Art has always been a passion of mine, but I’ve never had the kind of talent for free-hand drawing that amounts to what I’d call marginally good. Because of that, I devoted most of my time to playing saxophone & singing with my ex in his daddy’s band, The Papa Smurf Band. Yes, Papa Smurf. Poppie looked a lot like Papa Smurf, except he wasn’t little, & he wasn’t blue. Rest in peace, Poppie.

After leaving my ex & moving back near my home town in the late fall of 1995 I bought my first computer, & a new world opened up to me. However, it wasn’t until 1999 that I finally discovered fractals on the internet. They more than fascinated me. I was amazed that they were created using mathematical equations.

Math had never been my strongest subject in school, but I did finally make a “B” in algebra the second year I took it in high school & again in college. But that was so many years ago, & I’d forgotten so much. Oh, how I wished I could create the kind of beauty that those fractal artists had done.

I thought those artists had to be super smart to know how to create art using mathematical equations. It must be extremely involved. Even when I discovered they used what was called a fractal generator I had no idea how it was done, but I wanted to find out. I’d tried the Paint program that came with my computer & failed miserably to create anything that looked even moderately pleasing to the eye. So, how in the world would I be able to use even a fractal generator?

After finding & downloading a couple of the free fractal generators from the net, I gave them a try. It wasn’t as difficult as I’d thought! The equations were already there, & all I had to do was punch in numbers or choose among the different options to modify the images. Well… Simplicity can be deceiving sometimes. The images were oh, so-so. Some were fairly decent, but in no way came close to those others I’d seen on the net. ‘Course, I figured I’d get better in time.

Finally, I downloaded a trial copy of Ultra Fractal & fell in love with it. It took me a couple of years before I thought my images were good enough to show off on the web. It is now my favorite fractal program & the one I use most.

Twice my computer crashed, & I lost everything. Some images I’d given to friends to use as desktop backgrounds, so thankfully, those were recovered….

Today I have a new pc & am still having a fun creating fractal images. I hope you will enjoy viewing my images, & perhaps you’ll like one or more enough to make a purchase. If not, perhaps you’ll leave a comment or two. Comments & constructive criticisms are always appreciated. No matter what you decide, thank-you for visiting, viewing, & reading.

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RE: Kaleidoscope #004: Garden Path

When I was growing up my favorite places were the library, the museum – the outside as well as the inside of both. The gardens on the grounds of each had several wooded paths that I loved to walk. The colours of this image symbolize the wood, grass, moss, & various flowers found there. / Those gardens are now greatly diminished due to expansion. There is still enough there to give te…
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