Confidence is important in all aspects of life. Trusting your own judgment learning to make decisions and following through. The best way to increase skills and to act with confidence is to practice a skill that requires intentional actions and practice the skill correctly. Success is learned, learn to be successful. Apply yourself with intentional actions. Pay attention to what you are doing and understand the consequences. Learning to watercolor paint with confidence comes to you – 1 brush stroke at a time.
Watch as I paint the Grape Cluster by following this link https://youtu.be/icatH8XOxpY
I’m painting with Daniel Smith Watercolor sticks as if they were the paint in my palette so you can be sure any watercolor will work.
Use what you have, your paint and your paint brushes, or buy one of my kits that includes all you need available from my website. https://www.kmcelwaine.com/product-category/watercolor-supplies/
Become hooked on painting my images is a good move to experiencing and accomplishing the goal of gaining confidence and the feelings that come from success. Let a $3.00 instant download become your coloring book, no stress, no mistakes, just learning and gaining control of your very own actions. 70 different Painting Pattern downloads are available at this link https://www.kmcelwaine.com/product-category/watercolor-patterns/
With each painting you try you will find yourself becoming more and more confident.
Watching my videos or come to one of my classes if you are int he Austin Texas area on Tuesdays.
Videos Link https://www.kmcelwaine.com/videos/
Learn about my classes https://www.kmcelwaine.com/beginners-watercolor-painting-classes/
My classes are very marketable and I have found over the years people are looking for the very class I teach.Adult Beginners Introduction to Watercolor.I can teach up to 25 people at a time with the materials I keep on hand. I am endorsed by Daniel Smith Extra Fine Artist Paint Manufacturer as their Introduction to watercolor painting teacher, because everyone is successful when they use the method I teach. When they created a dot card with 18 of the colors on my professional palette it was a great boost to my career as an artist because they began to share my art and my teaching style all over the world.Each student paints with Daniel Smith Paint, with a Pentel Medium Sized Water Brush, on Fabriano Student Quality Watercolor Paper, and then complete their class project on 100% Cotton Fluid100 Watercolor paper. I know as a professional Artist it takes the highest quality of materials to experience the best of watercolor painting.1. each person is successful and proud of what they painted and learned.2. Each person uses the highest quality of paint, paper and water brushes, provided by me.The quality is just one of the factors supporting each persons success.I am very well known for my art and my classes in Texas and it is not hard to fill my classes. I am known by Presbyterians because my husband is the pastor at Leander Presbyterian Church and we offer a Watercolor and Fellowship group once a month in our fellowship hall.People come time and time again and bring their friends each time. Bring a friend that has never taken a class from me for free.My web site is https://www.kmcelwaine.com
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
This is a letter I sent with a palette to my sister and her daughter when they purchased my Watercolor Lap Palette and How to Watercolor books. I found it full of great information. I wish for every student I have to know this information so now it is a blog.
I am so excited to be sending my Lap Palette and books and Pentel brushes and my Painting Patterns and watercolor paper to you.
I want to answer a few questions that I can think of right at this moment that might be on your mind soon.
I made each of you a color chart with your palette colors … I scanned and added the color names because just like daddy, my hands have gotten so full of arthritis that it hurts real bad when I write and people can’t read the words anyway…so I typed them for you. Don’t worry about learning the color names as much as learning what the colors look like.
I have made a science out of my understanding of colors because of the hours I have spent with them…but I did not start out knowing all of this, so no worries…just learn where the colors are on your palette. Many of the colors look like black…but only one of them is actually black. When I was learning how to paint my instructors would not let me have black on my palette, but my students insist so I give it to them. But remember their are about 100 ways you can make blacks that will always be prettier than the black on your palette.
When you get your palettes you may have a color that has popped out of the plastic well. No worries unless you can’t find the dob of color that I put into it. The reason this happens is the paint has not been used much yet and it adheres to itself…not the plastic. As you paint you will learn to moisten the paint each time, this helps the colors to stay in the plastic well.
I am now teaching and sharing my videos on an online sight called Skillshare.com It is the best place for me to be appreciated and paid for my videos. I hope you will consider joining, I have learned from that sight for a long time and I know they have the best teachers. The link to help me and to see the few videos I have put is
If you go in any other way, I don’t receive credit for it. I teach very basic important information in each video so you will learn even if you don’t really want to paint the specific image.
