Artist Spotlight # 27

Submitted by mimi 12/08/07 8:24 AM GMT

Here it is caedes community, the last artist to be spotlighted in the year 2007. Nominated by his peers, I present John aka jswgpb aka ‘the lion’.

Fractals as art are severely misunderstood and misinterpreted.John’s spotlight gives each of us an opportunity to browse his gallery and familiarize ourselves with the mysterious world of fractals. John has graciously invited each of us to take time to study one image that draws us in and examine it through your own eyes and let him know what it means to you personally as you pay homage below to his time in the spotlight.

I am totally in shock by this honor, but I’ll try to contain myself. :) WooHoo !! and Yayness !! There that should do it. LOL Real Name - John :) aka The Lion of OZ I live a little south of Chicago with the love of my life Gwen and my second beagle Maggie. I come from a family of 6, 2 brothers and 3 sisters.......I am the 51 yr old baby of the family. ROFL a retired warehouse worker and later a plant manager. I’m really just an ol’ hippie that made it through the 60's and 70's.........I think....... and wouldn’t have missed it for the world. Greatest era of social change in history I believe. The music, trends, and how we view ourselves and our world were all on the table.

I started out in art about 2 or so yrs ago when I got my computer and found Caedes (Great Site) on the internet. I luv to change the background on my monitor so I got into wallpaper of course. :) Well actually not at first because I had no clue how to make images. I heard people talk all the time about ‘flames’ and wondered what the heck that was ? LOL I had psp8 that came with my computer but that was about it. So I went and did some research on Apophysis and found it to be the program that I liked the best to convey my meanings in my art. It’s fun and endless in what you can do. Sometimes it’s mind boggling but I have a general rule of thumb that I go by. Try and make images so they suit the eye and are appealing, placement, and colors. ....Some are dark & foreboding, some are light and carefree. This reflects life's ups and downs to me. Texture is perhaps the most important and I prefer to work with softer flames. I like to give the viewer something to think about also, if you find an image intriguing you may look it over more closely to try and figure out what that "something" is that caught your eye. I don't run scripts so all of my images are made with random batch flames. I like to include in my comments on the image what I perceive the image to kind of coax the viewer to my line of thought........doesn't always work but at least you know where I'm coming from... LOL. I use Apophysis, Photofiltre, and a little psp8 sometimes to create my images.

I've been a member here at Caedes for almost 2 yrs now (in March I think) and quite a few people have had an influence on me from the beginning. All are fine artist and much more talented than I......IMO but if I start to name people I'll leave someone out (Randy,Larry,Jackie,Lauren) and I don't want to do that. LOL I would like to thank YOU my peers for this honor and I'm speechless to quote a friend of mine (The Lion). So I would just like to close by saying thank you, bless you, and I'm truly touched that you enjoy some of the images or so called 'art' that I create well enough to grace your desktops with them. That's all the reward I could ever ask for. Thank you sooo very much for this and you are ALL truly the best folks and a very important part of my extended 'family' Luv Ya and take care.....John

John & Maggie May


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12/08/07 9:45 AM GMT
How cool!!! One of my most favourite people here and you really deserve this John, not only because your work is outstanding in the fractal world, but because you take time to leave comments on all our work - you have a wicked sense of humour and make me laugh so much at times! Congratulations my friend - a very deserved honour!!! hugz Patti
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12/08/07 9:52 AM GMT
The creator of the most beautiful fractals I have ever seen. Well done :-)
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12/08/07 12:17 AM GMT
BIG congrats J-dude!! A grand tribute to a grand dude with amazing skills!! Your works are always mesmerizing not only to the eyes but to one's inner self as well!!

Super duper hugz to you and Maggie May!!
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Why do the pictures come out square when the lens is round?? Picture Purrrfect .
12/08/07 12:38 AM GMT
Congratulations John , it is always a pleasure to view your work .
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12/08/07 1:48 PM GMT
Congrats John... A well deserved honor for sure.. Always enjoy viewing your work, even though I dont comment Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas...=D
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12/08/07 1:59 PM GMT
Congratulations John on a well deserved honor. I love your gallery and of course your always witty comments. Cheers!
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12/08/07 2:56 PM GMT
Couldn't have happened to a nicer 'chap'...It is an honour to to know you, your images and work have inspired me from the very beginning! ..

