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Moonshadow

ArtByDrew

Joined September 2008

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*Yes, I’m being followed by a moonshadow
Moonshadow, moonshadow
Leaping and hopping on a moonshadow
Moonshadow, moonshadow

And if I ever lose my hands
Lose my plow, lose my land
Oh, if I ever lose my hands
Oh, if – I won’t have to work no more

And if I ever lose my eyes
If my colors all run dry
Yes, if I ever lose my eyes
Oh, if – I won’t have to cry no more

Yes, I’m being followed by a moonshadow
Moonshadow, moonshadow
Leaping and hopping on a moonshadow
Moonshadow, moonshadow

And if I ever lose my legs
I won’t moan, and I won’t beg
Oh, if I ever lose my legs
Oh, if – I won’t have to walk no more

And if I ever lose my mouth
All my teeth, north and south
Yes, if I ever lose my mouth
Oh, if – I won’t have to talk-

Did it take long to find me?
I ask the faithful light
Oh, did it take long to find me?
And, are you going to stay the night?

I’m being followed by a moonshadow
Moonshadow, moonshadow
Leaping and hopping on a moonshadow
Moonshadow, moonshadow

Moonshadow, moonshadow
Moonshadow, moonshadow*

- Cat Stevens, 1971 -

This fractal artwork was inspired by an old song by Cat Stevens that I learned to play on the guitar when I was very young. Now that I am older, I appreciate the message in the song even more. There are times when my ongoing bout with cancer may place my thoughts and spirits in a bad place, and listening to this song when I am feeling that way makes me smile and feel so grateful for all the wonderful things that life has been kind enough to award me. Hopefully Cat’s words will do the same for you, and the artwork will bring back these words of Cat’s when you find yourself in a bad place.

“Moonshadow” is a song from the album ‘Teaser and the Firecat’, released by Cat Stevens in 1971. Stevens wrote this about finding hope in any situation. Be present and joyful. See life as it is, right now, and don’t compare it to other’s lives, or other times in your life. Every moment in life is rich and unique; whether we are aware of it or not, we are always leaping and hopping on a moonshadow – the inescapable present moment. If we are wrapped up in our whirlpools of worry and concern about what could be, or what has been, we are missing the richness of life as it is. I have included a link to a video of the song for your enjoyment below.

Cat Stevens playing Moonshadow
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGNxKnLmOH4

The artwork was created in Apophysis. The original is 4800 × 6000 pixels at 300 pixels per inch. The fractal gradient was created with ApoMap, a gradient editor commonly used with Apophysis. This is a single flame created by hand with no post-processing, and is exactly as it was originally rendered. Because the original is so large and difficult to see over the internet, I have included a few detail cutaways below. The cutaways are at 50% of the full-size artwork.

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