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Steps to Stay Positive by David Najar

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Contemporary artist David Najar admits with a smile that he is an optimist – or at least that he tries to be one.

Najar says that a “good mood means no suffering.” When he paints he feels healed, and finds inspiration from the natural beauty of the world around him. By studying Najar’s philosophy and creative process, you can take away a few lessons to use in life to stay positive.

Take a breather

David Najar

Golden Light” (2013), David Najar

When Najar creates a painting, he spends about three hours a day in a bright, quiet room. By reflecting on nature, the Israeli artist can then encourage people through his art to calm down and take a moment for themselves. Taking a step back is sometimes all that is needed to stay positive.

“Sometimes you are very busy, intense in the mind, with our cellular stuff, computers – we are not breathing,” he says. “This is kind of an invitation to take a break, to breathe, to see all the beauty we have around us.”

Appreciate your surroundings

David Najar

Heaven” (2014), David Najar

One of Najar’s favorite notions is that beauty is everywhere. He believes that you don’t need to travel far to see something worthwhile. He says if one stops to look around, they can see the harmony, the colors, and the beauty that surrounds us, even if it’s not at an ideal spot or destination.

“Sometimes, to breathe, we think we need such an expensive vacation to somewhere, but we can do it every day,” he says. “There is a lot of beauty around us.”

Trust your instincts

David Najar

Lavender Day” (2014), David Najar

It’s easy to second-guess yourself, but oftentimes, trusting your intuition is the best way to go. When Najar paints, he paints instinctively, using his hands to express his emotions. His color choices arise on instinct. His first art teacher observed that Najar painted “from strong instinct.” By listening to these instincts, Najar is able to produce colorful, breathtaking works.

“The artist doesn’t all the time notice why, but he just feels to express himself on the canvas,” he says.

Don’t give up

Criticism can be tough to hear, but know that from it you can learn and improve. Najar didn’t formally study at an art school, instead learning from various teachers. The same art teacher that noted his instinctive style told Najar after one year of lessons to leave the class and paint alone because he already had an “independent style.”

Najar said this as a criticism was pretty hurtful to hear, but he continued to pursue art nonetheless. Years later, he retold the story to his mentor and friend, the late Itzchak Tarkay. The renowned artist surprised Najar by saying his teacher’s suggestion was “a great idea” and that he should thank his teacher for the advice.

Itzchak Tarkay David Najar

Itzchak Tarkay and David Najar (Photo courtesy of David Najar)

In fact, Tarkay would not compliment Najar directly during their five years of sharing studio space, instead offering him tips and opinions like a brother. Najar recognized that Tarkay wasn’t being mean, but was encouraging him to not become complacent and continually seek improvement.

“We were teasing each other, all the time next to me he says ‘don’t think you are a big shot,’” Najar says with a laugh. “He didn’t want me to feel like I was comfortable because…he wanted me to find more.”

Ultimately, Tarkay paid him a compliment by introducing Park West Gallery to his art. If Najar didn’t stay positive and had let the critiques alter his artistic course, we might not now be able to enjoy the beautiful artwork he creates today.

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  • Jill Bouhlev
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    everyone will learn from David Najar’s wisdom and artistry. He is a mastermind in expressing his thoughts and feelings from nature on to canvas. I am yet to collect this fantastic artist but I look forward to the opportunity.

  • Beverly Majors
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    Looking at D Najar works calms me. The ones in my home are focal points in the rooms. He provides a place of peace. ❤️

  • Drinda Reynolds
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    David’s art is so special as it is a reflection of the beauty of our planet and yet it part of David’s soul expression. You can feel the renewal in each painting as the reflective side is a mere image of he beauty of above. To steal a quote “as above, so below” – his art is a true spiritual connection.

  • Larry & Konnie Thomas
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    David Najar’s paintings spoke to us with powerful symbolism, the type that grabs your attention and takes hold of the spirit. Then you look at the quality of the painting and the technique and realize the talent and labor he commits to his work. David, thanks for sharing your talent and touching our hearts.

  • Gabriela
    Reply

    Hi,
    can I ask you if it Lavender Day from Daniel Najar is available for sell and what would be the price?

    Thank you

    Gabriela Paveskova

  • margaret thomson
    Reply

    When on a cruise I was lucky enough to by Absolute Grace by Tarkay. I have loved it!!! It is so wonderful to see Najar’s work. Rather like seeing an old friend and finding him doing great things.
    Thank you so much
    Marg

  • Sheryl
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    My first cruise ship art purchase was 3 Najar paintings. I purchased them in a blind bidding. I never heard of David Najar before but now I’m captivated with his paintings of landscapes and nature. That’s the beauty of art. It should continuously intrigue you.

  • Louis Segovia
    Reply

    Does David Najar do VIP cruises?

  • SABRINA NIXON
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    I own Lavender Day by D.Najar I remember seeing it for the first time a peace came over me I thought in my mind you have to have it, so I bought it and when I come home from work stressed and depressed I sit on my sofa and stare at my painting and my whole body just relax what a feeling so THANK YOU.

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