Artist Spotlight # 52

Submitted by mimi 08/06/10 2:46 AM GMT

Our next artist to be nominated and spotlighted hails from the middle of the USA! She has a unique username as well as a unique gallery. Let's meet and greet Joanie!

Leave your warm words and read her bio below!

First of all, I, like many others, was totally shocked to find myself in the spotlight. Its like a dream and I thank my peers for nominating me into this position. I also thank the many people who view and comment on my fractal images. There's never enough time in a day to thank everyone personally for what they say, and I get such laughs and smiles from every comment.

Like just about everyone else, I found Caedes while browsing the Internet looking for wallpaper backgrounds. I looked through the galleries and found so many beautiful captures of photography and just kept coming back for more! That was way back in March of 2004. When I was looking in the new images I found these strange looking pieces of art that I had no idea what they were. When I viewed them full screen, I fell in love with them! The art, was of course,fractals. Back then most of that type of art was made by John (Mr. Lion) and Randy ( Hottrockin). They are the 2 that mainly inspired me as well as Ian (ianmacappin) and probably others I don't remember. John got me all started and helped me tremendously! Then poor Randy and Ian got pulled into was a member for 3 years before I even took the plunge of trying and I'm so happy I did! Apophysis is the only program for making fractals that I use. I've tried other programs but always go back to Apophysis. I think after 3 years I know it inside and least for what I want to know. I have different versions of Apophysis but mainly use the 3D hack version. So relaxing to do!!! I also use various editing programs to complete my fractals at times, such as Photofiltre, PhotoShop, Paint.Net and Gimp. When a fractal doesn't turn out as well as I want it, it gets

I don't really think I have any favorite image, cause each one is so different and beautiful on its own, but I really enjoy making the spiral types.

As for myself, I'm a retired data transcriptionist. Making my fractals really helped me through the transition from working to becoming a regular housewife again! I celebrated my 38th anniversary on July 1st to my hubby Al. He's also retired, from 3M. We have 3 beautiful daughters and 5 crazy and lovable grand children. They are the joys of my life!!!! I'm just a stay at home person and don't travel, but that's me, I guess. Just a home body.

So there you have it! I have to say that you all at Caedes are the dearest and best friends I've ever had. I really have learned you don't have to meet and be with a person to know them and love them as I love you all. I thank you for being my friends and for the privilege of having this honor given me.



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08/08/10 5:42 AM GMT
Congratulations on your recognition. Your fractals are
amazing. Enjoy!

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08/08/10 5:47 AM GMT
Long overdue Joanie...very happy for you. You say it all when you talk about is a great place for friends and people...again congrats Joanie...
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"The more we come in contact with animals, and observe their behaviour, the more we love them, for we see how great is their care for their young." - philosopher Immanuel Kant
08/08/10 7:55 AM GMT
Congrats Joanie with this honor of being in the artist spotlight, you really deserve it!

For me Fairy Lights is one of my favs, it has something magical.

Enjoy your time in the spotlights:o)

Again congrats.
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Carpe Diem!
08/08/10 9:01 AM GMT
I'm jumpin' for joy Joanie!! BIG congrats on your have a ton of amazing works for all to share!!
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Why do the pictures come out square when the lens is round??
08/08/10 10:01 AM GMT
Well done, Joanie -- you contribute so much to the site. :-D
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08/08/10 10:54 AM GMT
How wonderful this is, Joanie, and so very well deserved! Congratulations! Your work has made me happy so many times I can´t count it anymore :-). I can not tell you all the times when one of your images has been on my desktop. Enjoy your time in the spotlight, you have earned it!
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08/08/10 12:04 AM GMT
Well done Joanie. Enjoy your month in the spotlight.
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"If I had to live my life over, I'd live over a saloon." W.C. Fields. So, live your life to the full and see My Gallery.
08/08/10 12:10 AM GMT
Congrats to you Joanie. Love your work and so glad you got this spotlight of attention that you so well deserve.

