Spirit of Horse Blog

Inspirations and Insights from Kim McElroy.

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]

Darma Part 4 – Following Freedom – 1998

Setting Darma free Read Part 3 of Darma’s Story here “Horse sense always follows freedom” ~ Jim Oakley   When my husband Rod and I found our 2 ½ acre rental property, we had dreams of making it a home for Darma. Though not ideal as a horse property, it was still better than most boarding stable environments I had experienced. I also wanted to get to know her in a deeper way than my visits to a stable coul ...[Read More]

Windborne

“Windborne” by Kim McElroy Eleven horses ride the wind I smile as I watch the clouds float by Thinking of spirit and form In majesty they grace the sky Bringing heaven to earth as one. The horses they gather in billowy folds Prancing and playing in sync Then just as quickly they disappear Were they really there, I think? ~ Kim McElroy Perhaps like me you have occasionally stopped to gaze at clouds long enough to watch them form into familiar shapes. O ...[Read More]

The Immortal Horse

Amoretto As I prepared to add the finishing touches to the portrait of the horse I was painting, I paused a moment to reflect on the photograph his owner had sent me. She admitted that the photo didn’t really capture him and only gave me a fleeting description of his personality. She was very specific about wanting me to paint the portrait exactly like the photo, except that he had been tranquilized ...[Read More]

The Quest

"Natural Gift" pastel painting by Kim McElroy If someone asked us why we spend our lives with horses, we would say, “Because I must”. To love horses is to pursue a quest for an elusive form of love. The challenges and rewards are difficult to define to another person unless they share the same quest. Our experiences with horses can be equal parts elation, frustration, confusion, and redemption. Yet the pursuit is fulfilling, and gives us a se ...[Read More]

Artistic Inspirations – Heaven and Earth

Heaven and Earth, pastel by Kim McElroy Due to the demand for my commissioned art portraits of horses, some people have had to patiently wait years for their turn on my waiting list. Yet it is always amazing to me how the timing of each portrait seems destined to be optimum for each person. A few years ago I met a lovely woman, Terri at the Equine Affaire in Ohio. Terri wrote me later that year with the sad news that her horse Manchy ha ...[Read More]

The Eye of the Beholder

The Eye of the Beholder The inner world of horses shines from their eyes. Both their joys and their sorrows are revealed, for horses cannot laugh, and horses cannot weep. Their hearts and souls peer from the depths of twin pools that reflect the world. Sometimes I create a reflection in a horse’s eye of an image of a horse or a person, to tell a story about the horse’s thoughts or experiences from their perspective. An e ...[Read More]

Darma Part 3 – Finding a Still Haven

Darma at trainer's barn, 1997 Darma Part 3 – Finding a Still Haven – 1997 Read Darma Part 2 here Despite the moments of peace I had found with Darma, I still didn’t feel confident in leading her, or in knowing what to do when she was anxious.  I tried boarding her at a professional trainer’s. He insisted I needed to be assertive and show the horse that I meant what I asked. Despite his instruction to teach me ...[Read More]

Creative Blocks

“The Quest” 15” x 23” Pastel by Kim McElroy Even though I am an accomplished artist, and I have been doing my work professionally for two decades, I still experience challenges in my art, just as in every aspect of life. When I am beginning a new work of art, sometimes I run into what seems like a roadblock in the composition. Usually, the roadblock is caused by my own state of mind, my anticipation of problem that I am afraid I won’t be ab ...[Read More]

Darma Part 2 – The Chosen Path

Who are you? Darma and Kim at Boarding Stable, 1997 Darma Part 2 – The Chosen Path – 1997 Read Darma Part 1 here When one has experienced love at first sight, you would think that they would live happily ever after. What I didn’t realize is that spontaneous love means you have found a potential soul mate. It also means you have to get to know each other before that love can grow. When my new horse arrived at the boarding stable I ...[Read More]