Seattle I Love You

"Seattle Skyline" 3ftx2ft Acrylic and gold leafing on Canvas

"Seattle Skyline" 3ftx2ft Acrylic and gold leafing on Canvas

Recently with the success of my Pittsburgh Skylines, I was inspired to start branching out and creating new city skylines to cater to both Seattle Natives to tourist who love the land. My boyfriend is currently stationed in the Navy just outside of Seattle which has given me the excuse to visit Seattle a couple times now and I must say I do love the city. Of course I did the touristy things of visiting Pike's Market, the famous gum wall and the Space Needle, but my second trip out there I finally got to explore the frontiers of the gorgeous environment that surrounds the city. On my second trip I got to travel through Olympic National Park and drive up to Mt. Rainier, a 14,410 foot volcano just hanging out next to city no big deal. When I decided to create the Seattle skyline I really wanted to incorporate breath taking Mt. Rainier with it. I feel everyone is very hyped about Mt. St. Helens but don't actually know about the other volcano always in sight of the city. Although black and gold are Pittsburgh's colors, I love the sleek clean look in the style I've created so I decided to stick to that color scheme for my first Seattle painting. Loving the way it turned out and future cities are to come!

Antonio and Angiosarcoma

"84" Antonio Brown Acrylic on Canvas 36inx48in

"84" Antonio Brown Acrylic on Canvas 36inx48in

Kait Schoeb with her painting "84" that was donated and auctioned off to raise funds for Team Hauser and Angiosarcoma research.

Kait Schoeb with her painting "84" that was donated and auctioned off to raise funds for Team Hauser and Angiosarcoma research.

This year to kick off the month of August, I was asked and graciously accepted the opportunity to donate to Team Hauser in honor of Reverend Scott Hauser who lost his battle to a rare and devastating disease Angiosarcoma. After Scott's death his wife Laura and friends joined together to create Team Hauser to create awareness and raise funds for research for Angiosarcoma, a rare and aggressive soft tissue sarcoma that attacks the inner lining of the blood vessels. In preparation for the Gala, I was asked if I would paint a portrait of Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers. I always knew I'd wind up painting Antonio after many requests, but I wasn't sure how I'd creatively tackle (football puns) how I wanted to paint him exactly. I searched for photos online, but the constant thought of a pushing deadline was in the back of my mind. I'd only have a week to create this painting, and make it look fantastic. The better it looks, the more money that can be raised. The pressure was on. I had to make a game time decision. (There go more football puns for ya.) In my search for action shots of Antonio I came across a gorgeous and solace expression of Antonio that was too striking to pass up. I decided to make his portrait in black and white to help me finish the painting on time. With that I wanted to, and have been trying to push away from just recreating what exactly is on a photograph. I wanted people to see right away it was a painting and not something you can just print out online. Another game time decision. 

Although I almost always especially with portraits use oil paint, I'd have no choice but to paint with acrylics. I knew there was no way the painting would dry in time for the event if I chose oils. It was a long shot on how I'd be able to blend the paints for a smooth appearance but I have no choice.I searched for photos online but the constant thought of a pushing deadline was in the back of my mind.I'd only have a week to create this painting, and make it look fantastic. The better it looks, the more money that can be raised. The pressure was on. I had to make a game time decision. (There go more football puns for ya.) In my search for action shots of Antonio I came across a gorgeous and solace expression of Antonio that was too striking to pass up. I decided to make his portrait in black and white to help me finish the painting on time. With that I wanted to, and have been trying to push away from just recreating what exactly is on a photograph. I wanted people to see right away it was a painting and not something you can just print out online. Another game time decision. Although I almost always especially with portraits use oil paint, I'd have no choice but to paint with acrylics. I knew there was no way the painting would dry in time for the event if I chose oils. It was a long shot on how I'd be able to blend the paints for a smooth appearance but I have no choice.

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I created Antonio's portrait with my brushes for the realistic style and for the pop of yellow to signify Steelers and the city of Pittsburgh colors, I used my palette knife to create a thick texture to the smooth backdrop. "84" was now created. The gala took place August 10th at the Circuit Center and Ballroom in South Side. The event was hosted by Rob Rossi, from WPXI and featured prizes, auctions, food and live music. I'm extremely proud of how this piece turned out and even got the thumbs up from Antonio Brown himself! For more information please visit www.teamhauser.org or www.cureasc.org to learn more about the Angiosarcoma Project.  

