• To Christian Groups Everywhere

    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 PageIt is not us and them…it is Jesus and us.

     

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  • A True Story for Devotion and Life Enrichment Bible Study

    This true story is shared with you for the purpose of Bible Study.

    A Devotional and Life Enrichment Bible Study.
    While you listen, try to let the story take your mind off of anything you might have on your mind.

    BODY OF STORY

    How I Got My Smile.
    Robert and I visited a new church one Sunday evening to hear a Highway Patrolman preach. The church was in Bixby, Oklahoma. The highway patrolman was known for telling about things that happened to him in the line of duty that saved lives and turned lives around.

    I remember his sermon to be inspirational and encouraging.  After he preached he and the pastor at that church invited anyone that would like prayer to come to the front. I went to the front for prayer and Robert was right behind me.

    The highway patrolman was praying for each person individually. He would stand in front of the person he was praying for, pray quietly and then move to the next person.

    When it came time for him to pray for me I stepped in front of him and bowed my head.  He prayed for me and turned to step away. Robert describes what happened next this way:

    His face energized. His face changed, flushed with joy.  With a very large, glowing grin he lit up radiant.  He turned and stepped back to stand in front of Kathleen.  Speaking directly to Kathleen with loving assurance he said:
    “My child, don’t cover your smile. You are covering a gift I gave you. I gave you that smile to share. “
    We returned to our seats and I began to reflect on what I had heard him say. This man did not know me and I had not said a word to him, keeping my hands to my side the complete time.  I knew this had been God speaking to me through this man. I knew the truth behind the words spoken to me.  Robert also was aware.

    You see, my front teeth are big.  I have believed since childhood that I had an unattractive smile. When I smiled or talked or laughed, I covered my mouth with my hand.

    With this as a turning point, I began to think of my smile as a gift from God and I worked to stop the habit of covering my smile. A few years later I became so comfortable with my smile that people started telling me, my smile was what they enjoyed the most each time they saw me.
    Now all these years later, if I catch myself feeling self-conscious or afraid to be myself I remember that God had given me my smile to share and not hide from others.

    I still struggle with self-confidence. At this time in my life, I had taken a back seat and was afraid to speak up. I never thought of myself as being a leader in any situation. I was seldom a contributor and became shaky and sick at my stomach when I had to speak up in a group. This experience was paramount in God showing me my individual value and self-identity.

    This experience became a part of who I am, only after I let it replace doubts and fears. In my heart and in my mind I let this scripture be alive,  Jeremiah 1:5  Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.  Before you were born I set you apart. In an instant when the man shared with me I thought it really was a possibility that God knew individually and personally who I am and what I struggle with. Now I carry the scripture inside of me, alive and a part of who I am.

    I may have read this scripture many times before this happened to me, but at some point, I read it and stopped and thought about what it might mean in my life and I remembered God had given me my smile and I knew my smile was to be a light in the world.  Matthew 5: 14 – 16 You are the light of the world.  A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket but on the lampstand;  and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven. I thought how appropriate it was for God to give me a smile to learn to show.  Many times in my life a genuine smile from someone had given me peace and quieted my fears.
    I had to make real changes in myself to begin to incorporate what had been said to me.  It was undeniably so for me: The Sovereign Holy Spirit of God had spoken through a stranger to me.  I wanted more than anything to be the person God was showing me He had created me to be. It was going to require changes.

    I love new art supplies, I love to experiment with new colors but somehow I seem to gravitate back to what I am most familiar. When God told me to not cover my smile, I could not help but want to break the habit I had established of covering my smile with my hand. I found out that I needed to renew my mind to break this habit. I had to stop thinking wrongly of myself, I had to put on a new self as the scripture Ephesians 4: 22-24  You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

    After learning that I needed to break the habit and that I needed to change the way I saw myself,  I found life in Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
    I learned quickly that it was not as easy as reminding myself to remove my hand from covering my mouth.  I had to begin to see, understand, and live differently.  I had to work at being comfortable sharing my Joy with laughing and smiling.

    Making changes in my life required me changing the way I think.

    The scriptures refer to this as the renewing of our mind. And just like learning to watercolor takes time, dedication and practice. Stopping the habit of covering my mouth with my hand could change only after time, dedication and practice.

    I began the work of change and learning, of renewing my mind, to stop covering my mouth.

    I realized I needed to first change the way I thought about myself.
    These scriptures in Ephesians and in Romans helped me understand what I needed to practice.

    Now that you have read my story, I recommend you Download and Transfer the Donkey image and begin painting and staying quiet to allow yourself to process thoughts about what you have just read and the scriptures. My hope is this will be white space in your life and you will allow the Holy Spirit to work in you as in Psalm 46:10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

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    To watch a video of me painting the Donkey visit my Youtube Channel 

    Scripture Meditation and Watercolor Study is written for a person alone or in a group, discussion time will not always be available.

