#tbt An Attempt to Communicate with Spirits. 2009 #seance #oilpainting #painting #illustration #art #ghosts #spiritmedium #paranormal #supernatural #spooky #scary #michaelramstead

#tbt An Attempt to Communicate with Spirits. 2009 #seance #oilpainting #painting #illustration #art #ghosts #spiritmedium #paranormal #supernatural #spooky #scary #michaelramstead

#mysteriousmondaymcr In 1735 in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey, a witch by the name of Mother Leeds found that she was pregnant with her 13th child and cried out, “Let this one be a devil!”  When she finally gave birth, the child was a seemingly normal baby boy.  However, within minutes the boy changed into a monstrous creature with a goat-like head, the wings of a bat, hooves, and a forked tail.  It violently attacked the Leeds family before escaping through the chimney.  Some say that the Jersey Devil still lives in the Pine Barrens, terrorizing anyone unfortunate enough to encounter it. #thejerseydevil #jerseydevil #paranormal #supernatural #folklore #legend

#mysteriousmondaymcr In 1735 in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey, a witch by the name of Mother Leeds found that she was pregnant with her 13th child and cried out, “Let this one be a devil!” When she finally gave birth, the child was a seemingly normal baby boy. However, within minutes the boy changed into a monstrous creature with a goat-like head, the wings of a bat, hooves, and a forked tail. It violently attacked the Leeds family before escaping through the chimney. Some say that the Jersey Devil still lives in the Pine Barrens, terrorizing anyone unfortunate enough to encounter it. #thejerseydevil #jerseydevil #paranormal #supernatural #folklore #legend

#mysteriousmondaymcr In 1971, in the city of Belmez, Spain, a face spontaneously appeared on the concrete floor of the home of Maria Gomez Camara.  This first face was destroyed, but for the next 30 years, Maria and her family claimed that different sized faces of men and women continued to appear and disappear in their home.  Some believe that the faces were made through psychokinesis by Maria herself, a process called “thoughtography.” #belmezfaces #thoughtography #psychokinesis #paranormal #supernatural #spooky #hoax?

#mysteriousmondaymcr In 1971, in the city of Belmez, Spain, a face spontaneously appeared on the concrete floor of the home of Maria Gomez Camara. This first face was destroyed, but for the next 30 years, Maria and her family claimed that different sized faces of men and women continued to appear and disappear in their home. Some believe that the faces were made through psychokinesis by Maria herself, a process called “thoughtography.” #belmezfaces #thoughtography #psychokinesis #paranormal #supernatural #spooky #hoax?

#mysteriousmonday. Bringing it back! Er trying to. Photograph of a girl using a Ouija Board.  I think this photo is by the Spirit Photographer William Hope (1863 - 1933) but I’m not certain. Despite being proven as a fraud, many people continued to be convinced by Hope’s spirit photographs, including “Sherlock Holmes” author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. #spiritphotography #ghosts #ouijaboard #williamhope#paranormal #inspiration.

#mysteriousmonday. Bringing it back! Er trying to. Photograph of a girl using a Ouija Board. I think this photo is by the Spirit Photographer William Hope (1863 - 1933) but I’m not certain. Despite being proven as a fraud, many people continued to be convinced by Hope’s spirit photographs, including “Sherlock Holmes” author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. #spiritphotography #ghosts #ouijaboard #williamhope#paranormal #inspiration.

#throwbackthursday Cold Spot. #2011 #tbt #art #artistsoninstagram #oilpainting #painting #yeti #ghosts #coldspot #lochnessmonster #owl #stripes #paranormal #supernatural #cryptozoology

#throwbackthursday Cold Spot. #2011 #tbt #art #artistsoninstagram #oilpainting #painting #yeti #ghosts #coldspot #lochnessmonster #owl #stripes #paranormal #supernatural #cryptozoology

Ghost Box. Oil on Canvas. 16” x 20”. 2012
by Michael Ramstead - www.michaelramstead.comPart of the “Laluzapalooza” Group Show at La Luz de Jesus.Mar 2 - April 1, 2012

Ghost Box. Oil on Canvas. 16” x 20”. 2012

by Michael Ramstead - www.michaelramstead.com

Part of the “Laluzapalooza” Group Show at La Luz de Jesus.

Mar 2 - April 1, 2012

This is the recording of a very creepy phone call from a radio show that was covering The Pilliga Princess, the ghost of a woman said to haunt a particular road in Australia.  

A man named Bongo called in to share the story of his encounter along the Pilliga and as he tells it you can hear the fear in his voice increase.  It starts out kind of slow, but by the end he sounds absolutely terrified.  He ended up in psychiatric facility as a result of what happened to him.

I’ve never heard anyone sound so scared.

Chupacabra sketch by Michael Ramstead
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The Chupacabra is a cryptid that was first seen in Puerto Rico in 1995 by a woman named Madelyne Tolentino.  She described the creature as four feet tall and bipedal, with three fingers and toes at the end of each limb, large eyes, no nose, no ears, and spikes along it’s back.  Its name is Spanish for “goat sucker” which refers to its tendency to attack farm animals and completely drain them of blood.  Numerous Chupacabras have been seen since the original sighting, and descriptions of the creature are widely varied.  However, nothing resembling Tolentino’s description has ever been found.

