This artwork was meant to be shared later on in the #31Nightmares lineup, but due to some guest cancellations, changes made, & things currently going on, I shifted some of the slots with artwork in them to make up the next few days so we could keep up with a consistent theme each week this year.
This weekend going into next week, we’ll be diving into the surreal horror art genre, and I’ll be sharing some of my own work of the sort. This technique was something inspired by Wes Craven many years ago, and I’ve been doing it ever since. I record my dreams. Then sometimes, they become art.
This piece is no different. & The funny thing is I got to speak about it before we shared this piece with one of the members of our community. The character featured is based off of a nightmare I had of being burned as a witch out in the woods somewhere. It was a freakish nightmare that came out of nowhere. & It was interesting because my ancestors are not from the United States, where they actually burned women as witches in what is now considered the New England region of the northern east coast. Not too far from where I live today as I was born & raised in New Jersey, very close to/just outside of New York.
“Before you know it October is here. CardCastles has morphed and changed a lot in the last five years. What was once just my little wonderland come-to-life is now a team, a community, and a growing company’s merge. You will see some of those changes in the near future, but for now on this glorious fall first day of October, let’s kick off this celebratory tradition.
I am proud to say this is the third year of #31Nightmares. This is solely due to reader demand. We get messages year ‘round now looking forward to this event so we aim to dream up each year better than the last.
This year we will be talking about horror in video games, movies, television, and its influence on some music. We will also be exploring horror in sound, both in special effects, and soundtracks. There will be art, there will be writing. There will be tributes to many we lost in recent years that helped pave the way and even create new lanes for this genre.
We are glad to be doing it all with you for another year this 2017 and we hope you will stick around for all 31 days/nights.
Welcome to 31Nightmares 2017!“
For those of you new to the site or just plain new to this series,
This week during our opener, we will be diving into recent creations in the horror genre that have been stirring buzz in both video games and television.
One game this year that has stood out to us during my work with many different levels and mediums of the genre was The Evil Within 2.
We own the first installment in our collection here at home. My other half has beaten it to shreds. I’ve yet to go far in the campaign myself due to a busy schedule this year, but I certainly liked what I saw so far. This sequel looks promising and I have to admit I thought it was a genius marketing idea to drop the game on Friday the 13th this year in October. The bits of imagery in the story trailer featured below could remind you of something straight out of your nightmares.
This week ended with something that completely stopped time for me for a short while.
My phone rang out as I was getting out of the shower in a rush and it one of those phone calls that kind of makes you go deaf for a second when you first receive the news.
It was my sister on the other end. There had been problems in her relationship for a while now.
The phone call itself was no surprise to me but it’s results somehow still were despite their similarities to times passed. This rang especially true since this all involves my niece who is a product of this rocky relationship, and my blood nonetheless, despite difficult circumstances both my sister and I are now facing as a direct result of said rockiness.
She managed to find herself an attorney in all this mess. Just like my mother would have. This greeting card/wall art design was inspired by an early concept of characters I’m designing for my sister’s daughter, my niece. & They will later go on to be used as prints for others nieces and daughters and sisters, and mothers.
If you our anyone close to you is thinking
about suicide please reach out to someone you can trust
If you follow CardCastles and/or Snapping Turtle Arts on social media then you know we are yet again resurrecting the October tradition here of #31Nightmares.
Since we are already planning for October’s events now in August, it’s only right we picked today to launch the guest slot openings and guest submission forms. (& What a marvelous day to do it on a this strange and otherworldly Solar Eclipse Day 2017.)
If you are interested in being one of our guests during this year’s 31Nightmares,
Send in your submission form below.
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More than once here on CardCastles I’ve mentioned I believe heavily in keeping certain traditions alive in both the family and between friends. Although at times we can sometimes break tradition too—for our own reasons; however it may suit us.
There’s a lot of scars that haunt me deep inside, so much so that a friend and I used to joke over the phone “I’m fine!” becomes our theme song when we’re really—well, not.
This reminded me of a conversation a relative and I once had about strong women. We were cleaning the home of a very rich lady when it happened. She mentioned how we have the ability to turn not so much into much more and then some. The rich lady later became my second grade art teacher. She taught me up to 5th grade. Many of the techniques I still use in my work today, I learned from her.
This piece was inspired by these two strong women.
Whenever we feel a slight chill in the air, my son says “Is it changing over to fall?”
Touches of Fall
This is a welcome question in my son’s arsenal of ever-growing queries. Usually he’s correct. The same air that is responsible for a slight nose- run will soon transform the leaves on the trees into different colors.
On the weekend, we decided to take a little road trip. We got to see the evidence of such queries sprinkled about the trees.
It’s a welcome question because it sparks in me traditions that perhaps have long been forgotten in my family, yet somehow, I’ve managed to carry them on. As soon as the cold air rolls in, my windows open up. You can smell all sorts of apples and cookies baking. In October and November, you’ll often see pumpkins somewhere in my home.
What I noticed over the weekend took me on a trip down Memory Lane. I realized how much at times we really are like our family, despite liking it or not. We are them and they are us in many ways and sometimes perhaps that is why we carry on tradition. Approaching fall I remember my family. When it was full and many of them were still alive, us gathered around the table at some family function seafood and pasta. The long drives oftentimes down to the shore. Some fancy meal often cooked up by many or just one member of us. The aroma of some great food, the sound of some laughter, and hefty conversation all play back through my mind.
I’m beyond grateful we’re able to carry some of these old times on.
This year we put up our first full-fledged tree of our own. (The key word here being own.) Our small family of 3 is growing stronger and fiercely independent. We are doing more together and less with others involved. All of us have grown so much this year. I did a lot of letting go, reflecting, and understanding my place in this world. My other half did some falling down, getting back up and brushing his shoulders off with supreme grace. (This is one of the traits I love about him.) Last, (but most certainly not least) our little one made some serious strides in so many areas. His speech has dramatically improved, and so has his understanding. He continues to be the driving force of inspiration and happiness in my life.
Thank you all for being a part of this journey. Next week, I’ll be posting a “Year End Gallery” as sort of a “best of 2013” featuring some of your favorite art & photography here.
(My mom always loved this song. She’s been on my mind a lot lately – so I thought it would fit perfectly here.)