New City, New Kait

So in recent news, I’ve been settling into my new home in Seattle! I’ve given myself some time to relax, but more importantly some time to play around with different styles of art to up my art game. I’ve never been one to be a “one trick pony”. I’ve always wanted to offer and cater different styles because not everyone has the same taste. I definitely became inspired by all the the incredible artwork found throughout Seattle and it’s galleries. I’ve gone into a few of the local galleries in downtown Seattle and really admired the beautiful abstract work.

Abstract Acrylic Pour Painting Kait created for her apartment. 3ftx3ft

Abstract Acrylic Pour Painting Kait created for her apartment. 3ftx3ft

I’ve always shied away from creating abstract work because I wanted to create a body of work with realism to showcase my talent, but abstract work is something that I personally would have in my own house. Now that I’ve been painting realism for roughly 10 years I want to start exploring with different styles and mediums. I have a large blank wall in my living room that I kept going back and forth on what I wanted to hang there. Maybe a mirror, maybe a piece of artwork? I thought it was silly for an artist to buy an expensive piece of art that I could create myself, but then again I didn’t know how I felt about hanging my own artwork in my own house. Kind of reminded me of the story about Kanye West only playing his own music in his home. I sucked it up though after I discovered acrylic pour paintings. I saw how popular they were throughout the galleries in Seattle, and I’ve always thought, “that’s something I’d buy”.

But my attitude is nobody is super human. If they can do it why cant I? Ok, Ok, look there’s some exceptions to that rule. I’m not going to be bench pressing 500lbs or joining the WNBA anytime soon, but seriously. Why sit back and be an envious person when you can learn to do it just like they did? Lord bless the internet that had websites on how to create acrylic pour paintings and even broke it down on all the supplies that you’d need to get started. I played around with small canvases first to give it some test runs. I bought a pre-made 3ftx3ft canvas and didn’t want to jump the gun and possibly ruin the canvas. Let’s just say I’M OBSESSED with creating acrylic pour paintings now. I also discovered pouring epoxy resin over the finished piece to create a thick glossy plastic coating that gives the piece a real high end look. I’ve even learned how to use a blow torch to the painting to create a cool lace effect in the paint. It’s just been such a nice change of pace and something different to liven me up again.

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Coffee Talk

For my kicks I decided I wanted to try painting with coffee. I figured it would be easy, kind of like water color. Wrong. So wrong. I live in Seattle now where Starbucks is King. There's nothing more fitting than using only Starbucks coffee in its hometown. I went to Starbucks, order a tall black coffee and took it home with excitement and trust me, black coffee is not exciting. I’m a latte gal. I bought watercolor paper and decided on painting the city skyline with my coffee since it wasn’t anything too complex to paint. I’ve tried watercolor in the past and to be honest I find it challenging, but one thing i did know is you have to add layers to watercolors. I put my first layer on to create the Seattle skyline and all was going smooth. let it dry, put on a second layer and…. nothing. Let it dry, put on another layer, and nothing. Again. It wasn’t getting any darker with each layer and if it did it was BARELY making a difference. The whole point to separate the buildings from each other and create depth is to have some buildings light and others dark. It wasn’t working. I had to google coffee paintings to try and find some tips. Everyone online had said that painting with coffee was hard. Yeah, no kidding. So the solution? Starbucks instant coffee packets. You boil your water and add in as much of the coffee grinds as you need to create your color palette. It worked tremendously! One layer of the instant coffee mix was easily 5 times darker than 5 layers of just plain black coffee. I love how they turned out. I love them a-latte. Alright I’ll stop.

Kait Makes The List of Pittsburgh's 50 Finest!

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Read About Kait's Newest Honor and Goal to Raise Money for Cystic Fibrosis

This year I'm extremely grateful to be chosen as an honoree for Pittsburgh's 50 Finest and help raise funds to help extend the lives of people living with Cystic Fibrosis. For the next 6 months I'll be taking donation, hosting a few happy hour events and auctioning off some of my artwork to raise funds. I've donated to dozens of non profits and looking forward to adding to the fundraising for The Cystics Fibrosis Foundation. With your help and donations along with me donating my time and artwork we'll be one step closer to finding a cure and helping people and children who desperately need it. People with a life expectancy up to age 5 are now living into their 40's and the number continues to rise thanks to your help. I look forward to these next 6 months of fundraising and representing the city of Pittsburgh!

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Thanks for your support and helping me reach my goal this summer! If you'd like to donate money or items for auction and also learn more about Cystic Fibrosis please go to www.pgh50finest.finestcff.org/kaitschoeb

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.

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! 

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