Nova Silbaugh Art

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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.

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.

Creative Resolutions for the New Year

Just a week into the new year, a time for change.

For me, I need to make some real creative changes. I’ve spent this last week thinking about the last two years.  I’ve had some big changes in my family life, but no real change artistically. In fact, I’ve been in a big creative rut and haven’t gotten nearly enough artwork done. So here an now I’m setting out some artistic resolutions:

1. Better time management. That’s been my biggest obstacle. It’s not that I’m out of ideas, believe me I have plenty of them, it’s that I can’t possibly get everything I want to do finished. Admittedly, there have been weeks when I just don’t get anything done because I’m lucky just to get a couple hours a week to work. I need to find more ways to get my artwork done, without sacrificing my family time. Maybe I’ll just clean my house less, but I’ll find a way.

2. Be more focused and carry through on creative ideas.  I feel like I have artistic ADD sometimes. Like I said, I’m not out of ideas. My big problem is I have too many and I tend to jump from one idea to the next. I leave a lot of unfinished paintings and tend not to carry through with painting series ideas. This is also partially due to my time management problem, I start working on one idea one week, and by the next week I have a new idea I can’t wait to embark on, and so little time to work on it! I’m just going to have to write my ideas out and then force myself be a bit more patient.

3. Explore new mediums. Part of my artistic rut has left me sunk in only one medium. oil painting was all new to me 5 years ago, and understandably so, that is what I focused in on. I love painting, but I really want to explore more with other mediums as well, and do more mixed media paintings. Maybe I’ll finally try out some woodblock printing, which I’ve been wanting to do for a long long time!

4. Draw more. I’m a pretty great draftsman and I need to be using those skills more. I would like to go beyond just doing my sketchbook and do some real completed drawings or incorporate them somehow into a mixed media piece.

I really want the new year to bring my art into new life. I’ve already gotten things off to a great start and I am doing much planning and lots of sketching. Times of renewal and the circle of life are themes that have been in my head lately. Here are just a few thing ideas I’m working on.. and there are so many more…