A Sign

    A Sign © 2019 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

Today is an odd day for me. For the past 14 years, I’ve had to deal with this day not only being the anniversary of my mother’s death, but her birthday as well.

When I want to celebrate her life & keep her memory going, that sudden sadness still tends to creep its way in. Understanding a lot of the roller coaster that is losing someone that close to you, I’ve been able to help others over the years.

For those of you that ask but rarely get an answer:

This is how I deal.

This has always been how I deal, cope, whatever you’d like to call it. Art is a therapeutic tool for me as much as it is a passion. Though, if you’ve been following here a while, you probably already know that.

I’ve got so much more to vent, but not here. We’ll save that for another Daydreams Diary.

Just know I care a lot about so many of you.

This one is for my Mom. 14 years and I still miss her like it was yesterday.

Happy Birthday, Mom.

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Sleepy Sundays: Strangeland

Strangeland © 2017 Snapping Turtle Arts & Publishing | cardcastlesinthesky.com

This week ended with something that completely stopped time for me for a short while.

My phone rang out as I was getting out of the shower in a rush and it one of those phone calls that kind of makes you go deaf for a second when you first receive the news.

It was my sister on the other end. There had been problems in her relationship for a while now.

The phone call itself was no surprise to me but it’s results somehow still were despite their similarities to times passed. This rang especially true since this all involves my niece who is a product of this rocky relationship, and my blood nonetheless, despite difficult circumstances both my sister and I are now facing as a direct result of said rockiness.

She managed to find herself an attorney in all this mess. Just like my mother would have. This greeting card/wall art design was inspired by an early concept of characters I’m designing for my sister’s daughter, my niece. & They will later go on to be used as prints for others nieces and daughters and sisters, and mothers.

If you our anyone close to you is thinking

about suicide please reach out to someone you can trust

or to any of the resources linked below:

[STMND Community Resources | Suicide Prevention and more]


It’s been a while since we shared some music here.

Why not the perfect time. Sunday morning.


Have a peaceful Sunday. Take care of each other.

Our apologies for the recent closings.

We are still Clearing Out the Clouds to make space for Snapping Turtle.

The shift is nearing completion. I look forward to much more with you all this fall. Stay tuned!

Sleepy Sundays: Unity

Unity © 2017 Snapping Turtle Arts & Publishing | cardcastlesinthesky.com
We had a busy week here at home and a crazier few weeks in the nation and world as a whole. Aside from my personal life, I’m managing and still enjoying extra time with my son for the summer.

Despite a positive outlook on my home and work life for now, due to the major events going on in the world you could feel tension in the air.

It all came to a halt briefly after a storm yesterday afternoon when my son shouted out,

“The sky is yellow, Mom!!”

He was so excited. Beyond elated. He rushed me to the window. We had just had a very violent thunderstorm. We’ve been getting a lot of them in my area this summer. Though this one particularly unique. Not only did the sky turn yellow after it stopped, due to the sun setting and the high humidity, but in almost a perfect dome-like shape there stood a spectacular double (almost triple, but the last one was faded) rainbow.

We ran outside in the remainder of the drizzle to snap a few photos. What we soon saw was a short moment that brought everyone out of there houses with smiles. For just a few minutes, it brought the neighborhood out. Together. Smiling. It was a warm feeling that gave us hope. Hope despite troubling times. Though it was small and in a no way a sign that all horrible things will simply fade away, it was something special, still.

I blended the photos into some digital templates like the one you see here. I plan on using them for greeting cards.

Our local news caught a gorgeous shot of this same rainbow outside of their studio as well.

 

What brings you together with others?

Have a peaceful Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Water Peony

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Water Peony

This weekend as I sent out my folders to my list of clients we did a little dance between stress and happiness. Friday night I went out like a light after a week’s worth of the nuttiness that can be a work week. Saturday morning awakening to some of the sweetest words ever made my day over and then some. Into the night my hands worked away at florals and the closing of some other projects. There is so much in store for this February. Even though there is still quite a bit of negative going on in the world, your love shines through it all.

