My Expanding Universe-What’s Coming In 2015

Well, here we are…a new year with new possibilities. It’s been 10 months since I started Eric’s Universe. I’ve enjoyed laying the ground work for this blog and making new friends in the WordPress community. Most importantly, I’m astounded by all of the talented people here who are willing to share their expertise and opinions which has made 2014 a great learning experience for me.

So, where do I go from here?

As many of you know, my name is Eric A. Gehlin and I am a digital artist and writer. I’ve spent the past year sharing my work in the form of fractal landscapes, illustrated poems and vignettes. I’ll continue to share these types of work but it’s time to explore new horizons.

It’s time for Eric’s Universe to expand!!

What can you expect in 2015?

For starters I plan to create new worlds from the ground up. Worlds we can explore together as I create whole environments and the civilizations that inhabit them. Not just static worlds but places we can revisit, as time travelers, viewing changes as years pass, watching them evolve. As we visit and revisit these worlds, we’ll get to know some of the inhabitants, experience their struggles, hopes, dreams and adventures. The universe is endless and far stranger than we can imagine. It’s going to be quite a ride!!

I also plan to explore the creative process and evolution of visual storytelling in all it’s forms. That’s quite a challenge involving lots of research but I’m already outlining a timeline and the first articles will be posted by March.

The Resources Page will be totally revised with separate pages including links for writers, artists and self-publishers.

I’ll continue to post fractal landscapes, illustrated poems and other work as I have in the past.  There will also be regular posts listing blogs and websites which I think are worth visiting.

So there it is…Eric’s Universe for 2015.

What? No pictures this post?! Well, lets just say the best is yet to come…stay tuned!!

Let me know what you think. As always your comments and suggestions are most welcome.

Best Regards,

Eric

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Listening to my audience.

Ocean Sunset

Ocean Sunset by Eric A Gehlin
Dedicated to Don Charisma
Click on image for larger view

Those of you who have been following my blog know that I’ve been struggling with a case of writer’s block for the last three weeks or so. To help me get through it I’ve tried various strategies which have included spending more time with my family, reading, relaxing(when possible), housecleaning and brainstorming ideas for new projects. These have all helped and I’m starting to break out of my creative shell.

But the most helpful strategy came from an unexpected source. Recently, I posted an article about some fractal software programs that I have used to create the images that are featured in many of my posts. I also added links to those programs to my resources page. To my surprise, these links produced a lot of hits, Several of my followers have commented on how much they liked my renders and expressed an interest in seeing more of my fractal art.

I had made the decision to turn my full attention to writing but clearly there are people out there who are genuinely interested in my fractal renders and fractals in general. So I’m listening to the advice of my audience and will devote more space in Eric’s Universe to fractals and fractal art. I am also confident that this will help me break my creative block.

The last few days I’ve been playing around with a program called Fractal Explorer. I haven’t used this program since late last year so there’s been a little experimentation to get the feel of it again. I’ve already come up with several nice renders.

The render featured in this post is titled “Ocean Sunset” and is dedicated to Don Charisma who is a master of panoramic sunset photography. It’s worth your time to visit his blog where you’ll find spectacular photography,  articles on a wide variety of topics and his “Don Charisma’s Prompt” series (great fun!!).

Many thanks to all of my followers and friends in the WordPress community who have graciously offered their advice and  support!!

As always, your comments and critiques are most welcome.

Very Best Regards,

Eric

 

 

 

 

Why is it so damn difficult?!!

Whew!!

I’m nearly a third through the first draft of the lead novel of my post-apocalyptic series; writing “with the door closed” as they say.  Everything is going great. The words are flying off my fingers, ideas flowing smoothly and best of all, I’m meeting my daily quota (most days).  I’m pretty pleased with myself and then…

BAM!!!

Everything comes to a screeching halt. No words flying, no ideas flowing…it all seizes up!

Just like that…

That was two days ago. I think I may have burned myself out a bit.  The story’s still clear in my head and the ideas still fresh. I just can’t get them onto the screen.

I’m not panicking.

In fact, I’ve decided to take a little break and work on a short story for a change of pace. God knows, I’ve no shortage of ideas bubbling around in my head.

I just have one question. It’s a question I’ve asked myself ever since I started creating art or writing stories. WHY IS IT SO DAMN DIFFICULT?! Everything seems to go smoothly and then you hit a wall. I know I’m not alone in this. I’ve spoken to enough creative people to realize it happens to us all at one time or another. My solution for now is to work on something else…something totally different to stir the creative soup a bit.

I figure I’ll work on the short story for a week or so and then return to my post-apocalypse. After all, you can’t keep the end of the world on hold forever.

I’m interested to hear from other artists and writers. What do you do when you hit that creative brick wall?

Feel free to leave a comment and share your thoughts!!

Best Regards,

Eric

 

Taking A Break–well…sort of…

Just letting you know that I won’t be posting anything for a few weeks.

Everything’s okay…no disasters have struck.

I’ve begun writing the first two books of my post-apocalyptic novel series. It’s the first time I’ve attempted anything this ambitious and I’ve come to the conclusion that, at least while I’m starting the process, I can’t let myself be distracted. I have to devote my full attention to getting this project properly organized. To build a rhythm that will keep the whole thing on track so I don’t lose the creative momentum needed to see it to completion. Once the first two installments are well into the first draft stage, I know nothing will stop me because it’ll have a life all its own.

So, I just want you to know that if I don’t post anything or leave a comment for a while, it’s not because I’ve lost interest or don’t care.

I just HAVE to get this series STARTED…I MUST do it RIGHT!! This project has been boiling around in my brain for the last eight months. If I can pull it off just right, it’s going to be one hell of a rollercoaster ride!!!

Wish me luck!!!

Very Best Regards,

Eric

 

Fractal Art Software Links Added To The Resources Page

Many of you have commented  on the unusual images that are featured in many of my posts. I have replied that most of them are fractal renders created by software that is free for download on the internet.

I use many different fractal programs but the three I use the most are:

Mandelbulber:  A program that renders fractals as 3D objects that can be explored on the surface and from within.

Apophysis 7x: Which renders a specific kind of fractal called a fractal flame. These types of fractals glow as if they are on fire or are iridescent.

Fractal Explorer:  A powerful 2D fractal generator that renders a wide variety of fractal formulas.

Spore

Spore by Eric a. Gehlin
Rendered with Mandelbulber
(click for a larger view)

An Imperfect Orange

Night Lights by Eric A. Gehlin
Rendered with Apophysis 7x
(click for a larger view)

An Imperfect Orange

An Imperfect Orange by Eric A. Gehlin
Rendered with Fractal Explorer
(click for a larger view)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have added links to the sites for each of these programs to my Resources Page with more detailed descriptions of each program. Also, I encourage you to Google the word “fractals” for hundreds of sites and resources that explain fractals, the software that can render them and thousands of images of these beautiful designs.

I’d like to hear from you if you decide to explore fractal art and fractal software.

Post a comment and share your experiences with the community.

Regards,

Eric