Daily Art- Touching Down- New work

‘Touching Down’

24″ x 18″ x 2″

Oils/mixed media/Gold Leaf

Painted sides, needs no frame

 extra thick gallery style canvas


Here is the quote for this work:

“Nearness to nature . . . keeps the spirit sensitive to impressions not commonly felt and in touch with the unseen powers.”

~Charles Alexander Eastman (1858 – 1939)
Source: The Soul of the Indian, 1911
I’ve been real busy getting ready for a little event that will be happening soon and of course, working. This work is all that I have completed in the past two weeks, and I’ve enjoyed doing it. These rich and deep red colors are extremely hard to photograph, I think I must have taken over 60 shots of this work, and ended up with these three pictures. None of them speak to the richness and depth of these reds, from the palest orange to the deepest warmest crimsons. I used a knife and waited patiently between colors to build the next layer. The Gold leaf sparkles in the heavily textured moon, and glimmers of that promise fall from the heavens.
This work is all about staying in touch with the magic of being alive. Every day above ground is good. I’ve been touched by magic my entire life, that’s OK your belief isn’t required for my reality to exist. I know it’s true. I’ve had a rich life, so far. Recently a beloved friend from my past re-found me through another newer friends blog. Dina was reading Vikki’s blog and she had mentioned me in a blog post. Dina thought, now how many Heather Brown-Truman’s can there possibly be in this world, it’s got to be her! So, she dropped me a line and WHAM! I’ve got one of my most treasured and favorite people back in my life, yup…overnight. We lost touch over ten years ago, before that she made the last time I spent in the state of Florida, some of my most treasured memories of all time. She is a magic woman, multi-talented artist, gifted writer, and a incredible human being. She was the first person in my life to ever look at me and tell me to get over it, there’s nothing wrong with you, stop trying to make yourself fit into a world that isn’t accepting you as is. That and, you can stick stuff to other stuff and if you do it right, it’s called art. Anything and everything you do in this life is both magic and art, if only done with the right mindset. She helped me to re-build a woman out of some old broken down people parts, she took her magic needle and tread and re-enforced the weak spots, put sparkles on the scars, and reshaped the person I was to become.
She gave me my faith back.
Now I have her in my life again, it’s truly a very small world. The old saying that like attracts like is very true. Love is something that never dies and is never wrong. I have such a rich life, my past is not so bad, it’s wonderful now even. I am stronger than I was back then, more confident and loving. Isn’t it funny? I look back and see how much I have grown and I see what I have always been. Consistent, open, loving and honorable in my affairs of the heart. Isn’t that just the best thing ever to wake up and realize…I am True and the people I know, the people who choose from their own free will to love me, they are the magic seeds in my garden. So, when I was thinking about Dina and Vikki my two best girlfriends ever, and how they found each other then connected the small dots back to me, this work was born.
When you think you don’t know, or understand your life. When you are ready to give up the pursuit of understanding and let the teachings of being steady in your own skin wash through you, you discover that you will never be alone and that love never dies.
You will find a place of passionate peace. A peace inspired by the inner call of your true self, one that is inspired, motivated and richly rewarding.
That’s what this work is for me, a declaration of love for those that have really seen me along my path. For those who have stopped along the way and never offered a hand out but a hand up into the world. For those few people who love me, warts and all. This is the edge of my secret garden, you are all welcome and I thank you for being a part of my life.
May your day be inspired and full of peaceful promises.


  1. cynthia
    June 24, 2008

    How terrific you found a long lost friend – that’s fantastic. Small world on the internet, isn’t it?

    I like your new painting and can commiserate on the difficulties of photographing work.

  2. Vikki North
    June 25, 2008

    Hi Heather,
    This is such a great blog! I love this. I was just blown away when Dina told me the background between the two of you and Deepwater Journal. It makes me so happy. “San Diego,California has the magic bridge to Kentucky’. I feel a painting coming on!

    Speaking of which, this painting is stunning. I love the dark halo around the moon also. It just integrates it as part of our world. Red is the toughest value to photograph. I know that for fact. (I am the Red Chair artist afterall. My red chairs go from orange to pink depending on the light).

    I love you always and forever- little Greek girl.

  3. Kalliope Amorphous
    June 25, 2008

    Such an inspiring post!…..and beautiful work!

  4. badkittyartstudio
    June 27, 2008

    Thanks you guys, this one was personal and I’m glad you enjoyed it. Love to all!

  5. Dina Kerik
    August 14, 2008

    I cannot believe I never saw this and also that I never commented on it! Me. Who is so full of words, experience and the relevant hot air to propel them didn’t see. Didn’t comment.

    First. You have to know that your mark is on my dirt. When I stand in certain places out back overlooking the water, I think of wine-thirty while our big boys putzed about.

    When I walk out front in a certain spot, I see Chris and John dumping gasoline in that damn underground mystery room, walking off and forgetting it for awhile and then throwing a match in to it! Do you remember Mark the fireman next door running over to see if anyone was dead after the explosion?

    I see you in your kitchen trading life stories with me, telling each other our ghost stories and encounters with magic, or us busily pasting up DWJ and arguing over me cutting my long ass stories to fit a column!

    I also see you bent damn near to the computer screen trying to see tiny words and John rubbing the tumors in your spine that almost killed you with pain.

    I remember that I could always find Chris at your house when he was nowhere to be found, hanging on yours and John’s every word and loving up your kids and dogs!

    When you told me you were pregnant before you moved, I was scared! I thought I’d never hear from you alive again. I should have known better because I knew you as an Amazon Warrior Woman. A survivor. A Goddess who was willing to take a chance on anything new is who you are.

    And to find you lo, all these years later! I’m humbled at our second meeting, glad that Vikki brought us together and do NOT intend to lose you again!

    Ain’t life a most glorious and amazing thing?



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