This design was inspired by paintings done with loved ones throughout childhood. It will act as sort of a logo mascot as well as a template for my February into spring custom design collections.

What driving force gets you moving? Has someone made your Sunday yet today? Better yet, have you made someone’s Sunday today? 🙂

Have a peaceful Sunday!

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Sleepy Sundays: Lifeline

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Lifeline

If there’s one theme that’s been consistent diving into this new year it’s been that my friends continue to be my largest support system. One of my closest friends and I were sending texts back and forth while I set up the next few months worth of designs. I’ve got some very large projects launching, releasing, and being revealed collectively soon. He proceeded to push me every step of the way & kept encouraging me that my artwork is worthy of great heights.

In rough and trying times, along with the general busy chaos that is my generation’s adult lives I’m so damn grateful to have friends like that who grab me by the shoulders and say “You’re doing a great job! So frigin’ relax!”

You are my lifeline, friends. Keep inspiring people with your ability to love.


While I created this I listened to this:

What is your lifeline?

Have an electric Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Daybreak Blizzard

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Daybreak Blizzard

A few weeks back there was snow in my area upon awakening in the morning. It was so early I was surprised to see snow going on while the sun was blasting through and steadily rising. The moment triggered off an old memory of a blizzard we had around my former area when I was a kid. The whole thing made me remember a song I first heard in a mall parking lot on a day where someone related to me punched me in the face. I was still somewhat young, not yet even in middle school. That song also made me think of a friend that shares its name & a great conversation we once had.

I’m using the design for greeting cards.

Sometimes you have to make the best out of something bad.

This is the song:

What makes your blood run cold? Do songs sometimes remind you of a day?

Have a peaceful and bright Sunday!

 

31 Nightmares 2016: The 23rd

Catacombs
Catacombs
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Have you ever been in a space so old it was surrounded by cobwebs and dust? This was just a scratching of the surface of this nightmare. The dream itself had elements of claustrophobia and a feeling of confinement. There was a larger entombed area that made sounds. The echo of voices in the tight chambers made me wish for the waking world.


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31 Nightmares 2016: The 4th

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Portal

This art is actually many images in one and is meant to represent a strange area stumbled upon in a dream. It’s original title in my sketchbook was “Extension” meant to reference how portals are often theorized to be somewhat extensions of our world or rather, other dimensions.

The original sketch had the same green glow in the background done with pastels. This is the digital recreation, once again, inspired by a nightmare.

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31 Nightmares 2016: The 3rd

You cannot tell the story of “Daydreams” without mentioning “Nightmares” and vice/versa.

I’ve teased at the thought of Nightmares before but I never once got into her story or how she came about.

Last year during the first 31 Nightmares in 2015, I shared a very personal custom work that had quite an eerie story attached. That nightmare can be found here in 31 Nightmares (2015): The 4th.

Her

Those nightmares haunted me for a long time due to an actual strange event. A relative used to live in a small one bedroom apartment before having children. One of the most charming traits of the humble space was a very large bathroom with mirrors on each wall.

Now, if you’ve ever placed two mirrors parallel to each other, you’d know it creates this sort of dizzying optical illusion of infinite copies of the reflection. One afternoon, when I was there, I stopped as if something told me to. What I saw about seven or eight reflections down the row still haunts me. This inspired The Tale of Two Mirrors.

It was me, but not me, and it moved differently than the others, if only for a short moment in time. Perhaps it was a daydream, something I’ve often done, and half of the reason this nickname came about. Maybe it was a delusion, a hallucination and the early onset of what later would show up in my young adulthood. Though it is possible something paranormal took place, a waking dream of sorts.

Whatever the case was she inspired a character, and that drawing, made from my own silhouette.

Nightmarish Sounds

Upon giving you a peek into my world last year in Cards on the Table you first heard this next track.

When telling the story of Nightmares, one couldn’t help but think there needed to be a certain “mood music” to it. I wanted it to feel like something you’d hear in a horror movie. So I messed around with different instruments and pitch until we got just the right sound that would make your spine slither.

This dark ambient track has become one of the most listened to.

This has been Day 3 of

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