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Janet Parke
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This one has been more than three months in the making, going through some very dramatic changes and exploring several dead ends along the way. This is not where I imagined I would end up, but thankfully it's not all up to me.

---> There's a much more detailed description of what inspired my process and the resulting image (see my response to theaver's comment below).

And I have now posted a video journal about the creation of the image on Vimeo and YouTube
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Sub-The0ry Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!

Legends never die :)
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Sophquest Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012   Digital Artist
Drew my eye, immediately! - I saw this featured in the "Fractals that Rock II" article [link] and was drawn to it's dynamic energy! Beautiful.
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baba49 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic art work :love:
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Gerda1946 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This piece is featured here [link]
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Fiery-Fire Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have been featured in Fractals that ROCK!! pt2
Hope you like it :sun: :blowkiss: >> [link]
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12GO Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Thanks for the inspiration - again. - Sam
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mario837 Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Great work! :clap: This is where fractal art mixes with digital art and then with traditional art.
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infinite-art Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you -- that merging of techniques and tools is what I'm aiming for.
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Xantipa2 Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
..:clap:..:clap:..:clap:
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fractek Featured By Owner May 25, 2012   General Artist
a wonderful piece, Janet... love the muted colors and your amazing use of texture!
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infinite-art Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Kirsty!
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theaver Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
It is amazing..
An exploding flower, a splash..well nothing I can really define..but still I think it is a beauty though a bit a crazy beauty.
I find myself looking at the technic ..many many layers and many masks I would think...I love the background that shines through, the stripes I mean, the colours. Is it a manipulation..I dont think you used not fractal elements though. :clap:
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infinite-art Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I didn't know what it was all along either. In the end, I see a flower, and more specifically, a kind of bearded iris shape to the "petals" -- so that's the inspiration for the name.

The image actually doesn't contain as many layers as most of my recent work. There are four layers that stand alone, and then 11 other layers that host 20 masks among them. 35 total.

I didn't know how to classify the image -- I probably don't understand how the classifications work on dA. Even though it's all accomplished with UF, the post-processing type techniques and extreme manipulations are pretty heavy-handed. Should I re-classify it?

The stripe thing is a current obsession that I've explored in several recent images. I have this fascination with how chaotic and disconnected my life feels from the magnification of a single day. I can't see how the disparate pieces connect, and it isn't until I back away with time and distance that I can see the bigger picture of what I'm doing/creating/accomplishing.

It wasn't until the last burst of working on this that I allowed the flower to form an almost recognizable and connected figure. Lots of the shapes in the background are slices of (formerly-connected) figures that are chopped apart and rearranged to express how my life often feels as I work on projects in a non-linear manner. I frequently can't see where I'm going or how things fit together until I can step away to see the finished result -- or at least substantial progress. This applies to all of my life, not so much my art -- but I'm trying to use the medium of the latter to express the former.

In this case, the 7 sections are sort of meant to signify 7 days of a week. It's not that any project I work on feels complete or cohesive in something as brief as a week's time, but I felt a 973-panel image wasn't really practical either ;-)

I'm also going through a phase where I'm not aiming for pretty. I've never been intrigued by art that depicts the uglier sides of life -- I can see plenty of that on the evening news. But I think I always strove for a certain degree of aesthetic pleasantry. These days, I'm keenly aware that not everything in life resolves itself into a pretty picture with all loose ends tied up in a pretty bow, and I think that's going to affect my art for a while.

I think it would be interesting to show the evolution of this image, much as I did in this video, so I'm rendering all the saved-along-the-way versions. If it works out, I'll post a link.
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theaver Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Yes I can see the iris I thought the name was from the word desire..but maybe it is too. Not knowing where you are going ....well as a labyrint facilitor I teach labyrint workshops , they are a metaphore for your life journey, that is never straight, with many unexpected turnings, sometimes you think you are there and then again you are far away..but in the end you always reach the centre..and then you have to go back again. I suppose you can also apply that to art, especcially if it is made with the intensity as you make it.
Not pretty no, art is not about pretty , maybe about beautiful, pleasant yes, but that is something else. In fractals it is too easy to stick with the pretty and I am afraid I often do that , but that is not art that has more meaning than that and you tell a lot about yourself in it..not for everybody to see though. 7 days, well 7 is a magical number .
Yes it would be interesting to see it in such a video, it must be a lot of work thought to make that.
About the manipulation, I dont think it matters, fractal manipulation is often used for when you put other images in I guess..not sure how much manipulation in photoshop or another programm make a manipulation. :D
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fractalhead Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
very nice
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Platinus Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's incredible and very impressive, Janet.
Simply loving it!
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infinite-art Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, Travii!
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Gerda1946 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A very nice one!!!
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kuzy62 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Always a joy to see your work Janet!!! Amazingly beautiful!
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infinite-art Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, Dan!
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CopperColour Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
I can't possibly make any other comment than just... I like it. :)

I found UF when the beta version for Mac came out. I really enjoy using it.
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infinite-art Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks -- and there's a whole world of wonder to explore in UF -- I hope you enjoy it!
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CopperColour Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Thank you. I was surprised to be able to do anything as its reputation is of being difficult but I know a little about Photoshop layers so that got me going.
It's hard to learn new things with an old brain. I'm seventy-one. :D
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SuicideBySafetyPin Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is just sublime!!!!
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infinite-art Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for your comment, and all the kindness and support you have given me here!
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