Sometimes pictures say so much more!
“The Success Is Yours”
Artist, Charlie M. Russell, “You’ve got to romance a lot to make money these days,” he told the reporter. “If you don’t do anything but tell the truth in stories and paintings, it’s nothing but plain history, and nobody cares anything about buying history except a few old fellows like me. I reckon I’m kind of old-fashioned. I like things natural.”
You can read the quote yourself and the story around why Charlie said it in a book written for the Amon Carter Museum of Art, in Ft Worth Texas. The story and images of the paintings around this story are on page 390-394. It will be worth your time to check it out. You can read about the book
The story I love is when Charlie borrowed his collectors beautifully bound book The Oregon Trail written by Francis Parkman. Charlie borrowed that book long enough to illustrate 20 pages of it. Charlie loved painting on the quality of paper and telling the story more in-depth. Now that is romancing a collector and I only wish I could romance my collectors in the same way. Check it out, of course you will need to get your hands on this beautiful book.
NOTE – I wrote my story about how Charlie mentored me and influenced my art in the book I wrote to be read aloud to children https://www.amazon.com/Childhood-Learning-Keep-White-Space/dp/0692630562
Charlie M. Russell’s influence on my art might best be recognized in these #watercolor #paintings
I want to share with you something that is very much on my mind all of the time…concerning Christianity. I ask you to have ears to hear, eyes to see, and a heart to understand. Please do not make assumptions.
I’m a pastors wife. My pastor reverend husband, Robert, was called by God to serve people participating in presbyterian churches.
I grew up in a presbyterian church, Robert, grew up in the Catholic faith. Robert and I took our children to Non-denominational churches, most of them tongue talking, oil anointing, laying on of hands and dancing in the isles churches.
Have I given you enough information that assumptions and attitudes and differences are at the front of your thoughts?
- Robert is serving where he knows he was called.
- We spend a lot of our time with people that don’t read the Bible.
- We spend very little time with people that read their Bible.
- Robert preaches the gospel truth of Jesus in every message.
- Robert and I share the gospel truth of Jesus in every conversation and in every class we teach, everyday.
The first 25 years, before seminary, we spent very little time with people that needed to hear about Christ, they knew it all. Now, in the last 15 years we spend almost all of our time with people that hunger to be loved, recognize Christ when they see Him in people and grow with every teaching they hear from the pulpit telling the gospel of Christ.
Now for the point of this blog, please do not make assumptions about my salvation, or walk with Christ, when we meet. Don’t, assume I need to be more like you or that the church where my husband serves is a dying church and we need to bury it and join with you.
I think Robert and I have been built for wear and tare and we have been prepared for this small congregation of people. They are a beautiful remnant of God’s people….an important remnant to Jesus. Join us some Sunday and see if God shows you what I can see about His people.
I contend that if we all spent more time sharing Christ love with the lost all around us they would know us by our love.
Join me at Leander Presbyterian Church, 101 N West Dr, Leander, TX, 78641, Worship Service 11:00 am each Sunday. You will need to come early to get a back seat.
You are invited to Watercolor and Fellowship in the fellowship hall at Leander Presbyterian Church from 2-4. Learn more by visiting my website Classes Page. It is not us and them…it is Jesus and us.
Thinking back to 2012, the day I met Tina Korn. It was the week my dad died.
I remember, getting out of my car in front of her store thinking nothing could be worse than feeling the loss and loneliness without my dad being a phone call away. Thoughts such as, never again, and, no hope for change, were all too real, not just an attitude.
But, somehow, I was curious about this new store called Sew Crazy. I was only moving a bit faster than a deer in the headlights. I stepped inside and in moments Tina and I began talking. Tina shared with me quickly about her store. Recently opened she said, I heard her say something like she hoped to make enough each month to meet her and David’s goal. I heard these words and knew Tina was real, like I was real.
Hopes and dreams, hard work and disappointments, and the ability to get back on track of the hopes and the dreams, again and again, no matter what.
