Sequence Fractals Part V #23

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(z^2)^{s_i}+c
s0=2.0, si+1=(0.8+0.6i)*si
Center: -0.102+0.502i; Zoom = 32

Yesterday |si| = 1, today |si| = 2.

So yesterday Sequence Fractals Part V #22 I proposed the thesis fractal art = discovery and abstract art = construction. Today I have not a full refutation, rather that these are two steps in both cases, and generally in creating art.

While everyone starts with z2+c, the fractal artist soon moves beyond that and acquires a “palette” of formulas. Initially there is a period of exploration and discovery with each formula. Eventually the fractalist learns what to expect from each. After this point, the process becomes using that knowledge to select a formula and feature that most closely matches the artist’s mood and intent.

Addition constructive steps follow. There is framing and scaling. Do I want the main feature dead center, or should I put is off to the side or corner? How large should it be? What colors should I use? Do I want a lot of colors or just a few?

Now consider the paint-splash variety of abstract art, (just as an example and because it is fun). Suppose I decide to make paint splash art. My first attempt will disappoint. It does not look like what I had in my mind. I try some experiments, more or less paint, thinner or thicker paint, different splash angles. I learn (discover) the nuances of splashing paint. The process is not a direct path from mental image, original intent, to final product. It detours though experimentation and discovery, and usually results in several variants, all better than the original intent. Along the way I have added paint splashing skills and knowledge to my toolbox. (The more traditionally minded can of course replace paint splashing with study of and practice with different brush types and sizes, and reach the same conclusion.)

Again, today’s picture lies somewhere between discover and construction. My mind was blank, no specific intent other than to explore. Eventually I found these thorny objects and decided to work with them.

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