• Watercolor & Fellowship

    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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    Call or text me 512-653-2540
    Original Art & Art Supplies kathleenmcelwaineart.etsy.com
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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
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  • Beginners Guide: Hot Press or Cold Press Watercolor Paper, Whats Up?

    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.


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  • 1000 Little Paintings signed KMcElwaine

    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






    Some I offer to Retail Stores for the purpose of licensing. Customers include The DayTripper with Chet Garner, Sue Patrick, Divine Treasures

    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 EtsyDivine 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.


    Some have been the most fun because I worked with Posy Lough, to create Counted Cross Stitch Kits for her Posy Collection. These are sold primarily at the Bob Bullock in Austin Texas.

    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.

    I suggest you sign up for my Newsletter and stay tuned to Kathleen McElwaine Art LLC.

    Thank you because of you all of this has been possible.





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  • Keep The White Space, in your day and in your art – an explanation

    Keep The White Space – In your Day & in your Art

    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.

    To learn how you can receive my teaching videos, see my paintings and read my devotions and stories, please visit my Patreon page. I ask you to pledge support so that my message and teaching methods can be shared with many people.
    The page is found at this URL online

    Kathleen McElwaine to learn more visit my website kmcelwaine.com

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  • Mindset of Learning to Watercolor Paint – Keep The White Space®

    A mindset is a set of assumptions or methods held by one or more people or groups of people.

    The mindset I ask my students to hold  – If I learn to watercolor paint I will learn painting techniques to practice and I will enjoy the time I spend learning. Over time I will become a better watercolor painter. I will seek to practice and study the skills and techniques rather than accomplish a masterpiece. I want to look at each painting session as an opportunity to learn, not as a good painting or a bad painting because with each painting session I am working towards my goal of becoming a better painter.

    Seek to practice and study the skills and techniques I teach each time you paint rather than expecting to accomplish a painting.

    In my classes, I teach techniques for you to practice. Most people start with my Keep The White Space® Practice Patterns and many people are happy continuing learning with this approach.  Each practice pattern may be used for a greeting card, 

    framed picture, 

    Or mated and framed picture for you to enjoy,

    or custom frame a collage of your own paintings,


    or place it inside of a journal of your own art.

    Regardless,  over time you will see your skills increase and give place for your own creativity to emerge.

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  • They noticed when Moses held his hands up…

    They noticed when Moses held his hands up… Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, the enemy prevailed. But Moses’ hands were heavy. Then they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it; and they supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. Thus his hands were steady until the sun set.

    I love this scripture and when something is going on that I feel overwhelmed and desperately need help praying I think of it.

    I live knowing

    1. Prayer is timely…if prayer is needed, pray now and ask others to pray with you and continue to pray until you know the change.
    2. God is serious when he says “where two or three gather in my name, I am with them. When we pray together, holding each other up it is very powerful.

    Last night, as I went to bed the news about Hurricane Harvey was awful…it seemed as if the storm might go out, gain strength and return to the same areas. Not one place in the path of this storm could take more, the consequences were already more than they could bear. I prayed falling to sleep and picturing the rain breaking up and separating.

    Late into the night or early morning I woke and looked at facebook, checking on friends that were posting about their safety. I was blessed to join in with prayers that were being shared on Facebook.

    Yes, this made a difference. As these prayers were being shared, prayers were being answered, safety, the water stopped rising, the storm continued to move out wider.

    Even the day the storm disappears, please don’t stop praying and keep my list of 1 and 2 in your minds.

    Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, is asking God to show Himself so that we will know and recognize and experience His hand in our lives!


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  • Beginners Art Class Painting Red Star Flowers with a Keep The White Space Practice Pattern


      To Purchase Keep The White Space® art supplies go to kathleenmcelwaineart.etsy.com


    I am often asked the question “How do your watercolor classes work?” This question comes up because I do not require people to pay for a series of classes. Each class can stand alone and students learn more and more about how to watercolor each time they attend. I tell them to come when they can and pay when they come.

