All posts by Kim Novak

“I never dreamed of becoming an actress or a movie star. As a young girl I won two scholarships to the prestigious Chicago Art Institute where I hoped one day to become a great artist. Working as a model during junior college, I traveled to Hollywood on summer vacation where I was discovered by an agent and signed to Columbia Pictures.

In 1956 I became the No. 1 box office star in the world for three years, starring opposite actors such as Jimmy Stewart, William Holden and Frank Sinatra, and working with Directors like Alfred Hitchcock. My most famous film was Hitchcock’s “Vertigo,” which is considered by many to be the greatest movie ever made. “Picnic” and “Bell, Book and Candle” were two of my favorites.

It is so rewarding to know that my film work is receiving more acclaim with the passage of time. Although I have never received an Oscar, I was given a Golden Globe and have been honored with the prestigious Golden Bear Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 2003 I was presented with the Eastman Kodak Archives Award for my contribution to film – preceded by honorees Greta Garbo, Jimmy Stewart, Audrey Hepburn, Martin Scorsese and Meryl Streep.
Kim Novak painting with her pet Steller’s Jay,

Kim Novak painting in her home studio with pet Steller’s Jay, Shadow.

At the height of my film career I decided to walk away from Hollywood – not wanting to fall prey to the tragic endings that often result when stars and sex symbols get lost in an identity crisis. I turned my back on a successful and lucrative career to define who I was and what I really wanted to give and get out of life. I moved to a cliffside dwelling along the wild coast of Big Sur, California with the purpose of creating a lifestyle in harmony with nature while combining it with my love of painting and writing poetry. I remember how pleased I was when one of my poems was made into a song and recorded by the Kingston Trio and Harry Belafonte.

I married twice, first to a Shakespearean actor from England after we fell in love while filming “The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders,” and then again to my soul mate, equine veterinarian Robert Malloy. We now live with our dogs and horses in Southern Oregon. When not off riding in the hills and valleys, I am off painting the hills and valleys.

My first dream has never changed. I feel so grateful for the perspective I gained while experiencing the art of “make believe” in Hollywood, and then returning to my first goal to refine my talent and paint my feeling. Over these years I have had the opportunity to study with many fine artists. I have been particularly blessed to receive the wisdom and influence of my two great and irreplaceable mentors, Harley Brown and Richard McKinley. Now I feel ready to share some of the results of these past years. My only limitations are the boundaries of my imagination. I hope always to be able to stretch my mind as I exercise my body so that I will can keep growing my dreams and expressing my fantasies.

I’ve lived a long rich life, and the wonders of Nature have allowed my eyes to retain their innocence to experience things for the first time. There is so much of life that still touches me profoundly, and if I can touch someone else along the way, in my own way, I can’t imagine any better reward!”

Woman From the Train

Woman From the Train, Original Pastel over watercolor painting by Kim Novak
Woman From the Train

 

Pastel over Watercolor Underpainting

 

Limited Edition of 350
12″ x 16″
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“Oh, to learn again what I’ve forgotten ‘bout this woman of mystery;I’d seen her then, yes, way back when, guessed she was an image from our history.He tried to show me, Dad tried to tell me ‘bout how to sort out roots of one’s family tree.But me, I didn’t want to hear then, youth too dear then, to learn ‘bout ancestry.'Mail Order Bride,' he said. Suitcase by her side, she stood waiting on the train track, too late to turn back.Where’d her man go? How’d her world go? Things I’ll ne’r know,If only I’d asked him, if only I’d listened - but time has moved on - as has the woman from the train”  ~ Kim NovaK Original poem by Kim Novak, actress and artist.  ©2014 Kim Novak. All Rights Reserved.If you find the poem’s text too small for you to read, please click on it to view a larger version.

Vertigo / Vortex of Delusion

Vertigo / Vortex of Delusion," Original Painting by Kim Novak capturing the essence of the 1958 Alfred Hitchcock movie Vertigo, in which the artist starred with Jimmy Stewart. Copyright 2014 Kim Novak. All rights reserved.
Vertigo / Vortex of Delusion

 

Pastel over Watercolor

Limited Edition of 500
25.5″ x 12″
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The original of this piece was commissioned by Turner Classic Movies as part of their 20th anniversary celebration and was exhibited at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel during the 5th Annual TCM Classic Movie Festival.

“Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film, Vertigo, is the story of a man’s obsession with an unattainable love, a woman who doesn’t exist. Twice in the course of the film, she is transformed into the object of a man’s compulsive desires; first in order to carry out an evil plot of another’s greed, then in order to have a second chance to recapture and reincarnate what he believes he’s lost in order to save himself.

“I painted the blonde hair of the fantasy object of desire, Madeleine, as it begins to unravel from its core, creating a vortex of delusion. As Madeleine’s impostor, Judy submits again to being made over in the image of obsession, this time in return for love, not money. This reality proves unsustainable; her facade begins to crack, mistakes are made that set in motion a storm, which irrevocably threatened everything in its blonde, illusory path.”

~ Kim NovaK, Artist

 

Looking Back to See Ahead

Looking Back to See Ahead, Original Painting in pastel on watercolor by Kim Novak
Looking Back to See Ahead

 

Pastel over Watercolor Underpainting

Limited Edition of 300
12″ x 12″
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When I’m not sure what I want to paint, I rely on my underpainting to give me inspiration. It excites my senses to watch the colors flow to and fro as I move the surface. It satisfies my desire for freedom. I often make a game of it to decide where I want to go next. Like when I was a child playing with a ouija board, using unconscious thoughts and feelings to guide your hands and fingers – so I did that with this painting. First it led me to a waterfall which you can still see, especially on the upper right side of my painting; then the water parted and it led me to her – a lovely young girl looking back at me!

~ Kim NovaK, Artist

 

Life is But a Dream

"Life is But a Dream," Original Painting of a river scene from the point of view of the person rowing a bat, with a small white dog in the bow. Pastel over watercolor by Kim Novak. Copyright 2014 Kim Novak. All rights reserved.
Life is But a Dream

 

Pastel over Watercolor Underpainting

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16″ x 12″
24″ x 18″
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Happiness is … rowing down a river full of rainbow colored memories of magic afternoons with your trusted dog at the helm … ‘Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream!’

~ Kim NovaK, Artist

 

In the Canyons of My Mind

"In the Canyons of My Mind," Original Painting of a dreamscape in pastel over watercolor in intense, vibrant colors by Kim Novak
In the Canyons of My Mind

Pastel

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24″ x 18″
28″ x 22″
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A friend sent me a photo she took that looked like a horse running in the clouds – and soon my daydreams took over.  I journeyed, and painted the canyons of my mind where I found my young stallion at the corner of my mind’s eye,  waiting to take me out of this world.  I was able to see myself lying back low along his hind quarters; my hair sweeping against his hocks seemed to spur him on. Hoofs pounding and feathers flying, we joined others on a golden bird that took us on a flight beyond Earth’s boundaries and into the Heavens!

~ Kim NovaK, Artist

 

Horse Heaven

"Horse Heaven," Original pastel painting of a Haflinger horse rolling in a field of forget-me-nots by Kim Novak
Horse Heaven

 

Pastel

Limited Editions of 250 in each size
Available Print Sizes:
16″ x 12″
20″ x 15″
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Over so many years I have lost too many four-legged loved ones that I thought I could never live without, yet I survived. Maybe being married to a large animal veterinarian helped me to accept the inevitability of their loss as part of the cycle of life. I was able to move on, trusting that the time and place would come for all of us to be together again. It has never been easy, yet I was left with all those incredible memories to relive in my mind…and the possibility to paint them!

This pastel is of Hunka Hunka, my happy Haflinger driving horse and good friend; he thinks he is living in the pastures of Heaven right now.   I painted him rolling in a field of wild forget-me-not flowers…where I shall always, always picture him forever more!”

~ Kim NovaK, Artist