“Art is the funnel, as it were, through which spirit is poured into life.”

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“Art is the funnel,
as it were,
through which spirit is poured into life.”

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Thomas Mann

Featured photo: Douglas Moorezart


Earth Day 2019: “The earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth…”

“The earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”

Chief Seattle

Photo: NASA

“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

“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

Suffering is Optional

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

Prints available here


“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

–Buddha

 

“Art is long, and Time is fleeting.”

 

The Poppy Fades  – D. Moorezart, c 2018, all rights reserved

Art is long, and Time is fleeting.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“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

“I’ve never met an ordinary woman”


“I’ve never met an ordinary woman”

Joseph Campbell


Arcimboldo’s Muse, photography by Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2018, all rights reserved

“To the predators…. I say to you, ‘You can choose your sin but you don’t get to choose the consequences. To the victims …I see you. I believe you …and I’m listening’ ”

— Viola Davis, Variety, October 2017


“In the fall, I believe again in poetry”

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“In the fall, I believe again in poetry, if nothing else it is a movement of the mind.”

— Jaakko  Ahokas

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Summer Sunset in my Garden, photography by D. Moorezart, c 2018, all rights reserved

“It’s always summer somewhere.”

“It’s always summer somewhere.”

– Lilly Pulitzer

 

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

“Each life needs its own quiet place.”

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

 “Each life needs its own quiet place.”

– Melody Beattie


 

 

 

 

 

“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

“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

“Follow your bliss… doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”

 

“If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living… Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”

Joseph Campbell
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San Juan Capistrano, D.M,  c 2018

” 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

No. 16 – Wish You Were Here

No. 16 - Wish You Were Here - D. Moorezart, copyright 2015 - PRINTS: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/no-16-wish-you-were-here-douglas-moorezart.html
No. 16 – Wish You Were Here – Original photography by Douglas  Moorezart, copyright 2017. all rights reserved. Prints are available by clicking the image above.

Good retro morning to all from somewhere in Los Angeles, California!

Photo Dedicated to Ms. W. on the East Coast!

“…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


“Some of us aren’t meant to belong. Some of us have to turn the world upside down…”

 

“Some of us aren’t meant to belong.
Some of us have to turn the world upside down
and shake the hell out of it until we
make our own place in it.”

― Elizabeth Lowell, Remember Summer

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Days of Summer, photography by Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

 

“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


 

Father’s Day: “it matters who I remember he was”

 

 

It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.

— Anne Sexton

 

 

“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

“If a June night could talk…”

 

 “If a June night could talk, it would probably
boast it invented romance”

~Bern Williams


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Beauty Sleep – Douglas Moorezart, c 2016, all rights reserved

“If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass…”


“If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass,
you live more richly those moments.”
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— Anne Morrow Lindbergh


Mindful – D. Moorezart, c 2018, all rights reserved

 

 

“We all carry, inside us, people who came before us.”

 


 

“We all carry, inside us, people who came before us.”

― David Mitchell, The Cloud Atlas

 


Ancestors – Douglas Moorezart, c 2018, all rights reserved

Coy-Koi, secrets spring to life

 

coy-koi

 

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

Every Weed a Flower Somewhere

Every Weed
a Flower Somewhere

here, a trampled weed
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dismissed, dreaming hopeful seed
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there, a flower freed
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d.w.moore

 

Wild Coneflowers, photography – Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2015, all rights reserved

 

“We… arrive where we started, And know the place for the first time.”


We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding


New Year, D. Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved