Printmaking made easy

By now it may be obvious that my approach to Fractal Art is somewhat lazy. My creativity is limited to photographing fractals rather than developing them into more complex works.

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We all have individual preferences, not just in style or artistic taste, but in the tools of art. I like to keep it simple and concentrate on the capabilities of the fractal generator, despite creative limitations.

But there's so many things you can do with a fractal image in a graphics program like Photoshop. And with all the added effects and filters from a graphics program your fractal artwork may become more creative. I say "may" because it takes time to get a feel for, and become creative when you use more complex tools.

I've always liked art, that is, looking at art. Way back in high school art class we were forced to work with a wide range of mediums. I didn't like any of them. Drawing, painting, pastels, bas relief, sculpture, etc... My accomplishments with these tools were discouraging.

I liked printmaking and silkscreening, but even that was alot of work. Planning, sketching, multiple layers... The traditional ways of making art are hard. Just like learning to play a musical instrument.

It's been twenty-some years since then but I've finally found my thing: art machines. Algorithmic, generated: the computer does the work and I just coach it, and put my name on the results.

I'm excited about the fractals from Sterlingware that have a "printed" or silkscreened look. I can't change the image the way a painter could, but like a photographer I can frame up an interesting piece of it and save it. It's like cutting out pieces of a great Japanese print.

I always knew there would be an easier way.

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