The daily art- Mist Fairy

  mixed media oil painting by Heather Brown Truman
 full painting
close up
even closer
‘Mist Fairy’
36″ X 48″ x 1.5″ (Really HUGE!)
Gallery Wrapped (no side staples)
oils/mixed media
Here’s the quote that inspired the work:
“May every soul that touches mine-
Be it the slightest contact-
Get therefrom some good;
Some little grace;
one kindly thought;
One aspiration yet unfelt;
One bit of courage
For the darkening sky;
One gleam of faith
To brave the thickening ills of life;
One glimpse of brighter skies
Beyond the gathering mists-
To make this life worth while.”
~George Eliot
Mist Fairy is from the Fairy world series it’s #18.
This work started out really slow.
I painted the background
(at the time, I used every single color I owned just to see what would happen)
about a year before I finished the work.
Finally, one morning I woke up and knew what this canvas needed.
It took another week to finish her, one because she is a huge work and two because she took a while to fully form in my head, she is mist you know. 🙂
I added the flat backed marbles and mirrors at the last minute and then felt like she was really done.
I love painting in very large format.
It’s just too darned expensive to get to do it often.
When I get the chance to have the supplies to do a work this large, it can take a month or more to complete.
Working in a large format means even more attention to form, detail and balance than in smaller works.
Get something a little off in a wall sized canvas…and well, you tend to notice the mistakes, first. She has great balance.
This work seems to move on it’s own, close up or across the room it has a presence and quiet power.
It has won two international top awards for mixed media work and it won an honorable mention as an oil painting, here nationally.
It hangs in the studio because I like watching the light play across her and change her all day long.
Yes, she takes up a lot of valuable wall space in my small working studio…but she talks to me, she shows me new things about herself, and she continues to inspire new works with her soft presence.
I enjoyed working on her,
I hope that shows through in the work.
Have a wonderful day everyone.
Thanks for reading today.


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  1. Amber
    March 11, 2007

    Oh yay, I JUST commented on the post below.Thanks for posting these newer pics so that we can see her better. I am in love too.She is beautiful! And I too think the background is one of my favourites. Amazing flow and colours. Stunning! I’m so glad you are feeling better today Heather and I hope you have a wonderful relaxing day…you more than deserve it! HUGS!

  2. HMBT
    March 11, 2007

    Thanks Amber! I am off to sit in a warm sunny spot in the yard. 🙂

  3. The Lone Beader
    March 11, 2007

    Just had to stop by again, because the title of your post caught my eye. LOL…. And what a difference a day makes!

  4. HMBT
    March 11, 2007

    Yes What a difference…and a day with no work and a nice cold beer…what a difference indeed! 🙂 Thanks for coming by Lone Beader!

  5. Cynthia
    February 5, 2008

    Mist Fairy is very cool, Heather! At first I just saw the swirls, until noticing her face.

  6. Austin
    July 7, 2008

    If you’re not paying attention you could easily miss the Fairy. WOW! She is beautiful.

    I ran across this blog a very long time ago. I just found it again on Blog Catalog. Yeah for me cause I love the art here.

    Austin of Sundrip

  7. badkittyartstudio
    July 7, 2008

    Thanks Austin, I hope you’ll come back round these parts again soon! Now I’m off to see your site, and add it to my blogroll, that is if you don’t mind. 🙂

  8. Sadia
    February 23, 2009

    I really like the continuation of the strokes and formation of a lattice.
    Very nicely done!


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