“Ancient Ones, I remember you
You existed before time. You danced in the in-between.
Wind was your element. Earth your form.
Water your soul. Fire your nature.
I offer tribute by writing words you cannot speak
And painting that which you truly are
So others will remember…”
~ Kim McElroy
Origins of Inspiration
This painting was created in 2004 from some sketches I had created many years before. When I began the process of creating the sketches into a work of art, I began to feel that the horses were familiar. They felt sacred and like ancient souls who were unhindered by earthly bonds. Because of these qualities I chose a textured paper that reminded me of Egyptian papyrus or the wall of a prehistoric cave.
As I drew them, I realized they were the horse spirits I had once experienced while meditating. In this vision was a place where all reality was made of colored sand. A deep peace settled in my heart and the only sound was the wind. The sand blew in the wind, and the colors coalesced into forms. The forms were of horses like these…
“We whisper of an ancient knowing
When we were One
Masculine and feminine in balance.
We represent the parts of you that have the capacity for love.”
There are parts of us that have memories of our past, hidden in the subconscious, recorded in our very cells. Yet in the space in-between those cells and in the silence in-between our thoughts, there is hope, courage, faith, and love. These qualities in us resonate and expand when we surround ourselves with beneficial experiences that fill our hearts with love.
As humans we sometimes have to remind ourselves how to feel love. Our life experiences may have been difficult, but we have an inherent need to love and be loved. Horses and other animals are pure love, and the more we can be around them, to receive their wisdom, the more we learn what is a natural state.
Within there is a part of us that is seeking harmony, seeking balance, and that part of us also knows what we need. Surround yourself with what you love, with beautiful art and inspiring writings and music, nurture yourself… and open your heart to your capacity for love.