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

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Breaking Free

In July of this summer, I was having difficulty concentrating and consequently, producing art. I have learned to work on multiple images as a way of dealing with a "creative block." This is actually a common practice among artists. However, there are times that even a body of unfinished paintings, fails to inspire me to work. At these "moments" of pure frustration, I often feel compelled to create what seem to be "random" images with subject matter that is outside of my traditional oeuvre. I cannot explain for certain the origin of the work but I do know that it is a result of my "breaking free" from some mental barrier. This image is one of three, belonging to a triptych that features crows. I haven't touched them in weeks but was recently reminded of them by something that I read.

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