Raise It for Roberto

Kait takes on "The Great One"

No foolin'! On April 1st, Kait attended a private event where she was given the opportunity to have her painting of the late Roberto Clemente displayed in the museum dedicated to the former Pirate.

Kait with her painting, currently hanging in the Roberto Clemente Museum in Pittsburgh

Kait with her painting, currently hanging in the Roberto Clemente Museum in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Proud

Pittsburgh Proud

A few local artists, including Kait, were tasked with creating paintings of Clemente to be displayed in the museum (located in Lawrenceville) in honor of the Pirates home opener. Among those in attendance was Clemente's own son, Roberto Jr, and former Pirates teammate, Manny Sanguillén.

Roberto Clemente Jr, Kait, former Pittsburgh Pirate Manny Sanguillén

Roberto Clemente Jr, Kait, former Pittsburgh Pirate Manny Sanguillén

If you're interested in purchasing the paintings done by Kait and the other artists, just want to see them in person, or want to learn more about Roberto Clemente head to The Clemente Museum's website to schedule a tour! 

Lookin' good 21

Lookin' good 21

Kids Create with Kait

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh Welcomes Kait for Paint Night

This week Kait got to host a paint night at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh where over 20 parents and children came to take part in the colorful evening! 

We saw dragons, cats, trees, and snowflakes just to name a few of the awesome paintings that were created. It was wonderful to see so many smiles and hear so much laughter in the room! Kait can't wait to host another paint night for them in the future! 

 Have your own ideas on a fun night for the families at the RMHC? Visit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh for more information on how to donate or volunteer your time! 

*All photos credited to Steven Jonathan Photography

Painting the City Blue

Kait Creates Art at Chef's Create Gala

Kait and her painting live at the Autism Speaks Chef's Create gala

Kait and her painting live at the Autism Speaks Chef's Create gala

At the 4th annual Autism Speaks Chef's Create gala, Kait created a painting of the Pittsburgh skyline (arguably the prettiest skyline around if you ask us!) She chose different tones of blue to represent Autism. 

The piece went to auction and sold the night of the event to raise funds for the Autism Speaks organization. 

Kait in action photo credit to Eric Pensenstadler of Video Horizons

Kait in action

photo credit to Eric Pensenstadler of Video Horizons

To learn more about Autism Speaks or to donate, please visit their site at AutismSpeaks.org

Encore Please: Kait Returns to the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Kait putting final touches on her live painting 

Kait putting final touches on her live painting 

Kait Live Paints for the PBT

For the second year in a row, Kait was given the opportunity to live paint for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's annual fundraising gala!

Days before the gala, Kait met with her ballerina model to discuss poses and costumes the dancer would be using at the event to help Kait get a jump start on her painting. Kait used the lavender door to the ballet studio as inspiration for the painting's color scheme.

Kait and her friend Ali glammed up for the gala

Kait and her friend Ali glammed up for the gala

The ballerina model with her painted counterpart 

The ballerina model with her painted counterpart 

The painting went to auction at the end of the event with proceeds going to raise scholarship funds for the PBT. In total, the entire gala was able to raise more than $553,000 for the organization!

The final product

The final product

Kait would like to express her thanks to her ballerina model and the people of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre for inviting her back to take part in this year's gala! To check out Kait's past work with the PBT, head over to her post about last year's event: Theatre Welcomes Kait  

Behind The Scenes

Check out the Before and After Photos of Mayor Peduto's Birthday Painting

In October, Kait presented Mayor Peduto with an oil painting of David L. Lawrence in honor of Mayor Peduto's birthday and Pittsburgh's bicentennial. Scroll down to check out the step by step process that goes in to one of Kait's paintings. After that,  stop by the City Hall building to see Kait's work on permanent display! 

