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, December 14, 2009

The Child Within

Progress was made this evening:) As hard as I tried to put away my paints until after the holiday happenings, I simply could not. Painting has become like breathing,resting,thinking or eating....NECESSARY. It is strange how we think we should deny ourselves what it is we need and want most ,when in actuality we can do more, have more, be more and when we enrich and care for ourselves, it effects everything around us in a positive way.I can finally sleep tonight because I painted, uninterrupted. Painting gives me a sense of peace and solace like nothing else can.
"The Child Within" is slowly developing into a "finished" piece. Art is effort. Personally, it is not something created on a whim, in moments of pure emotional frenzy, (although people like to believe that of me).I  don't create extensive preliminary sketches and my process is fairly "immediate" and direct. I do dream, contemplate and envision my images. Most accomplished artists that I have met, motivated or not, "show up" regularly to engage in the process of creating. The times when it seems most difficult to summon energy or desire, are exactly the moments when I must work. The results are sometimes pleasantly unexpected and rich. I am persistent, patient and disciplined.And yes, sometimes a break is in order, but not now...not for me.
And my most satisfying works to date are my Wildflower paintings....."wildflowers...showing up where beauty has lost its way..." 

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