Daily Art- Thrive from the Choir Series

“thrive” by Heather Brown Truman

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“thrive” by Heather Brown Truman

“thrive” by Heather Brown Truman

“thrive” by Heather Brown Truman

“thrive” by Heather Brown Truman

“Thrive” from the Choir Series #12

24″ x 36″


Back Stapled/ready to hang with finished sides

$285.00 + 45.00 (shipping is expensive on this painting because it’s over-sized to ship, this is large wall art) Shipping to anywhere inside the USA

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Here are the quotes that inspired the work:


“In a perfect world perhaps we would all see more clearly. But this is not a perfect world, and it is enough to hope that each of us will share our talents, and find the balance between greed and benevolence that will allow us to live and thrive and help the world around us grow.”

~Kent Nerburn Source: Letters to My Son: A Father’s Wisdom on Manhood, Life, and Love, Page: 40


Beyond a critical point within a finite space, freedom diminishes as numbers increase. . . . The human question is not how many can possibly survive within the system, but what kind of existence is possible for those who do survive.

Frank Herbert (1920 – 1986)
Source: Dune


Survival. Thriving.
That’s what we all really want, right?
In this life, this reality, it’s about more than just surviving. We all want to survive, but then to Thrive as well. Free people are given to bouts of wanting to be all they can be. We all want a reason to keep doing what we do. We work to survive, and if are lucky we get to even like or love what we do that makes this thing called money. I know I do. I enjoy my work. It’s like therapy that I get paid to do. When I make sales that is…we have a joke round here, we don’t call art money Income, we call it If-come.
This work is about working out the logistics of a life that is bigger than I am. In a world that is bigger than I am. With problems that are bigger than I am. In finding the ways to feed and keep my family surviving, and the hope alive (for ourselves and our kids) that someday that will include thriving in a money way too.
I think we are thriving, as a family. We love being together, I mean it sucks ass that Mate Man lost his job and we are freaking out about every little thing all the time. (*news update, Mate Man did NOT get the Job we were hoping he would, and we are still looking*)
Truth be told, we are better when we are altogether, not because of co-dependency but because of faith and trust. I can count on him, the same goes for him. No matter what, I can count on him. It’s a nice feeling. It’s what reminds me that I am already doing more than just surviving this world, so are my kids, we are all thriving, because we found and make love happen. Because this family unit, the place where you can always go, and everyone is glad you are there. Where you can royally screw the pooch, and people will still love you through it all. That’s a miracle for people like us, people who came from what we came from. Real, Lasting, true Love in our lives is more than what we ever asked for, for many years more than either of us thought we deserved…the rest of this reality is logistics.
When I told Mate Man that I wanted to stop being a popular garden designer and become a full time artist, you know what he said? That sounds good babe, how do we make that happen for you? Never was there ever even a hint that it would not be possible for me to do what I wanted/needed to do. That’s love. When he said he wanted/needed to get out of Portland, that he wanted to try and find a simpler life, that he really just wants to be a organic farmer, and be at home when his kids come through the door, and feed us from his own hard work, that he had found (farming) and lost his passion (our farm), that he hated working in the professional world, that he hates compromising himself and his values for the sake of money…there was never any hesitation from me to him about that…it was OK babe, I understand your need, how can we make that happen? We are still working on that for him, for his dream to come true, but it will, because we are tough to beat as a team, we are unstoppable. (*news update, we have gone ahead with dream building and have started an Urban Organic garden, the lesson here was: bloom where you are planted! Mate man is happier with his garden well under way and we have even harvested three times from the salad greens beds!)
We have cultured a life where, Unconditional Love and support for the people we are in the moment and the next moment and the next, is always available. That’s what this work is about. No, we have never had it made, or had it easy, but we have always thrived together. We have always survived (sometimes better than others for sure but we are still standing so that counts for something).
I find I can still thrive in/under such conditions.
It’s nice.
I am no longer so small.
The world no longer so large.
I am still small,
the world still large.
I still Thrive.
What makes you thrive?
When the world is looming, when the pressure is on, when the thumb screws are been turned, what makes you go beyond mere survival and thrive?
Here’s to the thriving,
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  1. Kalliope Amorphous
    March 28, 2008

    The art, the story, the quotes, the text….all so beautiful, and relevant….and resonant for me in my own life as well. I really could go on and on, but I’ll just say I am moved and THANK YOU for sharing what you share.

    It’s so funny, as I was looking at the artwork, I had certain perceptions and feelings about what it represented ( a sense of goals and of self, as well as a surrender to the sometimes seemingly insurmountable situations life brings….but also hope, faith, love and trust that all will be as it is meant to be). As I read on, I found you describing EXACTLY and precisely what I felt while looking at the work. I love magic moments like that! 🙂

  2. gypsy-heart
    March 28, 2008

    I think this is one of my favorite pieces, and I totally agree with what Kalliope said!

    My dear….you have figured out one of the secrets of life..so many people just don’t get it! LOVE is the answer.

    I may not have your story correct, but seems as if your husband said he wanted to get out of the corporate world and back to a simple life…right? Now he lost his job..did you ever think that the universe is moving the energies to make your “voiced thoughts” happen? I so believe in the power of thoughts! My life is proof of it!!!

    You will get through this..all is unfolding as it should.

    Wishing you good energies and peace of heart!

  3. badkittyartstudio
    March 28, 2008

    It has not escaped our attention to the fact that just three months ago, we announced and proclaimed that this year (I blogged about it) we were going to move forward on our largest goal for our future lives that of sustainability living. We knew that things would start happening, we just have still not mastered the responses to the powerful effect our choices of heart and love can be. This week we have found that peaceful place, where we smile at each other a lot and say, “all is as it should be.” and move on with the day. The last bits of our money we have committed to building an urban organic garden. It’s begun. We will eat just fine. The future is no place to put your better days. The universe has said, why wait? So we shall not squander our gift horses. We will work with what we have got and let it be what it is supposed to be. AAAhhhh, it’s faith AND work…that makes it all work. Love to you both!!!!

  4. sara
    March 28, 2008


    How relevant this is to our lives. I loved this painting and I love the message behind it. I spent so many years just surviving and barely hanging on in a world for me that was mostly dark and ugly(bad marriage). I am so very thankful to have Chris and so thankful that we can live the life we are creating. And yes, we are thriving. Sure we have financial problems etc. To us it is part of life and the part we try to put very little energy into. Thanks for stopping by my blog and sending your love and I do the same. I feel like we know each other so well and yet we really just met a couple of short months ago. Take care and keep smiling, and keep the faith. The Universe will provide:)

  5. Ivan Chan
    April 4, 2008

    I’m glad you two are together and that there’s mutual support for each of your dreams!

    Take care,


  6. Saint Know-All
    May 20, 2008

    I love the care and passion you put into your artwork. I really adore the figure in this piece, especially her hair and the lines of her neck and shoulders. 🙂

  7. San
    May 20, 2008

    Beautiful painting and words, as always. I love the way those bluish blossoms open skywards, counting on being blessed, counting on thriving, a given as sure as the sky.

    You and your mate-man do have a lot. Your biggest blessing is knowing what you have.

    May the cash abundance grow from the seeds you’re planting…

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