Friday, March 14, 2014

Talking about our art

I find it important to talk about my art. What, why and how. Can you imagine how if artist were required to write a statement answering what, why and how - just how much better the art around us would be.  Artist should be accustom to this step.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

When I give an art class to a child I also want an adult taking the class. Since I teach private sessions this happens easily, first an adult takes a class or workshop from me and they see the value of offering the same thing to a child in their life.   Teaching in this manner, child and interested adult, I find, I am able to direct the artistic future  in the household. I teach ways to encourage the child as well as teach methods to play and practice art. The adult is often a Grandma, an aunt or a parent and they also participate in the class.  During the class I ask questions and learn interest and art habits. I use vocabulary that encourages creative thought, words of discovery about the interest and direction the child shows. I provide child and adult watercolor paint, paint brushes, and paper and we all begin to dabble in color. I start and this always seems to be enough... and then I begin to explain how to care for a paint brush and why. I talk about primary colors and secondary colors and a lot of other fundamentals that everyone may know but when I offer the discussion they become building blocks.

     The main purpose of what I share is the encouragement to     discover “creative process" and how to use the tools.   
    I call this the “Etude for the Artist”, or daily practice.

   Light and dark, values, primary colors, design are a few words that I’m not likely to use with children. But if I show them examples giving definitions, this gives understanding they can begin to build.  I introduce the fact that the art they are working on “is only a piece of paper”. I want the goal to become learning, self-teaching rather than accomplishment of a masterpiece. 
         I want to show methods that will develop and encourage.

With each class I teach, adults and children, I am listening for the students to tell me where they are in their art interest – I translate this into individual goals. I want to show how to plan and build a painting. I show them a finished painting and I talk about the layers that make up the end result that you now visually see. The goal is to build towards the masterpiece with each painting.

Please share this information with your friends and family.
Thank you Kathleen McElwaine

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Revelation 12:11 They triumphed

Revelation 12:11 They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.
Last evening Robert and I attended a talk given by Donald Miller the author of Storyline. As you can see during the talk I painted and took notes. 

Each of our journeys takes place, day after day - if it has meaning or not. 
Many people, I suppose never expect to add purpose to their life. As for me I have had a hunger and thirst for purpose and I always, always wanted to make you smile. This can only come from knowing Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

As I listened to Donald I could hear him say the same words I share when I teach painting. With my love for Jesus and the hope for others to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior I speak of how life giving it is to start practicing watercolor painting daily. And then I begin to use the watercolor painting kit that I call my laptop easel.

 I teach. 

Red Yellow Blue - are the primary colors the ones that you can't make yourself. These are the ones that God gave us to stand alone, to build, to mix.
I might say to my student that when I look at the 1/2 pans of  Red Yellow and Blue in my watercolor kit 
I think of  Be Still and know that I am the Lord your God. 
Psalms 46:10

A quest for happiness - a willingness to consider that we can be happy in spite of our individual disappointments is Faith.
Beginning Watercolor Classes/Workshops Weekly - 
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116 W 8th Street Suite 108
Georgetown, TX 78626

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Georgetown, TX 78626

Sunday, February 16, 2014

A Tree - A Good Friend 6x6 Oil Painting
It was always a rare instance when I found myself sitting in the front seat of the car with my mother at the wheel and no siblings to take her attention. These were the times that she would share with me her love of trees and tree lined streets.  As she drove past or under the canopy of the trees I could see the effects of light and shadow in my view. As I was being entertained by the view she would describe the trees as if they were her friend, someone that she knew well.
This tree is a  a country road tree that now stands proud in a neighborhood and each time I pass it I think about what a good friend it has become to me.
A Tree - A Good Friend Donated to 6th Annual IMAGINE, Round Rock, TX event Friday February 28, 2014

Kathleen McElwaine - Artist - Teacher 
Beginning Watercolor Classes/Workshops Weekly - 
Call to hold a spot for you.
Teaching/Painting Studio
116 W 8th Street Suite 108
Georgetown, TX 78626

Artisans Connect Gallery
122 E 8th Street
Georgetown, TX 78626

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Teaching, Mentoring, Coaching...My students will tell you it is all the same to me.

