Sleepy Sundays: Bag of Tricks

Bag of Tricks

This design is quite simple. The work here was inspired by trick-or-treat bags or goodie bags for the Halloween season. My son has a few activities coming up in school and I thought these would make the perfect design for children’s treat bags for their school festivities.

These also make neat greeting cards as well!

Have you ever thrown a Halloween party? Did you handle the decorating?

Have a festive Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Old Friend

Old Friend Old Friend

The first time I saw a Mourning Dove, a family of them had made a nest between one of our outdoor lights and the house. Being just a small child at the time, I was absolutely fascinated by their every movement. 

At first it was just the male and female. Then, shortly after, the male took off somewhere and it was just a noticeably pregnant mama bird. I’ll never forget the morning my grandfather came to wake me shouting “Your little friends! You’ve got to see them!”

The mama bird had been hiding and protecting her eggs. That morning, there were three little baby doves popping their heads out of the nest. They were adorable. They weren’t the featherless, ugly little buggers some birds hatch. These birds hatched with tiny fuzzy feathers and were already a considerable size. Sadly, something happened to the mother a few days later. She had completely disappeared. So, we took in the babies and raised them. The day we had to set them free, I cried like a baby. Then, it was later explained to me that those birds were called “Mourning Doves” for their distinct coo-ing sound that resembles someone sobbing softly. That only made them more special to me, having lost my father at a young age, and his strangely coincidental love of birds.

Yesterday, some friends of mine laid to rest another friend of mine. Although I couldn’t attend the service, I had my friends on my mind all day. When I finally stepped outside with my son, what do you think I saw perched upon a relative’s fence? The little fellow stared at me for a bit. It watched my every move and was not startled by me at all. It even got pretty close before giving me one last look and flying off.

Is it any surprise it inspired this art?

Is there any animal that seems to visit you?

Have a restful Sunday!

(& Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!)


Sleepy Sundays: Wind Whip

Sleepy Sundays

Wind WhipWind Whip

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During the past few days there has been some wind flying through the east coast like nobody’s business. Needless to say I was quite inspired by it. I snapped a few photos, wrote a short story (which you may be reading here on CardCastles shortly), and sketched up this little beauty. I’m quite happy with it. Does it take you to a strange place?

Does the wind inspire you? Do tell. You know I love a good coffee chat!

Have a wind-whipping Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Strange Hope

Strange HopeStrange Hope

Normally, I give you a little background info on the piece being showcased. Today I’m going to leave you with some mystery and say only the idea for this piece came to me during a low, rather somber moment.

What symbol of hope have you seen recently?

Have a hopeful Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Glide


Perspective is a gift some of us share more easily in writing rather than art. It’s rare I get to show you two different versions of a piece – so allow me to dazzle you with your own point of view. If you analyze both of these renders closely, you’ll see so many differences in the tones and colors of each.

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Glide (original)Glide

Ultimately, I chose the blue for this week’s post because it fit the feel and mood of a theme I’m trying to capture this month. Which do you like better? Why?

Do you wish you could fly?

Have an artsy Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Mystery

Mystery Mystery

Many parts of our human lives are mysteries. Life itself holds endless questions we’ve yet to unlock. One of those mysteries is that of love. Some of us have stories for days about the countless riddles of our desires.

These were some of thoughts that helped inspire the feelings behind the strange land depicted above.

What was your last mysterious encounter? (Bonus points if it’s a love story!)

Have a lovely Sunday!

& Happy February!

Sleepy Sundays: Light Show

Light ShowLight Show

A few nights back there was a meteor shower visible from my front steps. This is the artistic equivalent to where my mind went. Sometimes we can drift to a faraway place while standing still…

Have you ever witnessed a meteor shower?

Have a shimmering Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: The Dark Side

The Dark Side The Dark Side

Like it or not we all have a darker side. Humans are complex individuals with a mind-numbing range of emotions. Each aspect of our personalities cannot be easily explained. Sometimes unfortunate events or unsavory people can bring out the worst in us. Some of our darker sides are more aggressive, while some are simply withdrawn and full of self-loathing.

It’s important to acknowledge that darkness isn’t always filled with anger. There are times when the deepest voids and most shadowy of places can be felt while in a cave of sadness or depression. That is the feeling I was trying to channel in this piece. The character feels “locked in silence” and is clearly experiencing some stage of extreme emotional pain. I felt its “creepy feel” was perfect for this time of year with Halloween being right around the bend and all.

What is your emotional outlet?

Have a quiet Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Distant Memories

Distant Memories Distant Memories

This image is original photography that was altered in color, lighting, and an effect known as “smoothing”. I wanted this photo to be turned into something that resembled an old painting. Now that I look at it, there seems to be a strange marriage between an old painting and a photo negative here. I was going for surrealism. Truth be told, the actual place where the original photo was taken is somewhat surreal itself.

The place is virtually hidden. Most people in surrounding area don’t even know it exists. Those that do know it will tell you they’ve seen some strange things around there both night and day.

Are there any strange places near you? Do you know of any hidden gems in your town/city?

Have a creepy Sunday!