I hope your Lion's heart will be Tough and Strong after this!

reap the accolades deserve them!
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12/08/07 7:20 PM GMT
Very nice honor for you John, and very well deserved. Congratulations friend, and thanks for all your very good in put on my uploads.

Your Pal, Ken
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12/08/07 7:22 PM GMT
It's about time the fractal brain surgeon got paid his dues. Good going Lion Boy I am so happy to see you get this because if anyone deserves this you do. We shoot pictures of what we see and you form the pictures in your mind...boy that's scary. We get to see how your mind works and have come to the conclusion that you are one messed up individual but we really love ya. Keep up the good work bub you are a true artist.

I would hug ya but my hug transistor has malfunctioned and I crush stuff. So I will think about hugging know... a kinda fractal hug.
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12/08/07 8:26 PM GMT
Congratulations, I was delighted to see you got this spot - well deserved! I'm looking through your gallery - not for the first time by a long shot.

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12/08/07 9:01 PM GMT
*collects on his wager*


/\ Couldn't resist. /\

You are more than deserving of this accolade John.

Not only is your work worthy in it's own right in carrying you to the podium ... your efforts and kind encouragement to other members' does not go unnoticed either.

I sincerely appreciate the gift of time that you give to us in both of these ways.

Sincerest of Congratulations John.

Enjoy your time in the limelight and I look forward to the pleasure in viewing more of your exemplary 'art'. :o)
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12/08/07 9:21 PM GMT
Many congratulations, John! I'm delighted to see your work has been chosen for the Spotlight. Your fractals are amazingly intricate and I'm intrigued by the variety and quantity you produce.

Whenever I want my spirits lifted, I always choose THIS FRACTAL of yours for my desktop. The colours, textures and shapes make me feel happy!

Again, congratulations and thanks for the pleasure your art gives.

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12/08/07 11:35 PM GMT
Congratulations Mr Lion!!!
*Passes out party hats*

Love your work :)
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12/08/07 11:36 PM GMT
Yeahness!!!!!!! Fluffy!!!!!!!! CONGRATS my friend a well deserved award.. your work is a pleasure to view and I remember your first attempt ;)its been fun to see how far you have come in the land of fractals.. a few i've said How on earth did you come up with that one! lol.. and i'm glad that I have been a part of your progress..

Now put your paws up and enjoy all the huggin and luvin your getting.. ;)

*Gwen.. hope you realise you won't hear the end of this and his head won't fit through the door now, you won't get him off the computer now.. hehehehehe (I'm kidding)

WELL DONE FD ((((((( HUGS )))))))) from downunder
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12/09/07 12:11 AM GMT
Keep up the good work, John!
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12/09/07 12:42 AM GMT
Hello John, i must congratulate you on your well deserved spotlight ! It is great to finaly see a fractal poster in the spotlight.
Although there are more fractal posters, and there are also some great posters of other rendering programs, i usualy fail to make a reply to their work. If i look at your gallery, it is awesome. But due to the fact that English is not my first language, i will run out of words to write verry soon. With photo's it is more easy to write a comment.
Another reason that i do not reply to renderings and fractals is that i have no idea how much work is involved in creating such an image. I do not have such programs myself, so i am not to know the special details wich will give the beautyfull results as you are posting here. Be asured that i view them each time they apear in the new uploads.
For now thanks for all the hard work, and congrats again !!

