There’s been a lot going on in the world of Snapping Turtle recently involving a possible move that is no longer happening. We are trying to remain open anyway due to the changes. We apologize for any rescheduling inconveniences. To hopefully somehow make up for our crazy personal lives there are again two designs being shared this weekend instead of just one.
You’ll have to stay tuned for their stories as we transition into new horizons.
A lot is changing here at CardCastles and in our lives and we are thankful some of you have continued with us and myself during this journey.
The ocean has long been a companion of mine throughout life. With the weather changing and my son getting older, he is starting to show interest in some of these same aquatic activities. I’ve been shuffling around more home decor and greetings designs, some of which have to do with children’s rooms and seasonal decorative pieces. This all had me thinking of underwater themes I’ve done in the past. These sea turtles started from sketches, but I plan to have a few more of them appear in some of my newer designs these next few months.
The title for this artwork was inspired by something my son said. He continues to make me laugh every day. I am still so grateful for that. This doubles as a wall art & greeting card design.
Hope everyone is having a relaxing Sunday. I’ve been busy and not well but I’ll continue to share artwork here during #SleepySundays to the best of my ability. Enjoy this one for now as a token of my appreciation for your ongoing support of this place. Some of you truly are blessed beings. ♥
It’s been a while since I’ve gotten a request from someone I know personally. This weekend a good friend of mine sent me a text that said “make me…something pleasant” and went into some short detail.
Although the request was simple, it made my heart warm to think this friend thought of me when she was going through a very rough time. So I dreamt up this image while experiencing this arctic freeze a good portion of my country is going through right now. I couldn’t help but think of the poor little creatures outside that are trying to endure these harsh conditions. They go through these blistering conditions with such grace. The thought had me pondering about nature itself and how it does much the same—with grace. Then it came to me, the beautiful swan. If ever there was a graceful being, oh you had better believe, that’s it. Yes, I think that’s something pleasant.
What is “something pleasant” to you? Do you like swans?
Have a graceful Sunday!
Fun facts: This piece is not only the first entry to the gallery of 2018, but also the first print to enter Snapping Turtle’s archive since the beginning of the merge with CardCastles. This is all part of something bigger you will begin to see this year.
The northeast region got blasted this weekend with some icy winds making it seem like the dead of winter when it’s really still fall. We’ve got a bunch of important milestones coming up for our son in his schooling. There are some changes going on in just about every aspect of my life. They are achy changes, but changes I am willing to accept. Some of this overdose of new I’m even starting to like.
This character concept that almost didn’t happen due to a busy schedule and some technical issues, was inspired by a busted mouse. No not an actual little furry guy, don’t worry. Nope, it was a busted mouse that I very much need in order to create any illustration at all. We had to replace it in order for me to be able to keep working, even in the midst of other family obligations.
I’m going to let my son name him. I think this little mouse would be cute for holiday greetings as well. He may make more appearances.
Has anything broken on you lately? Did you make the best of it?
This week ended with something that completely stopped time for me for a short while.
My phone rang out as I was getting out of the shower in a rush and it one of those phone calls that kind of makes you go deaf for a second when you first receive the news.
It was my sister on the other end. There had been problems in her relationship for a while now.
The phone call itself was no surprise to me but it’s results somehow still were despite their similarities to times passed. This rang especially true since this all involves my niece who is a product of this rocky relationship, and my blood nonetheless, despite difficult circumstances both my sister and I are now facing as a direct result of said rockiness.
She managed to find herself an attorney in all this mess. Just like my mother would have. This greeting card/wall art design was inspired by an early concept of characters I’m designing for my sister’s daughter, my niece. & They will later go on to be used as prints for others nieces and daughters and sisters, and mothers.
If you our anyone close to you is thinking
about suicide please reach out to someone you can trust
These two designs were inspired by events both past and a strange nightmare I had one night years ago about the future.
The first about the past was a beautiful day that was considered rare in the times I grew up in that were somewhat similar to the things going on in present day in the country I call home. The afternoon etched itself into my memories due to a vivid sunset witnessed that mimicked a candy store. There were so many bright pinks and lilacs. Then out of nowhere it seemed to get ruined by a very dangerous electrical storm that no one seemed to see coming.
The second that was dreamt up into a sci-fi design was inspired by a terrifying, sweat-inducing dream had one night where tons of planets were just getting blasted to bits and raining down and outward everywhere.
My lesson in all this trying to concentrate while there are in fact catastrophic things going on in the world that involve spiritual, racial, generational, and just flat out good old fashioned good vs evil, was that we need to take care of one another more. & Fight these evils because like the storm, what appeared out of darkness soon became light. So many of you have been so very kind these past few weeks while we transition the site here.
With an actual storm brewing in the skies over my head as I type this, and the climate changing in my region & all over I hope our own certain future doesn’t look like the one in my nightmares. There’s just way too much more work to do.
Be kind to one another & take care of one another.
It’s a time where I feel like everywhere I turn a friend is suffering from a loss or their family has been plagued somehow with disease.
I want to take this time out this Sunday to do things a bit differently. If you’re open to it, I’d like to try a little healing exercise/peaceful meditation with all of you. The trick is you have to trust me. (Details below)
I haven’t added music to one of my #SleepySundays posts in a while, and the following selection will only aid in our exercise. Since I recently had to omit the Daily Daydreams section from the sidebar due to scheduling changes (and changes with the app I update it from) I figured this would be the perfect time to share the music that inspired this art.
David Bowie – Lazarus
David Bowie’s newest song off the recently released Blackstar is being heralded by fans as a message from the late, legendary star as his goodbye message to all.
In the lyrics to Lazarus Bowie poignantly states:
“Oh I’ll be free,
just like that bluebird.
Oh, I’ll be free
– ain’t that just like me.”
In my thirty years on this Earth, I’ve come in contact with death more times than the average person. My life has been touched by cancer. I’ve lost several family members to different forms of it. Friends of mine have had their lives turned upside down by the disease and everything that comes with it.
When I first created CardCastles, the main purpose was to share my arts and writings and the stories behind it with the masses. However, there was also another reason. A morbid truth tucked behind everything that only a few people understood.
I stacked the cards so they would be something to remain when I too, perish. Little pieces of me, scattered about in some vast space so I could linger in some way.
I’ve had my own health scares of the cancerous sort in recent months. I’m sorry to tell you this way. I’ve never been good about sharing such personal details. I’m confident I’m going to be fine. I just need a little space to “regroup and recoup” so to speak. Please respect my privacy during this time. I promise I’ll let you know in some form when it’s over. I will still be posting regularly and there will be YouTube/video integration this year.
I guess what I’m trying to say is death and disease are two aspects of life that will seep in no matter what we do.
The minute we accept that truth is the moment we are truly free. Though, I understand it’s in our nature to fight. It’s what we do best.
So do me a favor this Sunday. Find a quiet place and do this:
Step 1. Close your eyes.
Step 2. Breathe deep.
Step 3. Exhale.
Step 4. Keep your eyes closed. (This is important!)
Step 5. Visualize yourself as one of those birds pictured above gliding over your favorite scenery. (If you don’t like birds, pick any winged creature, or even yourself, it doesn’t matter.)
Step 6. Add music (optional)
Step 7. Just keep flying. You’ll see. For a moment, you will truly be at peace, feeling ‘free’.
Do this for me so together we can somehow be at peace even though all of these terrible things effect our lives everyday.
I present to you a gift of my gratitude for your support for three great years so far here.
The audio was recorded early one Sunday morning as I sipped some coffee, writing a SleepySundayspost here for all of you. There were about four birds “talking” to each other. I found all this chatter quite amusing, and somehow soothing.