Support Your Local Artist. 

Kathleen McElwaine
Painting/Teaching Studio - by appointment please call first.
Studio 116 W 8th Street Suite 108 
Georgetown, TX
Original Art - Artisans Connect Gallery
122 E 8th Street
Georgetown, TX 78626
Wednesday - Sunday 512-943-4220

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Tronies - Illustration?

I had the most delightful conversation with Mary at today. Yes I will give very serious consideration to changing the way I talk about my watercolor and ink paintings starting today they will be called illustrations! Thank You Mary for all the time you spent with me.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Lamentations 3:22-23 His Love is New Every Morning

My daddy, Larry Kilgore,  taught me to pay attention to my surroundings, mainly so that I would stay out of harms way.
If daddy would let me, I was with him and he was around the horses and the cows. When your standing in the middle of large animals things can change in a second. I had to be ready, often ready to be snatched up in the arms of my daddy.
My attention could not be else where.
When my aunt and uncle gave me a sketch pad that said artist on the cover and some sketching pencils, I became an artist and when I went with daddy I had a job to do and daddy took to leaving me in the truck to draw what I saw.

This letter to friend Judy was something I started wanting to do back when I was recording what I saw in the front seat of daddy's pick-up.

C.M. Russell

Rembrandt and Tronies

Thank you for reading my blog and my letter.
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

This is what keeps me - ME

 Yesterday I went to the Georgetown Chamber luncheon. It was good, I met a lot of Georgetown folks that I will be getting to know over time. Leaving the Reunion Ranch - I turned on my phone and I started getting all the calls and text I missed, an all to familiar sound with my daughter. I pulled over and read the text's and changed my plans for the afternoon. My next job is to remember to take steady breaths, to listen to my own heart pounding sounding out "The HOPE that I have within".
She was again in the hospital. We had been trying to keep it from happening but the pain and throwing up had gone to that point - She has lived with so much of this. Pain the kind that comes with a torturous memory.

So I headed to the hospital. I expected to find her resting, expecting to find that the ER doctors would want her to experience relief, but no. The ER doctor decided to treat her as if she only had a dependence problem. So every few seconds she was wrenching with pain with her cry for help.
 She has had that same cry every since the trauma began at 11.
 I don't forget. 
The er doctor decided she needed to be admitted and signed off. 
A bit of relief until I found out that the hospital was full and the admitting doctor had a tall stack of files to see, each one a person that needed his attention.

On facebook I ask for prayer. 

Prayers happened, my back was rigid, my neck was rigid and I had forgotten all about breathing and listening to my own heart pounding out The HOPE that I have within.
Then it happened - the admitting doctor noticed her name on the chart and knowing her case, without waiting until he could see her - he gave instructions. Within a short time she was resting, still struggling with what always reminds me of childbirth pains, only a few minutes apart, but she began to take control of her breathing and move into a rest that allowed me to begin to relax my back and my neck.
You might know I always have my paints with me, I also had the beginnings of 4 pet portraits, I took one out and began to paint. The nurse came in to check on her and said 
"I paint" I smiled big and said I'm glad you do. Every little bit she made the habit of coming in to check on my daughter and my painting progress, each time asking painting and drawing questions. 
I meticulously answered each question. 
I taught her, 
I gave her paper and a drawing pencil to take home.
 I told her what to use instead of the tools that she told me she was struggling with. I was in my element. 
You see, this women, this nurse that had shown compassion to my daughter as well as several other patients all afternoon became someone that I could change her life because. I know the relief from pain that comes with loosing yourself in art, relaxing into steady breathing that includes a visual of the HOPE that is within. 

My art is available for purchase from 
Artisans Connect Gallery
122 E 8th Street
Georgetown, TX 78626
Wednesday - Sunday 512-943-4220
If you can't make it to Georgetown Tx Diane is happy to help you by phone or email to purchase one of my paintings.
Or if you would like to come see me
My Studio location
116 W 8th Street Suite 108, Georgetown, TX 
Please text me or call to let me know you are coming.

