31 Nightmares 2016: The 15th

Holes in the Ground
Holes in the Ground
(Click image to view larger version at my gallery over at Snapping Turtle Publishing)

Could you imagine walking past a place like this during the night? I took just such the stroll once in a nightmare. That walk inspired this art.


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31 Nightmares 2016: The 8th

Zones
Zones

Horror art has a way of creeping into my designs as early as September. I usually do this in preparation for any custom greeting cards I’d like to send out. (Usually if I decide to make them printable.) This is one of those that was inspired by a series of nightmares I had one night after watching a Twilight Zone marathon, and lack of sleep.

The light in the dream had a strong magnetic effect and seemed to pull you (willingly or unwillingly) toward it. It was a cold, damp, large area of nothingness and terror. This is not a place I wish to return to.

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Sleepy Sundays: Brush Waltz

Brush Waltz
Brush Waltz

When I was about age 7 I would sometimes accompany my grandmother to her then job as a janitor. I remember her being a supervisor at one point and this would consist of her opening and checking the school for about an hour on weekends.

I would wander the halls until she was finished and I often fell in love over & over again with the school’s murals plastered all along the long hallways. The sun would shine through some of the classroom windows and the paint would seem to glimmer and glisten. The colors would grab my attention every single time.

This piece was 100% inspired by those times.

Do you have a favorite style of art? Is there a childhood memory that stands out? What’s inspiring you today?

Have a shimmering Sunday!

Radio Transmissions Discovered Amongst the Clouds

Strange things have been happening ever since that portal got ripped into this place.

I’m of course referring to The Otherworlds Café.

Some sort of radio transmission was discovered there this morning. A cryptic message from someone said there will likely be more of these.


A Snapping Turtle Production

Vocals, ambient sound, and video footage recorded and edited by Daydreams.

Radio tune sound effect: iMovie stock sounds

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31 Nightmares: The 30th

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Another Realm
Another Realm
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The place pictured above is from an interesting nightmare once had during a snowstorm/power outage. I was about eleven years old the first time this setting entered my dreams. It’s been used in a few stories of mine and more than one painting or digital piece. I’m adding it to my artist collection over at the gallery.

Happy Haunts!

This has been Day 30

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*Join me tomorrow for a special outro during our final nightmare, Day 31, Halloween.

Everyone’s invited.

All are welcome.” 😉

31 Nightmares: The 21st

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Endless
Endless
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On the 19th, we spoke about being trapped in a place during a nightmare. Today we’ll be discussing those places. The settings in our most frightening of dreams often say more about the nightmares themselves. Over the years, many of the places in my own nightmares have made it into my artistic visions. Later on, they were made into some form of art.

I’m not sure why it is that these places fascinate me, but I know I’m not alone. This has been a popular topic here since we started, and I’m certainly not surprised.

The settings in which the terror takes place often gets the mind into problem solving mode. Setting afire the desire to take flight, get the heck out of there. It’s no wonder these places make it into art, or film, or television. They are a mere glimpse into who we are as people, and what gets to us in terms of fear.

What has been your most frightening dream setting?

Happy Haunts!

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Sleepy Sundays: Empire State of Mind

Empire State of Mind
Empire State of Mind

If you follow my private Instagram, or any of my other social media accounts (See sidebar), than you know about my trip to New York Comic Con yesterday. I got to meet a group of friends I’ve played videogames with online for over five years now. To say I had a great time is a drastic understatement.

For a brief time, I forgot about all of my problems, my issues, and everything else. For that block of time, nothing else mattered. I was a teenager again for a day. Since I’m very quickly approaching 30, this was a welcome feeling.

I already miss them. I already miss New York. Though, like I always say to New York when I leave it,

I’ll see you again, ol’ friend.”

Have you ever met your “online friend(s)” in “real life”? How was it?

Have a pleasant Sunday!

31 Nightmares: The 10th

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The Labyrinth
The Labyrinth

Have you ever had a nightmare you were worried you wouldn’t awaken from? This piece of the series was taken from an old nightmare that has often been a conversation amongst friends. You know the ones I speak of. The nightmares you wake up in a cold sweat from; panting and terrified out of your mind.

The labyrinth is an old place that still comes up in my nightmares every once in a while. It’s a dank, drippy, cellar/industrial building-looking kind of place. In one of the nightmares, I met a woman my age who was trapped there too. She was crying and I helped her escape, and then I was severely injured by the entities that dwelled there. I never made it out. I only woke up screaming at the moment in the dream where I was almost killed.

I later turned it into a short story, and now, this artwork.

Have you ever had a “lucid dream” ?

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Sleepy Sundays: Distant Memories

Distant Memories Distant Memories

This image is original photography that was altered in color, lighting, and an effect known as “smoothing”. I wanted this photo to be turned into something that resembled an old painting. Now that I look at it, there seems to be a strange marriage between an old painting and a photo negative here. I was going for surrealism. Truth be told, the actual place where the original photo was taken is somewhat surreal itself.

The place is virtually hidden. Most people in surrounding area don’t even know it exists. Those that do know it will tell you they’ve seen some strange things around there both night and day.

Are there any strange places near you? Do you know of any hidden gems in your town/city?

Have a creepy Sunday!