Daily Art- New Work- Atomic Age & Checking Out

Atomic Age collage and mixed media by Heather Brown Truman

atomic age by Heather Brown Truman

Atomic Age by Heather BRown Truman

‘Atomic Age’

24″ x 30″

oils, acrylics, vintage inks, collage and mixed media

Back stapled canvas, finished sides, ready to hang

To See more/or to buy this work Click HERE


BAD! Kitty will be closed until further notice. She has run away from home, and it is not known when she will return. She did leave the following note:

I am going to breath and dance in the living forest and bottomless lakes. I’m going to discover how many hues of green there are in this land. I plan to take nothing with me, and leave nothing behind when I return. See you when I see you.


Until then please enjoy the following return post.


The quote on the work reads:

“In this era of world wars, in this atomic age, values have changed.

We have learned that we are guests of existence,

travelers between two stations. We must discover security within ourselves.”



‘Atomic Age’ is a work that started as a collage with acrylics. The more elements I found that I liked within the collage, the more paint got added in. Near the end of the work, I wanted a deeper, more textured feeling, so I switched to thin layers of oil glazes, reds, purples, yellows, and golds. When that was dry I applied a fine crackle finish to some of the elements and let that dry. I intended to come back over the crackle with some shoe polish, but thought I liked it as is. The color in this work turned out to be hard to capture on digital because it’s deep and ever changing, I used interference powders in some of the layers. I have at least 20 layers of transparent colors within this work, and the textures are subtle, so it really glows in real life. I mean it GLOWS and Shimmers, it’s a must see in person.

Of course, this work is about my need for security for myself and my family…in this insecure world. We can’t find job security, costs of living are sky rocketing, with no increase to family salaries. For some of us we don’t even have the security of people in our lives, we have become fractured to the point that families don’t stay together through marriages…let alone generations living together to raise whole units of healthy people. We have human warehouses for our elderly, we have single parents trying to be everything to their children while under employed, we have no health care, we have debt that is a never ending monster, we have children raising themselves in a world that tells them, “you will be fine, if you just sell your soul, and don’t try to think too much.” and we have the global environment’s crashing down upon our ears. Many of us are thinking that Y2K was a warm up for what is coming down the pike. Many of us are questioning things like, Will I be able to continue to afford to go to work when gas costs 5 times what it does now, in the next five years? Will I be able to afford food when it costs 5 times more and my income has stayed the same? What if I can’t find/keep a job? Will I be ready for those real possibilities? We as a family have planted a garden, we are loosing one of our vehicles because we can’t afford it, we are reducing and re-using everything we can, we are buying and eating less food, we are planning for an unknown future. It’s hard and we are all dealing with it in some form or fashion. Each of us, collectively. It’s reality.

It’s a crazy mixed up world…and this work is about putting those feelings into a work that uplifts, gives hope and reminds you of your own personal happiness…that it is your responsibility in this life . Not your partners, your friends, your families, not the worlds, not your past experiences…not your therapists. No one is responsible for your personal well being and happiness but you. You won’t find it out there [in the world, it’s things, it’s addictions, it’s shiny, shiny things, we can not save ourselves through consumerism, we can not buy our way out of this recession] you find it inside yourself. Personal accountability is hard to do…it requires a constant vigilance and commitment to living in the moment. It ain’t easy folks, but it can be done. Yes, it can be done. This work is about letting the addiction of living in either the good old days [or the bad ones] and also not living in the future fantasy days that we are positive thinking about all the time. It’s time for real change. We can not find world peace unless we start with creating peace within ourselves. Then it’s like a virus, peace and self love, healthy inclusive love, it can spread.

Change happens. It’s up to us to make the most of it. One person can change the world. Let it start with me. Let it start with you, in this atomic age, let the change start with us.


I hope you all have a happy Friday, thanks for reading.

Heather * A not so secret agent of change*


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  1. Jean Levert Hood
    May 30, 2008

    Heather, this painting is gorgeous! I love your writings, too.

  2. cynthia
    May 30, 2008

    Okay, I think this might be my favorite painting of yours, Heather!

    But, your post scared me…I don’t say that in a bad way, but I think you’re right.

  3. Kalliope Amorphous
    May 30, 2008

    Beautiful painting, and the words resonate strongly. These are terrible times. Sometimes I feel like what’s going on is a grand scheme to wipe out the working class and poor, so that only the very wealthy will be able to survive. Scary stuff, indeed….praying for change.

  4. badkittyartstudio
    May 30, 2008

    Jean: Thank you!

    Cynthia: thank you too, I know it’s a scary world right now, but we can’t let that stop us from being free. 🙂

    Kalliope: Pray for peace my friend, pray for peace. I hear you, it’s a trouble filled world, and us worker bees are getting the big squeeze.

  5. newart
    June 10, 2008

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  6. San
    August 20, 2008

    Heather, you and your beautiful family are in my thoughts and prayers. And we all must hold our entire world in our prayers. We must pray that we are better connected to each other and to what it means to be a human “being.”

  7. Vikki North
    August 21, 2008

    Come back! Don’t leave us! Or at least take me with you.

    I love this painting. It ones of those piece you can look at endlessly and never see all it holds.
    Beautiful piece.

  8. Gbp Exchange
    October 20, 2008

    4 my boyfriend!?

  9. Florence Cooper
    February 1, 2010

    Thank you for the entertaining read! Alright playtime is over and back to school work.

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