Outlining the image onto the canvas

Outlining the image onto the canvas

Starting to add color. The blue painters tape in the bottom corner helps to create sharper lines

Starting to add color. The blue painters tape in the bottom corner helps to create sharper lines

The background slowly starting to take shape

The background slowly starting to take shape

More depth 

More depth 

More detail

More detail

We've got a face! Entering the home stretch

We've got a face! Entering the home stretch

The final product! David L. Lawrence with a steel mill backdrop. Can you get more Pittsburgh than that? 

The final product! David L. Lawrence with a steel mill backdrop. Can you get more Pittsburgh than that? 

Want to know how Mayor Peduto liked his surprise? Check out Kait's blog post about the big moment here: https://paintsbykait.com

SURPRISE! Happy Birthday to Mayor Peduto and the City of Pittsburgh!

Something that was only months in the making, somehow still felt like a lifetime to build up to this moment. I count and thank my lucky stars for every opportunity that is offered to me and this one is one of my proudest. Not only was I asked to create a painting to commemorate the city of Pittsburgh's 200th anniversary, but also a surprise birthday gift to Pittsburgh's Mayor Bill Peduto.

Kait presenting her gift and oil painting of David L. Lawrence to Mayor Peduto

Kait presenting her gift and oil painting of David L. Lawrence to Mayor Peduto

We went back and forth for months on what exactly to paint, what the painting will be for, and what to do with it in the end. There were countless ideas, but we wanted it to be a perfect fit for the bicentennial and the celebration. When we found out that Mayor Peduto loved a picture of former Pittsburgh Mayor David L. Lawrence, we knew it was not only exactly what needed to be painted, but it would be fantastic to have it as a surprise birthday gift for the mayor. As an added bonus, it was also the 50th anniversary of David L. Lawrence's death on November 21 during the Pittsburgh Bicentennial year. It all aligned like as if it was meant to be.

The painting was done in oil paint and is 3ftx 4ft large. And coming from someone who's only 5'2 that's a big painting. On October 31st, a day after Mayor Peduto's birthday, the mayor's staff helped arrange and organize a surprise party and a private unveiling of the painting in city hall. Needless to say Bill was extremely surprised and loves the painting. Just in case you were wondering lol. HUGE thank you to the Mayor's staff for going out of their way, believing in me, and being a backbone of support of my dreams. Words cant express how proud I am to create a painting to celebrate the city I love. Happy birthday Bill and happy birthday Pittsburgh!

Painting of Mayor Peduto and City of Pittsburgh's birthday gift Oil on Canvas 36in x48in 

Painting of Mayor Peduto and City of Pittsburgh's birthday gift

Oil on Canvas 36in x48in 

Kait Live Paints for PAART!

See the Photos of Kait's Live Painting for PAART

Final result of Kait's Live Painting at PAART Dog Days of Summer Event. 3ft x 4ft Acrylic on canvas.

Final result of Kait's Live Painting at PAART Dog Days of Summer Event. 3ft x 4ft Acrylic on canvas.

I was so excited to get the opportunity to live paint at this year's Dog Days of Summer event hosted by Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team ( PAART). Once again this year's event was held at the Allegheny Airport in West Mifflin and drew in hundreds of people. Last year as seen in my earlier blogs, I painted and donated a piece to go into silent auction. This year not only did I get the chance to live paint and raise funds through the live auction, but I also got the chance to play around with my art style. My usual style as you've seen is hyper realism, but I've always wanted to try a completely different style but have always been too afraid to. The thought of creating something that wasn't exactly what I saw in a photograph toyed with my mind. When I got asked to do the painting I knew this was my chance to try it out. We chose to paint Zoe from the Western Humane Society who is on the cover of August 2016 Whirl Magazine. I'm over the moon by how the painting turned out and I wanted to keep creating more paintings in this style!

If you'd like to have me paint at your event please email me at KaitSchoeb@gmail.com!

Kait painting during the PAART Dog Days Of Summer Event before it goes to live auction Photo Credit: PAART

Kait painting during the PAART Dog Days Of Summer Event before it goes to live auction

Photo Credit: PAART

View below a slide show of picture from the PAART Event!

