About Kathleen McElwaine, the artist…

Keep The White Space:

in your day and in your watercolor paintings.

I grew up on a small quarter horse ranch in Tulsa, Oklahoma with a full-fledged cowboy Daddy. Much of my childhood was spent, sketchbook in hand, in the front seat of a ‘54 Chevy pickup truck at the closest calf roping. With the sun warming my face through the windshield of that old truck, I learned to love the lay of the land, art, and animals. My passion for art and creativity was born there.

My goal as a professional artist is the same as it was when I first started: to passionately show the world my view of the beauty all around us. I want everyone who views my work to enjoy some Original Texas Whimsey.

Contributions to my community:

As a young artist, I was taught to make donations of art to worthy non-profit organizations. This is just one of the ways that I have turned my art into a service. Here are a few of the non-profit organizations that I support:

Austin Dog Alliance, 1321 W New Hope Dr, Cedar Park, TX 78613

Brookwood in Georgetown, 905 N Church St, Georgetown, TX 78626

Boy & Girls Club of Georgetown, Georgetown, TX 

The Williamson Museum, 716 S Austin, Ave, Georgetown, TX 78626

Key 2 Free, Austin, Texas

Leander Presbyterian Church, Leander, Texas

Be a Hero – Texas Humane Heroes, 2 locations in Leander, Texas and in Killeen, Texas

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Kathleen McElwaine – Beginners Watercolor Teacher

In 2007, Kathleen McElwaine became know as “The BusPaintings Artist with Original Texas Whimsey at her fingertips.”

This title came about by an article in the Austin Statesman because of buzz created during my commute each day to and from my job at The University of Texas on the Leander Express Bus. I had invented a palette easel, that I called a lap palette.  The palette sat easily on my lap during my commute and provided a way for me to watercolor while sitting on the bus. During the years riding and painting on the bus, I learned that my fellow commuters wanted to learn to paint the way that I was painting – used bright colors and controlled brush strokes to form playful animals and Texas wildflower. I stopped working at the University of Texas in 2011 and began creating Keep The White Space products so that anyone can learn to paint with Watercolor.

My products are available from my Etsy Store

My Teaching videos are available from my Patreon Page