Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Swan Feathers

It took forever to find a suitable gradient for this one! The swan seems to like the final choice - although with swans, it can be hard to tell exactly what they are feeling.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting to $199.00 this month on Shutterstock. Its not my "best month ever" but considering the traditional post Christmas lull in sales, its not bad. The big question is if it will reach $200.00 before 2009 officially arrives in the States (where the SS servers are located).

Edit: I made it!! That's a good end to the year. Here's hoping that 2009 will be even better.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Kosher Chicken

You can tell that this chicken is kosher because of the ornate Star of David to the left. If you can't see the star, try squinting.

Today's Gratitude Item: Discovering a new variation / plugin for Apo. Images generated with this nice little toy will feature here in due course.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Pastel Control

The control tower is based on the "real thing" over at Auckland airport. The rest of the image is pure fantasy.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting some new T-Shirts and summer tops :) Bring on summer!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Last Night

Tonight is the last night of Channukah, which means 9 candles burning :)

Today's Gratitude Item:Being over halfway on the blanket that I'm making. Its a massive project and reaching this milestone is rather encouraging.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Suntile Floor

Out in the desert, strange sites abound. Especially when it gets really hot.

Today's Gratitude Item: That it was not too hot today! Yesterday it was "beautiful" which translates as very sunny / hot. I prefer overcast - especially when going for a walk. Today was perfect.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Sand Circles

Dedicated to all those who at some point read Circles in a forest (Kringe in 'n bos). You get bonus points if you read the Afrikaans version.

Today's Gratitude Item: That hiccups are only a temporary affliction. Inconvenient, surprisingly annoying but very temporary.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Which One?

This ostrich is wondering which egg / eggs belong to it. The joys of being a "bird brain" :)

Today's Gratitude Item: Having a good "stock" of reference photos (from earlier this month) and the time to make them into illustrations.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas :)

This is to all of you out there who wished me "Merry Christmas" with a smile on your lovely faces. It would take too long to explain that I'm Jewish and don't celebrate (this is New Zealand where things like Judaism are foreign to the majority). Thus Seasons Greetings are taken in the spirit they were offered and returned with a smile.

Today's Gratitude Item: That the Christmas craziness will be over soon. I probably say this every year - but this time of year tends to bring out the insanity in people. Thank G-d I'm Jewish and feel no inclination to "celebrate".

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

School Stuff

Inspired by the school where I worked this past year :) Its an amazing place. This piece recycles my "Air New Zealand" cabin bag (the one which did not win). Recycling can be good.

Today's Gratitude Item: Its raining :) This means probably not having to get up insanely early tomorrow morning to go for a walk. I'm looking very forward to "sleeping in".

Monday, December 22, 2008

Chanukah Sameach 5769 - Happy Meal

This one is a unique take on a "happy meal". It's appropriate though, especially when one realises that Channukah is a time for celebration.

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: A good day :) I'm really enjoying being on holiday, especially as it is just the start of the break and several weeks of "freedom" lie ahead. Being at the start of a vacation is a great feeling.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

First Night - 5769

Chanukah Sameach Everyone! My "official" Chanukah image will be featured here tomorrow night.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding reasonably priced wool that is the perfect colour for the project I'm working on. Its a long story, this is the short version.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Hold Me Baby

I like how the sculpture echos the curves in the fractals. This one turned out better than expected.

Hold Me Baby

The wallpaper version can be downloaded at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: The waiting to see if I won the Air New Zealand Cabin bag competition is over - that's the good news. The bad news is that my bag did not "make it". Never mind. I can still be incredibly grateful to everyone who voted for my entry and helped me make it into the top ten. Thanks guys! In the meantime, I have recycled the image and it will hopefully feature as an artwork in the new "Middle School Learning Center" at school. That image will be posted here in due course

Friday, December 19, 2008

Giraffe Gold

Giraffe are my all-time favourite animal. I feel a series coming on. This fellow will be the star. He's based on reference photos taken on a school trip to Auckland Zoo (sometimes being a teacher can be really cool - we get pretty unusual perks).

Giraffe Gold

The wallpaper version is at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Apophysis tutorials on the Internet. Sometimes its good to try new things and using Internet tutorials is a great way to create fractals of a "different" style. Said fractals will feature here in due course.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Fantastic Floor

This one would look more interesting if I could make it properly 3D. Never mind. Its not too bad.

Fantastic Floor

The wallpaper version is at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Making headway on a new client's site. So far the site is looking good. All I need now is for the client to send through the promised copy.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas Connection

Its about the family connection, more than the decorations. This image is not that "Christmassy", but then, I don't really "do" Christmas (its the whole Jewish thing).

Christmas Connection

The wallpaper version is at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being shortlisted for that Cabin bag competition that I blogged about last month. There are a total of 10 finalists and the competition website says that the winner will be announced there on Saturday. Gotta love agonising waits. My parents are convinced that my entry will win. I wish I had their confidence.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Prohibited Pet

Monkeys don't make good pets! There are many reasons that they should be housed in zoos / nature sanctuaries. Trust me on this one.

Prohibited Pet

The wallpaper version is at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally getting a music track that I've been wanting to put onto the "dance" ipod! Its a small thing, but its great to have finally gotten hold of this lovely bit of music.

