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