These two designs were inspired by events both past and a strange nightmare I had one night years ago about the future.
The first about the past was a beautiful day that was considered rare in the times I grew up in that were somewhat similar to the things going on in present day in the country I call home. The afternoon etched itself into my memories due to a vivid sunset witnessed that mimicked a candy store. There were so many bright pinks and lilacs. Then out of nowhere it seemed to get ruined by a very dangerous electrical storm that no one seemed to see coming.
The second that was dreamt up into a sci-fi design was inspired by a terrifying, sweat-inducing dream had one night where tons of planets were just getting blasted to bits and raining down and outward everywhere.
My lesson in all this trying to concentrate while there are in fact catastrophic things going on in the world that involve spiritual, racial, generational, and just flat out good old fashioned good vs evil, was that we need to take care of one another more. & Fight these evils because like the storm, what appeared out of darkness soon became light. So many of you have been so very kind these past few weeks while we transition the site here.
With an actual storm brewing in the skies over my head as I type this, and the climate changing in my region & all over I hope our own certain future doesn’t look like the one in my nightmares. There’s just way too much more work to do.
Be kind to one another & take care of one another.
Over the weekend I got to speak with some close friends and plan future events. This wall art/greetings hybrid was a request. If you’ve been reading my writing lately, or follow CardCastles on social media, you probably know some of its inspirations.
April has flown by so fast not everything we had planned squeezed all into it. Despite that, so much is going on behind the scenes, if I could just stay alive & sane as long as it’s all unfolding I’m going to be bringing you so many strange and wonderful new things this year.
As always, thank you for taking this magical balloon ride with me. Whatever it is. We’ll just have to wait and see, won’t we?
Have you got any art projects planned? What have you been up to?
The visuals of summer have been catching my eyes and ending up in my designs lately. This piece (inspired by brightly-colored summer flowers) is no different. With all of the madness going on in the world right now, I’ve been losing sleep. Outside of my normal work, I’m trying to work on ways to spread some positive change. There’s progress but, clearly, a long way to go. This world needs love. I couldn’t help but bury myself in the projects on my desk.
Sometimes the outside world can leave us feeling drained. I’m grateful that this work I’ve chosen seems to replenish my energy and renew me both mentally and physically (and sometimes even spiritually!) Art remains one of my strongest therapeutic tools. I hope this little summer scene brings you some peace. We’ve all had a rough go lately, and we deserve it.
A friend sent me an email early Tuesday morning prodding asking me what I’d think about designing a funky coffee mug for a diner. I had many ideas for prints and came up with a few different designs inspired by jazz music, city lights, and of all random things…Valentine’s Day imagery. I began messing around with different color variations.
I settled on brown and white for the final.
This chocolate and pink idea, though—this one I’m keeping for myself.
While I created t h i s^ I listened to t h i s \/ :
Do like coffee mugs? Have you ever gotten a wonderful idea from an odd place? Do you steal your own ideas?
Have a funky Sunday!
…and speaking of diners, be sure to check out the brand new Otherworlds Café before drifting out of the clouds today.(Still in development, but quickly being added to.)
This week’s Sleepy Sundays post was inspired by the neon lights and bright colors of the 1980’s. I’ve been doing research on 80’s dance clubs for an art/film project and it’s been spilling over into my designs. Truth be told, I always wanted a neon sign in my apartment like Selena Kyle.