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“The ideal place for me is the one in which it is most natural to…”

“The ideal place for me is the one in which it is most natural to live as a foreigner.”

-Italo Calvino

Promenade, copyright 2017, Douglas Moorezart, all rights reserved

 

 

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“a world where there are Octobers”

 

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Through The Island Forest by Douglas MooreZart – copyright 2016, all rights reserved. Original Fine Art Prints By Douglas MooreZart

 


“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables


In the mountains of southern California there is a lake with an island in its midst. Outside this island a majority of trees were consumed in a forest fire in 2003 (The infamous Cedar Fire).   Many of the trees had stood 200-300 or more years. But on the lake’s island you can still walk through a landscape of beautiful ancient oak and pine trees. On a fall day, as I walked the island’s edges, I came upon this spot-  a still standing glorious ancient survivor.  Autumn perfection – Fall color surrounds, the air is crisp and clear, migratory birds call above and the sun rests on the horizon.

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“When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then”

“When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.”

– William Least Heat Moon


“No Yesterdays”, original photography, Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, Prints Available Here

 

 

 

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When they awoke each morning, they turned their teacups right side up saying “I’m still here!”

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“I was once told that certain spiritual masters in Tibet used to set their teacups upside down before they went to bed each night as a reminder that all life was impermanent.

Fall Equinox, original photo by Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserve

And then, when they awoke each morning, they turned their teacups right side up again with the happy thought, ‘I’m still here!‘ This simple gesture was a wonderful reminder to celebrate every moment of the day.”

Susan Jeffers, Embracing Uncertainty


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“Probe the earth to see where your main roots run.”

 

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Idyll- D. Moorezart c 2017, all rights reserved

“I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day… So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run. ”

― Henry David Thoreau

 

 

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“Life is made up of a collection of moments that are not ours to keep”

The Blue Line, original photography by Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

“Life is made up of a collection of moments that are not ours to keep”

— Rachel Brathen

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“We need time to lose interest in things.”

“She told him she liked the idea of slowness in general.  So many things go so fast, she said.  We need time to lose interest in things.”

— Don DeLillo, Point Omega

Coming Going – D.Moorezart, c 2017, all rights reserved

“Coming Going” – photography, Douglas Moorezart, c 2017, all rights reserved.

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“It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend”

“Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend”

Sarah Ban Breathnach

Within our garden in the high mountains of New Mexico is a 150 year old Pinyon tree.  Our first few years here we made a twice daily pilgrimage to sit beneath this beautiful tree — folding chair in one hand, espresso in the other.

We end up here in time to see the sun rise and the night’s mist vanish.  And in book-end symmetry at sunset we sit silent observers of the distant mountains set beneath an O’Keeffe sky of crimson, orange and purple.

One day a question arrived.  How about more permanent ‘season ticket seating’?  How about an old-fashioned tree swing? How about that branch there?  But it’s old like us and might break. Perhaps an arbor to support it – a little insurance.

Arbor done, swing hung, but something was missing. It needs some color doesn’t it?  Many colors had potential. All were considered and it took some time to settle on just one. The final choice of vibrant yellow worked perfectly, poetically.

All elements in balance now and for 310 days a year (give or take), this swing seems to levitate in the rising and setting sun, like a magic carpet….two performances daily.


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The Yellow Swing – photography by  Douglas MooreZart – Fine Art Prints

 

 


 

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Emerald Twilight: “Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints.”

Emerald Twilight - mixed media, copyright 2017, all rights reserved, Douglas Moorezart
Emerald Twilight – mixed media, copyright 2017, all rights reserved, Douglas Moorezart

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“Take only memories,
leave nothing but footprints.”

-Chief Seattle

 


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” Will it be here… a place which will not elude us ? “

On the Edge – original photography by Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

“Will it be here that we shall find a place
which will not elude us, or which if it remains
does not exert on us a culpable attraction?

Or must we, leaning over the deck and
watching the shores glide by,
move forever onward?”

― André Gide, Urien’s Voyage
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“There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which… “

Succulent Garden – mixed media, copyright 2017, all rights reserved, Douglas Moorezart

 

“There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet.”

-William Frederick Halsey, Jr.

 

 

 

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Missions of California: “One of the most important things you can do on this earth is …”

 

Mission San Rafael Arcangel, mixed media, c 2017, all rights reserved, D. Moorezart
Mission San Rafael Arcangel, mixed media, c 2017, all rights reserved, D. Moorezart

“One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.”

― Shannon L. Alder

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” … but they have never found these dangers sufficient reasons for staying ashore.”


Point Reyes, D. Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

“The fisherman knows that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reasons for staying ashore.”

— Vincent van Gogh


 

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“The cure for anything…”

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Wave, acrylic on paper, D. Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

 

“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.”

– Isak Dinesen


 

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“life’s fast pace slows”

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Blue Rose – D. Moorezart, c 2017, all rights reserved

As purple streaks the sky, life’s fast pace slows,
and day begins to drift into the night.
To one who stands alone my long gaze goes.
Unique and lovely is the bluest rose.

