Spirit of Horse Blog

Inspirations and Insights from Kim McElroy.

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]

Artistic Inspirations ~ Vision

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 create a painting and despair when I find a home for it until years later. Other times, I would find someone to love the piece in a very brief time. One thing I have discovered; it is always a process of being in the right place at the right time. Sometimes, i ...[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]

Artistic Inspirations – Promise

“In the miracle of birth He unfolded from the mare Compact as a wet butterfly emerging from its cocoon. His first instinctive thought – to stand!” ~ Kim McElroy At 11 pm one night in the Spring of 1988, my friend Saradel called. I had been expecting her call, and now she was breathless on the phone as she said quickly, “If you want to watch, she just laid down. You might catch it if you get ...[Read More]

Artistic Inspirations – The Creation of Navarre

Navarre - Curves While attending the 2000 Western Idaho Horse Fair in Boise, I met a beautiful woman in her sixties who approached my art display booth. With an air of self-assurance, she introduced herself as Kathryn, and asked what I charged for commissioned portraits. She went on to explain that her daughter, Tracey, was a partner in owning an Andalusian stallion named Navarre. They were exhibiting him at the s ...[Read More]

Shadow of a Dream

shadow-1 I have always paid special attention to shadows, reflections, and hidden images… and I believe these elements of an image can reveal a subtle truth that reveals itself when the viewer is ready to receive their own unique message. A friend began calling us “Clan Longshadow” after I sent her some photos of us in our field in the morning sun. I love looking back at this photo and glimpsing a mo ...[Read More]