My studio is a suite down the hall inside this door. You will see my art in the hallway when you look through the window.
 I hold private painting, drawing classes, I paint commissions, I hold open studio, and I show, and discuss commissions, license's and art sales.
 I have imposed a NO COMPUTER work rule in my Working Artist Studio! It is designed after  my pre 1979 Studio. 
My plan is to be there Wednesday-Saturday 10-5 and First Friday's on the Georgetown Square until 9:00 pm.
Thank you, Kathleen

Available at Artisans Connect Gallery, Georgetown, TX 512-943-4220

Thursday, December 5, 2013

New Studio Location

I have moved into a studio in Georgetown, TX.

116 W 8th Street Suite 108, Georgetown, TX My studio is a suite down the hall inside this door. The hallway will be covered with my art. I will teach private sessions, paint commissions, hold open studio, show and discuss commissions, license's and art sales. I have imposed a NO COMPUTER work rule in my Working Artist Studio! It will be like my pre 1979 Studio. Come see me  First Friday's on the Georgetown Square until 9:00 pm.
I know it is going to be a good place to paint because the table and chairs I have painted all my life look "JUST RIGHT". 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Oil Paintings and License's and Design to come…..

24 x 30 Shabby Chic Longhorn, oil painting by Kathleen McElwaine  
(Wikipedia) Shabby chic (pronounced: "sheek") is a form of interior design where furniture and paintings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique. At the same time, a soft, opulent, yet cottage-style decor, often with an affected feel is emphasized to differentiate it from genuine period decor.

SOLD Flower Dance -By a company that designs and showcase's my paintings to dinnerware manufactures. The original of this painting is available at Artisans Connect Gallery in Georgetown Texas. 
I love this painting and I wish I could afford to keep it, but I can't. 
Rabbit in the Orchard

Cow in the Garden
Sandy Fox and I had a booth together at the Liberty Hill, TX Fall Festival. Sandy sold more pillow slips than anything else so I'm designing more. 

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Kathleen McElwaine

Sunday, October 20, 2013

November 2nd Getting Ready for a big day in November

In the evening I will be painting longhorns for donations for Austin Dog Alliance at their Fetching art event. There will be great entertainment for all in attendance Lots of art, lots of stories that will up lift and encourage. Buy a $25.00 ticket and come learn about one of the most effective organizations ever!
 Austin Dog Alliance is effectively changing the lives of children with autism and the family!
Do you have a longhorn fan in your house hold? Jump start your gift buying for Christmas. Sandy Fox and I will be at the Liberty Hill Festival November 2nd. Hope you can come see us. We will have lots of great items and great prices just for you in time for the holidays.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Painting Red Birds October 14th at Hobby Lobby 1891 Ranch Shopping Center in Cedar Park TX 9:30 - until we finish.

See you at 9:30 to paint tomorrow. Almost Red - this is the 3rd stage they will be red with the next stage. 
Come paint a couple of beautiful Cardinals that I took pictures of years ago when we lived in Sand Springs OK. Come enjoy and learn with us about painting watercolor techniques.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

"A Visual Aid" Fighting The Blues October 12, 2013

Fighting The Blues October 12, 2013 "A Visual Aid"

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Fetching Art and Painting Longhorns at Hobby Lobby

I had a very productive day yesterday, first I taught my Watercolor Workshop at Hobby Lobby and we painted Longhorns. Great Job everyone - I am normally much more sure of how I want to suggest the painting will go. This week we winged it!
 Then I delivered several framed paintings that I had done for Austin Dog Alliance. I hope you will purchase tickets for the event November 2, 2013.

