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, 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


  1. lovely painting .. and I found it really interesting considering my name and the fact that I make dolls too.

  2. this is the most inspiring and most beautiful of compliments I have ever had :0) Jude is a friend and a true inspiration to me also. She is one of the most beautiful people both inside and out. I love her work and hope to be the owner of this painting soon :0) I have to buy it. I love you Jude, bless you darling girl, keep creating xxxx

  3. Hello Jude :0)
    how much would it be for you to ship this to me in england---- can you email me on darlingdeborah@rocketmail.com, much love, Deb xxx

  4. I am just seeing this Deborah! Life has been strange and hectic . I will find out the cost if you are still interested. I created it, inspired by you! I hope you are well Thank you so much for your gracious words! I don't think I have been particularly inspiring as of late. I have however been following you and your whimsical creations! Much love<3

  5. Please find out when you can Jude, as it would be great to have it in my studio, and you are ALWAYS inspiring ! Even when you dont realise it :)
    lots of love and light as always xxx feel free to message me on fb if thats easier xXx


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