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.
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
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.
Short Watercolor Lessons
It is not about learning to watercolor paint…it is about learning to let yourself paint. First let me say I do not teach children to paint because they already know how. I do however teach adults because they have developed bad habits around allowing themselves to try new activities.
I have come to realize “A brushstroke is an act of Boldness”
When you learn to paint from me, the first thing I teach, pay attention to how the brush strokes look.
Put your brush to paper, make a brush stroke, lift the brush and look to see how it looks. This is the way you will begin to learn how to build a picture with water and color. In the example above I used 2 Daniel Smith Watercolors, Permanent Orange is the lighter color, Pyrol Scarlet is the darker color. The direction of the brush matters and the layering of colors matters. you are not filling in a picture, like you would if you used a crayon, you are painting one brush stroke at a time to make it look like something when you have placed on the strokes together.
To learn how to paint watch my teaching videos and read my stories I have shared on my Patreon page, patreon.com/ktws
To Learn more about me and my art visit my website Kmcelwaine.com
Next Class Sunday 2-4 December 10, 2017 at Leander Presbyterian Church
If you live in the area of Austin, Texas and you become a patron on my Patreon.com/ktws site as I describe below, I will meet with you in my studio in Georgetown, Texas for a 1-hour private watercolor painting class and you can purchase the supplies I manufacture at a 20% discount. In addition, you are invited to attend Watercolor & Fellowship, once per month on a Sunday afternoon held at Leander Presbyterian Church. This is the church my husband pastors. This is a time to practice what I teach and learn more about watercolor painting. Please sign up for my Newsletter to be sure to know when the free Watercolor and Fellowship date is each month.
Watercolor & Fellowship
I have started having a time for anyone that wants to come paint with me to come. No Charge. I expect to have paint and brushes and palettes if you want to buy. I will always have my patterns with me for you to purchase if you want one $1.00 each or you can visit my Etsy store to buy one as an instant download and print it yourself, $1.00 either way. I will always have teaching videos available and I will show you how to access them when you are not with me.
What I hope will happen with the Watercolor & Fellowship times, I hope I can paint also. I hope I introduce new students to painting in watercolor, I hope parents and grandparents will bring their artist child to learn and watch me paint and buy materials for them.
I hope and pray we talk about what the Lord is doing in your life and are you letting yourself become quiet in your soul so your spirit…the part of you so intimately connected to our Lord Jesus Christ becoming bigger in you through this quiet time? Can you hear the voice of the Holy Spirit?
When I go to church I am worshiping. When I sing I sing as unto the Lord, though my voice is not developed, but God gave me a voice and I want to praise Him with it, so I sing. I have learned to do the same thing with painting and I want to teach you how to do this, if you are willing to learn.
Come paint together. Come watch me paint. Bring the children artist with you, not for me to teach, not for you to teach, but to give them opportunity to learn more than they would without this opportunity. And you will learn how to let them learn. You can learn more by reading what I have written about it on my website. kmcelwaine.com/classes from my website kmcelwaine.com you can click on the link that says watercolor workshops
I pray you will consider supporting me on Patreon.com/ktws. This is a way I can offer free painting get togethers and make teaching videos. $4.00 per month or a $1.00 for every video I share on the site, you can always decide to support me with more. Thank you! Click on the link, you will go right to the site. It is not easy to sign up on your phone so I recommend you do it on your computer. After you sign up you will be able to sign in on your phone and watch videos. Patreon.com/ktws
I need to tell you this is so hard to write about. Since 2011 I have said yes. I have wanted you to learn how to paint if that was your hearts desire. I have wanted to paint what you wanted. I have said Yes, I have said Yes, I have said Yes.
Enjoying the attention has been important to my own development. It was good to know art, even my art was important to you.
But now I can’t do it anymore. I can’t say yes.
I wake up in the morning and I say to my Lord Jesus Christ I don’t want anything in my life accept what you have for me. I take this statement seriously and I know the Lord has taken it serious as well. I have learned this requires a lot of changes.
- It is not my job to figure out how to make enough money. Live by faith
- I am learning to resist subtle or obvious pressures to please people. God wants to be my only Lord. No Idols.
- I need to pray at all times staying mindful that everyday is different. Trusting in the Lord with all my heart.
I had so much trouble learning to read when I was a child. I was 11 or 12 before I could read a sentence. If I was called on to read, my body would begin to shake and my eyes bounced in my head. I finally learned enough that everyone changed the subject, but I had only learned to please others. I wrote a book about my childhood becoming an artist. I didn’t share anything that would make a child sad because I wrote it for every child that loves to do art and the adult world thinks they need to be involved and develop and direct the child. Children don’t need us to teach them art, they just need quality materials to work with and to be left alone to play with the materials. You can buy my book from my Etsy Store
In art the Holy Spirit has taught me how to learn for learning sake. It has been an important work in me and as I watch people my age begin to give up their dreams, stop trying to work towards and then fulfill their hearts desire I have seen how much they benefit when I teach them to quiet their soul the way I do when I paint with watercolor. This is how I learned to learn and I continue to learn this way.
So you know what scriptures I’m listening to these days, Torah Portions, this week I’m on week 4 Reading is so laborious to me, I am thankful I can listen and paint.
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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.
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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.
When I painted these Armadillo’s I wanted to find a staining watercolor to start with. Daniel Smith’s Phthalo colors are the most staining color so I used Phthalo Blue Red shade on both of these paintings. On one of them, I added Rhodonite Genuine which is a 2 on the staining scale but it held up to the indigo wash I painted over it pretty well.
Wikipedia on the Armadillo,
Armadillo is New World placental mammals in the order Cingulata with a leathery armor shell. The Chlamyphoridae and Dasypodidae are the only surviving families in the order, which is part of the superorder Xenarthra, along with the anteaters and sloths. The word armadillo means “little-armored one” in Spanish. The Aztecs called them Turtle Rabbits.
One of my students upon showing her 6-year-old grandson her painting of the Armadillo, the grandson asked what is that animal? She answered an Armadillo. Upon hearing this the young man told his mom how silly he thought it was that grandma had painted a dead animal. He said, aren’t all Armadillos born dead on the side of the road. Well not ours, our painted Armadillos are alive and well.
Hope you will join us in class and paint your own painting of an Armadillo.