Drippings: Play Dead

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As you know, I love commission pieces and this last request I received was right up my alley. Gaby contacted me looking for a painting of Scraps from the Corpse Bride and Zero from Nightmare Before Christmas. As a fellow Tim Burton geek she knew I was the artist for the job. I finished the piece and sent photos to Gaby for her approval. I could not have been happier with her response…..

“Oh I love it! It’s perfect 🙂 The details are amazing! I can’t wait for it!”

Here are a few photos I took during the painting process…

And here is the completed piece, I call it “Play Dead”…..

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See more of the paintings I have done in the Drippings section of my portfolio website and make sure to contact me if you are interested in your own custom piece of artwork!

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LDG Nicole

 

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Slasher Sale: It’s Friday October The 13th

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So my title says it all. Not only is it Friday the 13th but it’s Friday the 13th…..in October!

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So this deserves a definite sale for all my Freaky Fanatics! Go to my Etsy shop and get your cart filled with handmade wonders. Then check out and put code FRIDAY1013 in the coupon code section to get 13% off your entire order! This coupon code will be good for this special weekend only and includes everything except fundraiser items, clearance, and gift certificates.

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Frank and I enjoying some good times with Kane Hodder

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LDG Nicole

Freaky Fanatics: 10 Month Old Mia

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If you recall, back in November I made Mummy and Me Dead Girl Decay barrettes as a baby shower gift for my cousin’s girlfriend and their soon to be baby girl Mia. Here is a photo to refresh the old memory…

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Well I bring this up because today I was tagged on Instagram in the most adorable photos of Mia. She finally has hair and therefore was able to wear her Sugar Skull barrette for her 10 month photos. How perfect that it’s during my favorite month and time of year. And a purple jack o lantern as a photo prop. How freaking adorable!

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See Mia along with all the other happy customers in the Freaky Fanatic slideshow of my website! Also don’t forget to contact me to submit your photos to be featured as well!

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LDG Nicole

Backbone: Prize Donations for the Hardcore Hearse Club Weekend

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If you plan on attending the Hardcore Hearse Club’s Haunted Halloween Weekend then make sure to enter some of the great contests they are having. I won’t be vending this event due to other artistic obligations, but I have donated these handmade Dead Girl Decay Barrettes that will be given away as part of the prizes! It’s hard to see in the photo but they each come in super cute glittery bat bags.

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If you were not aware of the events happening this weekend here is the flyer with all the details. We may be there with Frankenhearse (weather permitting) on Saturday. 21767989_1969568029924147_3647249949313628228_n

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LDG Nicole

Drippings: Equinox

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So I haven’t been as active on here for the last past month. Despite having another fun ER scare (those who follow this blog know about my fun health issues) I also have been working on a very large commission piece for my Uncle. And when I say very large… I mean very large. So large that the art supply company I went through wanted to charge me $300 to send the canvases to me on a truck so I had to get canvas kits instead. Three canvas kits to be exact. And I had never stretched a canvas before in my life. Anytime I paint something on canvas it is already pre-stretched.  Lucky for me, when I was “down with the sickness” my husband Frank was awesome enough to take a stab at stretching the canvases and did an incredible job. Thank you Fredrix for you killer tutorial videos!

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But stretching the canvas was not the most of my worries (despite having to re-arrange the living room to make it happen). I was taking on a whole new challenge outside of what I considered my “comfort zone”. I was asked to do a fall landscape piece spread out among the three large canvases to make one large painting that will fill one large wall. The center canvas being 48″W x 60″ L and the 2 side canvases being 36″ W x 60″ L. So like I said.. very large.

The first thing we did was move the canvases to our dungeon (aka basement) where we had to make space for me to paint. My art room is our spare bedroom in our townhome and there was no way this was going to work in there. Then we set the paintings up and I got started.

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I had a sketch and some reference photos but was not sure what I wanted to do first so I started placing things to give me a general idea where I wanted them and started to fill them in for a nice base…

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At one point I kept saying how much I hated brown and tree bark ha ha ha….

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Then that turned into how much I hated green and grass ha ha ha….

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But before long it started to take shape…

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And then I changed my mind and painted over a few things that were just not flowing right for me and then the fun colors started to take over which got me out of my brown and green rut….

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Before I knew it a month had passed and I had put in 62 hours into this project. I even have the back pain to prove it ha ha. I decided to call the piece “Equinox”…..

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As nervous as I was to take this big project on, I am happy that I did. Yah the money is always nice to have but so is the ability to say I stepped out of my comfort zone and made it happen. I hit some definite learning curves along the way but I also learned a lot of new techniques and figured out fun ways to use various brushes I had never used before. I even did a little sponging in there as well. Most of all I am happy that my Uncle believed in me enough to push me to do this. To be told “no monsters or anything scary” was definitely out of my realm but with Autumn being my favorite season I was happy that is what he chose for this.

Also a special shout out to my husband Frank, my Dad and my brother who were my cheer squad during this whole project. They kept me moving forward with all their encouragement.

If you want to see more of my paintings on the Drippings page of my portfolio website! Now off to get some reference photos for another commission painting I am doing for a client on Etsy! Stay tuned!

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LDG Nicole

Freaky Fanatic: S.O.P.H.I.E Supporter LeAnne

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I apologize for being M.I.A, I have been working on a very large commission painting and trying to get it done by it’s deadline. It’s consuming my every free minute. However as soon as I received these photos I knew I had to stop for a while and share them.

LeAnne reached out to me after I announced the creation of my S.O.P.H.I.E Lancaster Foundation barrettes. She asked me to hold one of them for her before they sold out. See she was not only a supporter of the foundation but also a close personal friend of Sophie’s. On top of it she was getting married in a few weeks and wanted to wear it so Sophie could be a part of her big day.

“Thank you again so much for saving me one it meant the world to me to be able to wear it for my big day” – LeAnne

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Doesn’t the barrette match perfectly with her flowers and their accessories?!

Congratulations LeAnne you look beautiful. I am honored that something I created could bring you closer to your departed friend. Especially on such a very meaningful occasion.

See LeAnne and my other Freaky Fanatics in the slideshow on my portfolio website! And don’t forget to contact me or submit your photos to me via a Etsy message! All Freaky Fanatics receive a special discount code for future purchases in my shop!

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LDG Nicole

Creature Feature: Blick Wearable Art Contest

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Blick  is running a Wearable Art Contest! Which as we know is right up my alley. The winner receives a nice art supply prize package that I can definitely use as well!

If you have a Facebook account please go here http://bit.ly/2xZwmjO and show my Hellraiser Cenobite Dead Girl Decay Barrette some entry love!

I chose this particular piece because it is still one of the funnest, wearable art commission pieces I have made to date. I am sure I will be one of the few whose entry comes from the dark side, but I hope to make Clive Barker and Doug Bradley proud! Plus, when haven’t my creations stood out from the norms 😉

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This is a commission piece I completed for a Hellraiser horror movie fan. The center symbolizes Doug Bradley as Pinhead. It was made from Fimo Clay and hand painted to give it depth. Small nails were used as “pins”. The flower petals were all artificial flowers in various shades of blues, black and greys that were alternated between pieces of of patent leather snakeskin fabric that I cut to look like petals as well. I took necklace chain to symbolize the torture chains used in the film and of course splattered it with red paint to give that blood effect that all horror fans love! The customer was beyond happy with the end result.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole