Gallery Folders Remix - Experimental Stage!
We have recently had several very lovely submissions of fractal art that have fallen outside of the original vision of keeping the colours here to monochrome, bi-chrome, or within the subtlety of our original multi-chrome folders - in other words, generally muted. After some discussion and lots of thought, I have now added two more gallery folders as an experiment:
MULTI-CHROME FRACTAL ART, VIBRANT TONES
MULTI-CHROME FRACTAL MANIPS, VIBRANT TONES
Please be aware though that we are not looking for highly complicated abstract art struck through with a huge variety of colours that jar or look gaudy. The main aim of this group is to collect as near to Mono-chroma with its slight variations in hues, and variations in lightness and darkness as possible. Earth tones are always safe to play with here, and so are the more pastel tones. For the two new galleries, we can now accept the more bold colours that may include accents of bright red, bright yellow and so on which are to be found in certain monochrome gradients - but not straying too far from the outside limits of subtlety as mentioned in this journal.
If we find we get too many of the wrong sort of fractal art works submitted for these folders we will need to delete them again and put the existing works from them into our Favourites gallery. As I say, this is an experiment at this stage
Still Modifying And Making New Decision As We Go
This group has only just been opened recently, so welcome if you are starting out with us! Please let me know if you experience any difficulties, or if there is anything you don't understand about the group's concept. (It isn't that easy to explain! )
The name I've given the group doesn't appear on first sight to be all-inclusive. However it actually is! That's because "Mono" covers both Monotone and Monochrome, which is slightly different. For a fuller description of the difference between Monotone and Monochrome see our About Us Section
Read on, and also please read the rules and the descriptions inside each gallery folder to see what you can submit
Why Mono, Bi-colour or Subtle Tones?
We nearly all love colourful art don't we? I don't know about you, but often after looking through hundreds of beautiful works, I can find myself becoming overloaded with too many colours. So for me to find something very simple and in monotone, monochrome, or with shades of a base colour plus one other coloured object somewhere in the image comes as an enormous relief and it's something I want to explore here in this group. Another gorgeous effect can be in using several subtly blended colours that bring an overall minimalist colour effect (organic or earth tones or pastel tones come to mind as an example, but there's more to it than that).
A Suggested Method To Find Your Gradient
A way to explore the kind of gradients you can get to make monotone or monochrome colouring is to open up a new page in Photoshop (or other editing program), flood fill it with a single colour, then using the Hue & Saturation tool make bands (via selection up and down the image) and play with the saturation slider, the brightness/darkness slider, and even the hue slider (only a tiny bit with that one), and you have the basis for the kind of gradients to be found in these categories. Monotone (as you will see in the description at the link) is all one colour with only lighter or darker shades, whereas monochrome encompasses a fuller spectrum. In just about all cases the spectrum can include black and white at either end of the brightness scale (if desired).
I've seen tremendous impact from some works where this method has been used, and would like to encourage you to submit your own works of this type here, or if you haven't already done so, to start to explore its possibilities for yourselves and share the results with us. I shall also be requesting works for this group whenever I see something I particularly love.
The rules are very simple and are always on the Home page. Please submit to the Current Submissions Folder and we will then sort them out into their relevant folders as we go along.
I hope you will enjoy being part of this group!
Very best wishes to you all,
P.S. The Favourites folder is only for Administrators to request other people's works to, and not open to everyone in the group.
Edited 1st December 2012