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

Friday, February 27, 2009

"A Boy Who Loved To Dream"

One of my favorite illustrators is Patricia Polacco. Her drawings are both skillful and whimsical and each story is incredibly enchanting. Among my favorites are Babushka Baba Yaga and The Keeping Quilt, but my absolute favorite is Appelemando's Dreams.I reread that book this week and love the description of Appelemando as "a boy who loved to dream. For him,dreams were magic chariots pulled through his mind by galloping hues of color. For him,dreaming was a way of life." It has also become for me, a way of life. Fields of gold,autumn leaves,sculpture gardens,studios and stores filled with wax,paint and canvas. It is the "stuff" that fills my dreams and my art. Check out Patricia Polacco's story to discover how a creative young boy and his devoted friends who shared his secret,taught a skeptical and judgemental village about the importance of dreams.I will forever love the beautiful dreaming minds of children.May your dreams be huge,color filled and wonderful!

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