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

My Muse in Manhattan

Christina and her friend Alyssa visited me in the city this weekend. Anyone that knows me, knows how my daughter has inspired and encouraged my art career. I actually called her immediately following my first difficult, but not scathing, critique. She listened and advised. It is funny that I might listen to a soon to be 19 year old...but she knows me, my art and has a keen eye for composition and perspective.
Here are just a few images from her stay in the city. I will post an album on Facebook featuring the adventures of Tia and Alyssa.Tia. like her mother, tends to engage strangers in conversation. She met a couple from Australia who were true blue hippies and who encouraged her to follow her dreams. She received free ice cream from a vendor...a young man. She texted me with excitement and surprise. I thought, a boy giving an attractive blonde, blue eyed beach girl a free treat...go figure? :)And she met a journalist student from Georgetown of Pakistani descent who kept
telling me how nice she was, inquired if she had a boyfriend, and tried to sell her a watch. If you ever want to shop or haggle, go with Christina. She is ruthless. That is not a trait she inherited from her mother.
All I know is wherever Christina goes, life, love, color and excitement follow.
No wonder she is my muse. And to my Robert Christian, you amuse and "muse" me too:)


  1. Loved the story and the photos and of course you ! keep up the great work and get some sleeep too. JDR

  2. Uncle John, I love you and wish that I could be in Santa Fe with Andrea this summer to visit:) NYC is awesome! I love the simplicity of living amid the chaos. My work is slowly progressing and I do sleep and eat way too much:) It really is like a dream! Thank you for your love and support! oxoxo


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