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“Won't you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you” - Richard Brinsley Sheridan
08/08/10 12:13 AM GMT
Congratulations Joanie!!
Well deserved
You are an inspiration, not just because of your magical and beautiful work, also the encouragement you give others :)

Two of my many favourites of yours are "Happy Together" and "Escaping Chaos"
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The question is not what you look at, but what you see ~ Marcel Proust
08/08/10 12:55 AM GMT
Wow Joanie. I woke up this morning and saw you were the AOTM for August!! I could not be happier for you. You are the perfect artist for this award. I have enjoyed your work for all the years I have been here. Congratulations my friend! ~~ John
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08/08/10 2:24 PM GMT
Congrats Joanie - well deserved. You have an amazing body of work and have been an ecouragement to me as well. Thanks!
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. . . "What a desolate place would be a world without a flower! It would be a face without a smile, a feast without a welcome." A.J. Balfour
08/08/10 2:33 PM GMT
Congratulations,you have some beautiful fractals,Joanie,you are a friendly and nice person too.
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08/08/10 3:04 PM GMT
Congratulations!! WOWIE! This is great, Joanie. You are so deserving of this honor. I love your fractals and they spend a lot of time on my desktop. I am very happy for you and I hope you enjoy your time in the sun.

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08/08/10 3:40 PM GMT
Congratulations on your well deserved turn in the spotlight! Your work and imagination is amazing. And may you continue to delight us all for a long time to come with your magical creations.
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08/08/10 4:31 PM GMT
Lion does a dance.......dances some more......smiles :) Dances off to OZ to tell everyone about Joanie's award. Boy howdy do.....I'm speechless lol......I'm pleased as punch for ya sweetie. You deserve it and I'm soo excited I almost peed. ROFL Luv your fractals and you know that and I always look forward to see what you'll come up with next. Enjoy your moment in the sun my're the best. ((Hugz)) John :)
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Always remember - Follow the Yellow Brick Road, it will lead you to OZ and the Emerald City. A very nice place to live. Trust me on this one, I live there. The Lion **** MY CAEDES GALLERY****Another Site I'm AT - MY DA HOME PAGE
08/08/10 5:08 PM GMT
Many congratulations, Joanie. Your work is so imaginative and inspired - and, of course, beautiful. Enjoy your well-deserved time in the spotlight.
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"The effort of art is to keep what is interesting in existence, to recreate it in the eternal." George Santayana
08/08/10 6:54 PM GMT
Joanie, although it has cost me some time to learn to appreciate fractals, I'm in a stage now that every one who is capable to create good ones, will have my admiration.
Your fractals however are better than just good. Hope this will make clear why I like to offer you my sincere congratulations with your well deserved place in the spotlights. Enjoy it!!!
Regards, Cornelius.
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Cornelius was here either to enjoy your image or say 'thank you' for your interest in my work. Please CLICK HERE to see my journal!
08/08/10 7:39 PM GMT
Congratulations, Joanie! Your works and imagination is great.

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Be free - use Linux
08/08/10 9:15 PM GMT
A great BIG Congratulations, Joanie!! And why does this come as no surprise?.... Because you and your creativity, ROCK!! I'm so happy for your girl! Now relax and bask in the spotlight... you deserve it my friend! =D

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*Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. ~Scott Adams*
08/08/10 9:23 PM GMT
Oh this is so well deserved! Congrats girlfreind, your so darn talented and I'm a true fan of your fractal art work! =^..^=sandi
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08/09/10 12:40 AM GMT
A really well-deserved honour. Your imagination and humour brighten the place up, Joanie. Keep up the good work.
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"I'm never going to be famous. My name will never be writ large on the roster of Those Who Do Things. I don't do any thing. Not one single thing. I used to bite my nails, but I don't even do that any more." - Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)
08/09/10 1:37 AM GMT
Ok since I have to id's at the moment I'll post a congrats under my old and much used name. Joanie, I'm so happy for you, and enjoy your time in the spotlight. =^..^=sandi
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Nature in all her glory is my uplift on life and so is my love of photography. sandi ♪ ♫
08/09/10 2:48 AM GMT

It is absolutely delicious to walk through the garden of your soul! I love the fractal world and I love your fractal universe!I really enjoy to share with you here in Caedes, you have a beautiful shining soul energy that I feel very well to be with! HUGE CONGRATULATIONS JOANIE!
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Susie Sun
08/09/10 4:34 AM GMT
Dearest Joanie, I always knew your day to be in this place would come since everyone loves and appreciates the fine fractals you always create to decorate our screens and cell phones, which is where many of your fractals end up on my phone. So glad you took the plunge with the programs and went ahead to produce some of the prettiest fractals I've seen anywhere. Thanks too for being such a good person and standing by me when I needed a boost. You have a heart of gold and it comes through in your creative work.
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Life is precious; therefore, do not waste it by doing things mechanically without love. We should try to put love into everything we do. - Amma
08/09/10 2:41 PM GMT
Nice to see a talented fractalist recognized in monthly dispatches.

