On Style 7

Surfing Squirrel by Maria K. Lemming   I Know What I Like — Or Do I? Part Three: I may not always know why I like a given work of art, but I can usually tell when a given piece makes me simultaneously smile and think. So, I’m on more sure footing on this outing. … Continue reading

On Style 6

FaeryRing by Jennifer Stewart [Click on images to view full-size.]   I Know What I Like — Or Do I? Part Two: I began recent entries in this series outlining with some certainty why I like certain fractal artists and then admitting my trepidations for being less sure as to why I’m drawn to the … Continue reading

On Style 5

Fly Me to the Moon by Tina Oloyede   I Know What I Like — Or Do I? Part One: Last time, I was on surer footing as I attempted to explain why I know what I like when viewing fractal art. I admitted my bias for the painterly over the photographic, as well as … Continue reading

On Style 4

The Listening Heaven by Elizabeth Mansco   I Know What I Like My aesthetic sensibilities apparently run counter to the prevailing grain when it comes to my personal taste in fractal art. Photography, especially the digital variety, naturally appears to be a closer cousin with fractal art than does painting. Both digital photography and (software-based) … Continue reading

On Style 3

2766 by Jock Cooper Create your own visual style…let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others. —Orson Welles The premise of this post is quite straightforward. I assert that Jock Cooper’s "Mechanicals" series is the most skillful, satisfying, and stylistic fractal art series to date. And here’s why:   11010401aa by Jock … Continue reading

On Style 2

Send Out the Probes by Linda Allison No one to date has had a more profound effect on fractal art style than Linda Allison. Her fractals became the template de rigor for the Fractal Universe Calendar (FUC) — the long-running staple of fractal art mass marketing.  Her work made with early iterations of Ultra Fractal … Continue reading

On Style 1

He most honors my style who learns under it to destroy the teacher. —Walt Whitman Style is a fraud.  I always felt the Greeks were hiding behind their columns. —Willem de Kooning Style is not something applied. It is something that permeates. It is of the nature of that in which it is found, whether … Continue reading

Speak, Fractalbookers!

How dare you? Really, really, really… [Image seen here.] It seems a flash mob of Fractalbookers has lowered the drawbridge and surged out of their virtual fortress. Upon hearing Kerry Mitchell’s clarion call on the UF List to defend his sacred manifesto (and legacy?), they’ve amassed in OT’s basement to pour their burning oil on … Continue reading

NASA’s Earth Day Fractals

Susitna Glacier Alaska’s Susitna Glacier revealed some of its long, grinding journey when the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s Terra satellite passed overhead on Aug. 27, 2009. I’ll be back to posting more regularly on OT as summer nears and RL slows down. For now, enjoy this natural fractal photoblog … Continue reading

I Feel Corporate and Inspirational Too!

While doing some serious research on calendars recently, I stumbled on a gallery where:Big Black Framesand Short Inspirational TitlesIn Glowing White TextSeparated by a White LineWith Snappy Quotation Subtitles BelowWere The House Specialty They looked nice. In fact, this inspirational poster framing style looked very polished and professional, which is what I think, “Corporate” is … Continue reading

Galleries of the Gods

As I said in my last post, there’s something captivating about the Buddhist artworks in the Mogao caves in northwestern China and, strangely enough, I find it to be reminiscent of things I’ve seen in fractal programs.  I’ve come up with a term for this electrifying visual genre: “Divine Diagrams.”  “Divine” because they’re mostly, but … Continue reading

The Art Dimension: turning fractals into art

In my previous series of postings (first, second) on how to separate the art from the fractals, I basically say that the only way to do more with fractals than simply create computer crafts is to focus on producing works of abstract expressionism or landscape/place.  These are the only two existing art genres where fractals … Continue reading

Why can’t fractals do what art does?

Over the years I’ve come to see this as the perennial problem in fractal art. Naturally there are many other perspectives regarding the “art-worthiness” of fractals, among which the most common seems to be that they’re essentially no different than any other medium that artists work with. But this doesn’t explain why the enormous creative … Continue reading

Only …the Awesome!