Game Changer Gala

Kait Schoeb With Her Painting "Blue Steel" Before Auction

Kait Schoeb With Her Painting "Blue Steel" Before Auction

As you read in the previous blog post I had the pleasure of creating artwork and attending the Game Changer and Mike Ditka Day Celebration Gala in honor of the Save Jon Foundation.  This year the Game Changer Gala was held July 30th at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. Coach Ditka along with multiple doctors and founding members, Dr. Lisa Boyette and Dr. Dietrich Stephan serve as executive and active board members to serve Save Jon's mission. Throughout the evening aligned a ray of entertainment with everyone suited in their tux and gowns. Throughout the course of dinner were speeches by multiple PSC survivors and activists including Jamie Redford, Dr. Coach Mike Ditka, and performances by Broadway singers.

After dinner there was a live auction that was held along with my painting "Blue Steel" to help raise funds for Save Jon. Although the original painting is being loved in a great home, prints are available for sale in my store section found here.  Each print sold is going to raise proceeds to the Save Jon organization. At the Gala I had the pleasure of meeting Coach Ditka who serves on the board of Save Jon in honor of his friend Walter Payton who passed away from PSC. One of this year's honoree's and former Steeler Jahine Arnold also suffers with PSC disease. He was unable to attend the event, but fortunately it was due to good reason because he had received a successful liver transplant just a week before the gala. I'm very honored to have been asked to donate my work, and proud to help raise money for Save Jon and help spread their message. To learn more about Save Jon please go to their website at www.savejon.org

Kait with Former NFL Coach Mike Ditka. Photo by Lovas Photography

Kait with Former NFL Coach Mike Ditka. Photo by Lovas Photography

View the slide show below to view photos of the Game Changer Gala! 

All rights and photography provided by Lovas Photography. 

http://www.lovasphotos.com

"Blue Steel" Saves Jon

Read the Back Story of Kait's Newest Painting and How You Can "Save Jon"

"Blue Steel"    Oil Paint on canvas 24 x 36in

"Blue Steel"    Oil Paint on canvas 24 x 36in

My newest oil painting "Blue Steel," which I think is appropriately named for obvious reasons,  really only exists for one reason. The Save Jon non profit organization.

A few months ago I was approached by Save Jon, Inc. with the Boyette family's heartbreaking story and their efforts to try and raise money towards a cure for an extremely rare and life threatening liver disease called Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis or PSC for short. PSC is an autoimmune disease of the liver and bile ducts with no cure or preventable treatment. The only option of survival is with a liver transplant. After having been diagnosed with PSC, Jon Boyette, along with his sister Dr. Lisa Boyette and Dr. Dietrich Stephan teamed up to form Save Jon, Inc. Since it's formation, Save Jon's staff has been joined by the efforts of Jon's father, sister Katie, and former NFL coach Mike Ditka.

Kait with painting " Blue Steel" on Pittsburgh's  Mt. Washington Overlook

Kait with painting " Blue Steel" on Pittsburgh's  Mt. Washington Overlook

In their effort to help raise the 50 million dollars needed PER YEAR for research and find a cure for PSC in the next 5 years, the Save Jon organization held a benefit Gala on July 30th at Heinz Field. One of this year's honorees at the Game Changer Gala was former NFL player and Pittsburgh Steeler Jahine Arnold, who was unfortunately diagnosed with PSC in 2007. I don't know about you guys, but I don't have 50 million dollars. SHOCKING, I KNOW. BUT I can paint, and you and I can help raise funds even if it's one dollar at time. To help raise funds for Save Jon and the Boyette family, I volunteered to create a custom made painting to be auctioned at the gala. I decided to paint this year's honoree Jahine Arnold who is in the lower right corner of the piece as well as his former teammates Hines Ward and Jerome Bettis. Prints will be made available shortly following an announcement with proceeds of every print sold going to Save Jon.

I will have a follow up blog post up shortly with pictures from the Game Changer gala. In the meantime, to learn more about Save Jon and their story, or to learn ways you can donate, please go to the Save Jon, Inc. website at https://save-jon.org/

Kait Schoeb Art Show!

Come Meet Kait and View Her New Paintings in Person!

