Hold the Sky

Hold the Sky

Sing to me
On a clear bright morning
Fly to me
On your wings of freedom
We will run
To the end of a rainbow
We will dream together

Hold the sky
In a crystal sunrise
Carry songs
To the silent water
We will stay
In this moment forever
Flowing with the river

Songs of life
The coming changes
Traveler winds
Rejoicing
Every star
Every spirit be one
One

See the time
In the air this moment
Hear the words
In the wind returning
We will stay
In this moment forever
Flowing with the river
River of love

~ Music Lyrics from “Hold the Sky” reproduced with permission
2002 – Believe, A Spiritual Romance

Eleanor asked that I depict a painting of her mare Fine Time that could portray the elusive and magical moments she had experienced when being with Fine in her pasture. She described the feeling of Oneness she had with Fine Time and with nature, and how time itself seemed to stand still and her awareness of any separation between her self, her horse, and life dissolved away. Several times Fine Time had initiated an embrace and held Eleanor to her chest in a very poignant gesture of love, which she enacted as if on cue when I went to photograph her for the portrait. All of these elements went into this painting. Another magical aspect occurred; when I was compositing the artwork with images of nature, a song came on my computer called “Hold the Sky” by 2002. The music and lyrics were uncannily perfect, so much so that Eleanor thinks of this music as their “theme song” and it and the painting, are now a tangible reminder of the love they share.

Eleanor’s Comments:
Kim created an amazing portrait of my four mares several years ago, Crossroads, which was the beautiful result of a long and ongoing conversation Kim and I had about the many elements of the painting that were important to me and at the same time true to her vision. Not too long after its completion, I had a profound and really ethereal experience with my mare and treasured friend of 25 years, Fine Time. I knew that somehow I wanted this to be captured in the way that only Kim can do it, imbued with magic and love. I contacted her right away and told her that our work together had another piece that wanted to be breathed into being. This is what I wrote, in part, to convey my experience:

“It is really more feelings than pictures. The best I can do is to describe it as a see-through, a revealing, a melding and merging of heart and essence and being, particularly the two of us, but also with the trees and sky. It was bathed in late afternoon light and as I try to put it into words right now, it conjures up a feeling of peace and bliss and utter contentment. The feelings that I have for her, especially as they manifest in these moments of merging, are truly time-less.”

When we had the unveiling, the perfection and beauty of Kim’s artistic expression of Fine Time’s and my experiencing took my breath away. The painting hangs where I see it many times a day, and it opens and softens my heart each and every time. It is a treasure.

Reference photo: 

Hold the Sky - Eleanor and Fine Time

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