Monday, March 31, 2008

Do you Feel Lucky?

This one was surprisingly time consuming to make. Hopefully the effort was worth it.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting home in time to go for a walk before the sunset *just*. The days are getting noticeably shorter and soon the luxury of walking outside will be limited to the weekends (walking will then take place on the treadmill inside).

Sunday, March 30, 2008

3 to 2

As in going from 3 dimensions to 2. This is one of the images that I sort of liked when it was made, but now I'm not so sure. It might have been better to leave the 3D background as it was and publish it "plain".

Today's Gratitude Item: Co-incidences. Like when they guy next door (literally) uses Apophysis too! Finding that out was a surreal experience, but in a good way.

Saturday, March 29, 2008


The background image reminded me of an icy river, which lead to the idea of having safety cones. Then the manhole appeared. It looks like something has escaped out of it.

Today's Gratitude Item: Wellington boots (in small size). Very useful for when washing cars!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Fractal Fabric

It's been a *very* long time since I made one of these fabric like designs. Am pleased with how it turned out.

Today's Gratitude Item: All my students were at school today for their assessment. Not having to get students to "catch up" on assessments makes life a lot more simple.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Gorgeous Futility

I love the colours of fall. What is less exciting is the prospect of all that mess to clean up. Raking leaves is truly an exercise in futility. The garden will look great for all of five minutes until yet more leaves fall.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having time to go for a walk outside, even though work finished later than usual.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Woven Blues

I wish I had a hat like the one in this image. Its far more attractive than the baseball cap that I own. It would do a better job of keeping the sun off my face as well :)

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to touch type. I tend to type a lot, so being able to do it "without looking" is really useful.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Bare Foot Weave

Dedicated to all of you out there who have experienced the joys of hunting for seashells on a beach. Bare feet are of course, part of the deal.

Today's Gratitude Item: That tomorrow is already Wednesday. I love "three day weeks" almost as much as the long weekends that precede them.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Pythagorean Triplets

Dedicated to one of my 9th grade students who got the terms "triples" and "triplets" confused. It made me smile.

Today's Gratitude Item: Another glorious day of "no school". Having tomorrow off as well is really the icing on the cake. I love school, but long weekends allow me to "catch up" on design type stuff.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Digital Darts

Dedicated to all those darts fans out there. I'm pretty hopeless at that particular game, but the dartboard was easy to create :)

Today's Gratitude Item: Having someone to bounce ideas off. Turns out that sometimes, design can be a team sport.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Egg Convention

This one is dedicated to my HOD. She gave all of us Easter eggs on Thursday to thank us for the work done to date. She did not have to do this :) I especially appreciated that she asked me if I would be offended to be given an Easter egg, given that I'm Jewish. I explained that chocolate never offends. I'm more than happy to receive gifts for Easter and Christmas. Presents are good. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to read quickly. Especially when the book concerned is OK, but not great. Life's too short to spend a long time reading "OK" books.

Friday, March 21, 2008


This "fractal dartboard" comes complete with a ready to use dart.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding 20c on today's walk. Finding money whilst walking is happily a common occurrence for us. Less common is getting a total of more than $3.00 per week. This week, our total so far is $3.10. This means that our weekly trip to the child cancer wishing well will be quite fun.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Purim Sameach!

Purim is finally here. The graphic below celebrates the fact.

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: Five glorious days off. Having Easter fall so early in the year is really surreal though. I keep thinking "It can't be Easter, Pesach is still a month away". Weird.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Fractal Carpet

This fractal carpet comes complete with a cute puppy. Hopefully he is house broken.

Today's Gratitude Item: That dance class went well today. My teacher was away and she left us a list of dances to dance / review. We got through it and had fun.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Galaxies to Go

These reminded me of spiral galaxies. They have been packed up in a box and are ready for shipping.

Today's Gratitude Item: A quieter day at work. Managed to catch up on a lot of little things that needed to get done.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Pink Shells

Had fun with this one. The spiral in the shell is echoed in the main fractal.

