Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Spring Solution

It looks a bit like a copper spring, hence the name. This one was made from scratch using Apo 2.5

Today's Gratitude Item: Computer started up first time!!! Was very relieved about this. Yesterday I uninstalled the program that could have been causing my computer to have "issues" on start up. Hopefully it will continue to behave. I really really hate it when my computer does not "play nice".

Monday, October 30, 2006

Wood Weave

Believe it or not, this one uses the same parameters as "Green Peas". The detail is best appreciated when viewed in large size - please click the image below to enlarge it.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my computer finally decided to cooperate. For some reason, it does not want to seem to start up and for the last two days has been giving me a black screen followed by the "Windows could not start up normally" message. The most frustrating part of this is that I have no idea what the problem is. The plan is to backup my vital stuff onto CD so that at least my data is safe. A lot of the important stuff is online so backing up is not as big a deal as it could be.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

*Mostly* Green Peas

Made from scratch! I finally "got" the whole tiling thing after some hints from the guys at the forum.

Today's Gratitude Item: A really nice weekend. I can't say anything incredibly amazing happened in the past two days, its just been peaceful and "nice". "Nice" is always good.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Metallic Coils

Made from scratch in Apophysis. Was very pleased with the result. Features just a hint of the "swirl" variant.

Today's Gratitude Item: Codename Emrys over at flickr sponsored me a pro account (again). Needless to say, getting the happy news from the guys over at flickr made my day. Thanks Emrys!!!

Friday, October 27, 2006

Deep Waters

This one reminded me of ocean waves. Except most of the time, the ocean is not a deep blue like this.

Today's Gratitude Item: Morning tea which featured free food courtesy of a lovely student teacher who had her last day where I was relieving. This was extra special as "the call" came through at 6.30am and I did not have time for breakfast.

Thursday, October 26, 2006


Liked how it glowed in the center. The rigid structure of these "woven" graphics is something that I find really appealing. I don't know why that is.

Today's Gratitude Item: That the power failure we had today was relatively short. They are doing roadworks / maintenance in our area so I guess someone did somthing to kill the supply for a bit.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Rubbed Weave

The "off white" background makes a pleasant change. It reminds me of the rubbings we used to make as kids.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to sleep in *again*. This is a really handy thing when one is physically exhausted after dance camp. Not sore or stiff, just "body tired" and finding getting out of a nice warm bed even harder than usual.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Woven Twighlight

Turns out that "woven" tiled script is very addictive. Its a good thing that it gives such pleasing results.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my dad managed to get a flight home from Wellington today. He had to go there for the day on business and the weather was so bad that it got featured in the news. Very few flights managed to take off, and he was delayed for hours at the airport but luckily, his was one of the two flights that was not cancelled and he made it home safely.

Monday, October 23, 2006


A long time ago, I posted a random sketch. Below are three more that were done at the same time. Click on the images below for larger versions.

Today's Gratitude Items: Normally I only post one "item" per day but due do dance camp, this blog has been on a brief break and I have quite a few things to be grateful for.

  • Dance camp which was really fantastic!
  • Getting home safely (the best part about travel for me is always coming home)
  • Getting my first "enhanced licence sale" on Shutterstock. This is where someone pays US$20.00 for a single photo. What a rush!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

African Elephant

Some days, I miss Africa.

The text on this graphic used to be the unofficial anthem of South Africa. We learned it as kids at school in the late 1980's. For a full translation of the Xhosa text, click on the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That tomorrow is the start of dance camp! This is an event that I look forward to all year and tomorrow, I fly to Wellington for three days of Israeli dance. This year, the choreographers are Moshe Telem and Ra'anan Mor. It should be great. I'll be back in three days, (ie: late Monday night), so don't worry when this blog remains rather quiet.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Chain Reaction

I am hopelessly addicted to these tiled designs! The detail on this one is pretty good.

Today's Gratitude Item: That I had only walked a quarter of the way to the library when I realised that my library cards was still at home. Turned round and went back for it. It could have been worse, could have walked all the way to the library and then not been able to take out any books. What one does not do with one's brain, one makes up for with one's feet. That's apparently what my grandfather used to say.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Brass Weave

Made with the help of a nifty little script. Done when I should have been in bed - What else is new?

Today's Gratitude Item: A really good dinner. It was suprisingly cold outside today so having a nice hot dinner was very welcome.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Flower Field

Its spring time. Here are some pink flowers to celebrate. I still hate pink, sometimes I just can't help myself!