    It is not unusual to show up at 10:00 or 2:00 and find the room active and feeling a bit full, but then again, you might show up and you pay $35.00 and you receive a private class from me. I enjoy this method, I don’t spend all my time doing bookkeeping and answering questions about makeup classes. I do sell tickets on my website to classes and if you find you purchased a ticket and can’t attend, no problem, come when you can and your ticket is good.

    Only once has the class been so full that students had to help me set up an additional table.

    Also, I am asked, “How do you deal with students at all different stages of learning?” Well, I realized about 25 years ago that all students are at different stages of learning and every time you attend any class you can only come away with so much information. I teach each class and I tell stories and I talk about my philosophy around the importance of Keeping the white space in your life and in watercolor paintings each week.  Each Keep The White Space® Practice Image Pattern will be a good practice for you. Do you want to paint a Red Fox? or a Blue or Purple Iris? You will be practicing watercolor painting in such a way that over time you will begin to make decisions and paint on your own. Each video I produce if you will give it a try, buy the pattern as an instant download from my Etsy store and paint along with me or watch and paint along with me, again you will be practicing brush strokes properly and building on experience and knowledge of watercolor painting.

    This video on my youtube channel is a good example of this practice https://youtu.be/rqkVJ9lCDvg You can use the pattern found in my Etsy Store or you can follow along and paint. I have given you all the resources you need right in the video. The photo for inspiration, the colors I used, the painting itself so you see how mine looked in the end. Happy Painting and enjoy each painting you do and know that each painting is building on the base of knowledge you need to be as great a painter as you can imagine.


    To Purchase visit kathleenmcelwaineart.etsy.com

    I painted this painting the first day of Hurricane Harvey. While I painted I was praying for the people on the Texas and Louisianna coast all the way up into central Texas. The scripture in Isaiah 43:1-3 when God tells us – Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One, your Savior.

    I realize how busy we are and how easy it is to leave quiet time out of our daily lives. Please take a minute to put your hand out to Christ and ask Him to walk with you, just as you did the day you realized your sin and ask Jesus into your life.

    Jesus wants to walk every step with you. He is not just a door man holding open the door for you on the day you received Him into your heart. Let Him be all He is. Be Still and know that I am God Psalms 46:10 or the way I say it…Keep The White Space® in your life and in your watercolor paintings.

    Extra thanks to Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor Paint and Global Arts Fluid 100 Watercolor paper for all you do to make it possible for me to teach with your wonderful American made products!

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  • Rodeo Photography and Rodeo Paintings…use a good reference

    Briley Mitchell a great guy and a good facebook friend took this photo. He is a professional photographer and so far he has been happy to let me use his paintings as reference. He is also the person to see if you are in Llano Texas, he can be found at the Chamber of Commerce and at every rodeo, at church, in the park, a long the river, in the middle of any event. What I am saying is he is a busy guy, but he sure does a good job of promoting Llano, Texas. Briley is the owner of Dust DevilDiver Photography in Llano, Texas

    Briley is the owner of Dust DevilDiver Photography in Llano, Texas and the Executive director of Llano Chamber of Commerce.


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  • Photos to Paintings Choosing a good photo to use

     I am convinced, no matter how hard I might try, I can not paint anything I can’t see. So it is always a good idea to start with a photograph that depicts the feeling you are wanting in your painting of your pet. These 2 paintings are a couple of my favorites. The dog is looking at its master with a look of love or at least do you have a treat for me written all over his face. Let me know if I can paint a pet painting for you. kmcelwaine.com

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  • Do You See the Blue In The Birds Feathers

    Randy Deere a very good friend of mine took this photo. He happens to be a very good photographer/artist/jeweler. When I saw this photo I was inspired to try to show the reflection of the sky in this little Sandpipers fathers…I think I did a pretty good job. Thank you, Randy! This painting is available as a print from my kathleen-mcelwaine.pixels.com site.

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