This is a continuation of a monthly feature of various people's works created in Ultra Fractal, showing some of the amazing artistry that I particularly admire. Some of the artists are no longer active here at dA, or scarcely come here and so will be older works, many of which were created before facilities in UF became more "visual", and so a very good retention of learning knowledge (or at least a cataloguing) of what did what was perhaps more needed.
I cannot believe that after all these years I have only just discovered Titia created beautiful art in Ultra Fractal!! I've always known her for her amazing work with Fractal Explorer, and just now I was prompted to go to her gallery again; hence my new discovery! It gives me great delight now to be able to feature some of her UF work here in this group!
Titia's penchant for perfection in design and colour never ceased to amaze me, and her writings alongside some of her FE works on her
touched me spiritually and emotionally. It was a sad day in February 2010 for the Fractal Community here when she finally succumbed to the overwhelming defeat of cancer, which had started years previously with breast cancer. Many of us were praying for her to be healed, but on that last occasion, God mercifully released her from her daily suffering and took her home - a place I knew she embraced, since she so often wrote about it.
Exploring UF 5
How many of us have explored UF in the early stages and come up with something as cute as this? So much
more than a mere spiral, this has taken on a life of its own and stands out in full 3D in front of the cleverly
textured, glassy background. The beginning of Titia's UF journey that would become as legendary
as her other beautiful works of fractal art.
"Winged" and "Celestial"
These images are so typically Titia's style, yet so diverse in nature, from an exotic bird-like creature bold and strong,
to an imaginary place somewhere "out there", beyond our normal capability to see! She alone saw these visions and
had the ability to convey them to the rest of us to try to comprehend and from which gain a sense of enlightenment.
Hope is Spreading
Despite her suffering, Titia always spread hope for others, as well as the hope that she would one day be
well again. Alas, this was not to be and sometimes our healing awaits us beyond our life here on earth.
In this image I see that hope emanating from the centre and radiating outwards in glorious splashes of colour,
texture and lights. The hope is always there and continues to be so for those of us who now gaze
at these visions of "other-worldliness" and thoughts higher than our own.
New Born Memory
In diversity we often look back. To me, this image is the manifestation of a long-forgotten memory
that becomes a new reality and is re-lived with a new fondness and vitality, always reaching out for that
which is good and wholesome. The distant memory seems to be represented in the textured background,
the re-born memory being the represented by the bold spirals in the foreground, representing Life and Strength
that has been built upon through life's experiences.
Thinking about You
Typically, Titia always wished to deflect thoughts and concerns away from herself, and so it comes with no surprise
that she would be thinking about others, and also about God, with whom she held a close relationship, particularly
more manifestly in her last year on earth... There is so much in this image:
I see representations of "avatars", perhaps of her friends of whom there were many; cracks representing the brokenness
and difficulties of many lives; colours, perhaps representing moods and characters of people she knew,
and how like a tapestry, we are all melded together in mysterious oneness through both diverse
and common experience. And a glorious spiral of lights, which separate out into different parts of the community
have a single source, where the colour blue, for serenity, is predominant.
This image seems much more like some of Titia's wonderful FE works, both in style and in colour. The light ambiance
of flora floating in a warm breeze has a potent impact against the whimsical appearance of the background - in
its very essence the complete imagery representing the fragility and beauty of Life itself at its very best.
Dream with Me
Oh how I love and identify with this one! Dreaming of a beautiful world of peace and freedom beyond the bounds
of our present world, renewing our hope in something so much more than we can even imagine with our finite
minds. I see a unity between God and man and the resurrection of souls meeting with Angelic Beings in the air;
there's the Dove of Peace hovering just above the large flower, ready to guide us across the waters into the Hereafter,
where, we are told by St John the Divine, "‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or
mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Fly with Me
This was not Titia's final image by any means, but there is a sense that she knew there was not long to go,
and her vision for Heaven seemed to grow ever stronger. It is a curious and wondrous place, full of
symbolic shapes and vibrant colours, ever changing at each turn - and it's indescribable. Here is her invitation
to join her as she effortlessly flies into her futuristic vision, to explore, feel and absorb its many wondrous mysteries...
If I were ever sure of someone's final destiny being with her Creator in His incredible Heaven, I know this is
where Titia Vanbeugen now resides!
Other Journals in this seriesArtistry in UF No. 1Artistry in UF No. 2Artistry in UF No. 3Artistry in UF No. 4