     

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  • A Patron of The Arts

    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

    After Rembrandt, by KMcElwaine

     

    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.

    Dr. Deijman’s Anatomy Lesson (fragment)

    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?

    I have created an easier way for you to become a Patron of KMcElwaine Art

                                                                                             Click here to check it out…Patreon.com/ktws

    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.

    My Very Cantankerous Rich Ladies – Each one has a lot to say. Tronies painting during the BusPainting day 2007-2011

     

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  • Watercolor Painting Favorite Supplies

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  • Grandma Art Camp and Michelangelo or Maybe it was Leonardo Da Vinci and the Last Supper

    Sitting and looking at supplies, paintbrush or pencil in hand, seemingly peering out into space, sometimes with formless paint splotches on the perfectly prepared support in front of the creator, this is the process of the artist. This is Artist as a verb.
    I once heard this story and I know it is true for me, so I have every reason to believe it is a true story of Michelangelo’s preparation to paint the Sistine Chapel.
    Michelangelo was seen day after day standing in front of the building, just standing. On occasion, he would enter the Chapel. Pope Julius II the person commissioning Michelangelo to paint the great work, became tired and impatient for Michelangelo to begin the painting.
    Nothing was happening, was it ever going to change?
    Had he made a mistake in hiring Michelangelo to create this great work?
    Ascanio Condivi, a friend and bible scholar-consultant to Michelangelo, responded to the Pope in this way.
    “When the artist seems to be doing the least, this time, is in fact when the ARTIST is doing the most.”
    Whether you are you planning creative time for yourself or with your grandchildren? Remember this story and be sure to Keep The White Space. It is important that children, just like yourself can be creative without parameters of right and wrong or good and bad.
    Being critical of a child’s efforts, being critical of your own efforts towards creativity shuts the creative state of mind down.
    In other words, don’t point out anything that seems wrong.
    Creativity is a process, not an accomplishment.
    Working to be better at drawing, painting, sculpting etc. is no different than learning to play a musical instrument….it requires practice and confidence building opportunities.
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  • Thumbnail watercolor paintings

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    Early on I was taught watercolor painting could be used as a sketch medium. Learning to paint in watercolor to sketch gives the opportunity to  make decisions and plan out composition, color combination and so on.

     

    A thumbnail watercolor sketch could be used by an artist as a calling card so it was most likely the earliest form of a business card. I remember observing my instructor Virginia Jarboe Rodecker write her phone number and sign the back of one of her thumbnail paintings and give it to an inquirer about an original painting at a showing of her art.

    Today, these little paintings painted on small torn off sheets of  100% cotton, highly textured watercolor paper might be found at a yard sale or in an antique shop. Thumbnail paintings I did over the years were treasured by my art teacher, my family and my friends.

    I have been known to give thumbnail paintings to waitstaff in restaurants or passerby’s that observe me painting in public.  The artist has been gifting art forever. I will continue in my habit of giving my art anytime I have the opportunity and I can.

    Stop and watch and talk to me when you see me painting, it is just another way that I Keep The White Space in my life and in my watercolor paintings.

    Would you like to purchase a Keep The White Space Image Kit, a paint palette and water brush? These are all available from my ETSY Store.

    Or visit my Original Print Store on Pixels and Fine Art America to see lots of KMcElwaine Original Art

    Come Paint with me 
    Painting at MO-Ranch Hunt Texas, April 11 – 14, 2016.
    Learn more – https://www.moranch.org/attend-a-conference/adult-conferences/spring-painting-retreat/  I will supply the paint. If you need the supply list let me know by emailing me

    Next Saturday Class will be held in my studio, April 9, 2016, 1:30 to 3:30 at 116 W 8th Street, Office #104 Georgetown, Texas. Sign up by visitingkmcelwaine.com

    I am available to teach 10 to 50 people. This is the same 1 1/2 hour class I teach in my studio. Fun for all. It works well for Church retreats, Conference breakout sessions, family get together’s, will work for mixed age groups. You name the place I will bring everything needed. $40.00 per person plus travel expense. Price is negotiable for groups of 15 and more. Email me

    Email me if you would like to schedule a 1 1/2 hour class in my studio. A Private class or bring a friend. It is not unusual for me to have  up to 4 people. Bring a friend as a gift or come as a family.  $40.00 per person.

