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.

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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.

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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.

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