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Christmas: The Colour Rebellion

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Thank you so much for visiting my gallery today. It is the Christmas season at last. For me the holidays really do not begin until this weekend - about two-and-a-half weeks before the big day - grey and drizzly though it is today. Yet, I do have about half of my shopping done so I lie a little.

I love the Christmas season. Let's face it, it is the only time of the year when any of us put some style into our home decor. And standing at the heart of this most colourful time - the Christmas tree. Don't ever suggest to me that we don't need a Christmas tree to celebrate Christmas - if you know what's good for ya. I got a lot of such minimalist talk from my teachers in grade school, but I am Sagittarius after all.

So I have my Christmas tree up - ahead of schedule this year. I love Christmas lights you see and it's hard to resist once December actually starts. Of coarse our tree is decorated to my spouse's specifications - amber lights with a few slow blinking white lights up the centre. It is beautiful, looks terrific and Lilly loves it as her new hiding spot, but it is not my idea of how a Christmas tree should look. I grew up at a time of no pesky mini-lights, when every bulb on the tree - truly grand Noma bulbs - was a beckon of individuality to be treated with all the reverence bestowed upon a star in the night sky.

Back in the day, we knitted the strings into the branches of the tree. Thus lights were viewed at various depths and illuminated much more of the interior. Quite a bit of labour, which I still do today with the mini-lights, and worth it. But back then I would next spend happy hours switching the coloured bulbs from one location to another balancing the tree's "colour palette" - a-hem. Most colours could be used as freely as desired. Save yellow which was much brighter than the others so had to be deployed sparingly - too much yellow was, well- too much. In the end, with all the other balls and ornaments added, the tree took on the feel of a self contained cosmos. Perhaps a nebula of stellar formation if you will. Something a visitor might enjoy exploring with their eyes and many actually did. Alas, I do not get deploy my craftsmanship any longer, not in the real world anyways.

But in an act of rebellion befitting the spirit of the season, I fire up my Vue software and build my own Christmas tree. Tall, snowy, proud and bejeweled with every colour I can cram onto its virtual branches. A very cathartic act may I say. A bit like a primal (but nice) scream in the heart of a pine forest. Oops! did I just say that? Okay, lets cool off in all this snow I've supplied.

And let me tell you something. It is quite a challenge to cover Vue ecology trees in snow. First you have to figure out how to access their material settings - a bit obscure. But then, unlike Poser, you can not directly blend a colour node with a mathematical or fractal node. I use the fractal patterns to define the placement of snow deposits on the branches. A fractal node must be pumped through a "Colour Map" node - where's the web page for that trick? Then you can blend it (with a blender node) with another colour node such as the colour map for the evergreen needles of the tree. What a mess, but it did finally work.

But enough of my holiday ranting. I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend and thoroughly busy decorating their homes in bright primary colours. As we say in Canada, there aught to be a law.

December 8, 2012
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Dec 8, 2012 9:18:06 am

by tetrasnake Homepage »

Dec 8, 2012 9:22:09 am
and we all wish you a fine xmas holiday season,be warm,be safe and be well.

by renecyberdoc Homepage »

Dec 8, 2012 9:35:48 am
Clayton, thank you for sharing this colorful Christmas image with us as well as your thoughts behind this season. I have always loved Christmas and look forward to its arrival each year. It's the one time of the year when people treat each other just a little bit nicer, and hopefully realize we can all get along. The most important thing is to remember those in need and alone and do our best to reach out to them during this time.

by magnus073 Homepage »

Dec 8, 2012 9:37:50 am
Cool Colors, and Great image.
Have a Happy.

by mejed Homepage »

Dec 8, 2012 9:48:18 am
I ADORE your tree!!! At our house Daddy's taste dictated that EVERY darn light was BLUE!! Mama hated it, said it made the living seem even colder than it was. But Daddy wanted blue, so he got blue!!!! So I love love your tree!

by moonhawk Homepage »

Dec 8, 2012 9:51:17 am
Very beautiful tree. We put ours up last weekend with all the other decorations.

by drifterlee Homepage »

Dec 8, 2012 9:58:25 am
I love your tree and your story. I am with you, I just can't seem to get into decorating so soon after Halloween lol have a great weekend.

by tennesseecowgirl Homepage »

Dec 8, 2012 10:31:36 am
oh wow! so love your tree Clayton. beautiful work bro. great story and happy holidays..

by eekdog Online Now!   Homepage »

Dec 8, 2012 11:30:26 am
Wonderful. Happy Holidays!!

by lyron Homepage »

Dec 8, 2012 1:06:49 pm
stunning work

by flavia49 Homepage »

Dec 8, 2012 1:26:39 pm
Wonderful work.Love it!!

by nitegrafix Homepage »

Dec 8, 2012 1:32:32 pm
Wonderful scene and great story
Glad to hear that Lilly is adapting very nicely

by Faemike55 Homepage »

Dec 8, 2012 2:47:22 pm
Fabulous scene!

by GrandmaT Online Now!   Homepage »

Dec 8, 2012 4:31:11 pm
Just finished putting up the tree today, time to get the christmas spirit going, excellent looking image Clayton.

by twingo Homepage »

Dec 8, 2012 6:18:35 pm

by sandra46 Homepage »

Dec 8, 2012 7:13:43 pm
I love your very beautiful christmas tree it lights up the whole forest. Very well done. I have put my tree up too, though it isn't a real one these days but it still looks pretty but just doesn't have that lovely pine fragrance. It is great to get into the festive season.

by npauling Homepage »

Dec 11, 2012 7:54:20 am
Haven't been on to check out your stuff in a long time. Coming back to see this as the first image is a real treat. Beautiful work.

by brubright Homepage »

Dec 16, 2012 11:01:03 am
If aliens stopped by, this would be the tree they took home with them...

by BLUESTONE Homepage »

Dec 18, 2012 11:01:16 pm
Very cool. Clever too.

by ACue Homepage »

Dec 19, 2012 7:36:23 pm
I;m good this year got all my shopping done the house is full of goodies the tree is up but that took a minute as it's a table one but cute
and good enough for all to see the kids grandkids will be here to eat sing and enjoy each other my grandson will say a prayer before we chuck down for the lose
of all those killed and we might even cry I cry at the drop of a hat
but as the old saying goes life goes one,I only hope those parents with time
it will get somewhat easier but time doesn't heal,it just gives you more time to
go on and we do:

and I won't forget to say your work is awesome what a darling tree:
any snow yet? I can see our mountain from my window it's full and white
Happy Holidays to you and yours:5+

by evielouise Homepage »

Dec 24, 2012 3:07:00 pm
Enchanting image my friend, lovely lighting and colors indeed! Superbly done!

by mgtcs Homepage »

Dec 29, 2012 5:53:08 am
Great tree - a lot brighter than ours this year!

by A_Sunbeam Homepage »


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