Monday, February 29, 2016

Pastel Quarter

The original for this one was both too pale and quite plain. In this case, some judicious post-processing came to the rescue.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being invited to run a two day workshop in the April holidays focused on Web Design (in Christchurch). Needless to say, this is an exciting opportunity and I'm looking forward to the event.

Textured Sunshine

This one brightened up my day.

Today's Gratitude Item: An unscheduled nap. Was struggling to keep my eyes open due to the heat and a rather late night. Said nap worked wonders.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Light Blue Silk

This is another 'if only' image. As in 'if only' they made this fabric in real life.

Today's Gratitude Item: Speedy responses to email.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Pretty Pink Paper

Both colour and form were a very pleasant surprise.

Today's Gratitude Item: That someone saw one of my fractals and asked permission to use it as a design for their dining room table. It's fun when people think of cool ways to use my work and even more fun when they offer to pay for it.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Tropical Olymics

Took forever to get the colours to co-operate.

Today's Gratitude Item: That setting 'notifications' on all the events on one of my calendars did not take nearly as long as anticipated.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Magenta Olymics

This might be a bit bright / modern for most. Am not sure if it is 'cool' or just plain ugly.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding something that I though was lost forever :)

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Sand Spikes

It's a pity that the 'stripes' on this one are not really obvious.

Today's Gratitude Item: Rediscovering Khan Academy. It has a large number of self marking Mathematics word problems which can be used with my Mathematics class.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Chunky Abstract

There's a fern and part of a rectangle in this one...

Today's Gratitude Item: Making some progress on reducing my 'work mountain' - at least my students are submitting work for marking...

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Sea Fern

Took a while to get the colours to co-operate.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally managing to upgrade my mother's new computer to Windows 10. It kept 'hanging' when checking for updates (with no error message). Eventually I got it to update before attempting to upgrade. Happily that did the trick and now everything is working well.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Pearl Tendrils

This one took forever to get right.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting quicker at posting material to my 9th grade Mathematics google site.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Crescent Arch

Was not expecting this design. Sometimes the unexpected can be good.

Today's Gratitude Item: Not getting sun burned during athletics. My job is to record who won various track events in 'my' database so being in the shade is a given.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

All Roads

In this one all roads lead to a central point.

Today's Gratitude Item: The 'preview' feature in Windows which means that I don't necessarily have to open a file to see it's contents. This has made my marking slightly quicker (at this point even small gains are cause for celebration).

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Star Geometry

In this case, the star appears to be spinning.

Today's Gratitude Item: Well trained students. Most of them have realised that getting assignment work in on time is very important. The first few weeks of the year are the hardest and things are slowly getting easier in terms of kids understanding how my systems work and what is required. Needless to say, contacting parents when work has not been handed in has worked really well.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

New Dawn

For some reason, the line 'it's a new dawn' from the song "Feeling Good"was playing in my head when this one appeared.

Today's Gratitude Item: That Quiz. This is a brilliant website which lets one create online quizzes for Mathematics on a wide range of topics. Said quizzes are highly customisable and they are also self marking. My life just go so much easier.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Black Hole Daisy

If you look closely at this one, you'll see the black hole...

Today's Gratitude Item: That today was not unbearably hot. When one is 'stuck' teaching 30 teenagers at a time (sans air conditioning), cool weather can make a big difference.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Pastel Petals

This one would make a nice fabric design.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being up-to-date with my marking at the start of the week.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Female Fern

As in it looks like a fern but it's pink.

Today's Gratitude Item: A brilliant walk - found a total of $2.10 (three coins, three different places). It's fun when that happens.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Diamond Lines

This one is firmly in the 'simple and soothing' category.

Today's Gratitude Item: That a meeting which clashed with my dance group has been shifted so that we can use the hall instead of having to cancel class.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Fern Pearl

As in a fern made up of pearl colours.

Today's Gratitude Item: The possibility of cold-press coffee tomorrow morning at school.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Red Stalks

This one is best appreciated at full-size.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting some small but important tasks completed. Sometimes even tiny bits of progress can be sufficient.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Curved Blue Curtain

It took a surprisingly long time to get the colours of this one 'just right'.

Today's Gratitude Item: The fact that today marks 22 years of living in beautiful New Zealand. Needless to say,'the old country' feels like a distant dream that happened to someone else.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Spiky Blue

This one is a bit too 'busy' for my liking. Having said that, I 'kept' it because there are some vaguely interesting patterns on the high resolution / wallpaper version (see link below).

Today's Gratitude Item: That one of my students had an 'easy to fix' problem. It was easy to fix because I had the exact problem about a month ago and spent several hours trying to figure it out. So my earlier frustration was not wasted after all.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Sunset Fabric

This fabric is both silky and very expensive.

Today's Gratitude Item: No school tomorrow! At least Waitangi Day is good for something.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Special Silk

Originally this one was more two dimensional but a slight adjustment to the gradient lead to something that looks more like tree roots than fabric.

Today's Gratitude Item: That today was much, much better than yesterday. We managed to make at least some progress in most of my classes.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Parabola Play

Sometimes soft colours and gentle curves work well together.

Today's Gratitude Item: Encouragement from some of my colleagues at other schools. It helped brighten up one of 'those' days which involved unstable internet at school, new students who needed the internet to be working to make progress and an extraordinarily tame pigeon which would not leave my classroom (weirdly at one point said pigeon was happy to hop onto my hand but when I started to take it outside, it flew off again and insisted on remaining in my classroom).

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Sooner / Later Spiral

As in, when using Tierazon, sooner or later, a spiral appears. This one was of the 'sooner' variety.

Today's Gratitude Item: An unexpected '10c off' per liter when filling up my car.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Geometric Ripples

This one has it all, squares, ripples and a large diamond.

Today's Gratitude Item: A 'super quiz' add-on that lets me take google forms and make them into self marking quizzes. I'm planning on using this with my junior Mathematics class to see what they already know so that we don't waste time.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Pastel Gauze

At a large size, the interference pattern makes this one quite interesting.

Today's Gratitude Item: Surprise sushi. Even though it was a public holiday today, my favourite sushi shop was open which was unexpected as usually they are closed on public holidays.