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

Saturday, August 8, 2009

The Omo People: The Human Body As A Canvas

California based artist, Grace Matthews, forwarded this video to myself and others. It took my breath away. Photographer, Hans Sylvester photographed these images of the Ethiopian Omo people. The natural joy and rich beauty they create in transforming their bodies into works of art is astounding. It is a simple, yet sophisticated beauty that makes one pause in awe.It somehow seemed so directly related to my recent work where I am attempting to dissolve the human figure into intricate patterns. Thank you Grace for this worthwhile video and for the inspiration.

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