Monday, December 31, 2018

Metal Work

The only colour that worked in this case was iron grey - so I went with it.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting my hands on the latest John Grisham novel courtesy of my local library. Said book will be devoured in due course...

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Lake Ripples

For some reason when this one was made larger, the colours kept getting changed. Which was frustrating.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally finishing this year's Holocaust micrograph. These images take several days to complete and the one for 5779 will feature on this blog in due course.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Ever Crescent

Named for the crescent shapes that are hidden in the design.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally making it over the payment threshold over at Shutterstock. Things have been slow but we got there in the end.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Filligree Dusk

If it's delicate and metallic, it ends up being saved.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding a regular expression which checks comments from one of my web forms for Russian characters. If said characters are in the form, an error appears. Hopefully this will stop some of the Russian spam which is making its way into my spam folder.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Flower Lace

I'm pretty sure we've been here before...

Today's Gratitude Item: Figuring out why Illustrator was lagging when I tried to copy, paste and edit relatively small amounts of text. It turns out that if you have semi-transparent layers, things slow down dramatically. Happily, one can work on fully opaque layers (fast) and then make the layer in question semi-transparent once all the text has been placed (also fast). I suspect things tomorrow will be a lot quicker than they were today.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Fab Mats

Where once again the 'fab' stands for 'fabric'.

Today's Gratitude Item: Keeping things simple. I've taken some time to just relax and it's been wonderful.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Drop Fold

This is what happens when fractal origami gets wet.

Today's Gratitude Item: A brilliantly peaceful day which was not quite as wet as anticipated. As in our morning walk was not too disrupted by the rain - the rest of the day was spent indoors accompanied by light drizzle, rain and the occasional torrential cloudburst.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Camo Forest

Was not too sure about the camouflage design in this one but it ended well.

Today's Gratitude Item: That a frustrating problem I was having finally got resolved!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Paper Bead

This one was a very nice surprise.

Today's Gratitude Item: Free, online puzzles. These are quite fun to do and are a bit different to the usual games that I might play when I have a few moments to spare. Arguably not quite as good as an actual, physical jigsaw, they are, nevertheless quite satisfying.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Cross Fold

Tried something a bit different and this was the result.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being refreshed and recharged. Somehow it's easy to look forward to next week when 'next week' involves more holidays.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Corner Light

This is a variation on an old theme with a bit of a twist.

Today's Gratitude Item: Taking a day off from pretty much everything computer related. After four solid days of creating fractals, it was time to pause and relax and so far, it has been really good.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Copper Wave Weave

Similar to previous works but nice enough to render.

Today's Gratitude Item: A quiet but satisfying day spent creating quite a few fractals. Said artwork will appear on this blog in due course.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Tidal Blanket

The 'ocean thing' strikes again...

Today's Gratitude Item: Emergency ice cream. It was hot, I was very grumpy and the ice cream helped fix both issues.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Spiral Shroud

The woven effect on this one made it worth rendering

Today's Gratitude Item: Having a great time reading, doing crossword puzzles and creating fractals. Holidays are the best!

Monday, December 17, 2018

Spin Ripple

It's either 'sort of ugly' or 'sort of interesting' depending on one's perspective.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a 'same day' appointment for my annual dental checkup and not needing any fillings. Today was a good day :)

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Feather Butterfly

I know we've been here before...

Today's Gratitude Item: Some extremely cheap T-Shirts! Even though clothes shopping is one of my least favourite things, bargains like this are always good.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Owl Eyes

With this colour, these can only be fractal owl eyes.

Today's Gratitude Item: Feeling reasonably creative after a satisfying day of rest.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Golden Rain

My dad suggested the name for this one - I guess the spheres looked a bit like water droplets to him.

Today's Gratitude Item: I am officially on summer vacation! Needless to being at the start of a lovely long break is the best feeling ever.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Gold Bench

Comfortable and decorative.

Today's Gratitude Item: Another brilliant day. We had a surprising number of puzzle orders and my students managed to print, cut, laminate, trim and complete all of them. Said students got to share in the profits of this brief lived enterprise and they were stoked.


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Candle Work

This one is something of a happy accident. With an emphasis on the 'happy'.

Today's Gratitude Item: A brilliant day in which everything went even better than expected. School was fantastic as it turns out that my colleagues are keen to buy puzzles that my students have made (this is a massive win / win situation which has resulted in my students being exceptionally motivated). Our final dance session for the year was really lovely and everyone had a great time. All in all a perfect day.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Ornate Woven Candles

This one is slightly more intense than anticipated.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my colleague brought in a 550 piece jigsaw puzzle / mystery for our students to solve. Said puzzle was a great success and it was fun to watch our students collaborate and enjoy themselves.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Copper Belt

If I had one of these, I'd wear it on a regular basis.

Today's Gratitude Item: That the first day of our 'impossible puzzle' workshop went well. The kids seemed to enjoy both doing and creating the puzzles. Hopefully we will be able to keep their attention for the next three days...

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Ring Maze

I was not trying to get a ring but was pleased when this one appeared.

Today's Gratitude Item: That "Hanukah in the Bays" went brilliantly. My dance group were asked to lead the Israeli dancing and we had a lovely time. It was great to have the wider community involved in said dancing and I was thrilled by how many attendees joined our circle for the participation dances. The event was well organised, well attended and well run.

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Copper Cross Connection

Simple but effective...

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a surprising amount done in a relatively short amount of time. Help from mum was involved! Needless to say, I'm super grateful for said help.

Friday, December 07, 2018

Olympic Celebration Flame

When it comes to Olympic Flames, ornate is good.

Today's Gratitude Item: Formal classes are over for the year! Next week should be different and hopefully a lot of fun. Right now, I'm ready to enjoy a busy weekend.

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Silver Spindle Fibres

Dedicated to everyone who thought 'cell division' when they saw this one.

Today's Gratitude Item: That our senior prize giving is over. Let's just say I'm not a fan of having to sit for an extended period of time listing to badly delivered speeches. There has to be a more effective way of acknowledging excellence.

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Peculiar Plant

All to often, my computer generates really odd plant material. This was one of those times.

Today's Gratitude Item: Donuts at dance! This Chanukah treat was generously supplied by one of my dancers and they were delightful :)

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Frond Magic

Ferns are a common occurrence - happily this one actually looks good.

Today's Gratitude Item: That tomorrow is the last day that I see my 'extra' *very junior* classes. I've had them eight hours a week for five weeks and whilst it has been really good, it has also been exhausting. Happily, the kids have seemed to enjoy the class and most have learned quite a bit.

Monday, December 03, 2018

Farm Hill

As in a hill which has been planted with fractal greenery.

Today's Gratitude Item: Most of my students are doing most of what they are meant to be doing most of the time. At this point in the year that is actually quite an achievement.

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Chanukah 5779

This one is a spin on the idea of Chanukah Gelt.

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: Air conditioning! It's that time of year again when the humidity can make life fairly unpleasant. Happily, working in an air conditioned room was the order of the day and I got a reasonable amount done.

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Fab Disc

Where the 'fab' stands for both 'fabric' and 'fabulous'.

Today's Gratitude Item: One week of regular classes left! I can't believe how quickly our year is coming to an end. We still have 'wider living' week after regular classes finish but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel (and this time, it's not an oncoming train).