July 29, 2017

Intro to Devotions, Watercolor and Fellowship

This time the dove returned to him in the evening with a fresh olive leaf in its beak. Then Noah knew that the floodwaters were almost gone. Genesis 8:11
From 2007 – 2011 I watercolor painted during my commute to and from my job at The University of Texas each day on an express bus. I was often referred to as the BusPaintings Artist. During the years of being “The BusPaintings Artist,” I realized great growth in my relationship with my Lord Jesus Christ.  This growth came about because of the extreme amount of quiet creative time I experienced and the quality interactions I had with fellow bus riders each day. People on the bus valued the opportunity to watch me paint and expressed interest in technique and process.  Often people shared stories about how important doing art had been to them at one point in their lives.
During these years I painted hundreds of quality 5×7 paintings.  Surprisingly even more so, I began to find healing for instances in my life. Of many life traumas, I had not expected to know wholeness until I was standing in the presence of my Lord Jesus Christ.
In time I stopped working at The University of Texas November 10, 2011, because of serious health problems.
I awoke November 11, 2011  – 11/11/11, and began right away:
·      Writing my autobiography in short story form
·      Writing “How to Learn to Watercolor Paint,
·      And creating Image Patterns from many of the paintings painted on the bus.
The short stories for the autobiography I called, Encounters With Jesus.
The How to Learn to Watercolor Paint books launched my public teaching engagement
 The Image Patterns provided students a way to begin painting without needing to learn to draw.
Prayerfully seeking the Holy Spirit’s direction, I began telling BusPaintings stories during instructional teaching time.  Then, before students would begin to paint, I ask everyone to treat the painting time as quiet time.  I ask them to observe how the brush strokes they were making looked, go slow and enjoy the experience – much like they would if they were to stop and smell the fragrance of a rose.
By intentionally taking it slow with deepening awareness, students began to exhibit confidence in what they were learning.  Painting with increasing confidence built friendly relationships, as strangers engaged with one another.  Success!
Now I have turned the stories into DevotionsWatercolor & Fellowship. 
My hope for you in reading the story is that you might be edified, strengthened, and encouraged in your fellowship with our God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Please ponder the story; treasure the scripture!  Included is a Keep the White Image Pattern matched with each devotion/fellowship time. I invite you to transfer the image pattern to watercolor paper and then experience a quiet time while painting.
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I teach so that you might learn, be encouraged and edified, Ephesians 4:12.
Thank you for your interest.
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This time the dove returned to him in the evening with a fresh olive leaf in its beak. Then Noah knew that the floodwaters were almost gone. Genesis 8:11
Sincerely,
Kathleen McElwaine
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