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Journey to the center of the machine

Apr 04, 2017 - Cellular Automata - 0 Comments - Standard

These images were made with George Maydwell’s cellular automata java applets that used to be posted at collidoscope.com which now seems to be gone.  George’s applets took ca to a whole new level.  If you want to see some examples, here’s a posting I wrote years ago on Orbittrap: Collidoscope.com’s Modern CA –Animation Wonderland! But […]

Painting with power

Jan 27, 2017 - Cellular Automata - 0 Comments - Standard

  I often like to quote things that have never been said before.  The “quote style” of writing has a whole new feel to it and instantly transforms an otherwise common place statement into the realm of the legendary.  In the same way I’ve often wanted to take images like the one above and make […]

Nighttime travels

Jan 27, 2017 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

The program Fractal Vizion does a thousand and one things.  One of my favorites that I wrote about way back in 2006 was the random landscape function.  It creates a random landscape. It’s the automatic palette generator that really completes the effect coloring the “sea” and the “land” in just the right mysterious way.  I […]

The Weird Image

Jan 26, 2017 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

HP Lovecraft in his essay, Supernatural Horror in Literature (1927) uses the word “weird” to describe a special quality in the works of a sub-genre of fiction that he labels, “The Weird Tale”.  I’ve found it to be a useful analogy to explain what the “synthetic aesthetic” is and what makes such machine made imagery […]

The Mona Lizard

Jan 25, 2017 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

Where’s the connection?  It’s in the sky.  Notice up in the left corner, just to the side of Mona’s head, there is an interesting but weakly detailed landscape scene in which a greenish flash of light is reflected off the night time overcast sky. Compare with the old version: I think mine has better irrelevant […]

Fog and Fyre

Apr 18, 2009 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

When it comes to making art by pushing buttons and turning dials, there ought to be a general rule of thumb that says push every button, turn every dial.  If it’s there – turn it. I just discovered the blur thing.  It’s always been there, but I guess I just thought it made things blurry […]

The Wheel of Digital Art

Apr 15, 2009 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

The digital medium allows for some very strange, head-warping things to be done.  For instance, one can take one piece of art in it’s final state, completed and ready for viewing, and use it as the raw material for another, completely new and different work of art.  This is more than a mere “reworking”; it’s […]

Can Bad Fractals be Good Art?

Apr 04, 2009 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

Pantheon Good software makes images that are too slick.  It’s hard to get good software to make smudgy, jagged, off-color stuff.  Purebred imagery is predictable.  Artists often make junk and crazy mistakes but it’s a process of trial and error that leads to new styles.  Good software and professional skills is a toxic combination that […]

The Golden Shore 2

Mar 31, 2009 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

Although I tried as best I could to hide from the ugly brute, he no sooner awoke than I was snatched up in one of his enormous hands.  However, instead of consuming me like some dainty he in a very refined manner asked me who I was and how I came to be on this […]

The Golden Shore

Mar 30, 2009 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

Finally, after more than a week drifting about at the mercy of the sea, I saw in the distance some land.  The coast appeared quite rugged and at first I thought myself to be suffering greatly from my ordeal for I perceived the shore to be golden and glittering like a Sultan’s treasury.  On shore […]