Image design by Snowberger Designs

Image design by Snowberger Designs

Hey Guys! I'm super excited to not only have a solo gallery show, but during this show I'm releasing my newest Andy Warhol selfie paintings to the public for the first time! I will also be showing a few of my older Pittsburgh favorites, but the Warhol paintings will be the main attraction including my third Warhol painting that has yet to be seen unless you attend the show.

This will be my second time having a show at Imagebox in Garfield during the popular "Unblurred" Gallery Crawl. My last show there had an amazing turn out and that was during the middle of February so I can only imagine what it will be like in the summer month of July. We're expecting a huge turn out and I'm looking forward to the chaos. I don't have many opportunities to meet the people who admire my work and answer questions so I'm looking forward to meeting absolutely everybody! It's also a rare occasion to get to view my work in person as well. In all honesty there's nothing like viewing artwork in person. It just takes it to a whole other level to see all the detail and texture of a piece.  

You Don't Want to Miss......

Opening night is July 1st and there will be other art shows going on at different venues throughout the street. There's no cover so you can come and go as you please to mine or other art shows that are happening.  As an added bonus there will be FREE alcohol provided at my show (for all of those over the age of 21 of course). My friend Nina will also be giving out as well as selling her gourmet chocolates and candy apples from her store My Favorite Sweet Shoppe located in Bridgeville. Nina and her chocolate shoppe have been named as one of this year's 13 under 30 for Whirl magazine so believe me when I say her chocolates are amazing! 

Look forward to meeting and seeing you all there!

Love ,

Kait

If you cant make opening night and you're in the area check out Imagebox during their gallery hours! www.imagebox.com

 

 

NOW BOOKING!

Kait Is Now Booking For Live Painting At Events!

As the summer months quickly approaches, so does the growing number of parties and events. Everyone is looking forward to their parties and having a good time, but sometimes with the rush of all the events, they seem to just take over almost every weekend and blur together. I'm at the magical age right now where everyone on Facebook is either getting engaged or having a baby. Every summer my weekends become taken over by weddings, baby showers, or other events and gatherings to attend.

I've noticed now a days everyone is looking for the next best thing. Something to make their event stand out and better than the others. Out of all the events and parties you had to attend in a short period of time, which one stood out to you? All alcohol aside, which one do you remember the most? My cousin got married a couple years ago and everything he and his wife decided to do was out of the norm and non traditional. And guess what? It was my absolute favorite wedding I've ever been to, and all those little non traditional things they did stood out to me that I'll always remember. 

Now here's where I come in to help you become that event the people will remember for years. I'm now taking booking for live painting at events and parties and have something you haven't got to see at other events. Watch in person the behind the scenes of how an artist works to create the paintings that you love.  All paintings are done in acrylic so they are done and dry to take home at the end of the event. If you'd like to have me possibly paint and bring something that'll bring even more value to your event, please email kaitschoeb@gmail.com. Now get out there and enjoy this summer!

Make-A-Wish Purse Bash!

Read and see the photos of Kait's collaboration with Make-A-Wish PAWV and Coldwell Banker!

So Make-A-Wish was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! One of the best events I've ever been to! Thank you to Mike Clark from WTAE  and along time supporter of MAW for speaking at the event, and huge thank you to Make-A-Wish and Coldwell Banker for having me and making one of my personal dreams come true!

When I was asked a couple months prior to the event by Coldwell Banker if I would create a piece for their Make-A-Wish event, it was a little hard to hold back the emotions. To work with Make-A-Wish has always been a personal and career dream of mine for awhile and I was excited and honored to finally have the chance. We decided the painting I would create would be auctioned off at the Purse Bash event hosted by Coldwell Banker and proceeds would benefit Make-A-Wish PAWV chapter. 

Right to Left: Stephanie Puglisie Make-A-Wish, Kait Schoeb, Mike Clark WTAE, Andrew former Make-A-Wish recipient with Kait's painting that she donated for auction to raise funds for Make-A-Wish PAWV Chapter.

Right to Left: Stephanie Puglisie Make-A-Wish, Kait Schoeb, Mike Clark WTAE, Andrew former Make-A-Wish recipient with Kait's painting that she donated for auction to raise funds for Make-A-Wish PAWV Chapter.

