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“without perfume yet red as a rose”

 

In my New Mexico home the wildflower known as Indian Paintbrush found just the right conditions to take up residence. It’s no easy feat to cultivate the growth of this wild scarlet and orange flower that, in fact, does resemble a free-form paintbrush. Good luck propagating this flower. Seeds are available commercially but it is anything but guaranteed to succeed.

It has very specific requirements and is a true wildflower requiring no human intervention to grow where it wills. Transplanting an Indian Paintbrush does not work as it is a parasitic plant attaching its roots to the roots of other plants and deriving water from them. So it was to my amazement that my specimens spread prolifically all over my land, increasing its range each year.  Here is one of several artworks I’ve created on this unique, complex and truly wild botanical wonder!

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Indian Paintbrush, mixed media, copyright 2014, Douglas Moorezart, all rights reserved

There are multiple legends about the origins of this remarkable beauty. One such legend is shared in Tomie dePaola’s children’s book the…

…’Legend of the Indian Paintbrush“.  This is the story of a young Indian boy who did not fit in his society’s assigned role as warrior. Today I suppose he would be labeled “special needs“.  Eventually, he finds his place as an artist. (Hooray for that!)  And as you might guess, this eventually leads to the origin of the Indian Paintbrush flower. But I’m not giving away the punchline! Here is a 5 minute version of the story by Tomie dePaola:


This striking perennial is honored by poet A.V. Hudson,

 

“A strange little flower with a sun-kissed nose,

without perfume yet red as a rose.

Did some Indian maiden plant you here

in the footprint left by the hoof of a deer?”

 

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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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“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; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit. When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all incumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. 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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“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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“…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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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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“in those darkest hours, we must light our individual candles rather than…”

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“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out” – Collier, photograph by Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

“in those darkest hours, we must light our individual candles rather than vying with others to call attention to the enveloping darkness. Our indignation about injustice should lead to illumination”

“Men’s and nations’ finest hour consist of those moments when extraordinary challenge is met by extraordinary response. Hence in those darkest hours, we must light our individual candles rather than vying with others to call attention to the enveloping darkness. Our indignation about injustice should lead to illumination, for if it does not, we are only adding to the despair-and the moment of gravest danger is when there is so little light that darkness seems normal!”

— Neal A. Maxwell


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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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“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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“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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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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No Yesterdays

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No Yesterdays – D. Moorezart, c 2016, all rights reserved

 

“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

 

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“A dreamer is one who”

Moonlit Night, Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2015, http://fineartamerica.com/featured/moonlit-night-douglas-moorezart.html
Moonlit Night – D. Moorezart, c 2016, all rights reserved

 

“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”
— Oscar Wilde
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The Imitation Quotient

 

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Imitation Quotient – D. Moorezart, c 2016, all rights reserved

 

“Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.”

– Oscar Wilde


“At first, art imitates life. Then life will imitate art.Then life will find its very existence from the arts.”

— Fyodor Dostoevsky

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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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Last Morning of Spring

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Last Spring Morning – D. Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved


“Summertime is always the best of
what might be.”

— Charles Bowden

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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

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.”

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“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.”

Oscar Wilde, English, playwright


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“… there is too much interest in what an artist has to say. Or what she or he looks like, instead of what she or he does.”

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“I think, there is too much interest in what an artist has to say. Or what she or he looks like, instead of what she or he does.”

Candida Hofer, German, photographer



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“The new job of art is to sit on the wall and get more expensive.”

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“The new job of art is to sit on the wall and get more expensive.”

— Robert Hughes, Australian, writer, art critic


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“Photography pretends. You can see everything that’s in front of the camera, but there’s always…”

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“Photography pretends. You can see everything that’s in front of the camera, but there’s always something beside it.”

Thomas Ruff, German, photographer


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“A word is worth a thousand images.”

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“A word is worth a thousand images.”

Andreas Gursky, German, photographer


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“Poetry is an awareness of the world, a particular way of relating to reality.”

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“Poetry is an awareness of the world, a particular way of relating to reality.”

— Andrei Tarkovsky, writer, director, Russian, from Sculpting in Time


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“… I felt like they had really changed how all of us were perceiving the world.”

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“It seems to me important to make images of these people who are always hiding on the other side of the camera. Because I felt like they had really changed how all of us were perceiving the world.”

Abe Frajndlich, photographer, from the publication “Penelope’s Hungry Eyes”, a collection of photos of photographers


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