I was engulfed with friendship, I heard inside of me “choose life” and I knew to trust my new friend.
It was a few months before I returned to her store, because, shortly after my dad died, my father in-law died, then my mother died, then my mother in-law died. But I looked forward to stepping back into Sew Crazy to hear my new friend share.
Some how the hope I saw on Tina’s face the day we met never left my memory. It was as if our friendship had been fused in our few moments of conversation.
Now today July 2018, Tina and I are stepping out with a new business, a business of selling our Art Quilt Blocks wholesale. They are proven, they are in demand, they make people smile, people buy them like chewing gum at the cash register as they check-out with their fabric purchase
…and now we want to offer them to Quilt Shops every where.
Yes I am proud to make this announcement.
Let us know the name and locations of your favorite quilt shops. Want to see more of the blocks or make a purchase yourself. They are available from Sew Crazy, 1625 N Bell Blvd, Cedar Park, TX or online from Tina’s Etsy Store
Come Paint With Me, Watercolor and Fellowship days.
Next Watercolor and Fellowship is Sunday, July 8th, 2018 2-4 at Leander Presbyterian Church, In the fellowship hall. Come in the back door where the ramp is at 101 N. West Dr, Leander, Texas 78641.
Same as always, I supply all the art supplies you need. Watercolor & Fellowship is free and I ask for a $5.00 per person donation.
Thank you Leander Presbyterian Church for allowing me to teach in the Fellowship Hall! Oh and if you would like to make a donation to Leander Presbyterian, a gift to further the outreach of Christ Love to your community or a donation to help pay for the cost of the repairs needed on this wonderful historical building, your donations are welcome.
Mail your contributions to:
Leander Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 1103, Leander, TX 78646
We don’t have mail service to the church address itself.
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I have published my first class and I am happy! Check it out at this link, if you decide to sign up it helps me get more even more attention.Here is my class referral link
Sitting in the hotel lobby, drinking coffee and painting as I do in the mornings, wherever I am….I saw a man walking towards me excited to see me. I had no idea who this man was but I could not wait to find out.
He came close and began to ask me to tell him about what I was doing. He said I never come to the lobby like this, I must have come just to meet you. He kept asking me questions, I kept telling him stories about my palette and the small paintings all around and I told him stories about all of you. I wanted him to know I teach watercolor to anyone wanting to learn. I told him I teach watercolor. I bragged, MY STUDENTS, ARE 100% SUCCESSFUL! I said My students know the success of their paintings is all theirs! He was so very excited about meeting me and I kept wondering who is this man? Then I found out, The truth is, he is the only person I have ever thought of that I actually thought I would never meet. He is Pierre of http://www.savoirfaire.com the importer of Fabriano Artistico Paper, the 5×7 blocks of Artist Quality Paper I used all those years riding the bus and painting as the Buspaintings Artist. This is the paper that allowed me to turn a little painting that many people called a card into a business, and even today these paintings hold the attention of admirers of Fine Texas Art.
Many times in my life I have said how much I would like to say thank you, for making it possible for me to have access to this wonderful watercolor paper. And then Pierre walked through a lobby I was sitting in and he discovered me. Later that day I was invited to the Savoir Faire Booth at the trade show and I was introduced to Pierre’s wife, Maureen Labro, an artist and lovely person, her smile said it all as Pierre introduced us with voice and gestures only a friendly French Man could. I also had the honor to meet Andrew Cook, Account Manager Education.
The way I see it: God said Kathleen, I love you and I have this gift for you, sit right here and paint a bit to receive it. I did and I received the gift, no small miracle in my world, it was nice to meet you Pierre and yes I thank God for you every day. Visit my patreon.com/ktws site and watch an interview Pierre and I did.
If I ask my husband a question about Jesus, he begins to make sure I know the full gospel account and in no time at all, it begins to sound like he never heard my question, but If I will be patient, low and behold, he eventually gets around to answering my question. Since I love talking about watercolor paper, I try really hard to be real specific with my answers when a student seeks guidance on what paper to buy.