Stephanie to the right of me from Make-A-Wish and Dale Tomalewski from Coldwell Banker (who took the photo) are some of the most generous people, and along with others put in so much hard work for this event. I'm so proud of everyone for creating such a successful event. Andrew on the far right is a former Make-A-Wish child who is in wonderful health and is extremely talented on the piano which he played all night at the event. Over 350 people to a sold out crowd and did I mention this was their first Purse Bash event! I can't wait to see how much bigger and better the event is going to be in the future. Due to everyone coming out and supporting Make-A-Wish's event, they helped raise over $20,000 which is going to help grant a variety of wishes to many children.

Kait's painted "Guest Book" for guest to sign at the Purse Bash event. Acylic on canvas

Kait's painted "Guest Book" for guest to sign at the Purse Bash event. Acylic on canvas

Kait's donated painting to Make-A-Wish. Go to "Gallery" to view a larger image.      Acrylic on canvas 24x18in

Kait's donated painting to Make-A-Wish. Go to "Gallery" to view a larger image.      Acrylic on canvas 24x18in

We liked the idea of keeping it a Pittsburgh children's theme so I tried to incorporate everything I possibly could into one painting and in enough time. I also decided to create a giant "guest book" canvas for everyone to sign when they walked into the event. I usually work with oil paints, but the downside to them is how much longer they take to dry and can really drag out a project. Acrylic paint to me is my enemy and my ally. It'll dry fast and speed up my painting time, but because they dry so fast I find it extremely difficult to blend the paints together to create a smooth look. All and all I'm extremely satisfied with how both paintings turned out. Especially painting people I want nothing less than my ideal of perfection. 

To learn more about Make-A-Wish and how you can help a child in your area please go to http://wish.org

Kait and Mike Clark WTAE Pittsburgh

Kait and Mike Clark WTAE Pittsburgh

Make-A-Wish Purse Bash 2016

Make-A-Wish Purse Bash 2016

Sewickley Galley Walk Makes Autism Speak!

View and Read the Story Behind Kait's "Captain's Chair" Donated to Autism Speaks!

This year Explore Sewickley has put together their 1st annual Gallery Walk chair fundraiser and I was stoked that I was asked to be apart of it and paint a chair. The event was created and inspired by a similar gallery walk in Baltimore that Sewickley native John Dunn attended. The gallery walk consists of multiple Sewickley businesses up and down the main streets of Beaver and Broad showcasing and placing their artists painted chairs up for bid. Each chair is on display outside of the store fronts for the two days of April 15th and April 16th where portions of proceeds will go to Autism Speaks.  Each artist is given a handmade and primed Adirondack chair and is given free creative range to do whatever they'd like with their chair. So let's get into how and why I painted the chair the way that I did.

Most people at first sight would probably look at my chair and say, " Oh, it's a Pittsburgh Penguins chair." However, there's a lot more than meets the eye with the logic and message behind the mighty penguin....

Kait's " The Captain's Chair"

Kait's " The Captain's Chair"

Back view of the " The Captain's Chair"

Back view of the " The Captain's Chair"

I personally like to create my work based off of the theme of the event so when I heard proceeds of the chair auction were going to benefit Autism Speaks I immediately thought puzzle pieces. For those of you who do not know, puzzle pieces are the symbol to represent Autism Speaks. For days I was really fixated on creating all kinds of puzzle pieces on the chair to almost look like one giant puzzle. Then reality sank in. How many people are really going to buy a chair for their home with puzzle pieces all over it? I want to raise as much money as possible and something that people will want to bid on and actually use in their home so I wanted a more general theme.

I decided to go with a Pens themed chair solely for the fact they have blue jerseys. April 2nd is national Autism Awareness Day where to bring awareness people wear blue as Autism's signature color. The blue Pittsburgh Penguins jerseys are were originally worn in the late 1960's to 1980 until the recent throwback occasions that we see today. So knowing these jersey's were vintage I decided to go with a "distressed" vintage look to the chair. It's hard to tell from the photos, but the chair has a little bit of a white-wash paint job to it as I also roughed it up with some sand paper. I didn't want to go overboard with the distressed look because the jersey's are old, but their not THAT old. I also hand painted the teams vintage penguin logo in the middle. To add something to the empty space of the chair I added the captains C to the corner. Then a light bulb went off in my head which made the obvious decision to name the chair "The Captain's Chair".

