Sleepy Sundays: A Glow in Your Eyes

A Glow in Your Eyes ©️ 2019 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

This weekend we are both happy and grateful since our son is finished with his school year. He has made so much progress and completed so many of his goals this year. He is an inspiration to us sometimes just as much as our family is to him.

Despite our hardships, I am grateful we can continue this business & I can keep designing. I love this little family we created and the larger ones outside of this one, and of course the one I came from.

This design is a background for future projects, but for now I’m still adding it to the gallery as wall art.

Have a serene Sunday ❤️

Sleepy Sundays: Another Try

Another Try ©️ 2019 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

While the last few months have been different to say the least, it’s great to be back here at our little castle in the clouds.

Since I haven’t stopped designing while away, we decided to continue SleepySundays here for a while to showcase any new designs.

I’ve had dreams lately again of other worlds. Some just like this one & some completely strange & just as beautiful. Some brought ideas for other projects that I’ve written down for later use. That was some of the inspiration behind these upcoming designs.

Have a dreamy Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Grape Sky

Grape Sky ©️2019 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

Sundays lately have been a rest time for my family, but I still feel a draw to my work. So I’ve been working on some background sets in my spare time. This is one of those sets from a surreal series. I like the color palette for this one & may use it for another.

Have a colorful Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Beside the Forest Path

Beside the Forest Path ©️ 2019 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

With all that’s been going on lately, my dreams have been more vivid than ever. So I revoked the power of an old tradition between my grandfather & I & started noting a dream journal of sorts again. In a recent dream journey, a woman told me “Beyond the forest path, there lies another world.” So that was the inspiration behind this title & that is exactly the direction I followed.

Have a dreamy Sunday

Sleepy Sundays: Way Up There

Way Up There ©️ 2019 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

You ever change something so many times it makes you dizzy? Isn’t it even better when you end up right where you began?

This has been the last few months for me. A whole bunch of starting off strong just to get caught under the tires.

I feel a change coming, though. & I’ve certainly had enough. Get back to me when I’m out of this.


Where have you been? What have you been up to? Where has everyone gone? Am I really that vile?

Talk to me. After all, this is our Sunday ritual.

Sleepy Sundays: Enchanted Patch

Enchanted Patch © 2019 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

The seasons are changing rapidly around here but somehow this weekend winter managed to hang on. Despite the cold temps these surreal scenes of the entrance of spring managed to creep into my dreams and designs. Spring is very close around here, and you can tell by the trees. You are starting to see little bits of green pop up here and there. Soon even the cold will not be able to stop it. Everything will come into bloom. I’ve always liked the change of seasons around here for that reason, and the beginning of March around here usually signals spring. —Usually.

Have an enchanted Sunday

31 Nightmares 2018: The 14th

Visit in the Night

Every year around this time I often do horror and sci-fi designs not only for clients and friends but also for myself and my own family. This one is likely going to be a wall design. It was based on an old dream about alien life and a night they visited the area.


This has been

Day 14

of

31 Nightmares 2018: The 8th

Warped View © 2018 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

Some of you know a few months back I was in the hospital with some serious issues to contend with. My body was fighting with toxicity and trying to heal around the same time. As you could imagine, this made a few of those nights that followed full of bad dreams.

This is one of the faces spotted in those other realms of my nightmares. I later made it into a character sketch. From there, the mysterious face later became one of my early concepts for a character design. If any of my game/film industry people are reading, I think he might make a great monster of sorts for one of your stories. 🙂


This has been

Day 8

of

31 Nightmares 2018: The 2nd

Obscure Horror

Last year, there were a few sleeper mentions I later got questions about. At least once during our madness here we like to mention something most people may not have heard of.

One of my favorites out of those is indeed The Watcher in the Woods.
This is an old one but it is so worth digging for if you can find it. The story is surrealistic almost to a point of science fiction if it weren’t for the heavy horror undertones.

There is no blood or gore in this movie. Every element of horror is purely psychological, and done very well, might I add. Bette Davis is a sort of surprise character and she is fantastic.

Everything about this story sets the tone for all of the atmospheric visuals you’ll see throughout.

If you can unearth this movie somehow (as it can be extremely hard to find) I highly recommend watching this version.


This has been

Day 2

of

…and we are just getting warmed up!