There are many ways to judge fractal artworks; you could look for beauty, whatever that is, or you could look for expression, or artistic merit, or something else too profound for words.  I look for “Awesome!”.  Call it the Awesome School of Fractal Art Criticism, or Awesome-ism for short.  The exclamation mark is optional. ~ … Continue reading

Fuh, fuh, fuh… Fractals!

I apologize in advance if this post seems like nothing more than a roundup of fractals recently posted to Fractalforums.com, that mega mecca of all things fractal, but that forum site just seems to have the right formula for their fractal flypaper that makes the job of roving scientists like myself so much easier. Here’s … Continue reading

Fresh Fractal Finds

Here’s a bunch of images that caught my eye while out prospecting with my virtual mule.  Let’s take a look while I try to psychoanalyze myself and add another chapter in the book, “Art as Rorschach Test”. ~Click on images to view full-size on original site~ Stratographic detail/ Prince of Persia Sands of Time like … Continue reading

The Synthetic Aesthetic 5: Surrealist Pioneers

The work of some surrealist artists back in the early 20th century involved the use of creative methods that are almost analogous to many of our modern computerized algorithms and effects.  For people like myself that are currently exploring the creative potential of photoshop filters and other graphically creative computer things, the smoke drawings, photo … Continue reading

The Synthetic Aesthetic 4: The Creative Device

The Creative Device Synthetic art has only one principle to it: the creative device.  As a result, the synthetic aesthetic is not bound to any particular medium but rather is a way of being creative within any medium.  The computerized medium holds the most potential for synthetic art because it allows for much easier creation … Continue reading

The Synthetic Aesthetic – Part 1

This is another one of those theoretical postings; you might want to skip it and go look at some fresh fractal art instead.  But if you’re still interested, in this posting I intend to examine what fractal art has come to be and show that this evolution of the art form has made fractal art … Continue reading

Paint by Fractals

What shower of insults and rotten tomatoes are provoked up by such a play on the expression, “Paint by Numbers”?  And yet, to those who know what galactic boundaries are quickly traversed by just a few (million) iterations of the simplest of fractal formulas, the phrase “Paint by Fractals” is nothing short of rocket-powered creativity.  … Continue reading

Fractal Getaways: Your Electronic Vacation

Our brains need a vacation.  And what could be a better Brain Resort than the electronic paradises of the fractal realm.  Here’s a sampler of some of the most interesting fractal scenery and composite images I’ve stumbled upon over the last few months. Although we’ve already arrived at our electronic destination, let’s do the old-fashioned … Continue reading

Psychoanalyzing Fractal Art: Fractalsport Psychosis

Yes, fellow patients, and particularly those in the line-up waiting for shock-treatment, we are sometimes gripped by that psychotic condition which I would label, “fractalsport”. What is fractalsport?  You know what fractalsport is and are exhibiting its symptoms right now with your attempts to deny it.  For those of you whose brains are still effervescing … Continue reading

Earthscapes: Top Row

Earthscapes. United States Postal Service (2012) [Click on images to view at higher resolution.]   This is the first of three posts about postage. The U. S. Postal Service, as part of National Stamp Month, issued a series of Forever stamps entitled Earthscapes. Three rows of five are displayed in the stamp pane seen above. … Continue reading

Fractal Artists are Deluded Narcissists

First, let me explain.  I make such a bold statement not because I hate fractals (or fractal artists) but because I love fractals and include myself among the hopelessly deluded. A quaint anecdote I came to this realization in a rather unexpected way: through rediscovering the joy of fractal artistry. For the last year or … Continue reading

3D Printing: Will this be Fractal Art’s Big Break?

With 3D printing technology, fractal art can cheaply and easily enter the domain of sculpture.  It’s an exciting development and offers the ever dazzling world of fractals another venue in which to capture that proverbial and elusive, “mainstream” audience.  Will this be fractal art’s big break or just another demonstration of how hard it is … Continue reading