Blue N Gold feels like a happy accident. Originally created in 2010, it's a perfect example of how many of my early works were created by "playing" in Apophysis (the fractal software I use) until something interesting happens. It formed after many filter and script runs, dramatically changing the original fractal.
The piece came together when I changed the color to the blue and gold combination. For my fractals, what is emphasized depends greatly on what colors are used and where. Most pieces use a gradient that has many different colors. Nothing I tried was working with Blue N Gold, though. A light bulb went off eventually, and I tried gradients that had less variance. Voila! Blue N Gold!
I tweaked Blue N Gold in 2015, turning it into a more vertical piece. I still have some early prints of its original orientation, though I much prefer this final result. You can see the early version below.