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Back to the Future

We are always seeking to capture the elusive element of time. We experience an important moment, and want to capture it – so we take a photograph to freeze that moment in order to relive it, time and time again. Yet by the very act of trying to capture it, we make it more elusive. For the moment itself will never exist again. We can but view a reflection of it, in order to trigger our minds to rec ...[Read More]

Darma 6 ~ Home at Last ~ 2000

Read Part 5 of Darma’s story here When I met Darma at Churchill Downs and she became a part of my life in 1997, I had no way of knowing how profoundly she would affect me. By seeking the most natural life possible for her and for me, I was led to make choices that have changed my life forever. I knew that having a horse was a big responsibility. I learned that having a horse in my life becam ...[Read More]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]