With this, I want to go straight to the meat of the subject.
When I am teaching beginner students to paint with watercolor, I want them to use the very best cold press watercolor paper I can provide. The best and most affordable student quality paper manufactured today is Canson XL Watercolor Paper, a pad of 30 9×12 sheets of 140 lb cold press paper. Keep in mind this paper is made from wood pulp, not cotton. When you paint on it, the paper absorbs the water and the paint sits on top. The way a paper grabs the color makes a lot of difference in the way the painting will look. So as soon as I can, I move a student to the very most affordable 100% Cotton paper a student can afford. Global Arts, Fluid 100, 140lb, Cold Press, 100% Cotton watercolor paper. This paper has beautiful tooth, texture, weight, and color. This will give a student the best learning experience and final outcome. Fluid 100, 100% cotton, cold press, 140LB paper is exactly what I provide my students in all my beginner’s classes and when you purchase one of my palettes I include 10 to 12, 6×8 sheets.
Professionally as an artist, I use Fabriano, Artistico, Extra White, 100% Cotton, Hot Press, 140lb Watercolor Paper. The reason: Most of my art is available as prints only. My original art is sold only occasionally from my Etsy Store. I want a paper that will allow me to scan at a very high resolution, allow me to clean up all the background and print with little to no extra texture showing through. I find the Extra White and the Hot Press and the quality of paper to be unmatched by any other brand. I buy pounds and pounds of this paper in 22×30 sheets of paper. I’m proud to say I met the man that has worked all these years to bring this paper to the US. Thank you, Pierre! Click here to watch a video from the day Pierre and I met.
My art is mainly purchased 12×16 Fine Texas Art Prints, wholesale from a growing list of Texas Gift Shops, or available Online Print and Products Store, hosted by Fine Art America, Pixels.com, where my customers have enjoyed 100% satisfaction guarantee for many years.
Most of the paintings for the last 15 years are sizes 5×5 to 6×8 inch. Each one created for the purpose of daily painting, my own practice as an artist. Some I treasure and frame for my own enjoyment.
Have you ever wondered what I do with all those little watercolor paintings I paint? Well, this is a blog about the Scope of Work and I how created a business specifically with 100’s, maybe even 1,000’s of small paintings.
I wrote a book, Available on Amazon, or on my Etsy Store, full of my small paintings, to be read out loud to children telling about how art helped me learn to read when I was 12 years old. Because of what I learn with my art, I have a great deal of confidence that I can learn so daily I kick that learning disability away and keep on keeping on. This is actually a tool the Holy Spirit gave me to live the abundant life God has for me. John 10:10.
I created a mural for Cedar Park Regional Hospital Children’s Wing Playroom. I used small paintings to create the wallpaper for this 20 ft x 8 ft wallpaper.
Some I make patterns for Keep The White Space®, learn how to paint with watercolor paint and a water brush classes. Patterns are included in the cost of a class & they may be purchased $1.00 each, downloaded free from www.patreon.com/ktws & a Keep The White Space® Watercoloring Book, purchase from Keepthewhitespace.etsy.com $25.00
And some I offer the Original Art you might want to purchase Keepthewhitespace.etsy.com
Some are created into prints to sell wholesale to Retail Stores as 12×16 & or 12×12 / frame sized Fine Texas Art. As of 2017 I have 17 different images available Wholesale. Customers include my Online Store with Etsy, Divine Treasures, Sue Patrick, The Bob Bullock, Wild Seed Farms, LBJ Library, Texas Bucket List, Washington on the Brazos
One of my favorite purposes- printed on Kona Cotton for size appropriate Quilt Blocks Customers include, The local Cedar Park Store, Sew Crazy, and Sew Crazy online store, Austin Store, Honey Bee & Cowgirls and Lace, coming soon Divine Treasures
Some I have prepared and uploaded to a most wonderful Online company Fine Art America/Pixels.com. This company gives me my own Print and Product Website. I paint the paintings, I prepare and upload it to my page and then you can choose an image and have Wall Art or Greeting Cards or Tote Bags, Coin purses, Coffee Cups, Tee Shirts, you might even have a Shower Curtain made with the image. Find all of these and more Online kathleen-mcelwaine.pixels.com or use the print button found on my home page on my Website, www.kmcelwaine.com
The first 25 or 30 years of my career as an artist I primarily shared my oil paintings and I taught beginners to paint with oil paint.
