Every once in a while I discover and develop an image that is just uncannily familiar. From the similarity of “Pollinator” to an actual pollinator, to the “Ocean Floor” that isn’t actually an ocean floor, we see how nature follows the patterns dictated by the geometry we know as fractals. However, it is not strictly ‘natural’ things which follow fractal patterns. We can see fractal patterns in things like architecture, art, music, and… fancy china dishes!
I absolutely love this image which I’ve entitled ‘Time for Tea”. To me it seems vaguely reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland and the interior of my Mom’s china cabinet. I recently printed it on metal. Here is what the digital image I created looks like. In the metal print, the white parts are silver, so it does change the look of it a little. It would be perfect in a super modern dining room, I think.
This Saturday I will be one of the artists displaying their work at Art in the Park in Woodstock, Ontario. It is scheduled to start at 2 pm, and goes until 9 pm, at Victoria Park, 413 Buller Street
Woodstock , ON
I participated in this event last year, which took place at the beginning of September, and really enjoyed all the music that played during the afternoon and evening. It was a lovely, relaxing event, great setting, and many talented artists were present with their work. I wish I had taken some photos to share with you!
I will have a selection of fractal pieces and watercolours in my booth.
I know we need rain – the photo below shows what our falls in Otterville look like right now – but I kind of hope it either rains the night before or after we leave the park!
I’ve done a post about this on my other blog – so I will just link you to that here!
But I know a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are my entries in the Westland Gallery’s Square Foot Show of 2018:
Frog Pond. Digital Fractal Art HD printed on metal. Single Print. 12×12″. $300.00. Artist Lianne Todd.
I hope you enjoy the above fractal piece. It is printed in high definition on metal, with a very glossy finish. I hadn’t tried this kind of print before and I am quite pleased with how it turned out. It doesn’t have the metallic sheen that changes with the light, like my other metal prints do, but that suits this image really well. As usual, I only do one print per image, so all pieces are originals in every sense of the word. I had a lot of fun creating this one, seeing all the different things in it that caused me to name it “Frog Pond”. Do you see them too? Please feel free to comment on what you see – I’m curious!
Kitchen Alcove, Il Convente dei Carmine. Watercolour on Paper. 6.25×6.25″. SOLD. Private Collection. Artist Lianne Todd.
World Views. Watercolour on Gold Absorbent Ground on Canvas. 12×12″. SOLD. Private Collection. Artist Lianne Todd.
I’ll be at the Art in the Park in Woodstock with some of my other work this Saturday. More about that tomorrow!
Thank you to all who came out on the weekend for the 11th Annual Oxford Studio Tour, and welcome new subscribers! I just wrote a post for my other blog, which is on my watercolour site, and I wanted to make sure it reached all my followers for both sites. So, if you’ve already seen it, please go on about your day. If not, here it is: New Eyes!
Have you ever wondered if there is any other life out there in the universe? I think there must be. The universe we can see contains around 100 – 200 billion galaxies and it is estimated that is only ten percent of what it actually contains. That’s just galaxies – each galaxy contains perhaps 100 billion stars. I don’t know about you but I have a hard time wrapping my brain around numbers that large. The odds against this being the only planet to support life of some kind are huge. So, then one wonders, what would alien life look like? We’ve seen so many science fiction movies, now, where others have imagined it, and they’ve done a really convincing job. It’s amazing, really, what our minds can come up with.
But what if we leave it all to the mathematics? If fractal geometry is the geometry of nature, let’s assume that all nature, not just that of planet Earth, is governed by it. I find it really fun to create a little ‘planet’ using Mandelbulb 3D, and then explore it, finding scenes that remind me of Earth. I’ve done this before with ‘Climb it, Change’, ‘There is Always a Bridge’, ‘No Port in Sight’, ‘Ocean Floor’, and many more that I haven’t shown anyone yet. This one I call ‘Coniferous Tree on Planet B’. Obviously the ‘coniferous tree’ isn’t the only bit of vegetation on this particular ‘planet’. I see vines, and cabbage-shaped types of vegetation, and driftwood – but you might have to come see the piece in person to appreciate all that. Next weekend is the 11th annual Oxford Studio Tour and I am at Location #4. Why not come out and see it for yourself?
Coniferous Tree on Planet B. Digital fractal art printed on metal, single print. 24×32″. Artist Lianne Todd. $550.00
This is the first piece of fractal art I’ve created and shown that isn’t square, but rather a landscape format. I hope that doesn’t throw anyone off!
