31 Nightmares 2018: The 19th

It’s time for another trip down Memory Lane…

The following image was first shared in 2013 as part of my Winter Gallery: Part II posting. What wasn’t shared was the interesting story behind it…

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I used to live much further from where I currently reside. I’ve bounced around the state of New Jersey throughout my life. In 1995-1996 my grandmother was going through a very messy divorce and she started hinting that we were going to move. Right around that time I started having this recurring dream about this small patch of woods I had never seen before in my waking life or in my dreams. The dreams intrigued me due to their vivid nature.

What I couldn’t shake during this time was the sense that this place existed somewhere in real life. I don’t know how I knew it—I just did.

About a year later, my grandmother found a condo in a quiet little area and informed me this is where we’d be moving. The day we set out to plant our roots in this new home, I was instantly shocked as we neared the entrance. Just around the corner from where we were about to live was the little patch of woods I had seen in my dreams. The place had a foreboding energy about it. The best way I could describe it was “an otherworldly feel” in my eyes. The moment of realization sent chills right through me. I had strange instances of what some would refer to as psychic vision before, but nothing like this. I was rattled to the core.

We moved there anyway and I would up living in that home until 2012. Fun fact? The place was haunted too. Extremely. Like Poltergeist-level haunted.

This image was taken years after I moved in. The area is still untouched to this day. I edited the colors a bit because this was originally going to be used for a book cover of my own. That book later got scrapped after my laptop died and 8 chapters of the novel were not able to be recovered. Soon after, I gave up writing.


This has been

Day 19

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31 Nightmares 2017: The 29th

There were strange sights I saw as a child while on a trip with family members. For years those strange thoughts from that night as a child combined with my imagination, have crept into my nightmares and later, my designs. This is one of them. I’ve decided to make it into a horror/sci-fi crossover for my fall collection. This will be a template for wall art and fits TV screens as well.

The Unexplained © 2017 Snapping Turtle Arts | [Click image to view larger HD version from Snapping Turtle Gallery]

Thank you all for your kind words, patience (due to our shift in schedule from day-to-night), & support as we shift the clouds about during this event. Your enthusiasm is as always much appreciated. 🙂


This has been Day 29 of

Sleepy Sundays: Halls and Walls

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This weekend I flashed back to a conversation had with my sister a few weeks back about our mother and how even though we have different fathers, we still have so many of the same personality traits, and quirks because of our mother.

Our mother was a fashion lover. After that conversation, the whole week things about her kept popping up in my dreams. These wall design concepts were inspired by her.

What memories seem to recur in your dreams?

Have a dreamy Sunday!



{ [I’ve missed you so during that short 2 week hiatus! Planning video updates about everything coming up here soon.]

Sleepy Sundays: Late Shade

Late Shade
This weekend I finally got some time to dive into some scenery designs for something I’m working on for here; CardCastles.

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If you’ve been following any news about (what is now being lovingly referred to as) my “Alice cartoon”, you’ll know there’s going to be a trailer released for it soon. While I designed about ten of those sets along with new storyboards over the course of the weekend, my mind must have been overly active. The dreams mimicked my work pattern. I had the most bizarre set of them on Saturday morning. Why not turn them into some digital paintings?

This one above, titled Late Shade is one of that set. I used tropical hues and rainbow lights to bring it to life. The result is freakishly close to whatever strange place my mind traveled to.

Have you been to some strange places lately?

This must look like a mansion to a bee, right?

Have a bright, shining Sunday!

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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