Saturday, December 31, 2011

Floral Blue Connection

An experiment with a "new" / "old" variation that worked well. Took a fair bit of "playing" to get this image.

Today's Gratitude Item: The year that has been and the year that is to come. 2011 had its ups and downs but for me it was pretty good - especially as this is the first year where I have not had to worry about finding a new job in the new year due to an ending contract. Being "permanent full time" has been wonderful. I'm looking forward to 2012 - especially as this will be the first time ever that I only teach seniors (yay).

Friday, December 30, 2011

Flower Seed

This one is reminiscent of a flower going to seed, hence the name.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my "work" is going well. I'm not sure if it can really be called work as I don't get paid to do it.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Cross Current

A new variation on an old classic.

Today's Gratitude Item: Spending time doing what I love!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Funky Tunnel

The intricate edging on this one was a pleasant surprise.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting clothes on sale :) This is not as easy as it sounds as finding clothes that have been designed for the shorter individual can be a bit of a trial.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


It turns out that you can't really go wrong when combining spirals with a copper / gold gradient.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finishing creating my Purim graphic and getting a bunch of other illustrations completed too. All in all, a most satisfactory day.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Lashed Out

As in the edge of this one reminded me of eyelashes. It looks a bit like a peacock feather - although the colours a bit "off".

Today's Gratitude Item: A lovely day spent with friends. Tasty food, good conversation and even the opportunity to get some great reference photos of horses.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Shell Shock 2.0

Spiral shells have officially been upgraded.

Today's Gratitude Item: Christmas is over! Perhaps now the return to normality can begin.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Hot Target

This one was a nice surprise. It was also the base for a number of interesting images.

Today's Gratitude Item: That "clomb" is a valid word in scrabble. Let's just say that having a single vowel on the rack tends to cramp my style.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Stone's Throw

Named because these could be ripples as a result of a stone being thrown at sunset.

Today's Gratitude Item: Peace and quiet. "Out there" it seems as if everyone is going completely crazy getting ready for Christmas. In my case not partaking in the annual madness is something of a tradition.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sky Bridge

Had fun with this one. Its closely related to "Stones Throw" - although its amazing what a change in colours and final transform can do in Apo.

Today's Gratitude Item: Ripe avocados. Its amazing the difference a bit of said avocado made to what would otherwise have been an otherwise ordinary lettuce salad.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Good Luck Disc

This disc must be lucky, its got a four leaf clover in the centre.

Today's Gratitude Item: "Out the Door" sushi for lunch. As in the queue to get said sushi was out of the door of the admittedly small shop. Needless to say the surprisingly short wait was well worth it.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Chanukah 5772

Chanukah has always been one of my favourite holidays. This probably has a lot to do with the fact that it involves tasty food and fun games.

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).

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally managing to get an ebook from the local library onto my Android. It kept giving me a weird error and telling me to refresh the browser page when what it should have done was tell me to check my date and time settings. I must have tried to download at least four books and finally gave up in frustration. Even a trip to the local library with tablet in hand did not help. The librarian was lovely but she did not know how to get my android to co-operate (we spent about half an hour trying together).

In the end my dad tried to download a book after I'd given up in frustration, and of course it worked first time - no problems. This was after I'd changed not only the time zone but also date and time settings. Only thought to do that because the internet said to (but it was in an obscure place). Still, all's well that ends well.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Mag Field

The lines on this one reminded me of a magnetic field. This could be some sort of futuristic compass.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a lovely reference photo of one of the primary school students on scholar patrol. One of the students was wearing a Santa hat and it looked a bit like he was saying "stop for Santa" - which will make a great piece of clip-art. I love how my phone is able to take photos - even if the quality is not great - its good enough for reference photos.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Drain Disc

This one could be geometric purple bubbles gurgling down a fractal drain. That's my story and I'm sticking with it.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a K1 Lenovo Android at an amazing price. Have been playing with said Android most of the afternoon and am having a lot of fun with it.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Star Shell

This one turned out particularly well. Experiment long enough and good things will happen.

Today's Gratitude Item: It was just one of those days were everything "worked". From not getting drenched on our morning walk to success in the kitchen everything went really well. Having ice-cream for dinner was an added bonus :)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Ripple Flower

Another experiment that went well. this one is closely related to "Star Shell".

Today's Gratitude Item: That Apophysis allows one to "undo" a very large number of times. I had a fractal and thought it was saved. It wasn't. Realised the error of my ways and was able to undo right back to the unsaved fractal. It took a while but it was worth it.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Flaming Inception

The colours on this one worked out much better than anticipated. Interestingly, putting the fractal on a black background meant losing much of the detail.