Jessie by Kathleen McElwaine

Daisey by Kathleen McElwaine
Fodder by Kathleen McElwaine 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Watercolor Workshop October 12, 2013 Cedar Park, Texas

Joy of Watercolor Painting Workshop with Kathleen October 12, Hang Ups, 200 S Bell, Cedar Park, TX Call 512-263-9333 to hold your spot. 10:00 am until 2:00 with an hour for lunch while the paintings dry. I provide all the materials.We will be painting one or all of these paintings. 
 Hope to see you!
Thank you Kathleen

Friday, September 27, 2013

Watercolor Painting with Kathleen Pumpkins

Paint Pumpkins with me
September 30th at Hobby Lobby on Whitestone in Cedar Park - Walk ins are welcome I have all the supplies for you to use. 9:30, we go to lunch about 11:30-12:30 and finish 2:00 to 3:00. $45.00.
You will come away with a completed 8x10 watercolor painting ready to be framed by following my directions. No previous drawing or painting skills required.

Hope to see you there. Let me know if you have any questions. 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Come paint with me tomorrow and I'll show you freehand techniques of painting roses. We painted them last week using a template and this week if you want to use the template you are welcome but if you want to be Free and Fresh I'll show you how. 
Never been to one of my classes before, well whats holding you back? Each class stands alone and I will provide all your supplies, it is all in the fun and I promise I'll teach you the methods that I have used through out my career.

$45.00 9:30 to 3:00 with an hour for lunch (we are usually finished by 2:00 but we enjoy the talk so we stick around.) Hobby Lobby in the 1890 Ranch in Cedar Park. 1431 and 183A. If you have any questions please send me a message from my website
See you tomorrow,

Speech given to Williamson County Art Guild

Speech given my by Kathleen McElwaine
To the Williamson County Art Guild Sept 3, 2013

I want to share a scripture that means a lot to me.
Revelation 2:4

These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lamp stands.
I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance
You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.
Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.
Now I hope you are listening because this is the part I wanted to talk to you about.

Consider how far you have fallen!

Talking about creativity to a group of artist should be easy.
It should be a brainstorming session.
 And you would expect that each one of us could offer ideas that would be of lasting value.
But instead i believe,
 It’s more like trying to drive a car
 into a full garage.
Many of us are routine and full of our processes.
and we don’t have a creative thought.

As an art student My painting instructors taught the process of planning each painting in watercolor first.

And then Handing me scraps of luscious watercolor paper,
 A palette of watercolor paint
And two brushes.

I was told to be responsible for the brushes -
They said
You will lose these brushes if you leave them sitting in water.

At 9 years old I didn’t find this to be a problem.

 I was big on ideas

and I wanted to continue to earn the right to borrow the brushes.

 As the years went on I acquired my own paper, paint and brushes.

For years I have used the methods i was taught –

to plan each painting in watercolor first,

And at some point I began to enjoy a place in the professional art world.

 You might know
 I’m married to a Christian man that is also a Minister

In 2008 Robert and I moved to Leander Texas for him to become the pastor of Leander Presbyterian Church.
I began to ride on Capital Metros Express Bus,
 3 hours a day.

Three weeks into the move to our new home I woke up to realize I would no longer spend  time in my studio painting on a daily basis as I had done each morning for many years.

The only thing on my mind was this fact

 I didn’t want to become a weekend painter

 I went searching through my art supplies for some way to paint while sitting on the bus.

With a canvas board, a travel watercolor kit,  a watercolor block and a waterbrush and paper towels  -
I believed I was ready to paint during my commute.

I found a seat on the bus that morning –
Arranged my supplies and looked at the white sheet on the watercolor block and wondered

what in the world would I paint.

I stared at the white paper miles past cedar park, thinking to myself how long it had been since I had been spontaneous in my paintings.
 I thought about these comments

Paint what you know
Always familiarize yourself with your colors first
Paint what is appropriate to your audience
Paint what is familiar with your audience
Always Block out time to be creative

Then I remembered a comment I had made.

“I want opportunity to do painting demonstrations.”

All of these thoughts came to life right there on the blank paper.
I could not remember the last time I had painted
out of my own imagination

I knew if I didn’t paint something I might give up.
 I had to take that first step
to paint something anything.
I began to think back to those early days of learning how.

I thought of my family in Tulsa, and my mom.
I became homesick;
I began to try to remember my first love in painting and why I had started painting.
It had been a very long time since I had thought about
Why I wanted to paint.