Each image I sent you will be like a practice painting…you will practice, have a painting your proud of at the end and you will gain confidence and learn. I am in the process of getting all my patterns on my website as instant downloads for sale for $3.00 each. Please, if you want to give one away once and awhile, please do, but don’t give them away unless they are going to paint with you and maybe want more from me. Link to Buy Paint Patterns Instant Download
I personally believe the paint kits at the art stores are a curse…people bring art supplies to my classes, they think they are going to show me how they paint one of my pictures. When they see the difference in my colors and theirs they don’t understand why they can’t get good color. It is because in the 80s many art supply manufacturers started manufacturing paint they called student or academy grade.
I don’t need people to buy my palettes as much as I need people to learn what brands of paint are good and to buy the primary colors and the secondary colors ..pay more for less paint but have so much more quality.
The patterns are my bread and butter.
I have sent you lots and lots of paper, but, I want you to enjoy painting and learning without worry of cost or running out.
My friends at Fabriano give me the paper you have with the words on one side…paint on the other side of the paper…that paper is high quality paper for the student to learn on…lots of playing with color. Nothing wrong with the paper,,,just not 100% cotton like the other paper I sent you. I am able to buy the 100% paper in such large quantities that my price is low enough that I can share it with you. When you do a painting from the transfers…I recommend you use the paper without the words, which is the !00% cotton watercolor paper. Play and practice brush strokes and learn your colors on the other paper. The 100% cotton paper is called Fluid100 and it is made by a company in Kansas City Global Arts. Global Arts has just recently been sold to Speedball, which is also a great company for me to do business with…they appreciate me, just like Daniel Smith and Pentel, (the water brush manufacturer) does.
I washed and filled both of your water brushes. Learn with the medium brush the most…less water gives you good opportunity to learn. More water is an obstacle to learning for a beginner. Play with both brushes. The play time is wonderful color and brush stroke learning time. Mainly practice making brush strokes. Lay the brush with color down on the paper…push it flat, pick it up, look at what the mark it made looks like. Don’t rely on instinct…the need to learn technique is everything in learning how to paint with color and water.
Like i said I already filled your brushes. When you buy a new brush you will need to wash the bristles fill the well and squeeze water through the bristles.. this will wash clear all the sizing they put on the brush when it is packaged.
Love you and I pray for lots of happy painting time…it is my opportunity to find the peace that passes understanding..keep the white space is a statement Jesus says to me as much as any watercolor teacher ever said.
Keep the White space will be something you will understand more after you begin to play with your paint and listen to me teach if you sign up for classes including mine on Skillshare.
Love You, Praying for lots of happy painting time! and remember the Success is Your Own!
You might want to order a tote bag to carry your art supplies
When I was a kid the comment might be heard, “Now that is a whole lot of bull” and they were not talking about a tall tale someone was telling but they were talking about the bull we were all standing around looking at. When I first met this young bull…well, it could have been at any jack pot rodeo because jackpot rodeos was the place cowhands learned to doctor a a big Ol steer or bull, young or old.
I could be standing there with Daddy and his buddies, Jim Shoulders, Bob Roberts, and sometimes Billy in sight
and waiting for daddy’s number to come up…this time his number was 6, but I knew that could mean anything, 6th roper, 6th bulldogger, 6th cowboy to show up. It did not matter this was just a number they had on hand at this ranch and that was the number penned to my daddy’s shirt on his back.
I was there and that is all that mattered.
Usually I was sitting in daddy’s 1954 Chevy pick up truck because the rule was, if Billy and Sandra don’t show up I was locked in the truck…mainly because of the bull riders that might have showed up, not so much the bronk riders, cause that could happen to anyone anytime.
Now the bull riders might not have been such bad people but daddy would say…How can a man try to ride a bull unless he has had too much alcohol to drink and when a man is drinking good sense does not come easy.
I knew the difference between the bull riders and the bulldoggers because I knew that jackpot rodeos was all about a man learning to bulldog. If you needed to catch a calf in the open pasture to doctor it or castrate it you could always rope it.. but if you had to doctor a big steer, a man had to learn to bulldog that steer
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
Recently I watched a video taken during one of Garth Brooks concerts. One of my friends shared it after seeing it on the website Happiest.net. In the video, Garth was singing The Dance and a lady in the audience held up a sign that said: “Chemo this morning Garth tonight, Still enjoying The Dance”. In the video, it looks to me, Garth saw the sign and asked for the women to come close to the stage. Then he set down on the stage and sang directly to her, then he traded his guitar for her sign.
It is not easy to understand Garth’s exact words when he spoke again, but what I heard was… Garth giving our Father God credit for the women’s boldness and strength in the midst of her crisis. He said something to the effect of “sometimes God writes something in the sky and we have no doubts that Our Father God, our Creator, and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is showing us He exists. And seeing this we know we can do life on this earth. With his fists, he pounded his heart. I think, to say to the women, you touched me greatly and then he left the stage. I understand Garth’s reaction very well. Garth was overcome with the love of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Garth does not remember me, but he is important to me because his mom was and still is very important to me.