Today's Gratitude Item: It looks like the rain is finally going to stop tomorrow. After a week of solid grey skies, I'm struggling to remember what the sun looks like.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Dawn's Tentacles

This is the bottom half of "Flaming Inception" with a different colour gradient. its interesting how sometimes one fractal can give two very different images.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a parking spot right in front of the restaurant we went to after dance class. It was our last session so we decided to cut it a bit short and go out for food / coffee / cake and a good old fashioned chat. A lovely time was had by all.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Angel Net

Am not too sure about this one. Its rather delicate and seems a bit "empty" in the middle.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally fixing my printer tray. I accidentally made the paper tray guides slightly too narrow which was problematic when the paper got a bit low. Suffice it to say, the tray design is not exactly intuitive and trying to fix it was making me crazy.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Wild Surf

All that's missing from this one is a surfer - although the waves might be a bit too wild for that particular sport.

Today's Gratitude Item: Old Apophysis parameters which lead to new images. That and having the time to explore said parameters in more depth.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Internal Frustration

This one was made some time ago. It was after a tough day at work where little got accomplished. Was so frustrated that taking refuge in something creative was my only recourse.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting at least some of the items on my list done. Sometimes writing stuff down is rather helpful - especially when it is all to easy to lose focus.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Making Waves

This one took forever to create. Happily the gradient was kind to me and it turned out well in the end.

Today's Gratitude Item: Cooler weather :) Normally things are "hotting up" at this time of year and that is not always a good thing.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Folded Fall

This one took a while to create. The original fractal has been rotated, reflected and trimmed to get the patchwork / tiled effect. Creating this image was immensely satisfying.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding a $10.00 note when shopping this afternoon :) It was a big surprise and made a nice change from finding coins. Also getting a new travel drive after discovering that my old one had died. I was doing a back-up and the thing would not work. I don't think I've lost any data which is a relief. It was also a bit of a wake-up call. Having multiple back-ups is a good thing given that even travel drives can fail without warning.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Apocalypse Now?

Or not. We all knew that Harold Campings expensive doomsday prediction was extremely unlikely. This one was created on May 21st, well after 6pm New Zealand time.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a reasonably priced popcorn maker to replace our old one which died. It's nice to be able to make popcorn again with minimum fuss and relatively few calories.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Heart Path

Tried a new variation with interesting results. Having the heart shape appear was an unexpected pleasure.

Today's Gratitude Item: That next year I'll only be teaching senior classes (information technology and computing). Whilst it will be challenging, I'm really looking forward to it.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Sphere Crazy

This one is totally different to my usual offerings. There was surprisingly little post processing involved. All I did was edit the background.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having a really good book to learn the basics of Game Maker. I need to know how to create games for next year and it was great to get a head start. There are heaps of tutorials on the 'net but having everything in one place was very useful.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Torn Adversity

Created whilst trying out a new Apo Plugin. Said plugin produces some interesting results which is nice.

Today's Gratitude Item: An easy day at school. We had "activities day" where students choose to do various activities rather than have regular classes. With two days before holidays, its a good way to keep everyone busy and sane.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Decision 2011

This one summarises the results of last week's election. It is a bit of a protest over the fact that it is possible for some parties to poll quite low (0.6%) and still get a seat in parliament whilst one (polling at 2.8%) missed out as they did not win an electorate seat and were below the 5% threshold.

The 'tea' cups are an allusion to that now infamous cup of tea that John Key (leader of the National Party) had with John Banks (leader of the Act Party).

Today's Gratitude Item: Rain + Sunday = Fantastic Nap :)

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Floating Rose

Sometimes the apophysis addiction can be a good thing.

Today's Gratitude Item: That despite a bit of a shaky start, my baking today worked well.

Friday, December 02, 2011

Modern Flag

Got very lucky with the equilateral triangle just appearing in Apo. Moving the transform even a tiny bit would have been enough to wreck it. Of course faced with a blue triangle, playing fast and loose with the Israeli flag (again) was the only logical option.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having enough chocolate left in my drawer for everyone in my 9th grade class. It was our last session in class and they got chocolate because they have been a great group and we are almost at the end of the year. Needless to say everyone left happy.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Jewel Tide

This one was a nice surprise after a long struggle. Lets just say that Apo is not always all that co-operative.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to see out of my rear windscreen. It was pretty dirty but the nice guy at the service station cleaned it for me when I filled up with gas. It was also nice not having to pump my own gas. At the moment, they seem to be trying to put the "service" back into service station which is weird but kinda nice at the same time.