This weekend in between jobs I had a series of fantastic, otherworldly dreams that all ended up in my artwork. I’m still quite busy until February but thank you all for the kind messages and well wishes through social media. So many of you friends are my little beacons of hope, much like this surreal piece represented in my strange dreams.
This animation is the visual representation of a fascinating nightmare had long ago. The lights did not frighten me. I only refer to it as a nightmare due to the people in it that were chasing me. The lights showed up at the right time, allowing me to escape.
In my early twenties, I once experienced a strange nightmare like none other. I was in some gorgeous desert land where the sun seemed to create glitter in the sand. In some places there, the sand even appeared gold.
Although this dwelling’s beauty masked something sinister. There was an underground area that housed human-eating sand serpents. Their origin was apparently something ancient according to locals in the dream. I have no idea why I was there but was always fascinated by the scenery. That place has inspired many of my artworks to this day.
Long ago there was a nightmare I wrote about in a personal journal. There was a long list of settings that I later divided up and used as separate stories/sketches. One of the areas was a dense and fairly dead burned forest. When my eyes inspected the brush that had been trying to thrive among the ash-ridden trees an almost toxic mist formed.
The mist moved and took on shape. The contents—almost seeming to sting my skin. Who knows what it was or why it was there? This piece is yet another from that particular nightmare that will be added to my gallery along with the others. It has inspired countless works, both written and art-driven throughout my career.
Have you ever come across something you shouldn’t or get lost and end up being terrified by your surroundings? That’s the thought behind this art, and yet another one of my old nightmares. The beings seen lingering around in the woods were capable of draining you of energy. They seemed to hone in on people that were sad or angry, feeding off of their negative energy even more. I later worked this concept into one of my short stories. I’m currently working on putting some of these stories into a book format for a rainy day.
Have you ever had a nightmare you were worried you wouldn’t awaken from? This piece of the series was taken from an old nightmare that has often been a conversation amongst friends. You know the ones I speak of. The nightmares you wake up in a cold sweat from; panting and terrified out of your mind.
The labyrinth is an old place that still comes up in my nightmares every once in a while. It’s a dank, drippy, cellar/industrial building-looking kind of place. In one of the nightmares, I met a woman my age who was trapped there too. She was crying and I helped her escape, and then I was severely injured by the entities that dwelled there. I never made it out. I only woke up screaming at the moment in the dream where I was almost killed.
I later turned it into a short story, and now, this artwork.
Not all figures within or just outside of our nightmares are negative. Some of you may have ran across a protector or a helper of sorts. These are sometimes the people or forces that help us escape, or keep us away from harm.
This piece was inspired by a statue outside of a building in one of my nightmares. She was a figure inside one of my many nightmares about the areas where I live. It took place in some alternate realm of our now neighborhood. The statue was something that helped guide my way out to safety.
I used the imprint of a photo with some texture and layering effects to create another “ghost image” that I’ve described using here on CardCastles before.