“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

“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


 

“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

 

 

“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