I hope you are all well and having a good weekend. I've had a busy week and yesterday I traveled to Gifu, Japan, to sing at a party. So this is my first opportunity to share my new interest with you.
A few weeks ago I discovered a website dedicated to visual art and literature called Deviant Art. Browsing the galleries for pieces that I could possibly use for cover art for my upcoming music, I came across a genre of digital art called Fractal Art.
A fractal is a natural phenomenon or a mathematical set that exhibits a repeating pattern that displays on every scale. In other words, "fractals are complex, patterns & forms found throughout the natural world. Relative to this art form, they are complex computer generated images, or designs, of amazing form, detail, color and light. They are created using mathematical formulas, and are infinite in their ability to be viewed in ever increasing detail. The closer you look (zoom into a fractal) the more detail there is."
Here is a short presentation about Fractal Art on YouTube.
On Deviant Art I discovered some extraordinary examples of fractal art and I found myself spending hours just going through the galleries and discovering some amazing artists. Some of my favorites are FractalMonster (Ingvar Kullberg), ChasMandala (Charles), Joe-Maccer (Joe Abstract), eReSaW (Renate S.), 011 (Milan Dobrojevic), LaraBLN and Chazagirl.
Then, a few days ago, one of my favorite fractal artists, Ingvar Kullberg, sent me a lovely message. He didn't simply thank me for liking his work, but he also invited me to explore fractals myself, adding a link to a free online fractal creator called Xaos. He also sent me a link to this fascinating documentary of Arthur C. Clarke presenting the mathematical discovery of the Mandelbrot Set (M-Set) in the visually spectacular world of fractal geometry. It is called The Colors of Infinity and has a beautiful soundtrack by David Gilmour of Pink Floyd.
Curious, I decided to investigate.
Please bear in mind that I am absolutely hopeless at both mathematics and at visual art. No one can ever figure out what I intended when I try to draw something even as simple as an apple. Since he said that the computer program takes care of the mathematics, I decided to try.
What a joy it was! It is. I have been hooked ever since. You can easily get lost exploring the many layers and dimensions of each image by zooming in and out on Xaos. Once I tried to capture my own images, I was amazed. My images are by no means as intricate and spectacular as those of the artists I found. They are very simple in comparison as I am a novice and still learning how to use the software. Still, it made me so happy to be able to produce a beautiful work of visual art for the first time. I will be eternally grateful to Ingvar for that message.
Here are a few of my first efforts. I am having so much fun! Please take some time to also visit the galleries of the great artists I mentioned above. And if you are as fascinated as I was, why don't you give Xaos a try as well? :-)