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, July 24, 2009

The Marriage of Pattern and the Figure

The beauty of art is the exploration of new ideas and the experimentation with materials in order to convey them. One concept often leads to another.It is interesting when my work leads me in a direction that I hadn't anticipated. What is more fascinating, is that I remain captivated by this process. I have not even begun to touch upon, what it is I came here to do in NYC. My original intent was to integrate materials into my paintings. At present, I am becoming more intrigued by the process of painting.The aluminum, hardware and new drill, remain untouched. I am confident that I will use them, but perhaps not during this residency program.

I have been focused upon the figure as subject matter and surface pattern. One of my critiques addressed the fact that I often do not successfully merge the two. They are distinct entities. So I decided to explore that idea of including both the figure and pattern, making them appear united but playing on the fact that they genuinely are separate. In the piece featuring the young red haired girl, I intentionally dissolved her hair and dress into patterns without any regard for light, form or contour. The pattern is "flat" much like wallpaper but the viewer's eye may be fooled into believing that it makes sense. Nothing makes sense in Judy's world by the way:)

Eventually I would like to exclude the figure, except perhaps the suggestion of a face or hands, and concentrate on real and implied texture. I would paint texture and then gradually have it evolve into tangible form by adding textiles, threads and other materials.

Today I will be at the MOMA...one of my favorite NYC art museums and tomorrow we are attending a group trip to the Hamptons to visit galleries and artist's studios.


  1. Like red "haired girl" painting. I enjoyed our brief Friday phone talk topic. Don't force anything or anybody. JDR

  2. JDR,
    I have learned not to be reactive and that when feelings are misinterpreted or not reciprocated, I have learned to let go, however difficult. I will not "force", nor will I resist new experiences. I know that it is through my art that I will discover joy, love, contentment and hopefully share something of value with others. Despite great absences, there is great beauty and the promise of what will, and can be, is inspiring. My art has brought you into my life and I am extremely grateful and appreciative for that. Uncle John, I am an optimist and in Judy's world, I only "see" beauty. Beth Anne and I hope that you hold on tight and stay with us:) Thank you JDR. It's all good:)


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