You’ve heard me speak on artistic expression and how important it is to myself (and others here) many times before. I often see some wonderful creators go unnoticed and this bothers me to no end. So, earlier in the week I vented those thoughts on Twitter and called out to fellow artists and creators of all kinds to share their info with me so we can all give each other a little boost.
The response was so warm and beautiful. Here are the results:
I see waaay too many creatives get overlooked because their numbers are not high enough. That really needs to stop. Drop your websites, blogs, IGs, SoundClouds, or anything else here you’d like me to promote. No strings attached.
See what I mean? Such a lovely response from such beautifully talented individuals. & We will continue to support and feature fellow artists & creators of all kinds as long as this site stands.
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Brothers from Brooklyn is a New York-based Italian-American pride and comedy page on Instagram. For those of you that are interested, this is a really fun & wonderfully curated account to follow. “Brother Anthony” that is one of the owners & administrator of this page is an absolute sweetheart. Most everyone that follows this account is made to feel welcome and part of the party.
Brother Anthony also has a page for his magic talents here: the_mystefyer
The SplatterBrothers are a team of screenwriters, directors, producers & just down-right horror film fanatics. This passionate independent company has several projects out as we speak. Support indie filmmakers & give these two talented young gentlemen a follow! While you’re peeking around, tell them Daydreams from Snapping Turtle sent you. 😉
You can find their YouTube channel and Facebook pages below:
Industrial Art based in Bayonne, NJ is an outstanding business complete with a very gifted team of artists of multiple talents. If you are ever in the North NJ area and feel like getting inked up or pierced check them out and see what they have to offer.
You can find this lovely team’s Instagram page and official website listed below.
Franki Love is an extremely talented singer/songwriter that I’ve been following for some time now. I certainly have to mention that she is one of the most positive, warm, and loving people I’ve come to know on Twitter. She has a unique charm about her that you’ll notice right away. If you like what you hear, please give her a follow and check out her official website below.
is my third cover artwork for a book or novel that is available for purchase on Amazon.
My dear friends Matt “Matticus” Blashill & Micheal “Revis” Hansen have worked very hard to give you another beautiful installment to this story. For those that enjoyed The Erratic Sun, I highly recommend this sequel.
If you aren’t familiar with either, I suggest giving The Erratic Sun a spin.
& If you’re into the fantasy genre, check out The Seven Sceptres as well. (Also available right here at CardCastles by clicking on the book in the sidebar.)
My younger cousin and I have been dialoguing a lot more recently and it’s opened my eyes to so many new things. One would be, I’ve never realized how similar we are as adults. I remember us running around as children and always having a great deal in common, but was blind to the fact that it transferred into adulthood.
We spoke about our family and our ethnicity and so many wonderful things. She is raising a child of her own and she is doing an amazing job, even being dealt a shitty hand. I am in awe of her. At 21 she has more maturity than some people twice her age.
This all sparked conversation in my own home about race and ethnicity and even more wonderful things. As that conversation was happening, I was sent some links to something that made me sick on Twitter.
People were (and still are) complaining about the race of a girl cast to play the new Ariel in Disney’s live-action version of The Little Mermaid.
What a bunch of fuckwits. Talk about a waste of space.
I’ve drawn and designed mermaids many times in my life and now I do so professionally, and I assure you, no where does it state they have to be a certain shade. I’ve even designed some with a lavender skin, or a greenish hue, sometimes pink; sometimes blue.
In the words of Jim Morrison, people are strange.
There are events going on in our country that are in dire need of attention, but these are the things some choose to get angry about.
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I have a niece that I already know will very much look up to the new Ariel. Right now, her favorite is Moana for similar reasons. That alone makes me smile. That alone makes me want to give every one of those people complaining a great, big Jersey hello. (That’s the middle finger for those of you that’ve never been out here.)
So with that said, I hardly ever do fan art. About 98% of my art are originals. That being the case, I am going to make an exception for this next one and maybe a few others. After all, I plan on doing more of these for this movie coming up if time allows.
The following early concept is one of a limited edition series I’m doing on mermaids. This first one was inspired by the new Ariel.
Instead of me going back at some of those people that are spreading racist ideals on Twitter, this is going to be my retaliation. Share it if you can. Art speaks and it also teaches. Let the art teach. Maybe they can see its beauty and learn something.
It’s been a good long while since we’ve been around in the clouds.
The wind seems to have swept us away.
Although you’ll hear all about that in an upcoming Daydreams Diary, we wished to catch you up on some of what’s gone on while we were away.
We had originally planned just to be away for the holidays after our October festivities ended here last year. Then a few unexpected events took place. I ran into some financial issues with my home and business due to my medical issues in August of last year. After that I got word a close relative of mine’s health was dwindling. & My life changed overnight. Everything else stopped and it was like nothing else mattered at that moment but my family and those I love.
A lot had to slow down. We had to take a breather. We had to sort things out. Before we could do any of that I got a call that my favorite uncle, my great uncle, my grandfather’s brother, who basically took a hand in raising me (it takes a village) and had been there all my life and so much more, had passed away.
So many emotions.
More than I care to drown you with here.
Sad but beautiful.
My Uncle “Pat” Pasquale, had touched so many of our lives in different ways. Though, in the later years of my life I remember his MS getting worse. Sadly, in very recent years it took a turn for the worst. Though he lived a great, long life, my Uncle Pat. He was one of the greatest storytellers I have ever known.
At his wake, my cousin Randy said some very moving words about him that could not have been more true for any one of us. He spoke of how my Uncle Pat loved nothing more than being a Dad, a grandfather, part of our family, an elder, and the people in the room. He certainly loved all of us.
Those words inspired the title behind this work, mostly due to how during the whole very sad but love-filled process, there were certainly a few times I felt others in my life that have passed on in the room. Others that were close to my uncle as well. Others like my own mother, that I felt a little nudge from a few times. These are things I usually only share with that side of my family. My mother’s side. The one that has a line of women just like me that are not afraid to speak of such things. Though, I’m starting to think you’re ready. I’m blessed to have them. The people in the room.
It’s been a while since we posted some music along with one of our Sunday posts so what better choice to go along with this theme than to introduce to you my very gifted and gorgeous little cousin Nicolette.