Holiday — The Dark Bird Palace

The Superhero and I just returned from visiting close friends in Ojo Caliente, NM.  We had a marvelous trip  spending time with out friends and seeing the sights in Taos and Santa Fe, but my first tidbit takes place at the Tesuque Flea Market where we got a chance to meet one of my favorite artists Kelly Moore.  I wanted to meet him after we brought “dark bird sign” into our home.  You can read the story of the Dark Bird Palace on his website.

IMG_2606Kelly’s Dark Bird Palace is where he paints and it is a fantastic, mystical trip to the cosmos and beyond with many a dark bird to lead the way.  He was most gracious and funny and philosophical about what he paints, why he paints and energetics in the universe.  By the time we left, two more paintings were coming home with us which I will share when they arrive.

Here is a fun shot of Kelly in front of a painting in progress with the Superhero and me.


The desert certainly inspired me to think about expanses of sky in a different way.  The view from our friends front porch, perched on a hillside up against a mesa was more than awe-inspiring and the sunsets were spectacular.


As was the sun hitting the hills behind their home..


After meeting Kelly, we ventured into Santa Fe to meet his partner Kat Livengood and see the winter studio.  Kat is a marvelous photographer and captures the energy of the wild mustangs.  The Superhero was moved by a photo called Ghost Mustangs…which you can see here .  I loved another called God’s Filling Station which you can see here.  The idea of being fueled by the ultimate spirit is a soulful one to say the least. And her donkey Good Heart made my heart melt. And finally the handsome Romeo in the photo called Waiting….

Quite the visit to two wonderful artists made the holiday all the more special.  More to come…


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26 Responses to “Holiday — The Dark Bird Palace”

  1. Valerie-Jael May 22, 2014 at 1:31 pm #

    Looks like you had a fantastic time – what a beautiful place, I would love to take photos there, too! Great painting from KM, too. Hugs, Valerie

  2. Jo Murray May 22, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

    What a wonderful adventure, in a beautiful location. Thanks for the links…lovely stuff.

  3. PamelaArts May 22, 2014 at 1:35 pm #

    Wow! Looks like a fabulous trip. Loved the photos. Did you go to Guadalupe’s Fun Rubber Stamp shop in Santa Fe?

  4. Judy Shea May 22, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

    Just beautiful… all of it. Great trip.

  5. deb May 22, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

    Thanks so much for sharing Corrine. Beautiful pictures all! While you were away i finally posted my yogurt cups! Cannot wait to see more art from you perhaps inspired from your trip! Hugs! deb

  6. Connie Rose May 22, 2014 at 3:40 pm #

    How fun! I adore the desert — enjoy it for me, too! xo

  7. NancyLee May 22, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

    I’m glad you had a good time.
    The dark bird picture is wonderful!
    I would have bought that too.
    It “says” so much without a word!

  8. jan2bratt May 22, 2014 at 3:49 pm #

    I’m glad you were able to get away and refresh your soul after that long cold winter. Hope that sun warmed you down to the bone! I shall go check all the links you provided.

  9. jan2bratt May 22, 2014 at 4:48 pm #

    Oh! Fantastic art by both artists! I have not been aware of them before, book marking their sites, thanks for sharing.

  10. sheila 77 May 22, 2014 at 6:07 pm #

    Lovely to read of life in a very different part of the world (one with sun for a start) and good to see both you and Superhero. That’s a great bird picture.

  11. aga May 23, 2014 at 4:24 am #

    wow, Corrine what a magical and inspiring holiday. Thank you for sharing your trip, memories and great art made by great and inspiring artists!

  12. Kay Wallace May 23, 2014 at 10:02 am #

    What a wonderful, not to mention renewing, trip, Corrine! The art you have shared here is full of soul and spirit, and I love it!

  13. froebelsternchen May 23, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

    Seems you had a fantastic time there…looks all fascinating!

  14. Terrie Purkey May 23, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

    Beautiful pics – makes me miss the southwest a bit. We lived in AZ for a couple years with similar views and dynamite sunsets. Though so VERY different from the NW, we grew to love the spare landscape, the dramatic light and the consistently sunny days (as I look out at rain today!). Browsed those horse photos and OMG, they are stunning. Amazing work! Thanks so much for sharing.

  15. Jackie P Neal May 23, 2014 at 8:29 pm #

    Oh Corrine! How wonderful for you and super hero!! Your photos are gorgeous and leave me in awe! Glad you are having a great time and look forward to viewing the art that you will create from such inspirations!! hugsxo

  16. jill eudaly May 24, 2014 at 6:19 am #

    Love that part of the world. Nice art and so nice to meet the artist behind it. I am now also a fan of Kelly’s.

  17. Dorthe May 24, 2014 at 10:27 am #

    So much you have seen and experienced on your trip, Corrine.
    Must have been very interesting visiting your artist-friend ,and seing his place. The photoes from his partner are so beautiful all,I think, and so are the ones you took yourself, Such gorgeous places.

  18. Kris May 24, 2014 at 10:28 am #

    Sounds like a really great trip. I have a friend that lives in Taos and while visiting her she took me to Ojo and many of the magical places near there. It was rather surreal for me. Thanks for bringing that peace of mind back to me…rather refreshing. I think more people should go visit there. It’s a treasure. I am looking forward to seeing the other art you purchased!

  19. Katrina Calice May 24, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

    Looks and sounds like a wonderful time!

  20. Marjie Kemper May 24, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

    Sounds like a wonderful trip, and how special to meet someone who so inspires you. I love the photos… the sky is amazing!

  21. Bleubeard and Elizabeth May 25, 2014 at 3:56 am #

    Incredible art and photos. Glad you had a great time and brought home wonderful memories and paintings, too!

  22. ~*~Patty Szymkowicz Magpie's Nest May 25, 2014 at 9:35 am #

    Great photos of your special trip and adventures…
    definitely a part of the country we plan to visit someday!
    Happy Weekend to you!

  23. ~*~Patty Szymkowicz Magpie's Nest May 25, 2014 at 9:38 am #

    clicked on Kelly Moore’s link and WOWEE what a cool cool environment … tfs!

  24. Pia Rom May 25, 2014 at 4:44 pm #

    Oh Corrinne Kelly Moore´s art is truely wonderful and speaks to my heart too 🙂 No wonder you bought some paintings from him and I can´t wait to see which one you choose 🙂 I enjoy your beautiful photos and it seems you have had a great time!! ♥ Conny
    Piaroms Art Journaling

  25. Karen Isaacson May 30, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    How cool that you got to meet Kelly Moore. I’ve been a fan of his work for a while. Exciting that you’ve got some originals to hang on your walls.

  26. Linda Vincent May 31, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

    What a fabulous trip! Lovely photos too…… you definitely deserved a relaxing break 🙂 x

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