    Please forward my newsletter to anyone you think might benefit and invite them to sign up by going to my website to receive their own Keep The White Space email. www.kmcelwaine.com

    Buy my Art  http://kathleen-mcelwaine.pixels.com/

    To inquire about original paintings please send an email direct to The Georgetown Gallery carrying my paintings. Diane with Artisans Connect Gallery, Georgetown, Texas  Website  http://artisansconnect.net/

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  • Leisure Painters and Beginners – Start here

    KTWS Rooster KTWS Ridley Turtle KTWS Purple Pansy KTWS Logo Longhorn KTWS Indian Blanket KTWS Hummingbird KTWS Honey Bear KTWS Grape Cluster KTWS Elf Owl KTWS Bluebonnets

    Leisure Painters and Beginners – Start with Keep The White Space Image Kits.

     

    Keep The White Space Image Kits are created just for you.

    • I teach you to paint from the beginning. Each kit includes everything you need.
    • Step by Step instructions,
    • NO DRAW pattern is taken from my original painting,
    • 4 sheets of watercolor paper, your very own water brush,
    • #2 pencil, and enough paint in paint dots to practice with your new paint brush and then paint the image 3 times.
    • Colors to use and how to paint a foundation to build your image.

    My WaterColoring Books include

    • 10 different images and you buy the supplies. In the book I suggest brands of art supplies, tell you the colors to buy and teach you about how to paint in a way that all are successful.nds and colors to use and how to paint a foundation to build your image. I consider that I teach you a technique that if done as I show you, you will not fail.

    Over time of using the basic techniques I teach, a painter grows more confident and in no time at all you are painting and drawing with your paint brush on your own. Try one you will see.

    Would you like to purchase a Keep The White Space Image Kit, a paint palette and water brush? These are all available from my ETSY Store.

    Or visit my Original Print Store on Pixels and Fine Art America to see lots of KMcElwaine Original Art

    Come Paint with me 
    Painting at MO-Ranch Hunt Texas, April 11 – 14, 2016.
    Learn more – https://www.moranch.org/attend-a-conference/adult-conferences/spring-painting-retreat/  I will supply the paint. If you need the supply list let me know by emailing me

    Next Saturday Class will be held in my studio, April 9, 2016, 1:30 to 3:30 at 116 W 8th Street, Office #104 Georgetown, Texas. Sign up by visitingkmcelwaine.com

    I am available to teach 10 to 50 people. This is the same 1 1/2 hour class I teach in my studio. Fun for all. It works well for Church retreats, Conference breakout sessions, family get together’s, will work for mixed age groups. You name the place I will bring everything needed. $40.00 per person plus travel expense. Price is negotiable for groups of 15 and more. Email me

    Email me if you would like to schedule a 1 1/2 hour class in my studio. A Private class or bring a friend. It is not unusual for me to have  up to 4 people. Bring a friend as a gift or come as a family.  $40.00 per person.

    Please forward my newsletter to anyone you think might benefit and invite them to sign up by going to my website to receive their own Keep The White Space email. www.kmcelwaine.com

    Buy my Art  http://kathleen-mcelwaine.pixels.com/

    To inquire about original paintings please send an email direct to The Georgetown Gallery carrying my paintings. Diane with Artisans Connect Gallery, Georgetown, Texas  Website  http://artisansconnect.net/

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  • Texas Art Educators Conference 2015

    This year the Texas Art Educators Conference, held in Galveston Texas was the best ever, I am certain.

    I arrived at Moody Gardens and began to set up my table showing various Keep The White Space Books sealed in a Ziplock bag that held a water brush.

    Teachers attending the event were being held at bay outside the doors of the conference room. I was excited. I had come a long way since the conference last year. The doors opened and I began to have lines form in front of me. I had Kim Block, an art teacher friend helping me, we had not expected this great turn out.

    I was scheduled to teach 3 workshop breakout sessions.

    • Journaling with a water brush.
    • Painting with Daniel Smith Water sticks with a water brush.
    • Water Soluble Graphite with a water brush.

    My first class was Friday Morning at 10:00 am and to my surprise I was met in the hallway by a group of people wanting to be in my workshop. I opened the door to the classroom, (designed to hold 50 people) the room was filled with people. I asked if the previous class was over and could I come in and begin to set up for my workshop? To my surprise and – the people sitting were there for my workshop!

    I was met with a crowd in the hallway for each class.

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    As I prepared to teach the workshops for the teachers I kept trying to figure out what they could take back to the classroom. It came to me that my style of speaking and teaching is as an encourager, inspirer, a person that can Hurrah, hurrah you on and be a voice you hear regardless of your particular circumstances – at least that is my goal. I decided I would design my workshops “Just For You” show them things that are confidence building, saying words that show them I understand what they are up against as classroom teachers of our children. When I shared my purpose of the workshop being”Just For You” I was met with smiles and wet eyes. I knew by this response that my workshop was accomplishing what I came to do.

    I taught two classes, sold out of kits and water brushes at 4:00 pm  on Friday. I taught the last workshop on Saturday. I took orders for large orders of KTWS Books and brushes for classrooms.

    This experience – need an inspirational thought

     

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