Monday, December 15, 2008

No Dogs Allowed

Unless they don't understand signs :) Dedicated to all those dog lovers out there.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding dad's hamburger recipe. Not only can my dad cook, but his food is the best. We don't often let him loose in the kitchen, but when we do, we take notes!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Folded Gold

Its quite hard to talk on the phone with all that interference!

Today's Gratitude Item: Today was our local Santa Parade and I went and photographed the whole thing. It was a good opportunity to get photos of people / vintage cars which can then be changed into vector silhouettes. Said parade was free too - which is always good.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Flower in the Sky

The title really says it all. It was difficult to choose the gradient for this flame, which explains the lack of colour.

Today's Gratitude Item: A really lovely dance party. Our Israeli dance group combined forces with LMA (Leisure Movement Association) and we had a great time.

Friday, December 12, 2008


Dedicated to one of my dance buddies who at some point in the near future will give birth to a baby boy!

The design reminded me of a Mexican hat for some reason.

Today's Gratitude Item: I'm officially on summer vacation!!! Its a great feeling.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Limitless Lime

I'm not sure this riding this path is a good idea. It appears to go on for ever!

Today's Gratitude Item: A record day over at Shutterstock. It looks like fractal guy (ie: the person who downloads around 30 of my fractals when he visits) is back :). I also got another enhanced sale. The daily record now stands at $44.26.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Blue Bike Spiral

I'm having a "surreal is good" day. This is not exactly breaking news. A break from Apophysis / Tierazon was called for, so I revisited "Mind Boggling Fractals". It was fun.

Today's Gratitude Item: One of my tutor group students gave me an incredibly thoughtful gift! She even remembered that I'm Jewish and don't celebrate Christmas, so it was a "non-Christmas thank you gift". Its at times like this that teaching is the coolest job ever.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Splash Smash

No wonder this guy is taking a second look at what's happening next to him - it looks a tad dangerous.

Today's Gratitude Item: Figuring out how to fix my free version of AVG which was giving a weird error message (got to love google). Also getting another enhanced sale over at SS.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Wooly Wave

This one must be worth photographing!

Today's Gratitude Item: One more class to teach and then I'm "done". We still have various assemblies, prize givings and other events at school but the end is in sight.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Inside View

This is not the view from inside my living room, but wouldn't it be cool if it was!

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting to see our library volunteer (who recently turned 9) dance in a concert. Her dad also took part in a rather cheeky piece. The actual concert was really professional and it was brilliant to watch.

Rain Walkers

These two look like they went for a walk in the rain - at sunset. This one came out a lot better than expected. Its good when that happens.

Today's Gratitude Item: My dad helped me to get more of my work printed onto canvas. The works will *hopefully* be displayed in our Jewish Community center in due course. I will pick out the frames for the pieces on Monday (its all quite exciting).

Friday, December 05, 2008

Brass Bullets

I feel sort of sorry for the card board cut-out. He must feel rather unloved given that people keep shooting at him for no apparent reason.

Today's Gratitude Item: A great "Community and Service Day". We got to spend some time out of school and a good time was had by all. Not getting sunburned was an added bonus.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Ladder Man

Its amazing how a fractal background can take something quite ordinary and make it rather interesting.

Today's Gratitude Item: Today has been a really good day. We had our "Celebration of the Year" and as part of the ceremony each tutor group wrote a poem about their tutor and then presented them. My tutor group did a great job and were super nice. I'm especially grateful that they did not embarrass me. I finally plucked up the courage to look up my grade for the Statistics paper I sat last month. Nothing official had come in the snail mail so I visited the University website and discovered that I got an A+.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Shadow Boxers

This one reminds me of "smoke and mirrors" - minus the mirrors. Interestingly the white background is a lot more effective than a black background in this case.

Today's Gratitude Item: The southbound off-ramp reasonably near to where we live has finally been reopened. This had been out of action for the better part of a year and it was wonderful to be able to take the motorway home for a change. Things are slightly different and nice and new. Felt weird - but in a good way.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Giant Fractal Flower

This one turned out rather well. Its appropriate too as with summer well entrenched the garden is looking really lovely.

Today's Gratitude Item: It looks like I'll have work for next year! My contract at school was only for a year and whilst I did not get the full time Maths position that I interviewed for last week, I have been offered some part time Science work. This is extremely exciting as it means having work to do, but still having time to do my art / computer thing. I could not have envisioned such a perfect outcome and am extremely excited about it. That and teaching Science can be a lot easier than teaching Maths. The students tend to find Science intrinsically interesting - whereas in Mathematics they often struggle with abstract concepts. I'm looking forward to having a year where nobody puts up there hand and asks the "Why are we doing this?" question.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Painted Feathers

When I was growing up, we used to have brightly covered feather dusters made from stained ostrich plumage. Said feather dusters were not quite as pretty as this image, but they did the job.

Today's Gratitude Item: Rain-avoiding short cuts. Also having ones *Christmas* cake and eating it too. There are an amazing group of parents at school who regularly do very kind things for the staff. With Christmas coming, they supplied each staff member with a beautifully wrapped piece of Christmas cake and a lovely note. Even though I don't "do" Christmas, this was an incredibly thoughtful gesture.