For reason’s I don’t understand, at a very early age, I wanted to die. My family loved me, but I was convinced that a mistake had been made when I was born, I did not belong and if people came close to me they would become sick and possibly die. I prepared to face each day in this way – Bracing myself, I would think, I do not fit in, I do not know how to act, I am ALL WRONG. Always remembering to lower my eyes to not make eye contact.
Feeling this way, for many years I was confused by my surroundings, not knowing how I fit in but always trying to fit in, my efforts were self-destructive. It was some time between 11 and my 13th birthday when I first met Colleen, Garth’s mom.
It was common for me to come home from school, run to the barn to catch my horse BlueRibbon, put her bridle on her head, grab the tuft of main at the base of her neck, throw myself onto her back and ride east down 16th Street. For years I had ridden to the woods that ran down Mingo Creek. It was a place I could be lost, in a make believe-world, a world that had nothing to do with people and everything to do with nature. Trees, birds, horses, rabbits, flowers, and cows. Things I paint that are beautiful to me. My Colleen Brooks story begins when I stopped riding to the woods because I had become boy crazy.
I had noticed a few boys a block from my house. Daily I rode by just hoping BlueRibbon and I would catch their attention.
One evening as I rode by that house the family, all of the family, all 8 of them were together on the very small front porch. My heart wanted to be a part of a family together so bad, and my head said: “There are even more boys!” The older boys stood up and walked to the side of the road. This is when I noticed they were all putting something down. They were putting down musical instruments. The family had been singing songs together. This seemed like a good dream.
They were polite and quite aware they were standing beside a full-size horse. I was giddy and might have acted very foolishly. Garth’s dad joined the boys and invited me to join them on the porch. I jumped off and held BlueRibbon by the end of the reins and set on the grass off of the porch. Conversation and questions about BlueRibbon and then it was time for them to go inside to dinner. I impressed everyone with how I could jump on Ribbons back and off I went, planning in my head how I would make this same thing happen again.
It was not long before Colleen, Garth’s mom noticed my daily vigil to ride by the house and after a while, she would come say Hi. She always had Garth in her arms and 2 small children right beside her and at times I could see the older boys. I had all eyes for the boys. I suspect she recognized something in my actions that she knew she could not allow around her boys. Colleen was not going to allow some little girl to come and cause chaos in her home. So to my surprise, she started inviting me to come be with her in what ever she was doing. Ironing, cooking dinner, changing diapers, feeding Garth, she let me be a part of it. She talked to me about her family, she told me about what all of them were doing, playing ball, what grade they were in and how proud she was of them. I watched her iron and clean and feed the children and I listened and I learned I had to behave when I was around her family, I found a self-respect that I had not known. I loved Colleen so much for teaching me about my self-awareness because I knew how to act when I was with her and her family. I love all of the Brooks family.
To my full delight, I was invited often to join them and the music on the front porch. Garth was probably less than 2 when we watched him play the banjo during these family times, most likely some of the first times he ever played. Mostly I knew that Colleen had a voice like an angel and I wanted to hear her every word.
We moved away from 16th street on my 13th birthday. I hated not having Colleen in my life anymore. I missed her but I quickly I allowed myself to forget, that feeling of self-respect that I had experienced when I was around her and her family.
I don’t remember talking to Colleen again until the day my first daughter was born during summer 1979. Somehow Colleen called me in the hospital. She told me all about the family, and she mainly told me about how Garth was doing. She was proud of all of the family and she told me I was special to her. She was very proud of Garth, he was playing music in Stillwater Oklahoma and was becoming known for his music. I loved her and I told her I did. I said thank you for calling and that I never wanted to lose track of her again.
I talked with her on the phone a few times each year. Garth’s music was at the top and very well known. My daughters and I knew the words to Garth’s songs and we would sing along with him on the radio. And then Colleen called me to talk and she told me she had cancer. She told me a lot about what Garth was doing for her to get the best medical help. I knew hardship, grief, and overcoming was familiar to the Brooks family because more than once I had visited one of the older brothers while he was in the hospital, waiting for a kidney transplant. I was watching the family together and I always saw the love and expressions of joy they always shared with one another and with me. Well, this was the thing that had impacted me most of all through the years.
It seems silly to say this because Garth most likely will not ever read it, but I want to say: Thank you, Garth, for working so hard to be the person your mama raised you to be. I see Colleen in you and this means a lot to me. Thank you for loving our Lord Jesus Christ and not being afraid to say He is where your faith and confidence comes.