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12/09/07 1:18 AM GMT
john, i'm so happy to see that you have received this honor. your fractals are wonderful artful expressions. your comments always make us feel good. hurray! jen
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12/09/07 1:40 AM GMT
Your gallery is fantastic. Love the variety. Many of your images have found their way to my deskstop. Keep up the good work!
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12/09/07 5:55 AM GMT
I'm so glad for you dear John! You were one of my first friends here, always so supportive and kind. I've has the privilege of watching your fractal images evolve through time, and I love your fluid style, great narratives and imagination. I'm so glad that you're on my watchlist! As a fellow old hippie, I share a lot of your views. It's a well deserved award. :)
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12/09/07 6:33 AM GMT
Congratulations John ~ you well deserve this honor of being in the spotlight. You are a truly gifted fractalist & bring so much laughter to everyone with your wonderful sense of humor & imagination. I have enjoyed every one of your images & they always bring me a smile. So here's a great big "bouncer" HUG to you & Maggie May ~ Sherree :-)
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12/09/07 11:37 AM GMT
Congratulations John !! No one deserves this honour more. Your work is always a delight to see and your narratives add an extra dimension to each and every one, making each a thought provoking exercise as well as a visual feast.
Yesterday you asked me there 'your' flower was. I shall choose one especially for you !
Thank you for all the pleasure you give through your fine works of art :)
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12/09/07 12:29 AM GMT
It's great to read more about you and your art here. I have no idea how to do what you do so you have all my admiration. I'm thrilled for you!
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All of earth is crammed with heaven And every bush aflame with God But only those who see take off their shoes. - Elizabeth Barrett Browning<p> mygallery
12/09/07 7:04 PM GMT
Congratulations John! I enjoy your art are so deserving of this honor! It was your work that inspired me to get into fractals. You were one of my first friends on Caedes, and I can recall sending you a PM to ask for suggestions in using Apop., and specifically wanting to know how you generated the light in your flames. You told me that the light came from within the flame, and that I should trust you on that :P I did trust you John, and I thank you for your generosity and continued support. Your work and witty titles/descriptions, have never failed to add a smile or laughter to my day. I am so happy for you my friend, and I thank you for sharing your spectacular talents! :)
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12/09/07 8:55 PM GMT
How'd I miss this? Wonderful, John. You really deserve this distinction, not only for your wonderful fractals, but also because you are one of the most genuinely caring individuals on this site and I like having you around!
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12/09/07 10:54 PM GMT
wowowow!! congratulations Mr Lion, well deserved! well done you!
your art and sense of humour make you a star in my book, so enjoy your fame my friend, you deserve it, you always bring a grin to my day thats for sure!
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12/09/07 11:06 PM GMT
Congratulations John ... I won't pretend to understand what goes into creating the art you produce, I just know that I've come to appreciate AND enjoy the genre more because of your postings. Several reside in my favorites. I will also confess to not always understanding your interpretation of your artwork as to it's meaning ... but I chalk that up to being only half the "nutcase" you are. :) Take no offense my friend in my using that term for I would sorely miss your off the wall sense of humor that permeates the pages here at Caedes. So I tip my hat my friend to the "Lion Man" who so richly deserves this honor. Long Live "The King of Fractals"
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12/09/07 11:15 PM GMT
Thats my John!! I knew you'd make it to this level. Your work has ALWAYS been superb! And besides without you I wouldn't be at where I am as well. You've always been a big help to me along the way, and for that I'll always be truly truly grateful dear buddy! You deserve this honor sooo much. Thanks for being the wonderful guy you are. Gwen is sooooo lucky to have you!
Joanie :) :) :)
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12/10/07 1:47 AM GMT
Congratulations, John! You are an excellent artist. It is about time you got some recognition.
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12/10/07 2:29 AM GMT
Hey! Congratulations buddy! This is a well deserved honor indeed. Not only are you a very skilled fractalist, you've got a got a good heart and a great sense of humor. I'm proud to say that I helped you on the road to becoming an Apophysis artist, you've really come a long way, my friend. =)
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12/10/07 2:40 AM GMT
Hear! Hear! It's about time to cut the cake and get this party started.

A toast to Mr. Cowardly! who makes our days brighter with his renders and uplifts us all with his wit, humor and good will.
Enjoy the limelight, my friend. You're more than deserving.

♫ 005 PJ ♫

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12/10/07 4:57 AM GMT
wait .. I take issue with something you said: "the 60's, 70's, and social change

what about the dru........

yes, social change!! .. you said it all when you said 'social change' .... viva la social change

and .. hippie girls

and .. blacklight posters

"love-ins", can't forget about "love-ins"

congratz .. I like to think that "your" work soothes the savage photographer-beast into getting intouch with their id .. and chucking that whole 'reality thing' ...

overrated, reality
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12/10/07 7:10 PM GMT
Congrats John!
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12/11/07 1:19 AM GMT
Hi John....

I am so happy to be here on this page with you...on this very special help celebrate in unison...with all of your many friends... who have chosen you to occupy this 'place in the sun'....YAYNESS...I say!!

