MVOAT means More Variations On A Theme. These patterns are well represented at Ideal Totem, our new sister site dedicated to Textures and Patterns. I started with this pattern, called Ice Pattern_1 shown here in its original form and color. If you look back at MVOAT—1 you will notice this pattern. That is where it came from. These kinds of things are everywhere, it is only that we need to open our mental eyes to notice them. I remember at the time thinking, those a neat patterns I wonder what I could do with them. I snapped a few shots of the pattern while taking the other pictures of the Ice Palace.
Once back in my digital darkroom I did a few of the usual variations, black and white, sepia, color negative and so on. To keep this blog at a reasonable size I have built in links to my Picasa and Flicker albums on the same topic. So far I have 35 different images of Ice Pattern_1 all now for sale at Ideal Totem. Why would you do something like this, one might ask? Why not, I answer. I find the this image in this color range pleasant and pleasing. Others may not. Others may see some useful propose for all or part of these images. The pattern subset in the lower right, is shown below. Depending on one’s taste, I can see this repeated or, tiled as a background to a blog or home page. An alternative is to divide the image in four and then using some, perhaps all five, or more parts, as equal sized tiles, build a very interesting background for a home page. This is one of those things where your inner creativity needs to be given its freedom.
Why would you do something like this, one might ask? Why not I answer. I find the this image in this color range pleasant and pleasing. Others may not. Others may find different colors are more pleasing or fit their purpose better. I will talk about color variations of these patterns in the next blog. You can see quite a few by hitting the Picasa link above.
Another kind of variation is intensity. Here is the center of the original image this time substantially lightened up.
Okay, so let your imagination run free. Creativity is just that being creative, that is, taking that which we find and making something new from it. For those who know me well, this is old hat, I have been doing it since forever. Any of the texture images at Ideal Totem can be further cropped or subdivided. It is best to do with the 900 kilobyte sized files. At $6.00 each a real bargain when you can get four easily tiled subdivisions.