Nova Silbaugh Art

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Frida Kahlo’s Imaginary Friend

Several months ago, while on a walk, I rescued a book that was lying in the middle a street. It so happens that this book was “Inspirations: Stories of Women Artists,” which included Georgia O’Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Alice Neel, and Faith Ringgold. It was an introduction to the artists, and probably meant for middle school children, but I enjoyed it anyway.

One tidbit of information I picked up from it was that Frida Kahlo had an imaginary friend as a child. I’ve read quite a bit about her, and this is the first time that I had heard this. Frida has been a favorite artist of mine, and has served as inspiration from many of my art pieces. Not so much stylistically, but in what her art expressed. She wasn’t afraid to show her emotion through symbolism, even if it was drawn from painful events; like a mirror to the soul.

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I had been thinking  a lot about inner voice, like a persons second self, and expression of inner turmoil and emotion. This idea is reflected in my drawings such as “Solace” and is a continuing theme of many drawings I’ve been working on featuring interconnected people. I have the habit of often talking to myself, like an imaginary friend, this is how the idea came about. When I heard the Frida had an imaginary friend, this sparked an idea for tribute to the artist.

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“Frida Kahlo: My Imaginary Friend” is done in my own style. I used “2 Fridas” as reference to how the figures are placed.

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The Frida on the left is the rejected Frida with a broken heart in the modern dress Frida wore in the past. The Frida to the right has a whole heart and is in the traditional Mexican dress she became known for wearing; she is holding a small portrait of her husband Diego.

In my drawing I’ve replaced the “rejected Frida” with myself. I look to Frida, while she looks out.  Frida holds a small Mexican art figurine instead of Diego. The pattern around her face is a pattern found in some of her paintings on her dress. In my hand is a mirror with the reflection of a healthy heart. In a whole this is a reflection of our best selves as women and artists.

“I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.”~ Frida Kahlo

January Sketchbook and Illustrations

Sketch3_2014I’m hoping to keep more up to date with my blog by posting new sketches each month. I find myself sketching more and more lately as I have changed more of my focus over to drawing. Drawing as fine art has become more popular over the years as not just simply a drafting process but as a fine art. It’s something I love to do, and it makes me happy to know that I can still be taken seriously as a fine artist who draws. Here are some sketches as well as some finished illustrations for the month of January…

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This one was beautiful to mess with in Photoshop. I may do a few more variations..

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Drawing Series

I’ve been working on a drawing series colored with oil paints.

I have gone for simplicity thus far; but I also have plans for some larger and more complex drawings. This is what I have worked out so far…

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Some Unfinished….

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Hopefully I will have some nice prints available soon.

Some Work in Progress

A bit from my sketchbook…

This Frida is always staring at me from my desk, so I decided to draw her…

A mother and child…

Perhaps a future painting…


Some finished paintings…

And one that is not…

New Work Update

Teaching my art class and learning new things about different artists has been quite an inspiration for me. It’s especially wonderful to be trying out new materials as I create samples for each class; in particular the week I taught about Henri Toulouse Lautrec. Inspired by his posters, and his penchant for painting on cardboard, we created our own work using a variety of mediums including oil pastels and Chinese water color on brown paper.

The water colors produced a beautiful effect on the brown paper, so I decided to reproduce this idea in a more meaningful piece of art. I’ve been using technical pen, ink, and the Chinese watercolors on a heavier cardboard type paper. Here are my results so far…

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” — Mary Lou Cook