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Created in GIMP, also using FSK and UF.

Created as a digital translation in Solo Exhibition group’s Sojie 14 workshop. Below are posted the individual “Work in Progress” (WIP’s) descriptions.

Summary: A study of lightning images, followed by creation of my own “lightning” as WIP#1 for my digital translation of Christina Rodriguez’ powerful “Unexplainable Surge of Mine”.

After studying a number of amazing images of lightning on the web (links to examples below) I took advantage of a tutorial link (first link below) that an RB friend had shared with me a few months ago. I had wanted to try this before, but wasn’t sure if I could adapt the instructions for Photoshop to GIMP, and also needed the inspiration provided by this Sojie 14 opportunity.








Unexplainable Surge of Mine
by Christina Rodriguez

Summary: Extracting and attempting to recolor one of the “mouths” from a prior work, superimposed on “homebrew lightning” as WIP#2 for my digital translation of Christina Rodriguez’ powerful “Unexplainable Surge of Mine”.

When I began studying Christina’s original, I was struck by the electrical “surges”, the amazing mouth, and the sensual, curly locks of hair. I have wanted for several months now to revisit “Lip Service”, a work done when I could “only make fractals”, and this seemed like the perfect excuse to “repurpose” part of that image. In the WIP above, you can see I’m having some difficulty with the color adjustment. Below is “Lip Service” for reference.

Lip Service (FSK3511)
by barrowda

Summary: touched up the lips on the “extracted mouth”, and also created a “woman’s totem pole” object that I envision will serve as a “lightning rod” and feminine representational figure once I incorporate the mouth.

WIP#3 for my digital translation of Christina Rodriguez’ powerful “Unexplainable Surge of Mine”.
My next WIP will show this totem object in greater closeup, but I decided I needed it to be small enough (as shown here) to create a pentagon of five “women” to share the electrical “surge”. While I realize some may perceive some Wicca influence in the resulting pentagram, I just like the geometry…though I confess I may have watched a few too many episodes of “Charmed” :o)))

Summary: WIP#4, a close up in GIMP of the totem image showing the mouth and an added supernova effect as a sparkling “power jewel”.

WIP#4 for my digital translation of Christina Rodriguez’ powerful “Unexplainable Surge of Mine”.

Another detail from my study of the description of Christina’s original was that the “surge” of electricity represented a somewhat uncomfortable feeling of anxiety, a tingling feeling that she sometimes has to suppress by painting. As she demonstrated with her entry in Sojie 13, Christina also has a luscious sense of darkness in many of her works, so the somewhat sinister visage of these totem women seems to fit in my mind. At the same time, the strong primary colors are an important piece of my works that I wanted to insert here to “make this my own”.

Summary: WIP# 5; five totems arranged and first bolts of lightning added in GIMP as described in WIP#1.

Answering Kathie’s questions about making lightning in GIMP without affecting other objects (and I had the same questions myself, but I’ve figured it out; whew!!!). After painting the lightning directly on the image layer, I then had to “select” just the lightning with the fuzzy select tool (adjusted to a higher than usual threshold) and apply gaussian blur filter. Planning to add lightning to connect all the totems, but since everybody liked the detailed totem shown up close (including me), I want to figure out how to see more of at least one of them. Thanks for everybody’s comments and questions, and please know that I love all the wonderfully creative work you are doing. And of course, a special thanks to Christina for allowing me to translate her wonderfully inspirational work.

Celebrating the milestones of 725,000 Views (10/16/14), 1250 Features (10/18/14) and prizes in the 2012 – 2014 CHANL Scientific Art Competitions. A Featured Member of Apophysis Tutorial Fun Group, Bryce and Beyond, Brain Science, Brain Arts and Artists Universe groups, and active in over 50 other RB groups as a digital/fractal artist using Apophysis, Fractal Science Kit, Ultra Fractal, GIMP and Mandelbulb3D.

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  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersabout 3 years ago

    Very nice!! . . .

  • Thanks for the fave and comment, Hugh!! This took over a week to complete, which is an eternity for someone with my level of patience :o)))

    – barrowda

  • fantasytripp
    fantasytrippabout 3 years ago

    Magical work. Love the totem pole feel.

  • Thanks for the fave and comment, ft!! Glad you folks are online in the land of Oz, it’s 2am where I am and everybody is snoozing :o)))

    – barrowda

  • Diane Johnson-Mosley
    Diane Johnson-...about 3 years ago

    Amazing work,love the totums, great job on the lightening and the name is brilliant.

  • Thanks so much for the fave and appreciation, Diane!!! I’m really proud of this one, and especially to be in Sojie 14 with all of you :o))) David

    – barrowda

  • Christina Rodriguez
    Christina Rodr...about 3 years ago

    David it is just stunning! stunning! And it expresses my anxiety so well!! The surge! The ripple of emotions! congratulations hun! excellent, superb work!!

    -Christina xoxo

  • Muchas gracias, mi corazón!!!! xoxoxo :o)))

    – barrowda

  • Samantha Aplin
    Samantha Aplinabout 3 years ago


  • Thank you very much for your fave and comment, Sam!! Best, David :o)))

    – barrowda

  • AsEyeSee
    AsEyeSeeabout 3 years ago

    David, this is an electrifying interpretation!! Was that cheesy?? :o) Sorry!! But seriously, it is super cool. Great work!

  • Thank you VERY much, and I am SHOCKED that you would worry about that possibly being a cheesy comment, for it is exactly the kind of thing that I would say :o))) Thanks for lightning my mood, David

    – barrowda

  • Jaclyn Hughes
    Jaclyn Hughesover 1 year ago

    Another beautiful piece & another late but better late than never congrats to you my friend!

  • Thanks so very much, Jackie!! Big hugs!! :o)))

    – barrowda

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