Today's Gratitude Item: Having a day working in my "old" job. The teacher I relieved for the past two terms was away today so I "got" his classes. His students did not know that he would be away and that, once again, I would be subbing for him. The looks on their faces when they saw me was classic. They ranged from horrified to pleasantly suprised. Most were visibly relieved when I reassured them that their current teacher would be back soon.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Sun Spots

Spirograph anyone? Doing this by hand would have been a lot harder and probably not as much fun.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting Whitethorn by Bryce Courtnay for $20 (at the warehouse) instead of $35 (from Paperplus). This will make a perfect read for when I go to dance camp next weekend.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Simchat Torah 5767

Made for Simchat Torah. POV-Ray was used to generate the scrolls and then the text was put in using paint shop pro.

If you click on the image below and look at the original image, you will notice the text is in Hebrew, this was copied and pasted from an online Hebrew Bible. The only "problem" with it is that in a real torah, the text would not have any vowels. Of course a "real" torah does not have the rewind instruction either.

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: Locating yarn for my current project that was cheap, the right colour and the right thickness. Trust me when I say that this was not as easy to do as it sounds.

Friday, October 13, 2006


Made using Context Free and Paint Shop Pro. This one is worth looking at in large size (click the image below).

Today's Gratitude Item: An "easy" day at school. Nice students, good classes and no stress. I could live like this.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Ellen Tile

This one was inspired, and is named after one of my students. She drew the design using a compass. I recreated the design using "Context Free" and then used Paint Shop Pro for the rest.

Today's Gratitude Item: Muscle memory. Very useful for when one decides to crochet after a "break" of several years. Turns out its like riding a bike, you never really forget.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Alien Peacock

Reminded me of peacock feathers - almost.

Today's Gratitude Item: Muffin mix. More precisely, homemade muffin mix that was very very tasty. Relatively healthy too as it features oat bran and dates.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Psychedelic Murmur

Reminds me of dusk on water with a stiff breeze.

Today's Gratitude Item: Laughter. Sometimes it is easy to forget how precious and wonderful laughter is. Yesterday, something happened that was so funny, it reduced me to tears. It was one of those "you had to be there" kind of things and it was wonderful to be able to simply laugh "hard out".

Monday, October 09, 2006

Wave Form

What lies beneath these waves??

Today's Gratitude Item: That someone finally told me that their comments were bouncing!! Was wondering why it had gotten so quiet over here. Good news is that the problem is fixed.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Magenta Weave

Another in my never ending series of woven / textured fractals. Sometimes they just "happen" with minimal tweaking.

Today's Gratitude Item: That I am finally finished rendering my portfolio in large size. Those large sized graphics can now feature on greeting cards or be used as "stock" photos.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Sunset Shell

It looks a bit like a sea shell. Especially if you squint and use your imagination.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having one more day of holiday left. Its not that I don't like school. Its just I like school best, when its closed :)

Friday, October 06, 2006

Sukkot Sameach

This one would take too long to explain. If you don't know what Sukkot is, then you probably won't "get it". That's OK though. It was fun to make.

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: Being warm again. It snowed on the mountains last night which means that although the day outside is beautiful (clear blue skies etc), the wind is FREEZING. I did not realise this until a good way into my walk. Needless to say, it was good to get home and have a nice cup of hot chocolate.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Space Armour

This material is strong, flexible and only $19.99 per metre from participating "Galaxy Outlets". Available in a variety of colours.

Today's Gratitude Item: Sushi for lunch. Tasted especially good because the librarian where I volunteer bought it and shared. Thanks!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Copper Connection

Sometimes they just "appear", as if by magic. To be fair, this one is "tweaked" and zoomed a bit but it was still a very cooperative little graphic. Didn't take too long to render either.

Today's Gratitude Item: That I had help covering books in the library today. Both the manager and her daughter pitched in and it was really lovely to have company with what is usually a rather lonely task.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Spring Thing

Its spring time over here. I could not resist the vibrant green of this "Spring Thing".

Today's Gratitude Item: That our house is not built on a cliff. Seriously! A house not too far from us which was built on a cliff had to be evacuated due to a landslide. When I walked down to the ferry this afternoon, there was a news crew setting up to do a live broadcast about the slip. This one was a bit too close to home for my liking.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Paradise Waffle

If they served waffles in paradise, this is what they would look like.

Today's Gratitude Item: That Yom Kippur is over for another year! The weather today was rainly and cold, which is perfect if you are fasting and made things very *easy*.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Yom Kippur 5767

For more information about Yom Kippur, please take a look at the preceding link.

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: My scanner! Being able to scan in sketches and hand drawn artwork is really cool. These will feature in future posts, so stay tuned.