Spellbinding: Courageous Tiger’s Eye

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When it comes to art or life in general I turn to Tiger’s Eye to give me courage, inner strength, confidence and to balance my solar plexus chakra. It is such a mesmerizing stone to look at and has now inspired me in a new way. I have used it to create and add another Limited Edition Spiritual Skullerfly Crystal Wreath to my Spellbinding Collection. Some more handmade magic to share with the world.

When looking at Tiger’s Eye it is easy to embrace its warm, swirly reflective color tones. I knew it was going to be perfect to create this particular wreath during Mabon and what better time to bless it than under the Harvest Full moon.

It wasn’t until this past weekend that I actually had the time and the perfect weather to photograph it. I wanted to wait until the leaves changed to really have the ideal background that embraces the warmth of what I created. I am so glad that I waited. I am also grateful to my husband Frank who enjoys a good off road adventure in our truck to find the perfect locations to photograph my work. I think it’s very important that these wreaths be photographed in nature as they are inspired by the magical gifts that nature gives us.

If this special piece speaks to you it can now be purchased in my Etsy Shop. It is perfect for hanging anywhere you want to feel a sense of self confidence and inner strength. The colors also make a beautiful accent for my fellow Autumn lovers and fire signs who love to decorate using the firey colors of Fall.

Because these are Limited Edition they are one-of-a-kind and only one of each crystal will be made. With their added symbolism they are perfect for a sentimental gift or to splurge on yourself for an extra pick me up!

See more of my Spellbinding Magical Creations on my official portfolio site and let me know in the comments which crystal stone you would like to see me be inspired by next!

Stay Spooky & Magical,
LDG Nicole

Creature Feature: Stars Portraits Picks Howie as Portrait Of The Day

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So thrilled to open my email and find out that my “Walk On the Wild Side” split face portrait of Howie Mandel and Maurice from Little Monsters was selected as Stars Portraits – Portrait of the Day!

I feel so blessed with all the love this art piece is receiving. This is the 4th portrait of mine to be featured and added to their Best Portraits Gallery on top of being selected as their Artist Of The Week this past January. Past art pieces of mine that were selected were my “20 Years Queer, “The Exorcist Was On” and “Maybe Today Satan“. All very different pieces that I am so grateful to have featured amongst so many incredibly talented portrait artists. Be sure to check them out as well as the other sites my work has been featured on. You can find most of them on the Creature Feature page of my portfolio website!

Stay Spooky & Magical!
LDG Nicole

Restocked at Closet Collectibles with New Exclusive Item!

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This weekend I did my art drop off at Closet Collectibles in Crete IL!

Living Dead Girl Nicole with her art displayed at Closet Collectibles in Crete Illinois

Betty my 50’s inspired undead doll and my Walk On The Wild Side portrait giclee print made their debut as well as another exclusive item I made just for their shoppers!

Exclusive as in this is another item that will not be available to purchase online but will only be available to buy in person at their store! A great way to get something unique, while shopping small, local and supporting an artist all at the same time.

This exclusive item is my Caged Cannibal Scary Fairies! They come freshly fed and ready for their new caretaker and can be hung up for display! A mix of my love for whimsy and horror all rolled into one creepy magical creation! You can see more photos on the Remains page of my portfolio website as well as a little video on Youtube.

While I was there I also re-stocked my sold out giclee art prints of my Spitting Image portraits and added some new one of a kind Dead Girl Decay barrettes to replace others that have sold and am already in the works of masterminding some more!

My husband Frank also shopped their wide range of horror figurines while I did my drop off. He picked up a They Live Rody Piper figure and the Flasher Gremlin figure we have been wanting to add to our collection.

In other words don’t waste your time at places like Spirit Halloween or big box stores for horror decor this spooky season. I for one witnessed Spirit Halloween’s selection and call it “same shit, different year”. Closet Collectibles offers way more unique items and supports their local artists! They also love to buy and trade for their non art related items. So if you are looking to get rid of something from your collection for something else this is the place is an all around win win! Not to mention Chris and Michelle are seriously the nicest folks you could do business with! Go show them some love and tell them Living Dead Girl Nicole sent ya!

Stay Spooky & Magical,
LDG Nicole

Spitting Image: “Walk On The Wild Side”

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Now that I am 40 I realize what it means to hear older people say “the good ole days”. As someone that was a child in the 80’s and a pre-teen/teenager in the 90’s where so much creative energy flourished I am grateful to have grown up when I did and experienced so many things that were wildly different and so inspiring. Unlike the kids these days that are stuck being bombarded with remakes, reboots and everything being so PC.

So I decided to check another portrait off my art bucket list inspired by one of my favorite movies from my childhood… Little Monsters.

I was 8 when the movie came out and I have watched it so many times in my lifetime I have lost count. Ironically as sensitive as I am, I was never scared of this movie like most kids my age were. I was always that weird kid who got lost in the story and wanted all these creepy magical adventures to happen to me in real life. Even as adult, I still have hope that there is a world of monsters partying under my bed. So far there’s “SNOT” but a girl can still dream.

So here it is.. my latest split face portrait inspired by none other than actor, comedian, tv show host Howie Mandel as himself and his high energy, baseball collecting, apple juice pissing, homework eating monster Maurice. I call it “Walk On The Wild Side”….

This piece was hand drawn in pencil and chalk pastels. I decided to draw Howie from the 80’s so that it matched the personality and time period of the movie character in 1989.

Maybe one day Howie will make an appearance at a Midwest con and I will be able to gift it to him during one of my real life adventures. Maybe Maurice will finally appear under my bed and I can gift it to him instead. In the mean time the rest of you Howie and Maurice fans you can pick up prints and made to order DTG printed t-shirts of this piece in my Etsy Shop. Prints will also soon be available at Closet Collectibles when I make my next art drop off.

Make sure to check out more of my portrait work on the Spitting Image page of my portfolio site and remember wishes are for “bush league leprechauns” and not monsters! So if you are looking to have a good time and get in a bit of trouble be sure to checking under your beds! I still am!

Stay Spooky & Magical,
LDG Nicole