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

Monday, July 13, 2009


I am participating in a residency program. A friend recently asked me about my class schedule. This program is self-driven. The objective of us, emerging and mid-career artist, is to improve, grow and create a body of work that reflects this process.
There is no formal schedule but the studios are available 24/7 and critiques from four renowned artists and faculty members are given daily. Critiques are assessments,subjective of course, offered by the instructors to discuss ideas, technique, content and to guide the artist, if necessary, in an alternate direction.
I am prepared for this.
I want this.
I want to improve and develop my work.
I want my work to more clearly reflect my vision and attitude as an artist.
I have repeated these things to myself throughout the day as I experienced the painful sting of my first critique. Ouch!
Tomorrow's objective: Start anew!Change direction! Yikes!


  1. I am so very happy for you. I knew you'd be on a great path. Enjoy every moment, even the critques, lol
    Lori Tyska

  2. Dear Lori,
    I enjoyed your well wishes. When I actually go on Facebook, I will send you a message. NYC is incredible! I am also welcoming the critiques, despite my insinuation otherwise. Actually they have been quite good and pretty much all amount to the same thing: I have the skills, the talent, the passion and ideas, but confidence and belief in my own work and purpose are key and something I still need to master:) So once again, the answer lies within myself. I do believe I can manage it this time and muster the strength to move forward. Lori, I feel like I belong:) It is a dream come true. I'm getting there...hope to see you and that your art is progressing as well and continuing to bring you joy!


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