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FEBRUARY 2014 MINIMALISM CHALLENGE FEATURE - AND -

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 8, 2014, 5:02 AM
A GREAT RESPONSE!


Yes, the February Minimalism challenge proved to be quite popular - and it's been interesting to see how many people have created lots more fractal art in the minimalist style since then!  Its appeal seems to be quite contagious! :lol:

Many of you have generously shared you parameters, which is in accordance with the ethos of this group.  Thank you for doing so!  It is often so helpful for people to be able to actually see how something was done so that they can go on to experiment in their own way.  As always there is an element of trust involved, and that is that no-one will use the same parameters and pass them off as their own.  We also encourage the principle of "Pay it Forward" :nod:

Meanwhile, the Admins of the group have been taking a look to decide which contributions most merit featuring - as if there were any that didn't, but we can't really include all 53 of them!  We all have different tastes and ideas, and we have given our reasons for our choices, which we will share here for your feedback.  The full gallery folder for this challenge can be found HERE

If your work has been included in any one of our features, you are very welcome to use this badge in your artists comments:





THOSE CHOSEN BY 2 OR MORE ADMINS


Loop Of Six by roup14
Loop of Six by roup14

"I really thought it was a photo of a staircase, very well done."
"Impressions of a spiral staircase as seen from above and a harmonious colour palette."
"Simple design from the basics of the internal view of a shell, enhanced beautifully by contrasting shades and palette that enable the eye to rest and enjoy the shape without distraction.  Simple and effective!"

February Minimal 4+mdg by miincdesign
February Minimal 4+mdg by miincdesign

"Nicely flowing and balanced design."
"Beautifully thought out compositionally, nice simple movements both tonally and shape-wise.  Excellent minimalist piece."
"Nice monochrome palette and interesting, irregular fractal detail confined largely to just one corner of the image."

140207-01 - vanishing point by blipbl0p
Vanishing Point by blipbl0p

"Intruiging..where does it point to?"
"Sometimes black and white is an enormous relief to the eyes, and the simplicity of this one totally appeals to me, enhanced by the subtle appearance of texture.  I love the concept and the title too."

Red fabric - aquarell on paper by adrianamusettidavila
Red Fabric - aquarell on paper by adrianamusettidavila

"It is really like an aquarell."
"This is so much like a painting that it would be hard to know it was a fractal without seeing that category it's in!"

69 2014 8 by Anto106
69 2014 8 by Anto106

"Pleasing minty color and abstract shapes with nice offset."
"Delightful gradient and simple abstract design."


OTHER CHOICES


UF-Chall Minimal 4 + params by Lupsiberg
"I like the pleasing ocean wave visual."

The Soft Summer Breeze by miincdesign
"Very nice movement and subtle shapes."

Mushroom by xraynet
"Beautiful, nicely textured 3D-like gnarl."

Reflecting by jucarbi
"I like the 2 D effect and the shinyness..very unusual UF fractal"

Winds of Mars by adrianamusettidavila
"I love the movement in this one..and it's originality"

Perfect Curve by Velvet--Glove
"A subtle and visually pleasing spiral with restful colouring and perfect composition."

Lines2x2 by timemit
"A good example of a minimal piece. The simple calligraphic style lines stand out really nicely on the red background. "

Melt by FarDareisMai
" Lovely alluring shapes and subtleties in the gradient and texturing.  Most unusual and innovative, yet gives the impression of simplicity.  Nice points of light that accentuate the shapes too."

Slipped Disc by Velvet--Glove
"The colours are amongst my favourites and draw my attention straight away; the design is so, so simple and the title gives it the perfect description too;  not easy to reproduce!!"





DISCUSSION AND QUESTIONS


We would love you to share your experiences of having taken part in this challenge:

:bulletgreen:  Did you learn something new?  If so what?
:bulletgreen:  Had you ever created something minimalistic before this challenge?
:bulletgreen:  Is Minimalism a style you have now decided to include as part of your repertoire?
:bulletgreen:  Did you have any difficulties producing your work?  If so what?

Congratulations to everyone who took part in this challenge!  We enjoyed receiving your submissions, and we hope you will be just as enthusiastic when taking part in our future challenges!

Graphics & CSS AnnaKirsten
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Anto106 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
Only now I see this!!!  I have been absent for a long time.
Thank you very much for choosing my fractal.
I like this style .

Anto
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014   General Artist
Congratulations!! :clap:
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Anto106 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
Thanks
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adrianamusettidavila Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Only now I see this!!!  
Well, I'm extremely happy Dance!  my two fractals were selected!! One in the first group and the other in the second, then..... thank you very much!! It was a huge and pleasant surprise!
I always liked the minimalist theme, but I have not really done much work in that style, maybe go over now.  
Many thank's to the adms and congrats to everyone!!Heart 
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014   General Artist
You are most welcome - they are both beautiful entries! :heart:
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adrianamusettidavila Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you Anna!Hug 
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Lupsiberg Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for including my fractal in your feature, and congratulations to the winners! :winner:
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014   General Artist
It's a pleasure! :heart:
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roup14 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014   Digital Artist
 I learnt how to work in minimum color pallette and on the main shape & structure though it was not my style .It was little tough for me .
I never created any fractal work in this style and this was my first attempt.
Now I really decided to make more work under this category.  This style is very interesting and exciting .
In start I was not able to literally understand this style so very confused about  whether my work will come under this category or not . Now I understand the style and I loved it . 

congratulation to all Clap  and thank you so much for featuring my work.Hug 
This is really great thing for me.Love 
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014   General Artist
Thank you for your response - it's really good when a challenge brings about even more inspiration! :hug:
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miincdesign Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:bulletgreen: I learned where you place your focal point is extremely important, in all art work, but especially in minimalism work.
:bulletgreen: I looked back through my gallery and I had two/three fractals that might be consider minimal and one I know I did on purpose.
:bulletgreen: Definitely yes.  Sometimes we think more is better, but actually quality trumps quantity, so a lot of quality is great, but I haven't figured out how to get there yet.
:bulletgreen: I did at first.  Then I started looking for areas where two lines crossed, or a swirl or wave that was interesting, and worked from there.

This was a great challenge! Congrats to all, and thank you for featuring my work :D
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014   General Artist
Thank you for your response - it's very encouraging and you did well! :hug:
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miincdesign Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!!!
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Lieque Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Everyone my congratulations!! Great work, folks!
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014   General Artist
Thank you for your response :heart:
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CopperColour Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
In the Minimalism Challenge I learned that it's a difficult style. It's easy to decorate too much.
My photographer friends here warned me it was hard.

I had tried it before and will do so again.

The difficulties I encountered were just to know how minimal to get without just posting a plain colour! ;)

Well done by all. :clap:
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014   General Artist
:lol: - thank you for your response and I look forward to seeing more of what you discover you can do! :hug:
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CopperColour Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
Thank you, Anna. :)
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Gerda1946 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations to all, beautiful work!! :clap:
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014   General Artist
:thumbsup: :hug:
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