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, January 16, 2011

New Work: Seeking Solace

Seeking Solace   2011     
The immediacy with which this piece unfolded during two brief sessions, surprised me. The use of multiple processes and media , reflects the lack of focus that I seem to be experiencing as of late. I don't feel settled enough to commit to a long term composition that might demand greater attention to detail or careful use of materials. I loved that I could switch from collage to painting, then drawing with ease. My mind switches from past to present to future, from pain to pleasure ,to sadness ,then hope throughout each painting session. The movement and fluidity of this work, successfully helped to quiet my mind.
What a gift it is to finally appreciate and use my love of painting, to calm my head and heart.


  1. Do you think that occasionally turmoil is necessary so that we can appreciate the calm time ? ....and maybe its a way of our creative side to formulate our ideas ....I hope that makes sense .....a sort of yin yang .....a beautful powerful painting nonetheless ...x

  2. Absolutely:) I think most creative individuals experience a similar emotional pattern. Over time, and with maturity , it has become easier to harness it and refocus it into my work, rather than surrender to the "turmoil." As an artist, I realize that I respond to the world with pure emotion. I am also "left brained" in many regards and respect the ongoing "arguments" within my brain:)My head is often at odds with my heart:)There is incessant and abundant inspiration... The turmoil results when I feel overwhelmed because I don't know what I should attend to first:)I am blessed and truly an eternal optimist. Thank you!...x


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