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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]

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]

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  See earlier and next Darma stories by clicking the blog link above and scrolling up or down “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 kno ...[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]

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]