Monday, July 31, 2017

Tisha B'Av 5777

Whilst Tisha B'Av is always a very sad day, the underlying message is one of hope.

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: That *most* of my days are filled with hope rather than mourning.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Hot Blue

An interesting design that did not quite 'deliver'. Was not quite ugly enough to abandon completely.

Today's Gratitude Item: Managing to create individualised 'to do' lists for my 7th grade math students. The plan is to get them to complete material that lets them work on 'gaps' in their knowledge rather than getting everyone to do the same thing. It will be interesting to see how this goes...

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Flame Game

This one took a fair bit of 'post processing' - the original does not look anything like this.

Today's Gratitude Item: An unexpectedly super-fast response to an email. It's good to know I'm not the only one working on the weekend.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Cold Connection

The hexagonal shapes reminded me of snowflakes.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being up-to-date on marking before the start of a weekend :)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

String Flute

In my world, wind instruments sometimes fit in the 'string' section.

Today's Gratitude Item: I checked my pigeon hole today and was surprised (and delighted) to find a lovely card and some petrol vouchers from two teachers who really appreciated some resources that I shared earlier in the year.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Moth Diamond

I really liked the 'feathery' texture of the wings so this one got rendered.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having time to catch up with a whole lot of 'stuff' that needed doing. It's only the start of term and I'm already feeling quite stressed and more than a little over worked.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Wheel Bloom

There was a bit of 're-invention' with this particular wheel.

Today's Gratitude Item: Trying something and having it work first time around. This is a rare occurrence and it was a nice surprise.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Spiral Comfort

A surprise that turned out better than expected.

Today's Gratitude Item: Surviving the first day of our new term. Only 49 school days to go until the next set of holidays!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Spinning Affair

This one was pretty enough to be worth rendering...

Today's Gratitude Item: Being toasty and warm - something that cannot be over-rated.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Scottish Sculpture

This one is, quite literally, 'nice and different'.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a second puzzle book! It turns out that school holidays means having a lot of time to do crosswords etc.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Xmas Flower Ball

Even though I don't celebrate Christmas, the shiny decorations are oddly appealing. Also for some reason at this time of year, Christmas type fractals randomly appear on my screen - which is beyond weird.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting quite a bit done! I am not exactly thrilled about having to go back to school on Monday but at least I'm not dreading it...

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Floral DNA

This would be a cool throw pillow.

Today's Gratitude Item: Rainy weather. Which is perfect for curling up with a good book / crossword puzzle.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Four Squares

In addition to the whole spiral 'thing', I now have a 'square' thing too.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to use the gym for dance tonight (again). The Community Security Guys who usually use the space were kind enough to switch to the smaller space as they had fewer people. It was a very pleasant surprise and I am grateful that they were willing to accommodate our needs.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hard and Soft

As in the center is quite 'hard' and the surrounding texture is quite soft.

Today's Gratitude Item: A really relaxing 'play' day where no real work was done.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Floor Tiles

Simple but strangely compelling.

Today's Gratitude Item: A very nice little site called This site allows users to automatically generate the Hebrew text for either the Tanach or Mishna. It made creating this year's Simchat Torah image a lot easier than it would otherwise have been. For a sneak peak of said image, please click the preceding link.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Flower Belt

This one is a bit too floral for my liking...

Today's Gratitude Item: That replacing some of my less than perfect images with improved versions on flickr was really easy.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Hanging in the Balance

Was particularly pleased when this one appeared - if only I could remember exactly how it was created...

Today's Gratitude Item: Having a day of sunshine! After several days of freezing cold, cloudy days we finally caught a break.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Scottish Stairs

This one could have been called 'Tartan Ripple'.

Today's Gratitude Item: That making a *virtual* Sukkah was not as hard as anticipated. Having recyclable schach helped.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Scottish Spiral

This one is a twist on a very familiar theme.

Today's Gratitude Item: Figuring out how to make a flat square image curve around a pre-existing cylinder. If this sounds complicated that is because it is.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Forest Tread

When I first saw this one, it reminded me of tread marks - hence the name.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to use the Gym in the community center where we are currently dancing rather than the much smaller hall. The guys who usually use the gym on Wednesday nights apparently decided to take a break this week which was great for us.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Butterfly Blues

This one turned out better than expected.

Today's Gratitude Item: One down, four more to go. As in I have created my Rosh HaShana image for 5778 and have four more images to make. As always, the hardest part is coming up with a decent idea for any given image ...

Monday, July 10, 2017

Floral Fantasy - Version 2

Weird things happen when you mix diamonds and flowers. This one is firmly in the 'not sure if this was a good idea' pile.

Today's Gratitude Item: That thus far none of my students have uploaded overdue work! It means not having to mark said work and whilst those who are behind should be working hard to catch up, we all know its not going to happen which means I get a bit of a break.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Slightly Off Balance

Sometimes being 'slightly off' works - this was one of those times.

Today's Gratitude Item: That in addition to being on school holidays, things are really quiet on the Uni front. Taking a brief break from insane busyness is bliss.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Holy Wall

As in a wall with lots of holes.

Today's Gratitude Item: Good timing, lovely weather and a brilliant Saturday afternoon nap. Also not being stressed about having to prepare work for school for the coming week :)

Friday, July 07, 2017

Rippled Texture

It turns out that making red fractals is not all that easy - except in this case.

Today's Gratitude Item: Making it to the end of term!

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Drawn in Quarters

Every so often something just 'different enough' appears on my screen. It took longer than one might think to get the background to co-operate.

Today's Gratitude Item: One more day until Winter Vacation! Right now, I have a hate / hate relationship with my alarm clock. The only thing worse than it going off is if it does not go off at all!

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Disc Flowers

This one is a rather pretty variation on a theme.

Today's Gratitude Item: My 8th grade Math class were getting ready for a test tomorrow and we had an algebra revision sheet but no answers. Instead of hurriedly trying to work out all the answers, I got the class to collaborate on a shared spreadsheet where students would post a possibly correct answer and others in the class would either 'up vote' or disagree and post an alternate answer. This worked better than expected and the answer key ended up being 'self correcting'. I think the kids learned a lot doing it this as they had to take risks, be polite and respectful and think about why a possible solution was correct / wrong.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Perfect Squares

My love of strong geometric shapes has struck again!

Today's Gratitude Item: That a third of my 7th grade Math class were away today. The absences were due to a school trip but it was really nice having a much smaller (and quieter) group.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Four Rivers

This is either four rivers flowing in to a common area or an abstract flower - you decide.

Today's Gratitude Item: Not being 'out' of cherry lollies. I keep a tin in my car for the ride home and enjoyed what I though was the last one this afternoon. Happily there was another tin in the top secret lolly stash so all is well in my world.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Curve Closeup

This one involved zooming in. A lot.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being reasonably up-to-date with my study and preparation for the coming week.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Lost City Columns

When these appeared, my first thought was 'City of Atlantis'. I think it's because of the colour and style.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting leave (with pay) so that I can easily travel down to dance camp later in the year. Sometimes I moan a bit when things don't go well at school. Now I feel slightly guilty for said moaning.