Sleepy Sundays: Windy Nights

Windy Nights © 2017 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

This weekend while I made a new folder for a project that’s closing and another for upcoming holiday greetings and other things. We had a little November night wind storm. Shortly after it began to rain. With the quiet in the house and the pitter-patter outside, it was the perfect conditions to work in, and some of it inspired this new addition.

Are you in planning mode yet for the new year? Do tell. You know I love a good coffee chat. 🙂

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!

Sleepy Sundays: November Chill

November Chill © 2017 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

There hasn’t been many photo snaps here in the clouds lately. This weekend I aimed to change that. The perfect moment somehow drifted my way while my son and I were chatting about the noticeable chill in the air that came with November rolling its way in.

With last month being so unseasonably warm for October, we embraced this little bit of crisp with open arms. The changeover signals some events and adventures that will be happening for us as the year closes out.

Do you embrace change or shy away from it?

Have a breezy Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Wind Trips

Wind Trips © 2017 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

Patterns like this one are always a blast for me to design because I’ll collage several different designs into one. This one is made up of two different patterns of fall foliage, one that I shrunk down into tiny little golden pearl-textured dots. I’ve been working on designs like these through October, and they will likely continue through November if time allows.

This weekend’s was inspired by the winds that hit here about Friday that are signs of an upcoming storm in our area.

What colors have you seen floating through the sky lately? Do you like multi-layered designs for a living room? How’s the weather in your neck of the woods?

Have a breezy Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Blush Rush

Blush Rush © 2017 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com
Fall has been hesitant to arrive this year on my part of the globe. We’ve seen a few hints of it. However, the temperature refuses to dip. The result has been some very disgruntled tourists that enjoy traveling to the NY/NJ/PA area this time of year. As you could imagine, no cool weather means no gorgeous colorful leaves everywhere. They are trying so hard to turn, but they haven’t quite reached “peak color”—a term the local meteorologists describe in their weather reports.

My own life is going through a similar bumpy transition. I’ve got things all lined up and so much is looking promising, but some of the toxic negativity I’ve been constantly flushing from my life these past few months simply refuses to die.

This design was made with those thoughts in mind. We’ll just have to see what these next few months brings, won’t we?

Are you going through a transition? Is it fall where you are? Have you seen some pretty colors this season? Do tell. You know I love a good coffee chat!

Have a blushingly beautiful Sunday!


Fun Fact: The leaves in this piece were created using a custom brush made out of the leaves from this photo. They were the inspiration behind the title.

31 Nightmares 2017: The 20th

The Void

This year during my work with DJ Matticus & Revis Edgewater I’ve gotten a new perspective on elliptical designs and spheres of all sorts, it’s no wonder I started dreaming of black holes. Our work together on sci-fi and fantasy novels this year also ended up in this year’s #31Nightmares, as one of my concept sketches that was an early design for an upcoming fantasy novel, was also something I dreamt about, an endless void, an imploded star, a strange region in space. It was beautiful but terrifying in my nightmares.


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This concludes our week diving into the surreal side of horror.

Stay tuned as we make room for our guests to arrive

and much more to come during these

October festivities.

31 Nightmares 2017: The 19th

Wisps
© 2017 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

Sometimes the strange and otherworldly creeps into my head when I’ve had a particularly stressful period of time. My body will literally feel drained by the mental taxing and eventually it gives out and I’ll head into a deep sleep. This is the usual recipe for my nightmares.

You’ve heard me describe settings of hope within these dreams before here during #31Nightmares.

This artwork is the visual representation of a place that brought hope inside one of my most terrifying dreams. Myself and a group of friends were being chased by a lake like an old-school splatter movie. Though, from a first person perspective in my nightmares, this was not the sort of place I wanted to stay long. These little wisps were lights that helped lead us out of a barren area of the forest.


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Sleepy Sundays: Adrift

Adrift © 2017 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

This fall-themed template is another multi-purpose I designed this week along with my other projects. It is all part of a design collection of fall designs for Snapping Turtle, as additions for the month of October. I’ll be doing fall themed greetings and wall art and more like this all October long for this custom collection. I look forward to moving the Snapping Turtle Gallery here to CardCastles!

What new plans do you have this fall? Anything exciting? Do tell. You know I love a good coffee chat.

Have a peaceful Sunday!

31 Nightmares 2017: The 6th

Zombiehead

For 31days/31nights we will do this. All due to your undying enthusiasm.

This week we talked about the different lanes of horror and payed tribute to some of the greats lost along the way in recent years.

This artwork was inspired with those thoughts in mind. It was really a concept piece from long ago, but I decided to turn this into a tribute piece here this year during #31Nightmares since our subject matter kicked off along these lines as well. I look forward to where horror is heading. & May we pay respect to those in the past.


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