31 Nightmares 2016: The 26th

Alicia
Alicia
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This little lady is the star of a series of greetings cards & more I’m designing for the future. She was fully inspired by a combination of nightmares, the horror genre, and fairy tales.

~Daydreams


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31 Nightmares 2016: The 10th

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You’ve heard me speak of Grayson here on CardCastles before. In fact, his work has been highlighted here enough times that it can be found within the archives. If you didn’t know of his extensive list of gifts within the horror genre, today with the blessing of his beautiful wife Ra, I get to show them to you.

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Masters of Horror

As you know this year’s 31 Nightmares has been dedicated to him along with Wes. Soon you’ll see why I think he is just as worthy to hold this place with Wes—someone you all know I respected and admired deeply.

Many may not know Grayson had a background in film. Those gifts and tips and tricks clearly didn’t disappear through the years as he kept them alive through his writing within the genre.

Here is a short Grayson made a few years back to highlight his short story (one of my favorites) The Eater.

The Eater, like many of the works here this October, was inspired by a nightmare. Something Wes believed very heavily in doing was recording his dreams and nightmares. Our friend knew of this trick and knew how to spin it into a sort of horrific fairy tale.

Grayson also produced the eerily wonderful soundtrack to this short.

Friend, you are deeply missed.

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Float Like a Butterfly

butterfly art, Floating Daydream

This was my reaction when I first heard the news late last night:

Though, it’s hard to express all of the emotion and feelings that were running through me in just 150 characters.

I remember first hearing a few days back that The Champ was in critical condition. This had me thinking back to those times as a child where my grandfather and I would sit in front of the TV in sheer amazement over old footage of Ali’s greatness in the ring. My grandfather loved boxing, and Ali was a hero of his. That love of not only the sport, but the man himself, got passed down to me.

He was a graceful giant, who danced around that ring like as he so beautifully said—a butterfly, in his iconic quote:

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”

The world is outpouring with love and support for this man and his family—as it should be. I only hope his messages of loving one another resonate with all of us. That way maybe we can change the condition of the current state of our world. I’ve seen a beautiful thing today with people of every race, color, and creed coming together to mourn the loss of such a great and powerful human being.

Float like a butterfly, Great One.

butterfly art, Floating Daydream
Floating Daydream © 2013 CardCastlesInTheSky

 

Sleepy Sundays: Mother

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Sharing this with all of you after a very rough and trying last few months brings a wave of warmth over me. This celebration of mothers everywhere isn’t always pleasant for everyone. There are some struggling as single mothers with no one in their corner. Some sons and daughters are mourning the loss of a mother. Couples all over the globe may be struggling to have a child, and some may have just lost one.

Much like life, not all aspects are glittery, and yet not all are so terrible either. The mother in me wants you all to be at peace. I want for each one of us to just imagine this picture of a growing child in their mother’s womb and feel comfort. You are not alone.

Happy Mother’s Day

from CardCastlesInTheSky

The song I chose to go along with this artwork is from one of my favorite videogame soundtracks, The Unfinished Swan. The song is titled “New Growth”. It’s quite peaceful and serene, don’t you think?

Hug a mother this Sunday!

Still feeling down? If you’re looking for something uplifting this Mother’s Day, read this.

Step Up, Laugh, and You Shine

Funny Valentine

This was a photo from last year, February. It was too good to pass up. It has such a positive message that it fits perfectly for the beginning to a new month.

The candy was arranged in this way, but it was like it was meant to be. I was looking for a pink theme & these were the last three pink ones left. Strange yet beautiful, right?