“The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.”

The story behind my painting “The Christmas Bridge”

A few years ago we had a unexpected snow storm on Christmas Eve.

Two weeks in the making, we had already sent invitations in advance to a host of our closest friends.  “Join us for a very special Christmas dinner!” we promised.

The storm as it turned was insurmountable and dangerous and so it became impossible for our friends to reach us.

And so we sat, the two of us, with a king’s ransom of dinner, lights, music, desserts and unopened gifts – feeling, well a bit empty. Our special evening didn’t seem quite so, well, special.

We sat, eggnogs calming, candles burning, the blue twilight casting something magical across the little bridge out the front window.


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

Nothing had changed really. The bridge into our house stood steadfast, waiting for our guests to arrive, not seeming concerned about the turn of events in the slightest. And it would, it promised, continue waiting each and every day. That was its purpose, its reason for being after all.


The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.

― Eric Hoffer


That evening we agreed that this small unassuming bridge represented, to us, friendship. Friendship which remains true whatever challenges come along.

I wish for each and every one of you (who have so kindly blessed me with your comments and visits) successful arithmetic this season. That you can find blessings to count. Perhaps even some that at first don’t seem especially so.

— Douglas

“It’s always summer somewhere.”

“It’s always summer somewhere.”

– Lilly Pulitzer

 

Hollyhocks, watercolor and pen, D. Moorezart, c 2018, all rights reserved.

“Sometimes the very best of all summer books is…”

“Sometimes the very best of all summer books

is

a blank notebook.”

Michael Dirda

 


Lifeguard, mixed media, D. Moorezart, c 2018, all rights reserved

 

“When you stop searching and you calm down and you put your books away, and you confront yourself… “

“When you stop searching and you calm down and you put your books away, and you confront yourself and see what you are all about, that will bring about bliss faster than anything you can ever imagine or ever do.”

Robert Adams, photographer


Koi Pond 9, Watercolor, Pencil, Gouache, D. Moorezart, c 2018, all rights reserved

 

 

 

 

“the heart’s memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good, and that…”

“He was still too young to know that the heart’s memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good, and that thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burden of the past.”

― Gabriel García Márquez


Memories of Naples, (fantasies on vintage Italian postcards), watercolor, Douglas Moorezart, c 2018

“Some of the best memories are made in flip flops.”

Wild Sunflowers, acrylic on paper, c 2017, all rights reserved, D. Moorezart
Wild Sunflowers, acrylic on paper, c 2017, all rights reserved, D. Moorezart

“Some of the best memories are made in flip flops.”

» Kellie Elmore


 

“Artists… need to be left alone to follow the course of their own imagination.”

Artists with serious aspirations need to be left alone to follow the course of their own imagination.

Robert Genn


Studio Couch, mixed media on paper, copyright 2018, D. Moorezart, all rights reserved.

In my studio the onlooking “studio couch” continually asks me to step back, take a break and see what’s happened so far. Not to fall down a rabbit hole and get distorted in purpose.

To reflect, to consider, to put on another pair of eyes for a while. Sit a spell.

— D. M

“Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine.”

 

“Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine.”

Alexander Smith, Dreamthorp: Essays written in the Country (1863).-


“The wisteria was especially lovely in my garden this year. As I painted just outside my front door I remembered this wonderful line from the Scottish poet Alexander Smith. It states perfectly how I feel as I meditate in this sun dappled spot.”

Douglas


 

Wisteria Arbor, Oil on Canvas, Douglas Moore, c 2018, all rights reserved
Wisteria Arbor, Oil on Canvas, Douglas Moorezart, c 2018, all rights reserved

“A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than…”


“A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more
than the metaphysics of books.”

Walt Whitman


Cold Morning Light - An Original Painting. Click image for Fine Art Prints - Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2014
Cold Morning Light –  Painting, Click image for Fine Art Prints – Douglas Moore, copyright 2018

Coy-Koi, secrets spring to life

 

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hints beneath the ice

wintered without food or light

secrets spring to life
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d.w.m.

 

Koi, painting – oil on panel, Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2018, all rights reserved

Who’s There? / “Rescue dogs are the best dogs!!”


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“Rescue dogs are the best dogs!!”

