Nova Silbaugh Art

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RAW Revolution Art Show May 21st

I have recently been selected as a featured artist by RAW for a show in May. I’ll be featuring my latest collection of oil paintings “Metamorphosis,” as well as some illustrations. I’ll be revealing more about my work in the next couple months as we get closer to the show.

RAW features a full range of artists, from painting, illustration and photography, to performing arts, and fashion.These artists are all local, hand-picked talent. It will be an awesome nightclub feel as the show is going to be at Motif in San Jose.

You can purchase a ticket in my name by clicking this link: RAW Each ticket sale helps that particular artist, so make sure you have me selected.

When: May 21st 2014 from 8:00 pm to 12:00 am

Where: Motif 389 S. 1st St., San Jose

If you are unable to attend the event, but would still like to support me as and artist, visit my site Novasilbaughstudio.com and click the donate button. Donations will help cover travel expenses, art display materials, and extra cups of coffee!

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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.

Bonsai Show Painting Sneak Peek

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to design for the posters and T-shirts for the Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai’s 25th annual show. Along with the design I was also commissioned to create a painting based off of the design for the show.

This painting is to be silent auctioned off at the show with part of the proceeds benefiting the club. This is a sneak peek of the painting (not yet framed). I hope you will come by and see it along with the many works of art, and living art at the Santa Cruz Museum of Modern Art.

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The show takes place Sat March 23 and Sun March 24 at the MAH Downtown Santa Cruz. Not only will the be beautiful trees and art on display, but 2 demonstrations as well by world renowned bonsai artists whose tress will be raffled off.

Come by, pick up a new tree and discovery your own creativity, or buy a T-shirt and help support our local bonsai club.

 

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