.

Da Vinci Flame

The one above reminds me of Leonarda Da Vinci for some reason. It is more subtle than my usual images but sometimes it goes that way.

Texas Magen

This one is called "Texas Magen" as it is a Star of David decked out in traditional Texan finery. It is dedicated to my Aunt, Uncle and cousins who call Texas home.

Monday, May 16, 2005

One Year On

I can't believe that it is exactly a year since my first post to this blog.

Back then I had never even heard of Chaoscope or Apophysis.

Star Flower

Above the perfect gift. A flower that never dies and a star that never fades. What more could one desire?

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Lonely Lotus

I seem to have a thing for water plants at the moment. First the "Ocean Flower" post and now this.

Lotus Fractal

Thanks to all of you for your kind words / sympathy. My cold is still here but it is on its way out.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Ocean Flower

My nose is running, my glands are swollen and I am feeling rather sorry for myself. Worst of all, my weekend is being ruined by this stupid cold!

Hopefully it will be gone by Wednesday so that I can dance.

Ocean Flower

The fractal above was created in Apophysis. Got lucky with the gradient. Have been generating a large number of fractals and am debating updating this blog more frequently to show them off.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Yom Hazikaron / Yom Ha'atzmaut

The title above refers to two special days in the Jewish calendar, so I have posted two fractals to commemorate events.

Yom Hazikaron (Literally Day of Rememberance) is when Israel remembers her fallen soliders.

This is immediately followed by Yom Ha'atzmaut (which started at sunset this evening). Yom Ha'atzmaut is Israel's indepedance day and it is an occasion of massive celebration.

Yom Hazikaron / Yom Ha'atzmaut Fractals

The centers of both of these fractals contain the star of David.

Monday, May 09, 2005

One Triquetra, Coming Right Up!

Tracy requested a fractal based on a triquetra, so here it is.

Triquetra Fractal

For more information about this symbol, take a look at this page.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Blue Knot

Below is (yet another) Apophysis creation. I don't think that I will ever get tired of this program. Have finally learned how to "randomise" gradients and this has opened up a whole new world of exciting colour combinations.

Blue Knot

The "knot" in question refers to the middle of this fractal, which to me, looks a bit like a celtic knot.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Yom Hashoah

For those of you who don't know what Yom Hashoah is, it is holocaust memorial day and it is officially on the 26th Nisan (ie: 5th May).

This is a sad and sombre time as we remember the millions of Jews murdered by the Nazis from 1933 - 1945.

The word "holocaust" means a massive slaughter / genocide. It can also mean a sacrificial offering that is consumed entirely by flames*. I have used the latter meaning as inspiration for today's fractal.
*Thanks to dictionary.com for the definitions above.

Ironically the fractal is a flame. In the center is a Star of David surrounded by, but not consumed by the flames. This is symbolic of the fact that even though the Nazis tried to eliminate the Jews, they failed.

Yom Hashoah Fractal

May the memory of those who perished never be forgotten.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Feather Mask

I can hardly believe that my wonderful two week break from school is almost over. The thought of having to get up at 6am every Monday to Friday for the foreseeable future is enough to break my heart.

Perhaps the fractal below will cheer me up?

Feather Mask

Nope. Its not working. Still not happy about going back to school. When we were kids, we never even dreamed that our teachers might feel the same way we did about going back to school.