Solar Eclipse 2017

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As you can see from the caption this piece was actually created around October of last year. I thought it would be perfect to re-share today for the Solar Eclipse 2017.

Will you be doing anything special during the eclipse? Share below.

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Sleepy Sundays: Unity

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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: Star Song

Star Song

Have you ever heard it reported that stars can generate sound? I remember hearing it on an astronomy-related science program late one night and the possibility fascinated me. Space always has. My son is no different. We often talk about outer space but yet somehow the conversation always turns back into superheroes. While reading about more science-related topics about our skies over the weekend my mind couldn’t help but wander from paperwork. I created this sci-fi character with all of those thoughts in mind. We haven’t given her a name yet, but her first appearance it titled Star Song, and I imagine her to be a singer from some other planet far away. 🙂

Do you watch the skies? Ever see anything strange?

Do tell. You know I love a good coffee chat!

Have a sparkling Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Stasis

If you follow the CardCastles Instagram, then chances are you already saw this moment I captured that inspired the art further below.

 

It was a chilly afternoon when I snapped this photo. Right before this strange warm-up that’s seemed to have hit my area just ahead of winter.

I was amazed at how the sky was clearly showing signs of winter approaching, yet they were predicting near summer-like temperatures for the following week.

It all got me thinking about how busy some of us all are and how many emotions are flying around this season. The thought reminded me of a story I heard once of how a winter fairy would slumber in some form of stasis. She would bring the trees and the plants around her into this slumber.

So I decided to draw my own version of her, in both day & night variations.

Do the holidays have you feeling the need to recharge? Does the end of the year bring about a “start from scratch” attitude in you? 

Have a restful Sunday!