Mermaids

Troubled Waters

I had an interesting last few days.

My younger cousin and I have been dialoguing a lot more recently and it’s opened my eyes to so many new things. One would be, I’ve never realized how similar we are as adults. I remember us running around as children and always having a great deal in common, but was blind to the fact that it transferred into adulthood.

We spoke about our family and our ethnicity and so many wonderful things. She is raising a child of her own and she is doing an amazing job, even being dealt a shitty hand. I am in awe of her. At 21 she has more maturity than some people twice her age.

This all sparked conversation in my own home about race and ethnicity and even more wonderful things. As that conversation was happening, I was sent some links to something that made me sick on Twitter.

People were (and still are) complaining about the race of a girl cast to play the new Ariel in Disney’s live-action version of The Little Mermaid.

What a bunch of fuckwits. Talk about a waste of space.

I’ve drawn and designed mermaids many times in my life and now I do so professionally, and I assure you, no where does it state they have to be a certain shade. I’ve even designed some with a lavender skin, or a greenish hue, sometimes pink; sometimes blue.

In the words of Jim Morrison, people are strange.

There are events going on in our country that are in dire need of attention, but these are the things some choose to get angry about.

It’s maddening.

The Shining Sea

I have a niece that I already know will very much look up to the new Ariel. Right now, her favorite is Moana for similar reasons. That alone makes me smile. That alone makes me want to give every one of those people complaining a great, big Jersey hello. (That’s the middle finger for those of you that’ve never been out here.)

So with that said, I hardly ever do fan art. About 98% of my art are originals. That being the case, I am going to make an exception for this next one and maybe a few others. After all, I plan on doing more of these for this movie coming up if time allows.

A Little Mermaid © 2019 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

The following early concept is one of a limited edition series I’m doing on mermaids. This first one was inspired by the new Ariel.

Instead of me going back at some of those people that are spreading racist ideals on Twitter, this is going to be my retaliation. Share it if you can. Art speaks and it also teaches. Let the art teach. Maybe they can see its beauty and learn something.

Let the art teach.

J

Sleepy Sundays: Crimson Waves

Crimson Waves © 2018 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

There’s been a lot of talk these past few weeks about “peak colors” for fall foliage in my region here on this east coast section of the clouds. Some say this time for the greatest variety and most gorgeous hue is around October, but it largely depends on the temperatures of the season. This new wall art/greetings combo tile was designed with that time in mind. There are trees around here that turn this bright, candy apple red when the conditions are just right. Many of these sights usually make it into my designs each autumn season. This year is no different.

Do you enjoy the fall season? We sure do!

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!

31 Nightmares 2016: The 28th

Not Forgotten
Not Forgotten

Some of the best conversations I’ve ever had started with exchanging ghost stories. There’s always the skeptic, the non-believer, and the “on-the-fence” person. Still, a striking amount of people I’ve come into contact with have these stories to share, whether they believe it was something otherworldly or not.

This piece is based off of a story exchanged between friends. My friend was both the skeptic and the storyteller. According to him, whatever it was at the end of his hall, had a staring contest with him for a good thirty seconds before he moved into the next room. When he returned to the hall, whatever it was had departed.


This has been Day 28 of

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Sleepy Sundays: Summer Days

Summer Days
Summer Days
Summer Days (header version) © 2016 cardcastlesinthesky.com | Snapping Turtle Publishing

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Preparation for this event was lackluster on my behalf. I should have foreseen such a financial blow but, as most responsible adults know, sometimes these things seem to happen when we’re broke.

Thankfully, I still have mobile access to my site, and my laptop is hanging on by a thread. Still, I need to start saving up for a replacement. My laptop is my main work station for every aspect of my art and design. The software is going to need some expensive upgrades, and my laptop, just a flat out swap-out for a newer, more capable model.

As a result, work will get finished at a slower rate, and some of my internet presence will be sporadic at best. Still, however late, I will do my best to continue bring you the scheduled Sleepy Sundays posts every Sunday. As for my other work in between, thankfully a lot can be done with a smart phone these days.

It’s not the end of the road, but it is however a tiny speed bump.

I’m thankful for days like the one pictured above. We got to see some family I hadn’t seen in a while. During our trip, we got to take in some old views I hadn’t set eyes upon in quite a stretch. Days like that full of good conversation and time to reflect are something I live for.

When was the last time you had a chance to “breathe” and reflect?

Have a pleasant Sunday!