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star of arabia 2

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somewhere
in the world
there is a cave

and the eye that looks from it
sees the star of arabia

years have passed
the eye, unblinking
looks from it

pale, dark, written with red
sees the star of arabia

the wind blows
the sand is rewritten
the eye, unblinking

there is a cave
in the world
pale, dark, written with red

somewhere
and the eye that looks from it





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Artists and Craftsmen

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Here's another theory in the rough; something that I think is relevant to Fractal Art, and probably all artforms: There are "Artists" and there are "Craftsmen".

An artist is... I don't know what an artist is, exactly. They make "Art". What is art? It's more of a concept, somewhat subjective in nature, but not just anything at all. When we look through an art book, something general, like a history of art, then we know what art is. You can feel it, or sense it, maybe not while viewing every item, but I think we all sense something when viewing art that we don't sense when we're looking at an image that is merely nice to look at or colorful.

Nice to look at. That's the other kind of work. People who make works that are only "nice-looking" are what I would call craftsmen. This isn't supposed to be an insult; it's just describing what takes place, describing the audience's experience, or at least mine. Goo…

Fractal Art isn't Rocket Science

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The Fractal Art world is an odd place. The strange combination of technical people (mathematicians, engineers, programmers) and artsy, creative people is curious and could almost be the setting for a mystery novel. My wife once told someone at work about my fractal hobby and said they were really impressed after visiting my website that I knew so much about chaos theory and fractal math. Hmmn... I wondered, why would they think I knew anything about math?

Recently, while looking into things, I came across an interesting association of attributes: science credentials and Fractal Art. I "hmmn-ed" again. What's all this science stuff got to do with making fractal art? Would it help me if I had such a solid math and programming background as these super stars did? It doesn't seem to be helping them out too much. Although, honestly, some of the "scientists'" works had genuine artistic appeal.

The Rocket Scientists are the sword-makers of our artform. …