A flame fractal, with some clouds and a lens flare.
Julia fractal, with a plastic wrap filter, stretched and pinched and overlaid on itself.
and even this:
Another fractal, colour somewhat tweaked in Photoshop.
Ridiculous. This is what comes of having a full installation of Photoshop CS2, an open internet connection, and tripping across people like Song_sing on Flickr. If you like these fractals, check out her stuff - some of it will blow your eyes out, like this picture, or this one.
And of course, she turned me on to Tierazon (which was used for the second and third of the above, before the usual Photoshop jiggery-pokery), a nifty little freely download-able fractal drawing program that works pretty well and doesn't consume massive amounts of your computer's CPU cycles.
Which then led to exploring the Tierazon group on Flickr, other fractal groups like this one, and more general digital artwork ones such as Digital Abstract, Pixel Art, and the aptly-named Abstract Nonsense. All of which led me to some other fun and publicly available tools, like ChaosPro (which I used for the flame fractal at the top of this post) and the trial version of ArtRage, which I have yet to try out, but can be used to make things like this nice little "painting".
All of which, as I noted at the beginning of this post, adds up to a huge
More in the art set.