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

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Cleaning House

My issue usually is that I have a cluttered mind with an abundance of ideas. The only way to be productive is to be decisive. Pick an idea and explore it...but of course I argue with myself, questioning the value of my own ideas and if one is more worthy of my time and effort. I am so comfortable with these conversations that occur within my own mind that they are an expected and "normal" part of my process. They are also frustrating and at times, paralyzing.

While I was at SVA this summer, an artist told me that I should just paint furiously and produce work for ten years before even questioning or critiquing myself.Because I didn't create for nearly 20 years, the ideas,questions,concerns and fears regarding my art, accumulated, like clutter and memories in an attic. So basically, in order to free my mind and create art, I have to "clean house."

Although I started a few images this weekend, I'll only post a few today. There was no real objective other than to just paint. I also promised my son Robert that I would feature an image of him with our dog Kona. I reclaimed the dining room table as my art studio upon my return.Much to his dismay,Robert was only able to use it once while I was away for one poker game:)He hangs with me while I paint, as does Kona, amid the "clutter."

The more things seem to change, the more they stay the same.

1 comment:

  1. The only person you need to confer with and to get permission from to do what it is that you want to do is yourself. Grant it and ignore the endless mind-chatter.JDR


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