Sleepy Sundays: The People in the Room

The People in the Room © 2019 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

It’s been a good long while since we’ve been around in the clouds.
The wind seems to have swept us away.

Although you’ll hear all about that in an upcoming Daydreams Diary, we wished to catch you up on some of what’s gone on while we were away.


We had originally planned just to be away for the holidays after our October festivities ended here last year. Then a few unexpected events took place. I ran into some financial issues with my home and business due to my medical issues in August of last year. After that I got word a close relative of mine’s health was dwindling. & My life changed overnight. Everything else stopped and it was like nothing else mattered at that moment but my family and those I love.

A lot had to slow down. We had to take a breather. We had to sort things out. Before we could do any of that I got a call that my favorite uncle, my great uncle, my grandfather’s brother, who basically took a hand in raising me (it takes a village) and had been there all my life and so much more, had passed away.

So many emotions.

More than I care to drown you with here.

Sad but beautiful.

My Uncle “Pat” Pasquale, had touched so many of our lives in different ways. Though, in the later years of my life I remember his MS getting worse. Sadly, in very recent years it took a turn for the worst. Though he lived a great, long life, my Uncle Pat. He was one of the greatest storytellers I have ever known.

At his wake, my cousin Randy said some very moving words about him that could not have been more true for any one of us. He spoke of how my Uncle Pat loved nothing more than being a Dad, a grandfather, part of our family, an elder, and the people in the room. He certainly loved all of us.

Those words inspired the title behind this work, mostly due to how during the whole very sad but love-filled process, there were certainly a few times I felt others in my life that have passed on in the room. Others that were close to my uncle as well. Others like my own mother, that I felt a little nudge from a few times. These are things I usually only share with that side of my family. My mother’s side. The one that has a line of women just like me that are not afraid to speak of such things. Though, I’m starting to think you’re ready. I’m blessed to have them. The people in the room.



It’s been a while since we posted some music along with one of our Sunday posts so what better choice to go along with this theme than to introduce to you my very gifted and gorgeous little cousin Nicolette.

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…

Nostalgia
Nostalgia © 2013 Snapping Turtle Arts & Publishing | cardcastlesinthesky.com

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

of

Sleepy Sundays: Underwater Sands

Underwater Sands © 2018 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

Textures and patterns are something I often design in my spare time as a sort of sister to accompany the other artwork. These are in just as high demand as scenery and the other types of designs I specialize in.

It’s been another rough & trying week. My schedule has been turned upside down. We don’t get to slow down, though. Our son is entering the 4th grade this year, after all. We have to prepare. What lies ahead we’re unsure of. If you follow us on any of our social media accounts though, you know we’ve decided to go ahead again this year with #31Nightmares anyway. More on that very soon.

For now, I hope you like this themed design. There will be many more coming up.

Have a beautiful Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Flashes Of

Flashes Of © 2017-2018 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

There’s some floral sets I’m going to be rolling out through this spring. Today though, I’ve decided to share something different. This animation is from a past project I recently scrapped at the top of this year. Even though the project itself has been trashed, I decided to keep some of my transitions, designs, and animations to use on other projects.

This happens to be one of those animations. It marked the arrival of a character in the story’s plot. Something told me that today would be a good day to share it.

Have you ever tossed something into the fire only to go back and grab it before it turns to ash?

Have a flashy Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Blush Rush

Blush Rush © 2017 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com
Fall has been hesitant to arrive this year on my part of the globe. We’ve seen a few hints of it. However, the temperature refuses to dip. The result has been some very disgruntled tourists that enjoy traveling to the NY/NJ/PA area this time of year. As you could imagine, no cool weather means no gorgeous colorful leaves everywhere. They are trying so hard to turn, but they haven’t quite reached “peak color”—a term the local meteorologists describe in their weather reports.

My own life is going through a similar bumpy transition. I’ve got things all lined up and so much is looking promising, but some of the toxic negativity I’ve been constantly flushing from my life these past few months simply refuses to die.

This design was made with those thoughts in mind. We’ll just have to see what these next few months brings, won’t we?

Are you going through a transition? Is it fall where you are? Have you seen some pretty colors this season? Do tell. You know I love a good coffee chat!

Have a blushingly beautiful Sunday!


Fun Fact: The leaves in this piece were created using a custom brush made out of the leaves from this photo. They were the inspiration behind the title.