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
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
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
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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