When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.”~ Paul Coelho

"Some Mad Hope..."
A young and vital child knows no limit to his own will, and it is the only reality to him. It is not that he wants at the outset to fight other wills, but that they simply do not exist for him. Like the artist, he goes forth to the work of creation, gloriously alone.
Jane Harrison

Jude Harzer Artist/Art Educator

Jude Harzer Artist/Art Educator
My art is a reflection of my effort to recognize and embrace the beauty in the world around me, even when it seems most difficult to find. Contact me at judiharz@aol.com or visit my website at http://www.judeharzerfineart.com

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"Most of us have two lives- the life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands resistance."Steven Pressfield

"The greatest freedoms are freedom from regret, freedom from fear, freedom from anxiety, and freedom from sorrow."
Thich Nhat Hanh

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Still Life with Teapot

I love to paint, draw and sculpt. I enjoy the process offered by each of these disciplines but do not have the patience required to be a sculptor. I am awed by subtractive sculptural methods. There is less room for error when a rigid material such as marble is the medium of choice. Donatello, Michelangelo, Bernini, Rodin, and Daniel Chester French were gifted and patient men. Painting is more immediate and is best suited to my ardent nature.

There is something very rewarding in the creation of a simple and traditional still life.Within every object, there lies a beauty that not everyone can see. An artist can enliven the
inanimate by showcasing its volume, form, color and "spirit." But for myself as an artist,the process of observing ,conceiving and manipulating pigment on a surface, despite the subject or end result, is what I love best about painting. There is a stillness and quiet during the
entire process that makes everything else seem to disappear. My recent still life paintings are about reflection-actual physical reflection of light and color and about reflection of one's thoughts and 'true' self amid the silence.

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