– Andrea Dietrich

 

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“in a world which is doing its best… to make you like everybody else”

Unnoticed – D. Moorezart, c 2017, all rights reserved

“To be nobody but yourself in a world
which is doing its best day and night
to make you like everybody else
means to fight the hardest battle
which any human being can fight
and never stop fighting.”

― E.E. Cummings

 

 

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“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness…”

Dark and Light - D. Moorezart, c 2017, all rights reserved
Dark and Light – D. Moorezart, c 2017, all rights reserved

“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”

– Mary Oliver


 

 

 

 

 

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“I discovered that my dream had become… my address.”

Sogno di Cartoline d’Italia– D. Moorezart, c 2017, all rights reserved

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“When I went to Venice, I discovered that my dream had become- incredibly, but quite simply- my address.”

Marcel Proust

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“However vast the darkness we must supply our own light”

 

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Coastal Ramblings – D. Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

 

“However vast the darkness we must supply our own light”

— Stanley Kubrick

 

 

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“A poet is a verb that…”

 

Full Moon Oak, Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved
Full Moon Oak, Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

“A poet is a verb that blossoms light
in gardens of dawn,
or sometimes midnight.”

― Aberjhani

 

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“moments pass as though they wished to stay”

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Flaxen Ephemera – D. Moorezart, c 2017

“So moments pass as though
they wished to stay.
We have not long to love.
A night. A day….”

― Tennessee Williams, The Collected Poems

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“…we’ve no money for butter”

“…When I am an old woman I shall wear purple, With a red hat which doesn’t go and doesn’t suit me, And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves, And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter”

— Jenny Joseph

Sage in my Garden - Douglas Moorezart, c 2015, prints: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/purple-garden-douglas-moorezart.html
Purple – Douglas Moorezart, c 2015


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“There is a crack in everything, That’s how the light gets in.”

 

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Forest Light – Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

 

There is a crack in everything,
That’s how the light gets in.


~Leonard Cohen

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No Turning Back

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Study/Stairs of Firenze – D. Moorezart, c 2017

“How do you move on? You move on when your heart finally understands that there is no turning back.”

– J.R.R. Tolkein


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Suffering is Optional

Buddha Thoughts, copyright 2017, all rights reserved, Douglas Moorezart

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“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

–Buddha

 

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“summer to your heart”

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Summer to Your Heart, c 2017, all rights reserved, Douglas Moorezart

 

I know I am but summer to your heart (Sonnet XXVII)

I know I am but summer to your heart,
And not the full four seasons of the year;
And you must welcome from another part
Such noble moods as are not mine, my dear.
No gracious weight of golden fruits to sell
Have I, nor any wise and wintry thing;
And I have loved you all too long and well
To carry still the high sweet breast of Spring.
Wherefore I say: O love, as summer goes,
I must be gone, steal forth with silent drums,
That you may hail anew the bird and rose
When I come back to you, as summer comes.
Else will you seek, at some not distant time,
Even your summer in another clime.

Edna St. Vincent Millay

 

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Daily Illuminations

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Daily Illuminations – painting, Douglas Moorezart, c 2017, all rights reserved < click image for prints >

“What is the meaning of life? That was all- a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years, the great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead, there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark; here was one.”

― Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
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Spanish Harlem

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Spanish Harlem – Douglas Moorezart, c 2017, all rights reserved


“Spanish Harlem”

There is a rose in Spanish Harlem
A red rose up in Spanish Harlem

It is the special one, it’s never seen the sun
It only comes out when the moon is on the run
And all the stars are gleaming
It’s growing in the street
Right up through the concrete
But soft and sweet and dreaming

– Ben E. King


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“Music was my refuge”

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Street Musicians, D. Moorezart, c 2017, all rights reserved

 

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”

― Maya Angelou

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“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”

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Snowy Path – Douglas Moorezart, c 2017 all rights reserved

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”

― John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America


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“I don’t enjoy surprises that compel me to renegotiate my relationship with the past.”

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Resistance is Futile – Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

“I don’t enjoy surprises that compel me to renegotiate my relationship with the past.”

― Adib Khan, Spiral Road

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“it can start with just the tiniest quiet moment.”

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Quiet Moments – Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved

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“All of our great traditions, religious, contemplative and artistic, say that you must a learn how to be alone – and have a relationship with silence. It is difficult, but it can start with just the tiniest quiet moment.”

— David Whyte

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“The Wrong shall fail, the Right prevail, With peace on earth, good-will to men!”

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The Christmas Bridge (a painting, PRINTS Here) – Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved

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“The Wrong shall fail,
the Right prevail,
With peace on earth,
good-will to men!”

― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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“In still moments by the sea…we can see into ourselves.”

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The Path Down- Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved

“In still moments by the sea life seems large-drawn and simple. It is there we can see into ourselves.”

― Rolf Edberg

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“You are protected, in short, by your ability to love!”