It is well earned my presenting to all of us....some of the most beautiful artistry in the 'fractal world'....I have seen on Caedes...I have, as you know....explained often... my lack of understanding...this type of beautiful art work...but nonetheless...have a deep appreciation for it....I have enjoyed your galleries repeatedly and...I have never been disappointed in any 'piece' you have shared with us...but in contrast....was thoroughly...and totally... inspired by each and every have placed on the table.... Remarkable work my have expressed, and conveyed.. through...your art....many deep and serious thoughts...which have served as wonderful stimulation for further contemplation...for many.... I am sure......Also much humor has been noted throughout Caedes....with your witty and interesting comments....made as fact...hilarious....;o)

The humorous sharing was probably made possible by your co-author...Mr..Lyon...the guy that really runs the show...if the truth be known....Lol! He is now in charge of the forest...but I truly suspect that soon he will be playing a larger role in your fractal galleries....because you see John...he really does have more courage than you do.....Lol!! Teasing you....a bit...

So.... to the 'fractal specialist' on board....I say...I love all of your work...However... there are some that are very special to me...among them....are 'Rainbow Rose'..'Redhot Flower'...and 'Translucent Rose'.....and incidentally...they are quite comfortable in my 'House of Favorites'.....

They are equally... as beautiful as all the flowers combined....;o)

So John....please enjoy your 'your high place of honor'....for as long as possible... You fit the 'chair' to perfection! How does it feel? Pretty exciting....isn't it?

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12/11/07 4:28 AM GMT
Well, I'll have to say one thing...for the most part I am strictly a landscape lover, animals too. No buildings, no people-LANDSCAPE! I started out not liking fractals-until I discovered you and your images. You changed all of that. I would have never thought that something as abstract as fractals could tell a story but you changed all of that. My hard drive is stuffed with your images. Your assembly of colors is renown. I'm certainly glad you got this honor. You deserve it. Hip, hip horay!!!!
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12/11/07 11:48 PM GMT
You have an imagination, a wonderful sense of color and balance and a sense of whimsey that serves you well. I looked to my HD and favs and you are well represented. I don't always have time to look at all images, but what I see of yours I almost always enjoy. I think you have created many a fractal fan that never understood the art form before. Congratulations on an honor well deserved!
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12/12/07 3:13 AM GMT
Big Big BIG Congratulations John !!! I'm so excited to see you get the recognition you so richly deserve !! I can always recognize your distinctive style by your soft & elegantly flowing flames & your amazing way with your colors.

Your time is here, so bask in the sun as any proud lion should !

Well done deserve this hon. *big hug*
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12/13/07 4:55 AM GMT
Wonderfully crafted designs...Thanks for sharing them...Congrats on the Spotlight...
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12/13/07 3:41 PM GMT
Wow John, I am so happy for you, and sorry I am late with my congrats. You sure have earned this award, what a great Christmas gift. As I always tell you in my comments on your fractals, I am totaly amazed with them and don't know how you do these so well and so fast. You are the true Master of the Fractal here at Caedes. Glad to here your story, and I always look forward to your witty comments on my photos. Thank you for being a friend, have a great holiday season. Gregg
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12/13/07 8:34 PM GMT
Big Big Congratulations,John..and Thank You for all Magical works..
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12/13/07 8:57 PM GMT
You so rock! Totally deserved. Keep the art coming and Merry Christmas!!!!
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12/14/07 1:36 AM GMT
Thanks soooo much everyone, you are all most kind. :) John
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Always remember - Follow the Yellow Brick Road, it will lead you to the Emerald City and OZ A very nice place to be. Trust me on this one, I live there. The Lion **** MY CAEDES GALLERY****Another Site I'm AT - MY DA HOME PAGE
12/16/07 12:55 AM GMT
:hug: I cannot think of anyone more deserving than you...well maybe Lauren, June, Larry *coughs* where was I? GIGGLE> You know I'm kidding... put that big ole paw down. No slapping. You big lug. You are a wonderful person. Very full of life and a terrific artist who is always willing to lend a helpful hint and usually always gives great comments (hint, hint) :D Congrats buddy. Enjoy your 15 mins of fame, they fly by quick. hee hee

HUGS =) Your kitty cat buddy
Sarah =^..^=
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12/16/07 2:33 AM GMT
Congrats John! Have to admit that I admire them greatly but have no idea how fractals are made, and, therefore I don't know how to judge them other than the way they look - but you seem to be able to make most of the best-looking ones here. So, well-deserved Congratulations ... and Happy Holidays too!
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12/16/07 5:48 PM GMT
Congratulations John! It makes me happy to see that an artist with a little different works gets into the spotlight :-)). It is soo well deserved! Your fractals are amazing. I know a little about the work behind the images, I have tried to do some fractals myself, but they are far from good enough to put up here at Caedes. Your fractals are so wonderfull. I can sit and just admire them, and they make my mind fly away to another dimension..perhaps it is Oz..:-)).
Enjoy your spotlight and know you really, really deserve it!
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12/17/07 1:31 PM GMT
Yo John Lion Dude!

