Thursday, January 31, 2008

Fish Fan

Fish are nice. They don't answer back. They are especially nice when served with potatoes of some kind (and maybe a salad).

Today's Gratitude Item: Our movie night went really well. There was a strong turn out and it all went without a hitch.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008


This is the main reason I prefer to swim in swimming pools rather than in the ocean!

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to tell the difference between what is urgent and what is important. Of course, its always nice when the "urgent" stuff is not really your problem :)

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Cute Puppy

The puppy in question is an Irish setter. The background is sort of Celtic (try squinting if you don't see it).

Today's Gratitude Item: That I don't have to go to IT training for new staff at school tomorrow. I'm sure that I'll find something else to do to keep my busy for that "slot".

Monday, January 28, 2008

Heart Transportation

When I was a kid, we used to have fun by giving each other rides in the wheelbarrow. Turns out that having fun with wheelbarrows is still possible - and this way, I don't need to worry about falling out.

Today's Gratitude Item: Going back to school tomorrow. Especially as its "week zero" for us which means no students until next week.

Sunday, January 27, 2008


Or should that be "unhinged"? You decide.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being ready to run the Movie night that my dance group is holding on Thursday. Its at the library where I work and I learned how to use the equipment today. Turns out its dead easy which is a relief. Hopefully the night will go without a hitch.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Sunny Stetson

Dedicated to my dad. He has a stetson like the one in the picture which he wears when we go walking. The idea here is to keep the sun off his head!

Today's Gratitude Item: Artistic inspiration. Happily, ideas for wallpapers and new designs keep springing to mind. The challenge is to get the ideas down on paper before they are forgotten.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Butterfly Net

If you want to catch those cool blue butterflies, it helps if your net is blue!

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting new clothes! Managed to find several nice pairs of pants and some tops to go with them :)

Thursday, January 24, 2008


The shape of this fractal reminded me of eyes, but there was no face. So I made a mask to continue the "faceless" theme.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having three days of holiday left. I am looking forward to getting back to work but will miss being on holiday.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Beach Daze

All that's missing is the ocean!

Today's Gratitude Item: That I finally figured out why my left leg has been sore all of this week. I has to do with the fan that I had on in my room because of the humidity. Fan on leg = pain. Not hard really.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Eye Music

Dedicated to all those who play the Violin - the most beautiful of instruments.

Today's Gratitude Item: Rain has finally cleared up! Being able to see the sun certainly makes a difference.

Special Edition - Tu B'Shvat 5768

Tu B'Shvat is the Jewish New Year for trees. Needless to say, this image is worth a closer look (click on the image below to access the large version).

You can access the large version of this graphic by clicking on the image above. Images that are related to Jewish Holidays live at the preceding link where you can browse by holiday and download the image in high resolution (for printing etc).

Special Edition Gratitude Item: Remembering to post this image before it was too late!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Forget Me Not

Took a bit of experimenting to change this Illustrator design into a decent wallpaper. I think the effect was worth the trouble.

Today's Gratitude Item: This nifty little image map editor from Open Bracket. Its easy to use and makes creating image maps rather straight forward. Thanks guys!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Great Escape

Ever felt the need to get away from it all?

Today's Gratitude Item: Having help at the library! Its a lot easier to reorganize shelves when you have an eight year helper who is old enough to know the alphabet and enthusiastic enough to get the job finished.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

A Sign

This is another of those graphics that just had to be made.

Today's Gratitude Item: That Shutterstock is down. This is good because it saves me having to upload stuff tonight meaning I can go to bed now :) Needless to say, this is the first time I have not been able to upload and I'm sure that they'll have it fixed soon.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Diving Dolphins

Turns out that there are dolphins in this fractal ocean!

Today's Gratitude Item: That dogs like me :) When we go walking, I invariable get sniffed by dogs whose tails are wagging. Its quite funny. Said dogs usually seem quite curious / friendly.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Mech Mosaic

Its basically a cut up cog. Interesting, but a bit weird for my taste. The good news is that all the "cutting" was done very easily in Apo.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding a $2.00 coin on my walk this morning. It was a brilliant way to start the day!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Valentines Post

Valentines is actually a ploy by florists, chocolate makers and the postal service! That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Today's Gratitude Item: A wonderful date. The dried fruit kind, not the romantic encounter. Turns out that dates are a great source of energy - sweet and very very good.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Blue Slippers

Have you ever wondered why ballet slippers are traditionally pink? I think the world might be missing out on something wonderful here.

Today's Gratitude Item: The 'find and replace' feature in Illustrator. Its a long story, but thanks to this feature, it has a good ending.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Solar Power

This one is very eco-friendly. The sunglasses are recycled :)

Today's Gratitude Item: That blogger saves stuff as "draft". Handy for when one gets sidetracked whilst blogging and accidentally closes down blogger.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Copper Cog

This image is rather bright, so it comes with sunglasses.

Today's Gratitude Item: Left overs. They mean a dinner that is really fast and easy to prepare. Most things taste better the next day too - something about giving the flavours time to develop.

Fire Play

A graphic illustration on why playing with matches is not a good idea!

Today's Gratitude Item: Taking a break from it all. Last few days have been quite intense. It was lovely to take some "time out" from my computer.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Dragonfly Storm

I've always loved dragonflies. In some ways, they are prettier than butterflies!

Today's Gratitude Item: Credit cards! I'm the last of the big spenders but they are very convenient at times.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Snow Drive

Dedicated to all of those who have to drive anywhere in the snow.

Today's Gratitude Item: The Central Database of Shoah Victims. This is a powerful and amazing resource that I'm currently using to create my Yom HaShoah Graphic. Needless to say, said image will take a while to make, hence the early start.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Seahorses in Love

This is the ultimate Valentines wallpaper - its not too "girly" and it has room for those all important icons.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting my graphic for Tu B'Shvat finished. It took a while, but was hopefully worth the effort. It will be posted here in due course.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Zebra Maze

Its been a very long time since I posted something in gray scale. The zebra gave me an excuse to remedy that situation.

Today's Gratitude Item: Afternoon / evening rain. Its a lot better than morning rain, especially if one tends to go walking in the mornings!

Monday, January 07, 2008

Go Gecko Paper

Dedicated to all those Australians out there! For some reason, this one makes me smile.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to spend the day doing what I love. it does not get much better than this.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Love Locomotive

I seriously love Apophysis! What more is can I say?

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a lot done. Had a very productive day in the graphics department. My efforts will feature here in due course.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Butterfly Love

If you can't tell that those butterflies are romantically involved, take a closer look at their wings.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being stress free. Holidays are good for that.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Swan Lake

This one is for all those ballet dancers out there!

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally getting the hang of Bezier curves and the pen tool in Illustrator! All it took was *heaps* of practice / time.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Citrus Weave

This one is packed with Vitamin C! Fruit created in Illustrator, fractal made with Apophysis.

Today's Gratitude Item: That even though its mid-summer over here, its not too hot. This could have something to do with the house being air conditioned :)

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Disc Worlde

Dedicated to all those Terry Pratchett fans out there.

Today's Gratitude Item: That Terry Pratchett's latest offering, Making Money is not as disappointing as some reviews said it was. Perhaps that's because I was not expecting anything more than a few laughs and an easy read.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Pink Rose Paper

Cog + Pretzel = Rose

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting enough downloads this month for another Shutterstock payout. This is the third month in a row that this has happened. It helps that I've been uploading more and illustrating more. It was close though - was just 79c above that magic number.