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, September 6, 2009

The Joy of Drawing

"The Grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."~A.K. Chalmers

Yesterday,after transporting my son to party, I waited in Seaside for him and decided to draw. I don't typically draw, although I believe it is my "first love" and comes more naturally to me than painting. I used to say that if someone gave me a no. 2 pencil and a sheet of paper, I would be content. I think that still holds true but I have directed my efforts for the past three years toward the "challenges" of painting. Every time I begin a new canvas, it often feels as though I have never before held a brush.
When I was at an art event this summer, I saw this beautiful little girl.I planned on creating works of art inspired by the images I took of her. Yesterday however, I thought she would be the perfect subject for a pastel drawing. Here is the start of the composition.I liked the immediacy of the medium.This was created on handmade ,organic paper that was glued to heavyweight watercolor stock.


  1. Wow I love your work and there is such a beautiful connection on so many levels in your art. This pastel up top is so conversational and I like what it says. Color and compostion, and I love it left seemingly undone!

  2. Dear Claudia,
    Thank you so much for your kind words:)I am greatly inspired by children, my own and my students. I also draw from my own personal experiences and won't ever dispense with my belief in love, kindness and my "quest" for a higher purpose. I am often criticized for being sentimental. I can't seem to create art that is not in somehow related to personal passions and experiences.Thank you so much for looking and commenting:)


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