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Vintage Cosmos – Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved. (Available as prints)

“You are protected, in short, by your ability to love!”

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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“The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will …”

Reticent Sunflower - Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved
Reticent Sunflower – Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved

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“The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.”

– Aldous Huxley

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“What is the meaning of life? That was all- a simple question”

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Pigeon Point Lighthouse – Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved

“What is the meaning of life? That was all-a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years, the great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead, there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark; here was one.”

― Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse


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“Take care of all your memories”

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Beneath the Wisteria – Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved

“Take care of all your memories.
For you cannot relive them”

— Bob Dylan



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“it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed”

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Autumn Afternoon – D. Moorezart, c 2016, all rights reserved

“But when fall comes, kicking summer out … it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.”

― Stephen King, Salem’s Lot

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“the two most beautiful words in the English language”

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“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”

Henry James


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220 Years of Respite

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220 Years of Respite – D. Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved

On my travels along the California coast this year I retreated from the 100 degree heat and the endless, unrelenting freeways into this otherworldly house of worship – the San Luis Rey Mission in Oceanside, California.

Here it is cool and still and with one step past the threshold the outside world simply ceases to exist. Here time stands still and the rarefied ambiance of 220 years takes over my being. One lone man sits in midday prayer before me.

Some time later, my being in balance, I depart through the church doors and, as I do, I recall the opening lyrics of the Elton John song “60 Years On”.

Who’ll walk me down to church when I’m sixty years of age
When the ragged dog they gave me has been ten years in the grave
And señorita plays guitar, plays it just for you
My rosary has broken and my beads have all slipped through.

— Bernie Taupin

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“We need hope, the sense of a future”

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Blue Hope – Douglas Moorezart, c 2016, all rights reserved

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“To live on a day-to-day basis is insufficient for human beings;

we need to transcend, transport, escape; we need meaning,

understanding, and explanation; we need to see over-all patterns

in our lives. We need hope, the sense of a future. And we need

freedom (or, at least, the illusion of freedom) to get beyond ourselves,

whether with telescopes and microscopes and our ever-burgeoning

technology, or in states of mind that allow us to travel to other worlds,

to rise above our immediate surroundings.”

— Oliver Sacks

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“The sea answers all questions”

 

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Seaside –  Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved

“The sea answers all questions…

…and always in the same way; for when you read in the papers
the interminable discussions and the bickering and the
prognostications and the turmoil, the disagreements and the
fateful decisions and agreements and the plans and the
programs and the threats and the counter threats, then you
close your eyes and the sea dispatches one more big roller
in the unbroken line since the beginning of the world and it
combs and breaks and returns foaming and saying:
“So soon?”
— E. B. White, “On A Florida Key”

 

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“you only get so many days on the planet”

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Pacific Crest Sunrise – Douglas Moorezart, c 2016, all right reserved

 

“You only get one sunrise and one sunset a day, and you only get so many days on the planet. A good photographer does the math and doesn’t waste either.”

―Galen Rowel

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Still Life to Go

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Still Life to Go – D. Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved

 

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After the Tourists are Gone

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After the Tourists are Gone – D. Moorezart, c 2016

“Once you have traveled…the mind can never break off from the journey.”

― Pat Conroy

“Everywhere in the world there are tensions – economic, political, religious. So we need chocolate.”

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Alain Ducasse, Le Chocolat

“Everywhere in the world there are tensions – economic, political, religious. So we need chocolate.”

Alain Ducasse, French, chef, cooking, food


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The Invisible Judge: “Men… can’t tell the truth… so we tell stories.”

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“Men are only men. They can’t tell the truth—not even to each other.”

“We all want to forget something, so we tell stories. It’s easier that way.”

Commoner (Kichijirô Ueda ) from Rashomon, 1950, directed by Akira Kurosawa, 50 Greatest Films – British Film Insitute.

The word “Rashomon” has become a byword for any situation in which the truth of an event is difficult to verify due to the conflicting accounts of different witnesses.

  That’s what art is. It penetrates your intellect and mind… you’re reacting from your own persona on it. And that’s what gives it the power.”

Director Robert Altman on Rashomon for Criterion

“When one sees a film…you see very specific things. You see a tree, you see a sword… you take that… as truth.

But in this film you take as truth and then you find out that it is not necessarily true. And…

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“A painting is not a picture of an experience, but is the experience.”

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“A painting is not a picture of an experience, but is the experience.”

Mark Rothko, painter


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“A negative is never finished.”

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“A negative is never finished.”

Sigmar Polke, German, painter, photographer


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“Art maybe the only space where an individual can be utterly free to question himself, as well as… “

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“Art maybe the only space where an individual can be utterly free to question himself, as well as his relationship to his God”

Anselm Kiefer, German, painter


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“The painter locks himself out of his own studio. And then has to break in like a thief.”

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“The painter locks himself out of his own studio. And then has to break in like a thief.”

Jackson Pollock, painter


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