I may have forgotten for awhile what I learned from Colleen and being a part of her family, the self-respect, realizing my own self-worth and how it affects others but I came back to it when I learned about Jesus love for me. Accepting Christ love for me and beginning to learn what God had done for us when He sent Christ to earth to show mankind His love in the form of flesh and blood, in some way, I was able to relate, I think because I had experienced these times, times that I had laid down my own misery and allowed others to love me. I began to renew my mind and live according to the riches in Christ Jesus rather than my own understandings.
I knew love and God’s grace through the years that I did not want to live. I say this because I intimately know when I do not see a way to continue, God makes a way…
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future, John 16:13
Please allow our Father, His Son Jesus, and The Holy Spirit to be in your daily life.
What is a Patron? a person choosing to be a supporter of the Arts.
… the unspoken between artist, KMcElwaine, and You, the patron
Patreon is becoming a typical way for an artist to raise money, But, nobody had it over Rembrandt van Rijn July 15, 1606 – October 4, 1669
This is the way Rembrandt managed to put dinner on the table and brew in his goblet. Rembrandt being the creative person he is painted constantly, and he was a public servant, recording history and providing beauty all around in his community. Needing to have enough to eat and wanting to hobnob with his collectors, the 1% of his time, he painted lots of different art. Commissions, studies, studio works paintings for the community and his own response to inspirations….sounds like me.
Most of his paintings include people.
He had to find ways to create an income…again, this sounds like me. Rembrandt found a way to tap into the ego of the leaders in his small Dutch community.
My imagination can be pretty vivid and I conjured up a picture in my mind of Rembrandt standing in the presence of Mayor Cornelis de Graeff , and telling Mayor Graeff all about how he pictured The Night Watchman to look once he painted it. Rembrandt’s And then Rembrandt would ask, “Will you pay me X# of guilders to paint your face on the most prominent person in my painting?” Of course t, e mayor was willing, so the mayor would become a patron. Then Rembrandt would be off to the banker with the same offer and the banker would become a patron. With each offer, the most prominent figure would move according to the highest bidder. I’m certain Rembrandt found important spots in his painting for each person willing to pay. And then his paintings had much less desirable figures, such as the cadaver in The Anatomy Lesson painting. But Rembrandt still needed a model so he had a name for these people in his paintings.
Rembrandt called these individuals and later the face painting studies Tronies because they were a patron without the pay, Tronies.
My dad often referred to his rodeo buddies as Tronies so this was great fun to read when I learned about Rembrandt in my own research.
I wonder? What would the response be if I try to raise money the way Rembrandt did? Mayor Ross, are you interested in paying me to paint you into a prominent place in one of my paintings?
These are a few of my own Tronies, painted during my BusPainting Days. I loved painting people and working to make sure they never knew they were a model for a quick fun study. I call the collection of these painting My Very Cantankerous Rich Ladies because I learned so much from these wonderful people about my own character and the character of people that loved me because of my art painted during the commutes to and from my job at University of Texas, 2007 – 2011.
A normal day for me is to wake up take care of
andBaby, my Ferocious Cat, while the coffee is brewing. Now I don’t have any eyes sitting and looking at me and I can pour my coffee in my favorite cup, a cup you can purchase online or in the store at Sue Patrick in Austin.
By now I have imagined my impending day so many ways I feel sure I can be successful at anything I put my hand. Honestly, the biggest variable in how much confidence I have …did I start my day praying? Today as I woke up, before I got out of bed, the first thing on my mind, I gave thanks to my Father God and I remembered to reach my hand out, metaphorically speaking and ask Jesus to walk with me all day long? I think because I am an artist I picture everything in my mind…I know the difference in a day when I see Jesus welcoming me and walking with me, and the days when I seem to leave Jesus on the cross, because I find myself picturing myself, not so much beside Christ, but looking up at Him at the foot of the cross. But either way..I picture it all in my mind, and at any moment I am capable of making the necessary changes in how I see myself.
Thank you for being a part of my walk. If you are a buyer of my art at any of the places my art is available, Quilt Blocks at Sew Crazy in Cedar Park, or Sew Crazy online at ETSY, Divine Treasures in Georgetown, Texas, Lakeline Farmers Market in Cedar Park, on Saturdays, from Sue Patrick in Austin, Or maybe you have taken Beginners Watercolor Painting classes from me, or maybe we go to Church together at Leander Presbyterian Church or on an occasional Saturday evening at Celebration…Thank you for being a part of my life.
Sometimes pictures say so much more!
“The Success Is Yours”
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 just started making teaching videos on Skillshare. It really is a wonderful place to learn how to do most anything you want to learn.
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