And then my newest customer and opportunity is with a company called S2S Warehouse. They have 3 stores Waco, Texas, Temple, Texas and Cedar Park, Texas. I can’t wait to see how this develops. No images available yet. I will update as soon as I have something to show you.
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Thank you because of you all of this has been possible.
A few weeks ago I started painting for Sue Patrick, 5222 Burnet Road, Austin Texas. I painted lots of watercolor painting with the hope that one of the images would be “just what they wanted” for spring, or Mothers Day or Valentines Day.
I fanned the flame of my creative juices by painting these. This helps me to focus. Then I painted these.
Then feeling confident and proud I knew exactly what I wanted to paint and create to share with Sue Patrick.
Then I felt ready to show!
I made an appointment.
I created more. To my delight, they chose four. Two of the ones they chose are not shown here. One I created in Photoshop and the other they chose from images they had done in the past. They must have done so well with it in the past that they wanted to bring it back!
I will write a follow-up blog when the final products are available in the store! I can’t wait to see what they will look like.
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My sweet, very good looking Pastor husband, Robert, says “Kathleen talks and thinks in negative space”. When he first said this I knew he was correct. I think and talk in the same method as I plan a painting.
I meticulously lay out the negative space, the white space in my paintings. This is the space where the purpose, the focal point is not, the space where your eye can rest and then wander back into the painting.
Now thinking a bit more and a bit deeper about this – Even as a child I surmised that everything in the painting, that is not the focal point is the negative space. And the negative space becomes the supporting evidence of the purpose of the painting.
I was about 13 when I first heard the gospel. I desperately wanted the relief that people talked about experiencing when they accepted Christ as Lord. I began the journey of implementing this new knowledge into my life. I was 22 before I had teachers in my life that began to inspire me to read the Bible and to allow the Holy Spirit to work in my life. For me it was not the magic of the sinners prayer, it was the line upon line precept upon precept that allowed me to make changes in my life, but I remained human. Now as a Christian, trying with all my mite to do the right things I proceeded to experience life in ways that I think mirror Job and his heartbreaks and losses at the hand of satan. I was a very unhappy person, holding fast to a love for Christ but not walking in Christ’s love for me.
I then made a conscious effort to turn my life around. I made the decision to wake every morning, reach my hand out to Jesus and tell Him I wanted to walk in the garden with him.
This was when I began to live consistent with my purpose and let my day-to-day life be the supporting evidence to my purpose: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”
I began to paint each day while I walked and talked with Jesus. Each day, a new day, a new garden, a new experience of Christ love and each painting included a deeply experienced time of coming away, of being still in the presence of my Lord and Savior.
When I invite people to learn to watercolor paint from me, I teach them to paint, but one of the results is that people learn to become quiet and be still for a bit. This is not something that happens in the American culture unless you individually allow it, it is an act of your will. Knowing how to do this is not easy, but it happens as you learn to watercolor paint from me. I believe when the Holy Spirit called me to teach people to paint with this method that I was being called to share daily devotions the same as Frances J. Roberts in her devotional Come Away My Beloved, and Sarah Young with Jesus Calling and many other writers of daily devotions.
For me, and maybe for you to turn your life around, to experience the everlasting love of Christ you need something to do with your hands to learn to, Be still and know God, as intended in Psalms 46:10.
Come learn to paint flowers and birds and trees and seeds and insects that live in the garden and see if you find yourself walking with your Lord in the garden that you have now learned to paint.
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