Spirit of Horse Blog

Inspirations and Insights from Kim McElroy.

Principles of Art – Part 1

“To love the plain, homely, common, simple things of earth, of these to sing; to make the familiar beautiful and the commonplace enchanting;” ~ Elbert Hubbard   When I created the painting of “Beholder” I began thinking that I might start to include wildlife art in some of my inspirations.  I was commissioned to create this art as a cover of a documentary about Falconry in Saudi Arabia.  At t ...[Read More]

Back to the Future

We are always seeking to capture the elusive element of time. We experience an important moment, and want to capture it – so we take a photograph to freeze that moment in order to relive it, time and time again. Yet by the very act of trying to capture it, we make it more elusive. For the moment itself will never exist again. We can but view a reflection of it, in order to trigger our minds to rec ...[Read More]

Darma 6 ~ Home at Last ~ 2000

Read Part 5 of Darma’s story here When I met Darma at Churchill Downs and she became a part of my life in 1997, I had no way of knowing how profoundly she would affect me. By seeking the most natural life possible for her and for me, I was led to make choices that have changed my life forever. I knew that having a horse was a big responsibility. I learned that having a horse in my life becam ...[Read More]

Echoes – The Creation of Brother Earth, Sister Sea

“At some point, the individual’s actions must become synchronized with universal forces, a synchronization that eases life’s basic loneliness. You are enmeshed in a larger purpose. You are meant to be in a certain place and fill a particular role. You are being yourself, truly and entirely for the first time.” – Jonathan Young, PhD, The Quest Magazine In creating some ...[Read More]

Darma 5 ~ Freedom’s Gift ~ 1999

Read Part 4 of Darma’s Story here   I had made the decision to occasionally allow my mare Darma out of her paddock to wander freely in the back yard of our rental property, instead of hand walking her on a halter, as she was often tense and easily spooked. Looking back I realize that it was unrealistic to imagine this high spirited thoroughbred mare could be a “back yard” horse, but at ...[Read More]

Artistic Inspirations ~ The Heralding

The idea for “The Heralding” came to me in a complete vision, which is rare.  Usually my ideas evolve or are inspired by seeing images that inspire me to use them in a composition.  But this time I saw the vision clearly so I drew a rough sketch of the idea and kept it while I looked for photo references.  Years later, in my travels, I met a woman who shared a photograph of her mare an ...[Read More]

A Vision Has its Own Reasons

A friend of mine once told me that every painting I made was created for someone. This was a very profound statement, for sometimes I would find someone to love the piece in a very brief time, and other times I would create a painting and it would take years to find its person. Other times,. One thing I have discovered; it is always a process of being in the right place at the right time. Sometime ...[Read More]

Artistic Visions ~ The Vision for Midnight Mystique

“Mystique” I will rise from the fires of adversity Alight with inspiration and purpose The light of my intuition Dispels the darkness of doubt With a courageous heart I move forward and trust That love conquers all ~ Kim McElroy Midnight Mystique was a black arabian colt born to author Linda Kohanov’s mare, Comet.  He was only on this earth for a few brief days, and he crossed ov ...[Read More]

Creative Blocks II

The act of creation always has to come from the present moment. All of who I am and what I have experienced goes into each painting, as well as my intuitive connection with what the painting – and the horse – wants to communicate. In this case, the horse and the painting led me to a realization about my creative process. “Heartfelt” is a painting created for a woman named Joy who was writing a boo ...[Read More]

The Ripple Effect of Namaste

One of the most wonderful gifts of being an artist is the way my work in the world is so vividly experienced by people I’ll never meet. Because my work is a tangible, visible medium, it can travel and be seen and felt by countless strangers, and I have discovered that because my work is intended to have healing qualities, each person who is touched by the art seems to have a vivid memory of the ex ...[Read More]