Pittsburgh Paintings

Check Out The Two Newest Pittsburgh Paintings Kait Has Created!

 "71" Evgeni Malkin 30inx40in Acrylic on Canvas

"71" Evgeni Malkin 30inx40in Acrylic on Canvas

So I know I've been a little MIA on blog posts but I swear I've been painting! Things got a little tied up with Christmas and traveling to Seattle a couple times so I've been slacking on my posts. The first painting you'll see that I finished towards the end of 2017 was an acrylic painting of Pittsburgh Penguin Assistant Captain Evgeni Malkin. I had some spare time to add to my Pittsburgh collection of painting one of our athletes in black and white with the smear of yellow. Hockey is my favorite sport, but ironically out of all the athletes I've painted I've never painted a hockey player. I've met Geno a few times in the past and he's really cool and super goofy so that's why I decided to paint him first over the obvious choice of captain Sidney Crosby. Don't get me wrong I love me my captain. I'm sure I'll get around to painting the same version of Sid when I find the time. As David Puddy would say " Gotta support the team."

 "Bill Mazeroski" Acrylic on Canvas

"Bill Mazeroski" Acrylic on Canvas

Next up we have a commission painting I did wrapping up 2017 for my friend and client Tony and his wife Cindy. Tony chose to have me paint straight from a gorgeous photograph of legendary Pittsburgh Pirate Bill Maseroski standing in the out field of Forbes Field. Painting all of that background, I'll tell you what! Wasn't sure if there was an end in sight at times and I constantly lost track of where I was painting but it turned out perfect in the end.

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.