Fractal Portraits : The Ghost on the Stairs

If you’ve been following my social accounts recently, you know that I’ve started my own #100DayChallenge in the form of my 100 Fractals series of hand painted fractal artwork.

I discovered fractals as art a few years ago and have been playing with a few different apps to generate them. I was never happy with how complicated and buggy those apps were. Then I found the Silk 2 app for my iPad that allows me to paint with my Apple Pencil or fingers! While I love the zen-like experience of making these colorful individual pieces of art, I felt like I could do more with them.

The Ghost on the Stairs is an old family photo of my Grandpa Ted sitting on the front porch of his house, circa 1930s. This is one of my favorite images of him, as I love how handsome and happy he looks here.

As I was compositing the fractals for this image, I stumbled upon some really cool variations that are just as exciting as my original vision and maybe even moreso in some instances! Check out some of the fab alt images below.

I decided to go with a more straightforward fractal application that adds a lot to this already-cool image. The crackling red lines and mandalas floating, surrounding, and coursing through my grandfather really gives this image a haunting energy.

You can purchase The Ghost on the Stairs here. 

There are only a few more days to check out my Fractal Portrait Cold Feet, Warm Hearts, Honorable Mention Award Winner, along with 119 other works from local artists at DVAC through Saturday!

As with all the images in this series, I mounted the image to a block of maple wood for two reasons: 1) I’ve always wanted to do a piece of art on wood and 2) I felt the warm color of the wood really complements the colors and vintage nature of the work.

And keep your eyes peeled on my Instagram and this blog for more Fractal Portraits to be revealed soon.