Today's Gratitude Item: Rediscovering Les Posen's Free Dance Videos. The best thing is that there is a video of a dance that I plan to review on Weds with the group. Am looking forward to it.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Supreme Peacock

Appeared as if by magic on my screen. Wish I knew how this happened.

Today's Gratitude Item: That our dance performance went reasonably well. The audience seemed to enjoy it which was good. Its fun to perform, but once or twice a year is more than enough for me.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Snake Scales

Snake skin does not quite look like this, but its pretty close.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having fun. We practiced our dance for tomorrow's performance and due to a "fussy" CD player, ended up having our final run through outside with the music we needed playing from someone's car stereo. Dodging to avoid the low branches of a nearby tree made the experience even more memorable.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Tea for Two

There's a song about this one.

Today's Gratitude Item: The end of an extremely busy week. As is so often the case, "busy" translates to "$$" which is good :)

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Fish Squared

It would be really cool if one could get origami paper that looked like the fractal background. It would be expensive though.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting dance shoes for our performance on Sunday. Said shoes fit perfectly and were the last pair in my size.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Spine Stretch

Ever wonder what your spine looks like when you have had a good stretch? Its probably not quite as colourful as this.

Today's Gratitude Item: Supportive parents! I've discovered that calling parents before small problems become big problems can be incredibly useful. It helps that I work at an independent school where the parents are *literally* heavily invested in their children's education.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Blue Balloon

This one is done totally in Illustrator. Its less demanding than the rainbow / fractal version.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting some "Up and Go" for use in emergencies. Turns out that sometimes school gets so busy, I literally do not have time to eat. Consuming an emergency "Up and Go" should help when the going gets tough.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Hot Air Balloon

The neat thing about fractals is that they make surreal clouds.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding an interactive lesson on My Maths that I can use to teach my students how to rearrange formulae. My Maths is a UK site and often the content up there does not match what I need to teach. Happily, this is an exception.

Sunday, March 09, 2008


Its strange how such a simple concept can be so illusive.

Today's Gratitude Item: New books :) Working at a library covering new books has its perks. Getting to read the new / interesting books first is one of them.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Metal Fatigue

As in the design looked like metal and I was suffering from fatigue when it was created.

Today's Gratitude Item: Fresh Garlic! Lets just say dinner tonight was a roaring success.

Friday, March 07, 2008

What a Hoot

Its nocturnal! Just like me.

Today's Gratitude Item: That long sleeves can be rolled up! Otherwise I'd be just about cooked by now. My new shirt is very nice, but its long sleeved and whilst we are slowly heading into Autumn, we're not there yet.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Diamond Flow

This design reminded me of fabric billowing in the breeze. From there it was a logical step to create a set of clothes, complete with designer label. The clothes are based on an origami model that I folded a while back.

Today's Gratitude Item: Rediscovering some old resources that will be perfect for a topic we are teaching later in the year!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Infinity Cube

Am particularly pleased with this one. Making the "toy" block was rather fun.

Today's Gratitude Item: That some of my students decided to celebrate "Maths Day" by giving me a small present. They gave me a very cute card (saying "Happy Maths Day), a notepad and some permanent markers. Unexpected but quite fun.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Nothing but Net

The interwoven string pattern reminded me of the business end of a tennis racquet.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having successful tutoring sessions. Its good to get back into it.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Solar Explosion

Reminded me of a flaming ball of fire - almost.

Today's Gratitude Item: That even though today was a "Murphy Day"*, it ended well. Am hoping that things run more smoothly tomorrow.

*A "Murphy Day" is a day in which whatever can go wrong, does go wrong.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Rain Tex

As in a textured rainbow :) Sometimes naming the art is as hard as creating it.

Today's Gratitude Item: More dancing! Its been an action packed weekend and I'm looking forward to life getting back to "normal".

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Spring 2008

The final in my "seasons" series. And one of the easiest to make. Not too sure about the pink though ...

Today's Gratitude Item: A day spent dancing. We had leaders camp today which saw Israeli dance leaders from all round the country up in Auckland sharing dances. It was fun but exhausting.