For the Love of Art

You’ve heard me speak on artistic expression and how important it is to myself (and others here) many times before. I often see some wonderful creators go unnoticed and this bothers me to no end. So, earlier in the week I vented those thoughts on Twitter and called out to fellow artists and creators of all kinds to share their info with me so we can all give each other a little boost.

The response was so warm and beautiful. Here are the results:

See what I mean? Such a lovely response from such beautifully talented individuals. & We will continue to support and feature fellow artists & creators of all kinds as long as this site stands.

Be sure to follow the CardCastles Twitter for little updates and exclusives like these. For now it’s solely run by yours truly, but moderated by our team behind the scenes here at Snapping Turtle®. CardCastles TERMS apply to all social media accounts as well.

Most importantly, never stop dreaming. 🙂

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: Another Try

Another Try ©️ 2019 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

While the last few months have been different to say the least, it’s great to be back here at our little castle in the clouds.

Since I haven’t stopped designing while away, we decided to continue SleepySundays here for a while to showcase any new designs.

I’ve had dreams lately again of other worlds. Some just like this one & some completely strange & just as beautiful. Some brought ideas for other projects that I’ve written down for later use. That was some of the inspiration behind these upcoming designs.

Have a dreamy Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Bloodletting

Bloodletting ©️2019 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

While most of you wait until October to see some of my horror-inspired designs, I remind you that horror is where my love for art and design began.

With a string of vivid dreams and nightmares lately, it’s no surprise I took a break from my tradition of spring floral sets to work on a horror piece.

My personal life has my career feeling like bloodletting lately. My love for art has not left me, however, the strain of having to design on a schedule has been a nightmare. Art has been a cathartic release, even if the scheduling causes me pain.

Financial stresses make operation a lot more difficult as well. As always, we will see what the cards hold.

Have a relaxing Sunday

Sleepy Sundays: Early Blooms

Early Blooms©️2019 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

This weekend I got a chance to catch up with some family and friends & a family member happened to remind me spring is around the corner. I’ve also been working on some floral patterns & spring designs for that reason. This is one of the early concepts for one of them. I plan on making this one into some sort of tiled pattern.

Have a beautifully blooming Sunday!