I can't think of a more deserving artist than yourself for this honor. You have been an inspiration for all fractal artists on this site (and others I'm sure), and none probably more than I. Your work I found one day while searching for new wallpapers and ran across Caedes. I imediately book marked the site and your gallery. One day, shortly after that, I saw the word Apophysis on one of your works. Being the a big fan of all CGI's that I am, I researched and found it and proceeded to figure it out. Several weeks later, I posted my first here on Caedes. Since then you have visited just about every single post with encouraging words, and even faved several - which I always consider a great honor because of the respect I have for you art.

John, you are well deserving of this honor. Congratulations.

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12/17/07 3:50 PM GMT
I think you are so brave pal...I am commenting twice!...

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12/18/07 12:30 AM GMT
In my eyes you are The Creator! Great sense of spirit and can
see you enjoy what you do.
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12/18/07 2:42 PM GMT
Oh, the vanity of the lion, personal praise and image dedications are insufficient and public accolades are demanded from his lowly subjects:) Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain! Of course I'll do anything he asks though, he is just that talented:) Well done John and absolutely well deserved. I'm really thrilled you are getting this recognition for your truly unique and incredible creations. You are a wonderful artist and a fabulous friend. Congratulations and keep up the magnificent work:) Blessings, Kelcey.
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12/18/07 5:42 PM GMT
Well I'll be!!! Congrats John! I must say you definitley deserve it. You've come an awful long way since you started. Sorry I haven't been on in a while. I haven't made much art lately. Keep up your great work.

Later, DaletonaDave ;)
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12/18/07 8:27 PM GMT
I have been asked to pick my favorite image that I have ever done. Are you kiddin' ?? LOL I have many really but one that I particularly liked that didn't do very well (go figure) :) was Rose of Passion....I thought it was the best flower I ever made. :) You asked for got it. Not my favorite......just one of them. Thanks so much everyone. John
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Always remember - Follow the Yellow Brick Road, it will lead you to the Emerald City and OZ A very nice place to be. Trust me on this one, I live there. The Lion **** MY CAEDES GALLERY****Another Site I'm AT - MY DA HOME PAGE
12/19/07 3:52 PM GMT
I unarchived your 'Rose of Passion' and moved in the perms.
Congrats John. I don't know anything about CGIs, but your rose rocks! ;-)
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12/20/07 4:47 AM GMT
Kudos go to my favorite lion! Mr. Cowardly, you indeed deserve this honor. Your fractals are supercalifragilistic! And you were one of the first Caedesians I took notice of when I joined a year ago. Way to go!
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12/20/07 1:56 PM GMT
Awesome honor, John, very well deserved. Your images are fantastic. In fact, they are among the images that first attracted me to this site. -Donna
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12/20/07 4:48 PM GMT
Congrat John and you have earnt the spotlight. I know I have been a real slack A%# of late but we the new baaby and house and work i have next to no time for anything else. you have such an amazing view on live and it shows with your work. Excellent work and keep it up.
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12/21/07 8:19 AM GMT
Well, John, as you well know, I ADORE your fractals. I have a huge file of them saved for posterity, or eternity? I use them SO very much, because no matter what, they give me something to ponder on. I love the colours and wonderful awesome creations that you come up with. OMG ..I just now realized you have 96??!! pages of fractals!!
.OHHHHHHHHHH MY!! I am in shock I think! Well, I will have to take a weekend and get more of yours to save...wowzer. I am soooo happy that a fractal designer got a spot of honor! It happened to a nice lion for sure!!
Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrty stuff m' friend! I was going to comment here way before this, but I couldn't find the page!!! It wasn't highlighted when the announcement was made, so I was sad that I couldn't find it. You know how us true blondes are!! -_* Well, but blondes have more fun!! heheh
In any case, I have always been an ardent admirer of your
wonderful creations.As they would say in the NorthEast of the USA....wicked good!!! So congrats to a very nice guy and for sure the fractal king of caedes!! Even tho I am on the ol' West Coast, but YOU know what they say about us West Coast Girls..(wink)....Hugs to ya hun! Verena
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12/27/07 6:00 PM GMT

