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, June 11, 2009

My First Official Portrait Commission

I am currently working on a commission. It is a new endeavor and a challenge trying to capture someone else's specific and very personal "vision." I had difficulty beginning the process and literally had to transform my thinking in distract myself from the worry of the possibility of not being able to adequately re-create this portrait concept. I dispensed with the negative and focused in the even greater possibility that the client might "love" it and that it will be an incredibly meaningful gift.
It is still in process but this portrait, which features 4 children and symbolic elements reflecting their "Likes" and personalities is beautifully progressing. Here are a few details. The painting is oil and mixed media and measures 48" w x 36" h.Enjoy!

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