This image you see here is a mere fraction of the size I have printed it – 24 x 24 inches. As usual, I only have one print made of each fractal piece, on metal (or sometimes acrylic), so each is an original. Although, I think this would make a great metal album cover don’t you?
Feast. Digital Fractal Art printed on metal, single edition print. 24×24″. Artist Lianne Todd. $450.00
I posted at length about our ‘Welcome Back to Otterville’ studio tour yesterday on my watercolours blog, and I wanted to make sure everyone who subscribes to this one knows about it too. There is a press release contained within that blog post, if any local journalists would care to deliver our story to their reading public.
This is our 21st annual tour (the 12th one I have lived here for), and every year it is slightly different. The tour was founded by my good friend Sue Goossens, pictured here with me. As you can see, she is also a very talented watercolour artist. Our website is www.welcomebacktootterville.ca, if you’d like to see who else is on the tour. If you are unfamiliar with my art, you may also see a good sampling of it here, and here.
I hope to see you here in Otterville, Ontario on November 18 & 19, from 10 to 5 pm. It would make a great, stress-free day-trip for anyone in the area of London, Stratford, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Hamilton, Simcoe, St. Thomas, and all points in between or south to the lake. Look for the yellow flags, and I’ll be waiting in my gallery with some hot cranberry wassail!
Hey everyone, the 10th Annual Oxford Studio Tour is this weekend, May 6 & 7! That’s just in case I haven’t reached you yet… I have been so busy promoting the tour on its website, and on Facebook and Twitter, I almost forgot to post on my own blogs!
As you may know, my gallery/studio is Location #3 this year. There is another near me, Location #4, and we are always happy when studio tourists make the trip out to the southeast corner of Oxford County, Ontario, to see us. Here is a peek at what you’ll find when you get here.
The entrance to my gallery is at the rear of the house:
I’m still saving the new art for when you get here! 😉
Have you seen our posters or picked up a brochure yet? They are in libraries, tourist offices, and many nice businesses in and surrounding the county. You could also get one from the first artist you visit. This is what they look like:
But here is the basic information to get you started, and our website is full of maps as well:
It came to my attention recently that my site was not terribly friendly for those who are unaccustomed to reading blogs, and that I should make the images of my work more accessible to the attention span of the casual visitor. So, I spent a little time the other day doing just that. The home page is now a static gallery of my fractal work, and the blog has its own new page on the menu. Please have a look at the newly designed site – is there anything that you as a viewer would suggest to improve it? I am open to suggestion – although there are of course limits to what I can do since I am using a template.
Now, it’s time for me to introduce another fractal that you may not have seen yet. I’ve exhibited it already but you may have missed it. This one was difficult to title. What I saw in it first, changed for me, until I was seeing it a number of different ways. Perhaps that is why it appeals to me so much. I decided it deserved a name fitting its ‘behaviour’, one that would allow the viewer to perceive it their own way as well. So, I called it “Indeterminate”. This image is a small watermarked version of the digital image used to create the piece of art, as photographing the final art printed on acrylic proves difficult with all the reflections. If you’d like to tell me what you see in it, I would love to hear – but please do it in a private message using the contact page. I would like all viewers to see it with fresh eyes uninfluenced by the perceptions of others!
Indeterminate. Fractal Digital Image. Available as an original single edition print on acrylic, 20×20″. Artist Lianne Todd. $375.00
I’m excited to have some new fractal art to show you in a week at the Oxford Studio Tour.
We have thirty-one artists at seventeen locations throughout Oxford County, Ontario, Canada in the heart of the southwestern part of this province. It will be a fun day trip for anyone in the region – even those coming out from Toronto! (Wouldn’t it be nice to get out of the city for a day or two?)
Here is a preview of one of the fractals. I have printed it (using Posterjack) on metal, 20×20″ and that is the only print I will do, so it is an original piece. It is created digitally using the Mandelbulb 3D software. As I find usual and striking for fractals, it looks very natural. It is pretty obvious what I thought it resembled! I hope you’ll come and see it. I think it would make a great piece to gaze at from anywhere in your house, while you consider nature and its mysteries, and it draws you in close, as well – as all fractals do with their self-similarity on smaller and smaller scales.
I call this one Ocean Floor:
Ocean Floor. Digital Fractal Art. Lianne Todd. This image has now been printed on metal as a single edition. 20×20″. $345.00