Friday, February 29, 2008

Summer 2008

Presenting the third in my "seasons" series.

Today's Gratitude Item: I discovered today that it is really easy to import data directly from the web into an excel spreadsheet. This will make life quite a bit easier in many ways.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Winter 2008

This one is part of my "seasons" series. If everything goes to plan, all four images will be based on the same parameters.

Today's Gratitude Item: A rather productive day. Managed to get a whole lot of little things done and I did not have to get up early :)

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Fall 2008

Autumn is my favourite season. Must have something to do with the colours!

Today's Gratitude Item: That I can work from home tomorrow and Friday. I'll still be making resources, but its nice not to have to go into the office to do this.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Flower Bag

On the right, the regular version, on the left we add a touch of magic and voila.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my pigeon hole at work has shifted slightly. Before, it was on the top row which meant I had the choice of either doing a small hop to see what was in it, or doing the more popular "stretch and feel" routine. Now its come down a row which means a quick glance is all that's needed to see if there is anything in there.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Ship's Wheel

I love woven images. This one is no exception.

Today's Gratitude Item: That its really easy to place adverts in the classifieds of our local newspaper. I'm once again looking to do some private tutoring and placing an advert over the Internet is much, much more convenient than having to do it over the phone.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Glass Anchor

Avoided the temptation to go overboard with this one.

Today's Gratitude Item: Progress. Am getting toward the end of two of my current projects. In one case, this means hopefully getting paid in the not too distant future :)

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Elegant Fan

Could not decide on the colours for the fan and by accident made it black. Sometimes accidents can be fortuitous.

Today's Gratitude Item: That it rained all day today. We need the wet stuff, even though it can be inconvenient at times.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Clay Pot

3D clay pot meets fractal fabric. Was fun to make.

Today's Gratitude Item: Camp week. Everyone at school is "out" all of next week at camp. Due to the part time nature of my role, I don't have to go on camp which means next week will give me time to create resources, do marking and play with some cool technology (although the playing happens in my own time). Am looking forward to it.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Recycled Paintbrush

This is the same paintbrush used in the last image. I'm into recycling :)

Today's Gratitude Item: A while ago, I designed a CD cover for Nigel Moore's new CD - In the Shadow of Fear. The completed CD with artwork arrived in my mailbox yesterday and it was very exciting to see my work on a commercial product.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Digital Paintbrush

It's time to come clean folks. This is how fractals are really made. All you need is a digital paintbrush.

Today's Gratitude Item: Not having to be out on the field all day at sports. I ended up teaching the seniors indoors instead :)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Curved Path

Its amazing what you can make when you have the right tools.

Today's Gratitude Item: The ability to learn from past mistakes. Lets just say that this time round, I saved my work before the program crashed.

Monday, February 18, 2008


This style is a welcome change from creating fractals. I'm enjoying the break.

Today's Gratitude Item: Cloudy days where it doesn't rain!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Shaken, not Stirred

Dedicated to all those James Bond fans out there.

Today's Gratitude Item: A fun picnic at the beach. Also a good time to get some reference shots of sea shells. It would have been even better if the pictures had not been so blurry. Never mind. Will try again next time I go to the beach.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Hat and Scarf

A bit different form my usual offerings but I like it. Hopefully it will sell well on Shutterstock.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting new sneakers - at a great price. They were on sale, so got two pairs for the price of one. Given that a pair only lasts about 6 months (roughly 1250 km's) getting two pairs made sense.

Friday, February 15, 2008

A Time to Love

Our kitchen timer got a Valentines makeover :) The real thing is not pink with hearts, but it would be cool if it was.

Today's Gratitude Item: That the vast majority of my students are doing there homework consistently. This could have something to do with the fact that its early in the term and they know that I'll check it when its due. Could also be one of the joys of working in an Independent school.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Chaotic Flow

This image features a recycled butterfly! I think it "works" though.

Today's Gratitude Item: A Valentines day onion. I'm not joking. One of my ex-students gave me a Valentines day onion when he saw me at school today. Said onion had written on it "happy Valentines", a heart and "I give you this onion". We're still not exactly sure why I got an onion, but every time I see it, it makes me laugh. It will probably end up as a dinner component at some point. Got to give this student points for originality.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

What's Cooking?

Dedicated to all of those who enjoy cooking. From one of those who enjoys eating :)

Today's Gratitude Item: My spare sneakers. My "current" pair is totally worn out. I tried to get new ones on the weekend with no success. Must try again before the "spare" pair gets worn out too.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

3D Sunflower

This is another experiment with the 3D Hack and some plugins that I found out about over at the Frac Fan Forum.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally getting a haircut! I should have done it on Sunday but "life" got in the way. Happily, had a "light" day today and had time to get it done.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Time Out

Ever feel like there is not enough time in the day to do everything you wanted to do? You are not alone.

Today's Gratitude Item: Things are starting to get busier at school / work. The busier they get, the more extra relief I get :) This makes me very happy.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Chemistry Clock

The idea behind the clock is not mine! I saw a real life version of this when I was relieving at a certain school in their Chemistry lab. I liked it a lot. The only problem is that most people miss the humour.

Today's Gratitude Item: Perseverance. Turns out that if you stick at some things for long enough, success does happen. Pity that the process is sometimes on the slow side.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Tempus Fugit

Here is a conventional clock image. The Apo background uses a newish variation that I was playing with. It turned out well.

Today's Gratitude Item: Solitude. Sometimes, you need to be around people to realise how precious solitude is!

Friday, February 08, 2008

Green Tea

This one is dedicated to my mom. Some of my earliest memories are of my dad taking her tea or her making tea for my dad. They don't actually drink green tea, but that's what artistic license is for.

Today's Gratitude Item: A parking spot in the shade! The difference this makes is unbelievable. It was lovely not to *almost* burn my hands when touching the steering wheel. Note to self: Arrive at school early and grab a shady spot!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Into the Sun

This bike is riding into the sun. The fractal reminded me of a wheel with lots of spokes, hence the bicycle.

Today's Gratitude Item: Email. Its a very easy way to transfer information between work and home.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Waitangi Day 2008

This desktop wallpaper was created for Waitangi Day 2008.

Today's Gratitude Item: A public holiday coupled with amazing weather. Having a break mid week is very nice indeed.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Spinning Out

This wallpaper comes with a reminder of what to do when it feels like your world is spinning out of control. Take a moment to brew a cup of tea (or hot chocolate).

Today's Gratitude Item: Trousers on a windy day!

Monday, February 04, 2008

Magical Lamp

Sometimes I think its a pity that our street lights are so ugly. It would be cool if they looked more like this.

Today's Gratitude Item: Omelette for dinner. Quick, easy and delicious.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Fractal Ocean

You can tell its an ocean because of the tug boat. Cool thing is, I've always wanted to have a boat with my name on it. Now its happened (sort of).

Today's Gratitude Item: Good quality erasers. Very handy for getting rid of mistakes made when trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.

Compass Revisted

If you are not sure which way to walk, perhaps a compass is in order?

Today's Gratitude Item: That I don't have to rely on a compass to get places. Thankfully we have accurate maps which are a lot easier to use.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Ice Ice Baby

This one is so cold, it attracted a visiting penguin!

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally get a web page I was designing to cooperate. Getting to that point was long and difficult.