• 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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  • 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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    Keep The White Space Artist KMcElwaine
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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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