Sleepy Sundays: Spaces

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.

Have a peaceful Sunday

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Sleepy Sundays: Wake

Wake © 2018 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

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.

Have you seen any underwater creatures lately?

Have a bubbly Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Going On a Trip

Going On a Trip © 2018 | Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

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. ♥

 

Have you gone on any trips lately?

Have a beautiful Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Something Pleasant

Pleasant Night © 2018 Snapping Turtle Arts

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.

Sleepy Sundays: Nimble

Nimble © 2017 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

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?

Have a peaceful Sunday!

Friends on the East Coast, stay warm!