I am late with my word, as usual, so I will have to be supper complimentary! But that is impossible, as I have been in that state about your Flames, John, for 18 months or so.
Congratulations! Not only your Art, but your personality deserve it!
From subtle Humour to Flamboyant Frivolity, from thoughtful Reflection to a complicated concept of Space-Time Continuum, from the most delicate Gossamer thread to an unbelievably complex Explosion of colour - it is all there to see in Lion's Gallery. And your Flames are becoming more polished and complete with every new submission, never overworked or "forced" - just smooth, sleek and attractive.
Although the Nature of our World is Fractal, we normally do not see it or think of it, unless something wondrous happens to us - like a rare butterfly suddenly perching on our outstretched arm for a brief moment of joy and admiration. They say that only a true Artist can capture these fleeting moments of beauty....indeed there are many Photographers on Caedes that do just that, and perfectly! You, however, "tweak" it all out of your "inner being", and that makes it more complicated and mysterious.
Well John, your Flames bring me such magical moments.
Thank you John, O Master of Apophysis!
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12/27/07 7:42 PM GMT
Congrats John... A well deserved honor for sure.. Always enjoy viewing your work, even though I dont comment Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas...and a very happy new year.

Kind regards,


Plymouth, UK.
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12/28/07 8:44 PM GMT
Gratz! I really enjoy your work.

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01/01/08 6:27 AM GMT
Way past due my friend. Your art is amazing. Congrats!

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01/02/08 5:42 PM GMT
Thank you all soooo very much, you make this lowly fractal artist feel good. LOL :)
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01/04/08 2:57 PM GMT
John, sorry to be so slow noticing you were in the Artist Spotlight. You certainly deserve to be - I love your abstract images. Congratulations, my friend.
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01/04/08 10:31 PM GMT
Deja vu! I think I was here before, but someone ate my comment! I hope they don't get indigestion! lol Seriously, John, in my heart I did leave a comment for you that somehow never showed up in this thread, but let me take this moment to say that you are the fractal King in my book and along with your fantastic designs, I get a double treat with your fantastic comments and jokes as well. You are always of good cheer, make great stuff and delight us all. Wouldn't be complete here without you, John. I look forward to your posts and also your funny responses on my images as well. You belong in this spotlight.
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You will be led to the knowledge of the internal things which are invisible to you, by the external things which you see before you. . . . Even so then, we can represent to ourselves in thought the Author of all that is, by contemplating and admiring the (visible) things which He has made, and ever brings into being. - Hermes
01/06/08 7:41 PM GMT
Hello John,
It looks like I haven't been keeping up on what's going on lately. I saw your handle as "Artist in the Spotlight # 27". As a photographer I don't keep as close to the artists that do Fractal work, but in going through your Gallery of images I found that at least one of yours is in my "Favorites Gallery' and taught me that I need to pay closer attention. I must honestly say that I was amazed at the artistry and beauty of your images.
Congratulation on being picked for this honor it is well deserved and overdue.
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01/13/08 12:56 AM GMT
CONGRATS {belated}!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Definitely a well deserved award! You have amazing talent and creativity!
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02/17/08 12:09 AM GMT
Well its about time you got the recognition you deserve....Unfortunetly it'll come with some repercussions, like you getting a big Also you now are going to be called Super Fratcal Man......hehehehe Congrats!!!
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02/19/08 6:10 PM GMT
Well this certainly took me long enough to do! keep forgeting all the things and places there are here at Caedes. Well John, you know how I feel about you and your art pieces. You're one of my dearest friends, and without you I wouldn't be getting as good as I'm getting with my own art work. You're truly a sweetheart and I love you dearly, my friend. Congrats and you certainly deserve this honor!
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02/21/08 11:33 AM GMT
Hello John,

What an accomplishment - so glad to see you in spotlight. I believe it is not that easy when you specialise in fractals... I think most of Caedes people are more focused on photos. That is why I am so happy for your success. I have to admit your gallery is very impressive and your works show your immense creativity and imagination. Keep up all the splendid work John. Once more congratulations.
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