Nova Silbaugh Art

Art, the Incredible Dream.

Category: Thoughts

Metamorphosis Journey

This week wrapped up the big show, so I’m getting a bit of rest before I finish my final paintings in my “Metamorphosis” series. I have 2 more that I have started and sit yet unfinished.

The idea behind “Metamorphosis” started a little over a year ago with a small drawing of a woman lying beneath a tree. I set it aside for several months not knowing what it would turn into. It was really on a whim that I decided to paint her. Much of my work comes from a gut feeling, I don’t always make plans, but when I find something I love I go with it. This time I knew it was something special.

Artist Nova Art Painting 20_2013_2THUMB

The characters within “Metamorphosis” represent a journey of change. I envisioned the ability of each person to create a better person from within, and each person represents a different stage within this journey. My objective was to convey a positive message of change, and to get others to envision their own personal journey and to question personal destination. This was a fitting theme for my work, as my work its self has experienced a metamorphosis. Personally it was my journey to create something better, to be a more focused person, and to become a person who dares to share her dreams.

“Do Not Be Silenced, but Share From the Vastness of Your Dreams” is my largest piece for the series. For this painting the title came to me first. I spend some time writing in a notebook while in my studio. Sometimes just bit and pieces of thought. This was a kind of a poetry of thought that floated into my head, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I decided to quite literally translate this thought into my painting.

Do not be Silenced artwork by Nova SIlbaugh art painting

This painting really summed up what some of my artistic journey was about. Sometimes I suffer from self censoring, put too much importance on what others think I should be doing. This is something I think a lot of artists struggle with as well. Its rough putting yourself out there and being a vulnerable creative. This painting represents that breaking free of those limitations.


Why is Art Important? (My Reblog from the DLC)

I wrote this post for the Discovery Learning Center last week and wanted to share it again here.


Why is Art Important?

The question is not an easy task for some. Art easily takes a back seat to reading, math, science, and even sports in education these days. And it certainly isn’t on the latest test.

But ask yourself…

Can a lesson in composition resound with a future web designer, or a lesson on perspective later help with geometry? Or perhaps learning color theory will help a future physicist understand how light works? How about the visual and contemplative of any art piece that could inspire a poem, the next great work of literature, or any myriad of invention.

Art education is something that is as important in the classroom as it is in the real world. Art helps a person grow and to appreciate; to see the world from art’s own creative perspective. It helps one become a more rounded and cultured human being . Art isn’t just for the “artsy” either; any person can learn to appreciate art. Creating a piece of art can make a person find something in themselves they have not seen before, regardless if they have “talent” or not.

Art education creates thinkers, innovators, problem solvers, communicators, humanitarians. It nurtures the development of self-esteem, self-discipline, cooperation, and self-motivation. Art helps a person to understand the human experience and helps to shape our identity.

Even the great innovators of the past and of today know and understand the importance of art as a part of education.

“In my own philanthropy and business endeavors, I have seen the critical role that the arts play in stimulating creativity and in developing vital communities….the arts have a crucial impact on our economy and are an important catalyst for learning, discovery, and achievement in our country.”
–Paul G. Allen, Co-Founder, Microsoft

“It is in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough—it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.”
–Steve Jobs, in introducing the iPad 2 in 2011

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
–Albert Einstein

The Discovery Learning Center runs many art and creative based classes from fine art to tie dye. Join us for the next Art and Great Artists Friday August 24th at 10 a.m. Or check the calendar for the latest workshop.

Keeping up with the Kids

So I admit it! I can’t seem to keep my resolution to keep this blog updated. And of course after procrastinating for a month… I decided to procrastinate a month more.  I guess it’s the way of life when you have kids.

Kids keep me busy.

Extended stays at the hospital keep me busy. (That’s a whole other story!)

Homeschool stuff… that keeps me busy.

Teaching art classes… that keeps me busy as well.

Since I started art classes, I’ve had to create quite a few samples. This has actually taken a bit of time and energy, but it’s been great fun. I think that I’ve benefited as much as the kids from these classes, especially since I have had the chance to learn so much about other great artists. So, I thought I might have a bit of fun here and show off my lovely examples from my class. If you don’t already know, the class is Art and Great Artists. Each week we are creating our own artwork based off an artist!

Inspiration: Henri Matisse

Inspiration: Henri Rousseau

Inspiration: Henri Rousseau

Inspiration: Friedenreich Hundertwasser

Inspiration: Friedenreich Hundertwasser

Inspiration: Henri Toulouse Lautrec

Inspiration: Vincent Van Gogh

Inspiration: Marc Chagall

Inspiration: Jacob Lawrence

I sure hope the kids have inspired as much as I have. Perhaps I’ll post more after a few more months of classes…

Next week maybe some new paintings.

The Awakening and The Journey

While I was on my bi-weekly Public library visit I stumbled upon a quite torn and tattered art book called No More Secondhand Art: Awakening the Artist Within by Peter London. Judging by the condition I knew this book had to be much loved. It seemed to be the type of book that someone would read over and over. Even though it was written in 1989, I don’t think it’s out of date. In fact it seems even more relevant in our media infused world lost in a constant bombardment of input.

I know like most artist I struggle with doubt and worry too much about what others might like, or how others might feel about my art. All this does is stifle creativity. Awakening the Artist Within is what it says. It’s about letting go and finding your artistic voice again, the beauty of your own vision, and value of dreams.  A kind of a artistic philosophy,  laid out in a deep meditative process to understand self, and to make ones art a journey.

The second half of the book focuses on exercises, or encounters, designed to give the artist a unique creative experience.

I admit that I haven’t finished the second half of the book, but already I have gotten so much out of it. Little things Peter said just really hit home, and helped me to see that I need to just trust in myself and be a bit more fearless.

Positive Creative Energy

Often times art seems to focus on negative aspects of life, or become overly political in what it has to say. Artists are so passionate about an idea of change by means of their work, sometimes shocking or grievously expressing it in order to say something. Even more so, as the world experiences tides of political, social and financial turmoil, things can seem downright depressing. That’s why I want to keep things positive in my artwork.

Positive change through positive ideas.

The theme I’m working on is all about the circle of life; life to death, yet the uplifting aspects of life as people who experience both joy and sorrow. Also carrying this on to the theme of natures renewal, spiritual renewal, and keeping simplicity in life.

Paul Gauguin, What Are We? Where Do We Come From? Where Are We Going?

When I started working on this theme I was reminded of one of my favorite artists Paul Gaugiun, and his painting “What Are We? Where Do We Come From? Where Are We Going?” Beautiful questions to answer, and questions I believe less pondered in this humdrum modern life. That is why I want to expand on it.

Here is one of my recent paintings…


Nova Silbaugh, Remembrance

Here is on of my sketches…

And many more to come…