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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Sleepy Sundays: Forest Hymn

Forest Hymn © 2015 CardCastlesInTheSky | Snapping Turtle Publishing
Forest Hymn © 2015 CardCastlesInTheSky | Snapping Turtle Publishing
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Early in my teens I remember a time where there were a lot of arguments with family members going on. There were a lot of changes taking place in my life due to deaths in the family and relocation. Being a wanderer, sometimes during all of the arguing, I’d slip away.

I’d often wander outside and go for walks, looking for some place of peace and quiet and calm. I often found it. On one particular morning, this started up once more. The coffee hadn’t even finished brewing and already they were at each other’s throats. So I took a thermos, snuck some coffee and headed out. No one bothered ask where I was going. It was common practice by this time.

I went up to a little hill area I’d found where we had just moved. If you went far enough up the hill, you could see the parts of the city and NY all from this lush forest that seemed worlds away from the bustling city.

It was a calm I hadn’t known before. A calm that became a welcome feeling. It was maybe my first small baby step toward breaking away from all that madness. As I sat there and took in the sounds of November’s rustling leaves being blown through the area, along with a few birds signaling each other for food, I noticed a rhythm.

The sound brought me far away from any troubles, if only just for some small moments in time.

This artwork was fully inspired by that day.

If you could write a song for something, what would it be?

Have a song-filled Sunday!

31 Nightmares: The 12th

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I’ve got a little treat for you tonight. However, this particular treat was not created without its tricks. I had some technical issues with uploading and audio so I may eventually add subtitles upon request. For now, I’d just suggest turning your sound up so you can actually hear what I’m saying.

If there are any questions, feel free to ask.

During the commentary I go into detail about how these were made. I apologize for any difficulties with the audio as mentioned above. If you cannot hear, please let me know & I’ll make changes.

This has been Day 12 of

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Sleepy Sundays: Summer Street

Summer StreetSummer Street

Whenever I visualize August in my mind, memories and flashes of children playing and water hoses sputtering glide on through. This is probably due to the area I grew up in, where you could hear the echoes of kids laughing for miles in the summer. Sure there was the obnoxious horn, or the siren every once in a while, but we were too busy creating chalk art to hear much of it. Sometimes, if we’d get a brief thunder shower, the rain would create this neat speckled rainbow-effect on the pavement.

I designed this piece of pattern for a blanket/comforter in the early morning hours. Those little end-of-summer late afternoons were my inspiration.

Do you have any summer memories that stick out? Have you ever made chalk art?

Have a shining Sunday!

Random Thoughts & Fun FactsI miss being a business. I was selling my artwork and designs for almost two full years. Lately though, I’ve been confident there is so much more around the bend. I’m still designing pieces for home décor and much more because there is still a demand for my work, even without the store here. Who knows what the future holds…