The evolution of your craft is as fascinating as the creations you weave. Please don't stop. John
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08/09/10 6:46 PM GMT
Congrad Joanie!! You deserved the spotlight. You are a amazing artist and I am glad to have know you. Thanks for all the wonderful arts you have shared with us.
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08/09/10 7:24 PM GMT
Congratulations, Joanie! I'm so glad to see you honored in this way. Not only do you give us such beautiful images, you're always there to leave an encouraging word. I'm very happy 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
08/09/10 9:37 PM GMT
CONGRATULATIONS,JOANIE.You are a Fantastic artist.A Well Deserved honour.Erja
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08/09/10 11:09 PM GMT
This makes me want to hear you sing again PQ. Your fractals were the first I regularly looked at when I joined and they led me to John and the others.
Your work is generally filled with happy colors and designs. I don't know from what recesses of the brain you pull them from, but they are always different.
Sorry that I didn't find out about this sooner. You are a good friend and I now want to become a Fractologist.


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Cameras are like people--sometimes they lose focus.
08/10/10 1:48 AM GMT
Gosh, how long has this been up? Just noticed it. Three cheers for you girl. I love your fractals. When I first came on this site I will have to admit I didn't like fractals. Over time that changed thanks to artists like you and others. Now, I have a folder stuffed full of fractals and they wind up on my desktop as much as landscapes. Congrats my dear. It's Looooooooooooooong overdue.
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08/10/10 9:42 AM GMT
Well done Joanie!...

'Bout time you are the star of the A.O.T.M.!...Congratulations honey!...reap the rewards, cos yer worth it!....
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* Owing to the deterioration in my hands, I find that I cannot comment as much as I should..But please know...I do look at all your posts!..and will leave my 'moniker' >OB< when I do so!...Thank you all * OwdBob'sGallery
08/10/10 10:53 AM GMT
Congratulations Joanie! I am endlessly fascinated and delighted to view and collect your creations. Thank you for sharing your bio and talented work!
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08/10/10 12:33 AM GMT
Hearty congratulations, Joanie on becoming the artist of the month. I am not a "fractal man" but I admire them and have always wondered how these intricate designs were made. Just had a look in your gallery and boy! there are some real masterpieces there! I am going to start using some of them for my desktop. Thanks for all those beautiful designs.

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If practice makes perfect and nobody is perfect, then why practice?
08/10/10 2:06 PM GMT
Joanie...  :o)  Congratulations!  I would like to thank you and all the other artists for having the tenacity of love for your work! Also, thanks for sharing it with us!  :o)
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08/10/10 3:52 PM GMT
yay girl, enjoy your time in the spotlight, well deserved!!
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08/10/10 6:48 PM GMT
Very well deserved. Your gallery is full of interesting manipulations.
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08/11/10 4:21 AM GMT
I have marveled at your fractals and how brilliant they are. You have some of the coolest designs and creations I have ever seen. I love your comments when I am honored to get them from you! You are well deserving of the spotlight! Congratulations!!!
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"Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them and you have their shoes."
08/11/10 9:02 AM GMT
Congratulations Joanie :)
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"Everyone has a photographic memory...some just don't have film." ~~My DA Gallery~~
08/11/10 3:56 PM GMT
Joanie! Congratulations! You certainly deserve this~your work is amazing! I can stare at your designs for a while,taking in the minute details and the vivid colors! I don't know how you do it~but you do it well! Outstanding girl! Kudos! :)Ami
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Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849), "Eleonora"
08/11/10 8:53 PM GMT
congratulations, joanie. your work is just so unique. i love your creations. it is, of course, a complete mystery to me as to how you make your fractals. BUT i certainly enjoy looking at them.
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AVATAR BY PJ............... i'd like to give special thanks to those who have added my photographs to their "favorites". it's such a treat for me to see each one. i am always extremely grateful for the kind comments and suggestions that you make. Please Visit My Gallery
08/11/10 11:04 PM GMT

Congratulations Joanie! You said I only show up for Contest. Eat your words Fractal Queen! I'm here and this is NO Contest. You are the clear Winner of this Honor. LOL.

