I love winter. Even during the coldest days, I can feel the life present within the trees, under the surface of the earth, waiting to come out for another year. It’s not quite time yet, but we’re getting closer.
Fractals remind us all the time that the most fascinating, complex things always have a core of pure elegance , outmatching even the most sophisticated techniques. It’s the ultimate lesson in design.
So-called insanity occasionally takes over my life, and I’m quite proud of that fact. One of the latest creative bursts I had involved Python swallowing me whole for a couple of weekends, capturing me with its intricacy until the break of dawn. While I don’t know exactly what will come out of my newfound ability to write hacky code, fractals have already been thrown into the mix – as a prime ingredient no less.
The point this ultimately brings me to is one of passion: Truly great things never happen without it. They don’t happen when there’s a clearly defined plan, when everything is laid out. They don’t happen at a relaxed pace, or even a 9-5 hectic one. No, what we need is something entirely different. Something which can’t be forced.
Letting my mind wander for no apparent purpose, having the opportunity to explore things I’m curious about (just because), gives me the chance to refill my creative well and let it spill out over all areas of my life. Even if its practical applications were not clear from the beginning, finally being able to program a bit is actually a childhood dream come true. Isn’t that what we life for, after all? And it might just be the secret to make things happen.
I guess painters must really wish to have Ctrl+Z or File->Load as part of their artistic tools sometimes. Fortunately, I don’t have to wonder the same, and am free to explore diferent angles of a piece, to remake it without risk of harming the original. The above is one such modification, where small changes add up to create a completely different feel than the original.
Linking to something 6 months old really makes me realize how far along technique can come in so little time.