Who is the Dark Bird and where does he fly?

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Bold, mystical and outsider.  He paints at the Flea(market). In his Dark Bird Palace.  Kelly Moore is one of my favorite contemporary artists and one with whom I’ve had the pleasure to meet and talk with for quite a while.  We are lucky to own a Dark Bird painting of our own and I decided to pay homage to him in my journal for the Art-Journal-Journey challenge this month (with my own bits of color thrown in with colored pencil on gesso.) Do check him out, and his writing and his lovely wife Kat Livengood and her amazing wild horse photos.


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Kelly is one cool dark bird to me.



  1. Love, love, love your dark bird and the strong colours you have used, just beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Art Journal Journey again! Hugs, Valerie

  2. Great effect with the colored pencils on gesso. Love it!

  3. kampysgirl says:

    Very cool dark bird! digging that background Corrine! xo

  4. Seriously love your idea of Dark Bird, mysterious, wise and still.

  5. Bet he’d LOVE that. He does interesting stuff….thanks.

  6. Gorgeous journal page! Love your striking bird … dark and mysterious. Totally cool Corrine.

  7. A wonderful spread Corinne… fantastic dark bird, I love those fantastic layering and the depth in this piece and thank you for introducing me to dark birds studio- great page and the images his wife does are also gorgeous!
    Great to see you again at Art Journal Journey!

  8. i really love your dark bird and i also enjoyed your links very much! thanks for the info!

  9. he is one dark bird but with a silver lining! I love his work and check out his new posts weekly. but I love your dark bird too it has a little sunlite in it and makes me smile

  10. Thanks for the visit to Kelly’s place, Corrine! You work does indeed pay homage to him, yet speaks from your own place. I love your dark bird even though I know not where he flies. But, I do get to imagine that place in my own mind!

  11. Loving your dark bird. His contrast body against your pages is ideal.

  12. I love the stories behind your art – makes them even more wonderful!

  13. wow,this its great bird,love trhe effect with poencil and gessoi.

    xxx Jeannette

  14. You have spotlighted this artist before and I was also drawn to his art. But I like your bird, too. What fascinated me was how intense the colored pencils were. I could understand it if they were watercolor pencils, but this was incredible. Must have had something to do with the gesso. Great job.

  15. Oh I love this piece, quite a favourite!

  16. I have something with dark birds, Corrine,- They are beautiful, but I don`t like them. only the little Blackbird ,living here in my garden- and then this showed here, he is quiet and wonderful ! Living here most of the year, but maybe he is also visiting you !!
    Dorthe xoxo

  17. Gorgeous spread! I love gessoed textures too 🙂

  18. Great painty background and I like the simplified bird shape – Cool!

  19. Love this page!!! So very rich!

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