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I had long pondered how to make an image like this. This image differs from bigpic 307 in that it has two "snakes" passing over and under each other, on separate random paths but never getting very far apart. My thought was to have the lines pass along random paths in an "interesting" way. I have never seen another similar image.

The trick is how to make the line wander "at random" without leaving the picture plane. In the end I solved this using ideas from the Newtonian dynamics of a point mass, combined with a random force and random starting place.

How do you color such an object? My approach has been to use continuously varying colors which "float" from one color to the next. As one passes along the "snake" the color varies along a continuous path in color space, going from one color to another via a chain containing a full set of intervening colors. The choice of the path has been made randomly by using a random-walk process in color space.

Abstract art can be associated with "metaphors". A winding one-dimensional path can be likened to a trip, path, story, or journey. One might think of it, for example, as an image of two human lives -- passing from bright to shady and back as events happen, coming closer and getting farther apart. The text at the top has about 20 "titles" for the image, including some suggested by family and friends.

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