I didn't feel the need to put anyone's name and jersey number on the back of the chair. I wanted it to be left to interpretation that everyone is the captain when they sit in "The Captain's Chair". Instead this was my opportunity to add in the puzzle pieces I desperately wanted in the first place. I wanted them on the front with my original design, but as I started creating the jersey I didn't want people to get too distracted. So I only added two puzzle pieces on the back because I wanted to show and represent Autism Speaks, but also to represent missing puzzle pieces. The thing with Autism is honestly we don't  know all the answers. We don't have all of the pieces. We know a great deal, but there are still some pieces missing from the puzzle. This is why I'm proud to have painted this chair to raise money to help put all the pieces together.

The Sewickley Chair Gallery Walk will take place on Friday, April 15th from 5-9pm and Saturday the 16th from 10-4:45pm. During the Gallery Walk, people can walk around and place their bids. Winners will be announced on April 16th after 5pm. My chair will be on Beaver St. in front of the Sewickley Gallery and Frame Shop across the the Citgo gas station. To learn more about the gallery walk and other activities in the Sewickley community please visit http://www.exploresewickley.com.  To learn more about Autism and Autism Speaks please visit https://www.autismspeaks.org.

Giving Back

Read and Learn About Two Charities Kait is Working With to Kick Off 2016!

Andy Warhol Painting artwork Pittsburgh artist Kait Schoeb

Just recently I was asked by the PERSAD Center if I would like to donate my artwork to this years Art for a Change 2016 and it was an undoubting yes from me. PERSAD Center is a local LGBTQ non profit organization that provides counseling service to the LGBTQ and people living with HIV/AIDS. I have a lot of friends in the LGBTQ community that I love dearly and I'm honored I was asked to help people who are asking for help. I've decided to donate a print of my latest Andy Warhol painting and can't wait for the events in April and May! To learn more about PERSAD or how to get involved please check out their website at www.persadcenter.org

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Another charity I'm partnering with so far this year is "A is for Art" for Shady Lane School which is a non profit preschool in Braddock. A lot of my friends including my sister are teachers, and I know first hand how hard working and underrated teachers are. I can't make the event February 20th, but I'm donating a print of my Heinz Ketchup painting to be auctioned off and help raise funds.
To learn more about Shady Lane School and their mission please go www.shadylane.org

 

Grab Your Selfie Stick!

View and read the story behind Kait's second Andy Warhol Painting

After months and months of painting and then stopping, I finally got back around to finish one of my personal favorite paintings. In this second painting of my Andy Warhol series,  I decided to tell the story of Andy receiving a selfie stick for Christmas along with his new iPhone case that happens to be a replica of his Campbell's soup can. I've been asked multiple times throughout my career if I would ever paint the Pittsburgh skyline, and my answer was yes and no. I would say no because I didn't want to just recreate an exact replica of the city when there's thousands of photographs you can already buy of the skyline. I knew I wanted to paint it at some point, but I wanted it to be by my rules, and create it with something you've never seen before. To continue the story of Andy's modern day journey, I placed him on top of the gorgeous view of Mt. Washington overlooking the city. I mean who hasn't taken a photo of themselves on Mt. Washington?! I also made sure to showcase a piece of the new PNC skyscraper to show Andy's relevance in the year 2015 and on.

"Selfie Stick" Oil Paint on Canvas  

"Selfie Stick" Oil Paint on Canvas  

I'm so excited to keep creating different paintings and my own story lines in my Andy Warhol series. Getting the opportunity to create paintings like these are what I live and breathe for. They remind why I love being and artist and having the freedom to say what I want to say.

This painting make me so happy.

