Back Bone: Keep It Handmade Animal Themed Auction

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As you all know I love to use my talents to help others in need. I was recently asked to take part in another Instagram Online Artist Auction. This one being a little different then the last as one item must be donated to help a feline friend in need. As a cat mom who has had to spend a lot of money trying to save her own furbabies I could definitely relate and immediately jumped on board.

So with all that said, if you are on Instagram please follow @keepithandmade I will have these 3 items in their upcoming animal themed #artist #auction starting Nov. 13th!

When the auction goes live, look for the special items with paw prints. Those are the items specifically donated by the participating artists to help raise money for kitty Peeta. Which means you can get some holiday shopping done while helping a great cause and supporting artists all at the same time! Win! Win! and Win!

See other ways I have used my artwork to give back in the Back Bone section of my portfolio website!

Stay Spooky & Supportive!
LDG Nicole

Spitting Image: 9 Lives

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I’m back behind the drawing pencil again. It had been way too long.

I had always wanted to do a portrait of Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman. Batman Returns has always been my favorite of all Batman movies (still is). I just felt that Tim Burton brought the Gotham I always invisioned to life if that film. I still even use my Catwoman cup from McDonald’s that I have had since I was a kid. It has been my cup I use when I paint for rinsing my brushes. I just can’t seem to part with it no matter how much paint gets in it ha ha. Am I a huge Batman fanatic … no but I have a lot of love for this film and Michelle’s portrayal of the character. I find her to be the most convincing and sexiest version of Catwoman. Everyone that has tried to play her since just hasn’t fit the bill to me. She was so convincing and fit the role so well that no one seems to compare.

That is until the TV show Gotham. Camren Bicondova as a young Selina is like watching a younger version of Michelle on my TV screen each week. So impressed on the casting of this beautiful and talented young actress. They really couldn not have found any one better for this role. When I see her on Gotham I picture her older self as Michelle’s version of the character in Batman Returns. Which is what inspired this new piece,

I call this one 9 Lives…..

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Like it? Want a print of it? Then head on over to my Etsy shop and get your paws on one!

See more of my portraits on the Spitting Image page of my website!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

I may do creepy but I also do cute!

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Don’t know what to gift that special little girl or woman in your life? Why not a custom accessory made by yours truly! I might specialize in the dark and spooky but I also do cute and glittery! 😉 So why not take their favorite colors, characters, princesses, animals etc. and let it inspire me to make them a one of a kind wearable piece of art.

Here are a few examples of pieces I have done in the past for people that are more on the cutesy and pretty side!

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Want to place a custom order? Just contact me and we can discuss. Remember if you want this for a birthday or for the holidays to make sure you order far enough in advance because custom orders require time for ordering supplies and making them!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Loves: R.I.P. Sabbath

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Yesterday afternoon I had to make one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make. I had to put my sweet baby girl to sleep. I know she is no longer suffering but it pains me every waking moment since it happened. I keep thinking back to when she was a kitten. She was the runt of the litter and she was scared of the world. She would be hiding when all the other kittens were trying to explore. We had already decided to take Ichabod and when I saw her I knew I had to take her too. I picked her up and she was shaking. She clinged to my shoulder with her claws holding on tight. It didn’t phase me. I just held her and told her “you don’t have to be scared anymore little one…. I am going to take you home and take care of you”

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Sabbath napping peacefully on top of the couch by Mommy

That is the same moment I thought about when I was nursing her these past few months. The around the clock syringe and tube feedings, measuring and administering her meds, cleaning up vomit, convincing her to eat, staying home with her to make sure she was not alone…. it all brought me back to that moment when I promised her I would be there for her. That I would take care of her.

Telling her goodbye I felt a harsh bit of guilt as if I let her down. Was there something else I could have done. Did I not do enough? Did she know how hard I tried and fought for her?

I just picture her sweet face looking up and meowing at me. Running to me when I would call her name. Turning her head towards me so I would kiss the top of it. Sitting in “her spot” on the couch next to me. Swatting bottle caps, Mickey’s caps and the tops of plastic spray bottles across the house. Catching flies in mid air (the never stood a chance in our house). Trying to spill my cup of water over when I would paint. Splashing her water bowl all over the kitchen for fun. Letting me use her as a pillow and purring the whole time while I did. Doing sneak attacks on Ichabod.

Everything reminds me of her. As hard as it is right now I will cherish those moments I had with her. She loved me on days I didn’t even love myself.

R.I.P. Sabbath “Sabby” Garcia. I miss you my sweet baby girl. May you no longer suffer as you cross the rainbow bridge. Mommy loves you. You will forever hold a special place in my heart. I will always be grateful to you and your unconditional love.