Created with Ultra Fractal 5.02.
The inspiration for this came from a necklace pendant that I have, a simple teardrop shaped piece of Lapis lazuli. I thought an iterated teardrop fractal based on this would be an interesting challenge.
I have learned a couple of interesting things about this beautiful blue rock. The very finest examples are found in the Kokcha River valley in northeastern Afghanistan, where it has been actively mined for over six thousand years
, which I find astonishing. And secondly, until the early 19th century, when synthetic alternatives became available, this material was used as a blue art paint pigment known as Ultramarine
, created by grinding the stone to a powder and removing any impurities. I think we sometimes forget the extreme lengths people went to to get such vibrant paint colours centuries ago.
Other images in this jewel series that you might enjoy can be found in my Fractal Jewels gallery here: Link We all need more time so to anyone who may 'fave and run' on this piece or any other: I thank you in advance. COPYRIGHT NOTICE
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