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 12, 2014

Project 365

Why do any of us create? That is such a broad question, unanswerable by a single response. Obviously it differs for each of us. I know that for myself, this desire is persistent, necessary and therefore important. Finding time to do it with all of life's happenings  poses challenges but it seems in life,  we tend to make time for that which we value most....or we don't and that is often more about our choices and priorities rather than about time itself.  So although I have neglected writing about my efforts in an organized and chronological way, I have certainly not abandoned my effort to create an image a day , every day, since the start date, my 50th birthday: Nov. 6th.

Some of these have been 5 minute scribbles and others have been day long oil paintings but  all are evidence of the fact that I have indeed made the time. I value my work no matter the end result. I have deemed it " Project 365." Perhaps next year I will work on a more sequential, highly organized and deliberate version of this project, faithfully documenting it along the way .....or maybe  I won' t. For now, I would simply like to share a sampling of the images that have resulted from time I feel is well spent. In these moments of scribbling, scrawling and pushing paint about, I feel most aware of what I need and value.

I hope you find the time for what matters to you and discover your joy.

“You will touch this joy and you will suddenly know it is what you were looking for your whole life, but you were afraid to even acknowledge the absence because the hunger for it was so encompassing.”
Eve Ensler

12 x 12 oil on canvas Jude Harzer 2014

Rolodex cards graphite sketches Jude Harzer 2014

Rolodex cards (enlarged) Jude Harzer 2014

Crowned oil on canvas 24 x 24 Jude Harzer 2014

Flock oil on canvas 24 x 24 Jude Harzer 2014

The Wait oil on canvas 24 x 36 Jude Harzer 2014

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