Hope you are enjoying your 15 minutes of Fame. Well Deserved Honor Indeed. I miss You, and the whole gang. Hope to be back someday when I have enough time to be the member I once was.
I still check out everyones work from time to time but don't have enough time to comment on everyones images.

Well I hope you're hangover is over by now from all the partying. You have many great images, but
this is my FAVORITE.

See you at the next Contest! LOL.

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This Image GRABBED my EYE. That's Why I Stopped By. Thanks For Sharing ! Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience
08/12/10 12:10 AM GMT
Congratulations, Joanie! Your beautiful gallery is a testament to how quickly and skillfully you picked up the fractal programs, each one so unique, and many so absolutely gorgeous I would be unable to pick a favorite...the list would go on and on. Enjoy all the accolades and much deserved honor.
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08/12/10 6:18 AM GMT
Heyyy, Joanie! Congratulations, it's about time you were honored, so enjoy your month in the spotlight! I've seen you go from beginner to professional fractalist here at Caedes, and I really can't think of a 'favorite' fractal because I've faved so many of your art works, and they're all wicked cool!
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"If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun." -- Katharine Hepburn
08/13/10 5:53 PM GMT
WoooHoo way to go Joanie..Mistress of Magic..Cos that's what you create...I'm so pleased for you and there's nowt wrong being a home bird..I'm a home bloke..When I'm not jet setting that is...It's nice to have you as a friend..X Richie x.
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“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”
08/14/10 9:56 AM GMT
Congratulations Joanie! So well deserved, I always enjoy your great work! Mich
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08/15/10 12:36 AM GMT
Ok,I`m about a week late but OH MRS! Artist of the Month and about time too! I`m so happy for you,I had to pop by and say a big well done and a thanks for sharing and giving me and everyone the chance to see all the amazing work you do.

Luv ya loads and a big hug and a big kiss from me ooooooxxxxxxx

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Save the Cheerleader......Save the World! Ians gallery
08/15/10 1:56 AM GMT
Congrates Joanie,
I've loved your fractals from day one. So glad you share your talents with us. Please keep those beautiful designs coming.
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08/16/10 3:22 AM GMT
Joanie - Congratulations on being the Artist of the Month. Good things to happen to good people. Thad
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If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera. ~Lewis Hine
08/18/10 5:39 AM GMT
Joanie, Congrats on being artist of the month.I enjoy looking at your fractals and also appreciate your constructive criticism of other members posts.
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08/18/10 1:11 PM GMT
Congratulations Joanie - very well deserved - you make very beautiful fractals - very artistic and creative!! Well done my friend!
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..thanking you in advance for your comments. Please know that all your comments are appreciated....." Live well, love much, laugh often!" .... mygallery
08/20/10 10:02 PM GMT
Your fractals are all 10's Joanie! I haven't seen one I didn't like! You have been one of the most friendly people to me since I've been on the site starting in 06', and have helped me to feel welcome here! I always got straight talk with criticism from you and liked your comments! I'm not an abstract art person but your pictures have been excellent! Thank you for your friendship! Allen
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08/20/10 10:10 PM GMT
Congratulations! You've certainly got an artistic talent and some very striking creations.

— Steve
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08/24/10 10:32 PM GMT
Woo Hoo!!! Congrat's Joanie. Enjoy your time in the spotlight. Love your work.
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"I Love Lab's!"
08/27/10 2:16 AM GMT
Congrats Joanie. This is a well deserved honor for such a talented lady as yourself. I have allways appreciated you friendship and honesty towards my post.
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08/27/10 8:01 AM GMT
Congrats Joanie! I am not surprised at all to see you in the spotlight. You truly are talented in you work that you just keep cranking out. I don't know how you do it but I am one of your biggest fans. Always love everything you do.

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09/18/10 3:39 AM GMT
Congratulations Joanie!! Sure glad that you with all your gifted talents are now basking in the limelight, so well deserved. Good for you, and good for us knowing this.

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10/03/10 4:55 PM GMT
Congratulations, Joanie! You deserve the honor, my friend.
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