Equine Artist Kim McElroy – Chalk Pastel Demo

When I attended the Horse As Muse workshop with Linda Kohanov and Kim McElroy in Amado, Arizona, part of the experience was a live demo watching how Kim created her chalk pastel drawings.

Although more commonly known for her strikingly detailed, realistic horse portraits, Kim demos a looser, free-form style here. After Linda told us a moving story about her horse Noche, Kim used chalk pastel to create a piece of art that was representational of the story. Kim also finds it helpful and liberating to paint to music, so Linda put on a piece composed by her husband Steve Roach, after Noche’s death. Here’s the video of the demo for your enjoyment:

I also just heard from Kim that she and Linda will be holding the Horse As Muse workshop again later this year, so if you’re interested, just get in touch with Kim.

Another of the art demo’s Kim gave where she showed us how she creates from a photo

Here is some of the artwork we created at the Horse As Muse workshop under Kim’s tutelage. Linda Kohanov led us through a guided meditation first, accompanied by some of Steve Roach’s music. Then we created art (using chalk pastels) based on what we’d experienced during our meditation, with Kim on-hand to help each of us personally whenever needed. Afterwards, we shared what we experienced during the meditation, along with the significance of the painting we created to represent some aspect of our experience. Some of these ladies hadn’t done art since their school days:

This woman actually paints murals professionally – so she did 3 paintings in the time it took the rest of us to do one! All of them are gorgeous

 

This is one of my favorite pieces – reminds me of Denise Milledge’s Sacred Medicine Ponies – and I love the magical water!
Love the way she got such movement and MAGIC into her piece
I can’t remember, but there was a significant reason this horse was red in her vision. I just love art!
This woman underwent a truly epic journey during her meditation and this is just one of the scenes from that journey
Kim and I with my chalk pastel drawing – inspired by my journey during the meditation

If you have any art to share with us, I would love to see it! Just upload a photo to the Comments section below… 🙂

Jini Patel Thompson is a natural health writer and Freedomite. She began riding at age 2 in Kenya, and got her first horse at age 8 in Alberta, and so continues a life-long journey and love affair with these amazing creatures.
Equine Artist Kim McElroy – Chalk Pastel Demo

7 thoughts on “Equine Artist Kim McElroy – Chalk Pastel Demo

  • March 12, 2017 at 2:56 pm
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    What an absolutely beautiful piece of soul touching art. Thanks for sharing✌🏼️❤️🐴

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  • March 12, 2017 at 11:12 pm
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    You are both very welcome! It’s a beautiful example of what can come out of flow.

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  • March 13, 2017 at 12:56 am
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    Crying while watching this. What powerful combination of story telling, music, colours, painting and the presence of Noche. Amazing that this experience can be felt through a youtube clip. Thank you All.

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  • March 17, 2017 at 8:00 am
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    This was amazing to watch. I can imagine being present there was moving. Love your blog.

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    • March 17, 2017 at 10:30 am
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      Glad you’re enjoying it Tammy! And yes, watching a fluent artist like Kim create is like watching magic unfold 🙂

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  • March 17, 2017 at 11:04 am
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    Alright, you ladies have inspired me to add more photos/artwork to this post – just look above. And would also love to see some of YOUR artwork! Just upload a pic or two here…

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