Thinking about mother in a care center in Tulsa led me to a memory picture that I love.

What I saw in my mind and what I thought about was Mother carrying  2 terracotta clay pots with geranium plants full of red blooms.

Each fall she would take them to my grandmothers for her front porch.
These thoughts, thoughts of my mom giving beautiful gifts
 Reminded me of my first love
My first love, my inspiration had come out of my desire to give gifts

To paint something to give as a gift
A personal gift
Something that I had noticed seemed to be special to that person
Something that would cause them to show me the smile that I recognized as
I started painting and what I painted was
geraniums blooming in terracotta pots.

After that first painting  - I never stopped painting….
and I painted whatever I could think of.
I made big blunders, visually big, I tore it up so no one including me  would see it anymore –

I learned quickly that blunders  didn't bother me,
but i could not tolerate myself unless I tried to paint each day.

For months on the bus people didn’t talk to me.
And then after a time people would find ways to acknowledge me
and my painting habit.

They said the same things to me that I had always heard when people saw me plein air painting.

I heard about their aunt or grandmother that was an artist,

I heard I can’t draw - why I can’t even draw a straight line.

I listened and kept painting, I didn’t talk.
I knew if I talked I would stop painting. I began to hear more than the words. I heard how much people enjoyed what I was doing, how it had brightened their day
How it had brightened  their life. 
From some I heard a bit of envy.  
Sometimes people would say things about what i was painting.
 such as
the sky isn't yellow.

I kept painting on the bus every day; no subject was too hard or too easy.

Each weekend when I would finally spend time painting with my oil colors

I saw how much better I was at what I was doing.
Spontaneity - I saw it come back.
I no longer had a method of working
I could see that I was developing a style that was evident to me in both watercolor and in oil.
and I could see that I had a look to my paintings that was becoming  my very own.

I felt the spontaneous creative child alive in me.

The key ingredient
for me
was my thoughts that led me to
getting back to the why I paint.

The why spurs me on  everyday.
I don’t think about who is watching and how it might look to them.

I keep focused, I don’t look to the left or to the right.
I find myself excited and looking forward to the blank white paper.
 Being tired at the end of the day became a blessing because I would look forward to the time to finish what I had started,
most often I would proceed without a plan.

There is not enough time to paint all that I want to paint.

This all happened because I made it creative time,
I had to believe it was ok if I never did anything with the painting.
The painting became the process.

After a few years of painting on the bus I moved to the Train.
 I painted daily on the train.
The dynamics changed
my painting was now more of an entertainment to all that set close to me.

I started selling the 5x7 paintings.
My style developed a name,
 people called it whimsical.
My longhorns began to be recognized as my own and I found that I could paint one of the Whimsical longhorns so quickly that I could strike up a conversation and paint one on a Stratford postcard and give it as a gift with my business card and people would go to my etsy store and buy more.

UT Coop was paying me to use one of my longhorn images to print on shirts.
Sue Patrick was paying me for 6 images on shirts.
The bob Bullock carried my cards including the Whimsical Longhorn Postcard
The look I had developed was being accepted and appreciated by many people.

On November 11, 2011 with a shortened bio and a rough draft of a business plan I became in my mind a TRUE ARTIST

I had a booth for the Christmas season at the farmers market
and a women who worked as a rep to gift shops found me.

After a time my frame-able note cards and t-shirts and pillow slips are in gift shops in New York Florida & Oklahoma and 40 stores across Texas.

I teach watercolor workshops designed for everyone, using the kit that I created for the bus.
The feedback I receive from people that attend a workshop spurs me on.
I teach methods I use.

I have just told you my story of how I got to the place I am now.

I don’t want my growth as an artist to ever stop.
I block out time to play.
And knowing That Painting from my imagination
small scale,

With nothing  to lose

no pressure to perform

is what has made the difference.
You heard me read 
Revelation 2:4
seek your first love
to remember the thing that inspired you in the beginning.
to respond again to the things that beaconed you to move forward
to spend some time being creative regardless.
I plead with you to seek the thing that is your own first love and
your  geranium moment.