Chris Evans, actor, twitter feed on National Pet Day, April 11, 2018

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“Who’s There?” (Breugel and Bella), oil on canvas, Douglas Moore, copyright 2015, all rights reserved

click image to enlarge

Breugel (left) and Bella — our rescue family shortly after adoption.  Getting to know one another as bonds form. What else could I call this painting but “Who’s There?”

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.”

“You can cut all the flowers but

you cannot keep spring from coming.”

Pablo Neruda

 


 

Prints

Dawn Across the Garden, painting, Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2018, all rights reserved

“Earth laughs in flowers.”

“Earth laughs in flowers.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 


Prints

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Painting by Douglas Moorezart, “Sunflowers and Cosmos”,  copyright 2018, all rights reserved

 

 

“no one has to explain a daffodil”

“Picasso said

that no one has to explain a daffodil.

Good design is understandable

to virtually everybody.

You never have to ask why.”

 

Hugh Newell Jacobsen


Daffodils in My Window - Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2018, all rights reserved
Daffodils in My Window – painting, Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2018, all rights reserved

Prints

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“Free to Wander Wherever They Choose”

“Elsewhere the sky is the roof of the world;

but here the earth was the floor of the sky.”

― Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop

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One and one-half wandering Jews
Free to wander wherever they choose
Are traveling together
In the Sangre de Christo
The Blood of Christ Mountains
Of New Mexico
On the last leg of a journey
They started a long time ago
The arc of a love affair
Rainbows in the high desert air
Mountain passes
Slipping into stone
Hearts and bones

Paul Simon, Hearts and Bones

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Rio Grande Gorge Bridge and Sangre de Cristo Mountains, painting, Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2018, all rights reserved

PRINTS

“Winter… Something waits beneath it”

 

“I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter.  Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.”

Andrew Wyeth, American, painter

 

The promise of seed, painting, Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

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

Prints available here


 

“Take only memories,
leave nothing but footprints.”

-Chief Seattle

 


“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?”

 

“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.

 

 

 

First Sight

At First Sight, Watercolor/Mixed Media, Douglas Moorezart,, copyright 2017, all rights reserved
At First Sight, Watercolor/Mixed Media, Douglas Moorezart,, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

“For it is up to you and me…
to create the everlasting
from fleeting moments.”

― Sanober Khan

“The past is never where you think you left it.”

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Chinese Vase with Daffodils, oil on canvas, D. Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

“The past is never
where you think you left it.”

― Katherine Anne Porter

“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


 

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

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

Prints available here


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

Marcel Proust

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

“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

“wild, free, spontaneous”

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Poppies Nocturne Study – D. Moorezart, c 2016, all rights reserved

For myself I hold no preferences among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous. Bricks to all greenhouses! Black thumb and cutworm to the potted plant! “

~Edward Abbey

Desert Mission

Anza Borrego Desert Church - Fine Art Print - Douglas MooreZart

Anza Borrego Desert Church – Fine Art Prints available at link – Douglas MooreZart

St. Richards Catholic Church turned 60 last spring.  I’ve created a fine art print above to capture how striking this humble Borrego Springs mission style church appears before the looming Santa Rosa mountains.

The background story:

1940s – No road, no telephone, just a name

Borrego Springs, California was barely connected to the outside world in the 1940s.  There were dirt roads, no telephones, no outside electricity.  The Catholic Church purchased land for the church site naming it the  “de Anza Catholic mission,” after Juan Bautista de Anza, the early Spanish explorer who traversed the Borrego Valley in 1774.

1950s  – Volunteers, money, new name

Built by volunteers and financed by 16 local Catholic families the church was completed in April, 1954. It’s final name –  St. Richard Catholic Church.

1960 – Fire! send for help from Julian!

In 1960 the church survived a fire but was severely damaged.  State park rangers and local residents fought the flames with garden hoses for over an hour until State Forestry fire equipment from the mountain community of  Julian, California arrived – a 31 mile trip.   After repairs the church was reopened.

1970 – 2001  How about some stained glass?

sarah hallIn the 1970s Julian, California glass artist James Hubbell installed windows along the side of the church.  In 2001, world-renowned stained glass artist Sarah Hall, using glass from France and Germany, created an 8′ by 8′ foot stained glass window behind the church altar, illuminating the darkest part of the sanctuary.




“put it on canvas as fast as possible.”


“The important thing is to remember what most impressed you and to put it on canvas as fast as possible.

Pierre Bonnard, painter

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Salvia and Coreopsis – Original Art and Fine Art Prints – Douglas Moorezart