Special Edition Version including CD interview with Kim McElroy
The Special Edition version features a CD recording of an interview with Kim McElroy in which she shares further insights into her approach of how to draw from your heart, which can influence all your artistic expressions in magical ways.
Kim explores how her techniques of teaching can make creating art enjoyable and effortless. She also discusses how creating art and connecting with horses can be a way of accessing your subconscious feelings and an inner source of healing.
Read this comment from a listener to the cd, who doesn,t consider herself an artist and hadn't even seen Kim's dvd!
"As you were describing how you draw feelings you mentioned the word "joy" and what that might look like I immediately imagined myself drawing a bright yellow sun splashing with gorgeous yellow rays coming from it At one point, you mentioned drawing a horse and I imagined myself drawing a line from the top of a horses head the withers down the back with lots of lines for a tail!!! My very own spirit sketch!!!!! And as you know, I'm one of those "stick figure" drawers or at least I thought I could only do that! Yeah! ~ Rita
In the Secrets of Drawing Horses DVD I reference my friend and teacher Carolyn Resnick's DVD Waterhole Reflections ~ Meditations with Horses in Nature In addition to featuring wonderful footage of wild horses in their most natural setting at the Return to Freedom Sanctuary, which I recommend as a reference for drawing horses, it also puts one in the ideal state of mind to being in tune with horses and with your art.
Click here to go to Carolyn's website to view a YouTube preview and to purchase $39.95
Here is what viewers are saying:
I was so moved by your story and it touched parts of me buried so deeply I cried and cried. I had my husband watch it also and he cried as he saw my emotions. This is a really good thing in my mind because it shows the story is real and true art is when you forget what you are looking at and are taken inside the picture or story. The pictures and their presentation is AWESOME!
The exercises were great, I especially loved the meditation. It brought me right back to my childhood, a time when I did draw much, much more. Also, I had never really used pastels and found this medium very "forgiving". No matter what I created, it looked alright.
Your dvd reminded me not only to put feeling into my art, but create feeling when I am with my herd. The day I watched it I was so inspired I went out to my horses and we grazed, shared, walked, and played for almost four hours. I got all excited about some meadow flowers and ran over to pick them, and all three horses bolted over, noses diving to see what I found so fascinating. It was magical.
The Secrets of Drawing Horses, has unlimited possibilities that will offer benefit to all those inspired by the beauty and wisdom of horses--this is universal in its application and importance at a time in history when the creative spirit is all of us must be kindled, not only for our well being but our very survival. Kim gives simple yet profound ideas of how to get started on a journey of self-discovery and was a joy for me to watch and experience. Now I am not only an admirer of Kims art, but her eager student as well. I recommend the CD that accompanies the DVD also since the interview with Kim and Mark offers many more insights to the unlimited possibilities of where the horses are leading us."
~ Constance Funk, Author of Beauty From Brokenness and Holy as Thou
I love the richness in color that pastels offer! Thank you for introducing me to this medium!! This right-brained approach to creating images is fun to explore. The concept of drawing the "life" that is happening through the lines used is one that my mind has been pondering for a while. My 16-year-old son, 9-year-old daughter and her 8-year-old friend saw me playing with pastels and asked to try it. They watched the DVD and started exploring their own creative inspirations while listening to music!!! Oh, this is soooo good...I could do this all day!" from the 8 year old!! What fun!!! Thank you for the joy this has brought to us!
"Your DVD is visually inspirational. I loved the way your art was used to illustrative the narrative. I thought your presentation was interesting. It made me want to get started. The tips on using pastel were good. I found the DVD was easy to follow, and I particularly liked the idea of working to music."
"The balance of the DVD is AWESOME! The overall quality is very good, and of course you are a fabulous teacher. I do find myself wanting to sit with this DVD and actually DRAW. I actually scheduled in a few hours for 'draw time' into my busy calendar. I cannot thank you enough for putting this together, and even more for sharing it. Course now I want your next DVD!!"
"I have always been critical of my art, and as you mentioned often happens to people, I had stopped drawing because felt I wasn't good enough to bother trying to draw any longer. Interestingly, now I no longer look at the drawings Ive done with a criticizing eye. So that alone for me is a huge breakthrough and I THANK you!"
~ Terrie Douglas
"I found your approach to drawing horse very original and moving. It will be very interesting to see if I can get away from the Walter Foster method of circles, etc. that I have used since I was a kid!!! I am so anxious to see your next installment."
~ Carol Powell
Secrets of Drawing Horses DVD inspires learning disabled kids
Praise from Kimbra Kern - a speech therapist who teaches a social communication skills class to kids with learning disabilities
"I showed my class the beginning of your dvd - including the Introduction, Insights, and the Exercise Drawing to Music. Out of the 5 students Ciarra was the only one who has ever drawn a horse and I had encouraged her to draw with your dvd. I had no idea if this activity would even fly with the other students as they weren't necessarily interested in horses, but I was in tears watching them draw. For 15 minutes straight all they did was draw and not one single word was uttered. At the end, they all wanted to put their pictures up on the bulletin board and for 5 minutes they just stared at their art saying, "I can't believe I did this." "I never thought I could draw a horse." One student wanted copies to share with his teachers and family (he had previously been in trouble for drawing pictures of guns) They all wanted to do more drawing and learn more about the other exercises on your video. Ciarra drew a horse in an entirely different style than what she had in the past and she was in awe of what she had done. I could see all of them more relaxed and centered when they left my class. It also seemed like this was a self-esteem booster for them. They've even been drawing on their own since! In addition, many of these students have anger management issues and they agreed this would be a way they could learn to calm their emotions."
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