The original is not available for sale at this time but you may purchase prints through my store by clicking here.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theater Welcomes Kait

View the photos of Kait's Live Painting experience at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater Ball

So, November 7th was the big day that had finally arrived for me to live paint at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater's Annual A Pointe in Time Ball 2015. I had an hour to paint the Pittsburgh Ballet dancers that were performing on a platform in front of me that you will see pictured below.  Both my live painting and another painting I chose to paint prior to the event were up for auction with proceeds donating to benefit scholarships to Pittsburgh Ballet School dancers. Heather Dougherty put together an eye popping event with beautiful elements of whimsical meets modern that made me feel awestruck. Be sure to check out the slide show below to view my live painting experience!

Photo Credit: Kelly Perkovich (Iris Photography)

To view more photos from the Pittsburgh Ballet Event please click here

" Work Hard play Harder" Acrylic on Canvas SOLD

" Work Hard play Harder" Acrylic on Canvas SOLD

Pictured right is my 2nd painting that was donated and up for auction during the event. I wanted to try something different and play around with not only colors but with style and technique so I used a pallet knife for the first time. I also used acrylics for both this and the live painting to help layer colors faster rather than using oils. My live painting is for sale in the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and the painting " Word Hard Play Harder" of the ballet shoes sold at auction.

Keeping Up With Kait!

Read About Kait's Art Show at Chromos, her new position as the Pittsburgh Society of Artists Members Chair and an upcoming feature in Pittsburgh's Local  Mazagine!

So I must say that fall has always been my favorite season and career wise it's shaping up to be an even better one! I still have a few projects in the works, but recently I've been able to make a few new and exciting announcements in my growing career.  Before I make my announcement I'd like to thank everyone who came out to my art show at Chromos Eyewear in Lawrenceville . I had a great time and loved getting to meet new people. In case you missed the show you can still view all of my original works until December.  (5166 Butler St. Pittsburgh Pa 15201)

At the show I did a live painting that would be auctioned off and all proceeds will go to "Chromos Cares" that will help benefit children in our local public schools that are in need of new glasses and eye exams. I decided to paint a mini Paul McCartney and thought it would be a great time to experiment. I didn't have a whole lot of time to paint since I was talking to people coming in to see the show so I did a quicker style. This time around while I had the opportunity I wanted to use different colors than what would not be normally used in my realistic style. When I first started painting Paul with the different colors I was thinking in my mind "Oh no. What am I doing? This does not look good at all." I kept shaping his face and as I put more colors in the piece it really started to come together. I honestly love the way it turned out and want to keep experimenting with this style. What you can't see from the photo is the "black" is actually more of a dark purple and the highlights in his eyes are turquoise. I'll get better pictures next time!

Kait at her solo art show at Chromos Eyewear. Mid live painting Paul McCartney while holding LOCAL magazine where Kait will be featured in their December 2015 issue.

Kait at her solo art show at Chromos Eyewear. Mid live painting Paul McCartney while holding LOCAL magazine where Kait will be featured in their December 2015 issue.

Kait's live painting of Paul McCartney at Chromos Eyewear show 10/24. Acrylic painting 18 x 24in

Kait's live painting of Paul McCartney at Chromos Eyewear show 10/24.

Acrylic painting 18 x 24in

So now it gives me great pleasure to share with you a few announcements that have been in the making for a couple months now. My first announcement I'd like to say is I have been accepted as one of the newest board members for Pittsburgh Society of Artists. I'm really looking forward to my position on the board and reaching out and helping out my local artists. http://pittsburghsocietyofartists.org/

My second announcement is I will have a featured article about myself and my artwork in LOCAL magazine for their December issue! Super excited and make sure you pick up your copy if you're in the Pittsburgh area.  http://local-pittsburgh.com/

And last but certainly not least I can proudly say I will be the featured artist at this year's Pittsburgh Ballet Theater annual "A Pointe in Time Ball". Held as one of the top black tie events of the year, this year's play will be Swan Lake. I will be live painting during cocktail hour with a few of the dancers dancing in front of me as my painting references. PBT's signature event draws in 500 guests for fine dining and beautiful performances by world class artists. Words cant describe how ecstatic and grateful I am to be asked to paint for this event. In addition to me live painting at the event I will also have a smaller painting that will be for auction as well that will benefit Pittsburgh Ballet's scholarships. Thank you Pittsburgh for such a great fall season!