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, November 28, 2010

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Magical Muse:Deborah Darling

As an artist, inspiration comes from a variety of sources.I am an "emotional" painter. I paint what I love and how I feel. I translate emotions, stories and dreams into imagery.I never seem to successfully convey all that I imagine or experience, but I continue to try.
There are times when I am overwhelmed by the grit and grind of daily life ,both personal and professional, and I look to my art to find solace and focus. The comfort and challenge of the process of painting is much like meditation and allows me to disconnect from my thoughts. As of late, even painting fails to ease my mind. Fortunately,each day presents new opportunities and time passes without regard for our wasted moments ,mental wages and woes.

Occasionally, unexpected inspiration, a muse if you will, appears and redirects my attention once again, to my greatest purpose: my art. Deborah Darling, an England based doll maker and merchant, discovered my work online. I was immediately enchanted by her unique beauty and creative vision.There was no option other than to paint for her. I  am currently working on a series, that celebrates the wonder and whimsy of this kindred spirit, Deborah Darling: Maker of Dolls and Dreams.

Deborah  reminded me that I have a responsibility to myself as an artist to continue to create. When I paint, I find strength and see beauty. I find peace. I find me.
"One expected growth, change; without it, the world was less, the well of inspiration dried up, the muses fled.” ~Charles de Lint Kenneth Hildebrand

"Strong lives are motivated by dynamic purposes; lesser ones exist on wishes and inclinations."
We are shaped and fashioned by what we love. ~ Goethe

Thursday, November 25, 2010

These Are The Days

Love, thanks and peace on this special day. There is only now. I will enjoy it with a grateful and loving heart!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Cecilia: My Little Wildflower

For My Daughter...
My recent vertical triptych is entitled Cecilia: My Little Wildflower. This portrait is created in oil on 12" x 12" maple sheathed panels. It is a celebration of abundance, strength and the confidence to be oneself. "CiCi" epitomizes the untainted beauty and untapped potential and promise of youth.
“One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” ~Maya Angelou

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

Friday, November 5, 2010

Musical Inspiration

Yo Yo Ma's version of "Ecstasy of Gold "and Budgie's "Breadfan" are very different, but equally inspirational to me. As I paint, they evoke images of beauty,passion and dreams.Today I will paint my way toward me dreams.

Yo Yo Ma

Budgie 814109

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Jude Harzer Fine Art

Jacob Uri, a wonderfully gifted video editor and friend, created this as a gift for me. It is a composite of some of my work. Much love and thanks Jacob!

Three of My Favorite Contemporary Artists...

These are three of my favorite contemporary artists. I admire their talent, skill and devotion to their art. Their works are a result of pure passion. Featured are paintings and the links to the sites of Melissa Cooke, Alyssa Monks and Pamela Wilson. Yes, they also happen to be radiant and exceptionally beautiful women! That was pure coincidence. First and foremost, I see their energy, discipline and skill. They remind me of how much I have to learn . They inspire me to be better and to remember above all else, that it devotion to a greater purpose that matters most to me. They are artists in thought, in spirit and in action. Enjoy!

Melissa Cooke~ artist
"Keep It Together"

Alyssa Monks~ artist

Pamela Wilson ~artist

Women Painting Women

Tracey Harris
"Folding Doilies"

"Women Painting Women" explores "how contemporary women painters are handling women as subjects. The blog was founded by Sadie Valeri, with co-founders Alia El-Bermani and Diane Feissel."
Enjoy the wealth of beautiful imagery and talent of these female painters.

Jude, Art and Inspiration