Chupacabra sketch by Michael Ramstead

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The Chupacabra is a cryptid that was first seen in Puerto Rico in 1995 by a woman named Madelyne Tolentino.  She described the creature as four feet tall and bipedal, with three fingers and toes at the end of each limb, large eyes, no nose, no ears, and spikes along it’s back.  Its name is Spanish for “goat sucker” which refers to its tendency to attack farm animals and completely drain them of blood.  Numerous Chupacabras have been seen since the original sighting, and descriptions of the creature are widely varied.  However, nothing resembling Tolentino’s description has ever been found.

Jinmenken Sketch by Michael Ramstead
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The Jinmenken are creatures from Japanese folklore that have the body of a dog and the face of a human.  They are said to have the ability to speak, and if you approach one it will implore you, “Leave me alone!”  They are believed to be bad omens.  Stories of the Jinmenken began during the Edo period but people still claim to have sightings of the creature to this day.  Some say they are real creatures, the spirits of people who have died in traffic accidents, or dogs that are possessed by demons.  Others think they might be escaped genetic experiments or even Japan’s incarnation of the Chupacabra. Still, others believe that the Jinmenken are simply misidentified primates (such as the native macaque) mixed with some creative folklore and superstition.

Jinmenken Sketch by Michael Ramstead

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The Jinmenken are creatures from Japanese folklore that have the body of a dog and the face of a human.  They are said to have the ability to speak, and if you approach one it will implore you, “Leave me alone!”  They are believed to be bad omens.  Stories of the Jinmenken began during the Edo period but people still claim to have sightings of the creature to this day.  Some say they are real creatures, the spirits of people who have died in traffic accidents, or dogs that are possessed by demons.  Others think they might be escaped genetic experiments or even Japan’s incarnation of the Chupacabra. Still, others believe that the Jinmenken are simply misidentified primates (such as the native macaque) mixed with some creative folklore and superstition.

Bigfoot by the Weakerthans

This is a song written about a man named Bobby Clarke who saw Bigfoot in Northern Manitoba.

Loch Ness Monster Tea Cup
by Michael Ramstead.  www.michaelramstead.com

Loch Ness Monster Tea Cup

by Michael Ramstead.  www.michaelramstead.com

Bigfoot Sketch
by Michael Ramstead.  www.michaelramstead.com

Bigfoot Sketch

by Michael Ramstead.  www.michaelramstead.com

"Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm" Obelisk 
Sketch by Michael Ramstead
In 1943 four boys went into the woods searching for bird nests.  They came upon a large Wych Hazel tree, and one of the boys began to climb it.  As he climbed, he looked down and saw what he thought was an animal skull stuffed inside the trunk of the tree.  He reached down and pulled it out and quickly realized that he was holding a human skull.  The boys decided that they would not speak of this to anyone and returned home.
The youngest boy, however, eventually decided to tell his parents about their discovery.  The police investigated the tree and found an almost complete human skeleton, one shoe, a cheap golden wedding ring, and pieces of clothing.  The skeleton was missing a hand which was soon found buried in the ground near the tree.
She had been dead for 18 months and there was taffeta inside her mouth suggesting that she had died from asphyxiation.  Since her body was found in the midst of World War II, the investigation into her murder was slow and unsuccessful.  People started to call to her “Bella” but she was never positively identified. Her skeleton has since disappeared.  
The graffiti message “WHO PUT BELLA IN THE WITCH ELM” soon started to appear on buildings in the surrounding area and continues to haunt the area to this day.

"Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm" Obelisk 

Sketch by Michael Ramstead

In 1943 four boys went into the woods searching for bird nests.  They came upon a large Wych Hazel tree, and one of the boys began to climb it.  As he climbed, he looked down and saw what he thought was an animal skull stuffed inside the trunk of the tree.  He reached down and pulled it out and quickly realized that he was holding a human skull.  The boys decided that they would not speak of this to anyone and returned home.

The youngest boy, however, eventually decided to tell his parents about their discovery.  The police investigated the tree and found an almost complete human skeleton, one shoe, a cheap golden wedding ring, and pieces of clothing.  The skeleton was missing a hand which was soon found buried in the ground near the tree.

She had been dead for 18 months and there was taffeta inside her mouth suggesting that she had died from asphyxiation.  Since her body was found in the midst of World War II, the investigation into her murder was slow and unsuccessful.  People started to call to her “Bella” but she was never positively identified. Her skeleton has since disappeared.  

The graffiti message “WHO PUT BELLA IN THE WITCH ELM” soon started to appear on buildings in the surrounding area and continues to haunt the area to this day.

So, Take Me, I’m Yours by Michael Ramstead
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So, Take Me, I’m Yours by Michael Ramstead

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Yeti by Michael Ramstead
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Yeti by Michael Ramstead

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