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!

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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.

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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!

Live in Pittsburgh!

Check Out Kait's Live Painting Experience in Downtown Pittsburgh!

So, the other night - I was asked to participate in a live painting event at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh. I usually don't take part in too many live painting events but every now and again I squeeze one in. I find that I love interacting and meeting people as they watch what most people don't get the opportunity to see me doing. At live events, I tend to focus on letting people inside my world while showing and talking about the piece rather than focusing on the actual painting. I think that's why I hold back from doing too many live events. I have a hard time letting go on not focusing or not having the time on how perfect I can make the painting. But I'm slowly letting it go. SLOWLY. I already have a few live painting events coming up this fall that I'm really looking forward to, but mostly getting the opportunity to meet and connect my art with people in person.

This event was held at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh for the United Way's Tocqueville Society speed networking event. Due to the theme of "speed networking," our job as the artist were to demonstrate "speed painting."  Myself and three other talented artists were given a theme of the types of people the United Way of America helps and funds. We were only given 45 minutes to come up with our concept paintings, and at the end of the evening our paintings would be auctioned off and the proceeds were donated to the United Way. My theme this year was "Senior Citizens," so I chose the queen bee of them all and chose to paint a portrait of Estelle Getty as her character Sophia in Golden Girls. Everything was done in acrylic paint which is another thing out of my comfort zone, on an 18 x 24 inch canvas.

I had a great time at the event and I hope I made Estelle proud!

 Kait mid painting Estelle Getty

Kait mid painting Estelle Getty

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Art Attack Pittsburgh

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Charity Piece to Benefit PAART

View from start to finish Kait's completed piece donated to help benefit the Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team!

Several times a year, I'm fortunate enough to find the time and also be asked to donate a piece of artwork to help benefit a charity I fully support.  The first this year was for Austin's Playroom Project of the Mario Lemieux Foundation. Up next is the Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team.

The Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team, or "PAART" for short, has a simple yet powerful mission: to fly and rescue local neglected animals to safety. I'm already very big on animals as it is, so I was both excited and honored to donate a piece to a great cause. From the experience of rescuing my own cat, I know the emotional and physical  impact on both the person and the animal that a rescue can have. Finding and taking in my cat is one of the best decisions I've ever made. I wouldn't trade her for the world, but unfortunately for other animals, that's not always the case. To see and hear of other animals being abused or neglected is very devastating and that's why I jumped at the opportunity to help. 

I went back and forth on what I wanted to paint for the charity.  Whatever it was, I knew I wanted to go big this time. Like, really big. Like, biggest I've ever painted big.  I feel most of my pieces are on the smaller side and I wanted something to take up a lot of wall space to anyone who bids on it. I decided to make the piece 46 x 40 inches mainly because it was as big as I could make the canvas and still have it be able to fit in the back seat of my car. Anything bigger and I'll have to think of a plan B from now on. I'm also so small compared to the painting that I had to sit and paint on the floor the entire time I was working on it. But as they say, "you do what you gotta do."

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 Kait with her finished painting " Leaving Oz" That was donated to raise funds for The Pittsburgh Aviation animal Rescue team 2015.

Kait with her finished painting " Leaving Oz" That was donated to raise funds for The Pittsburgh Aviation animal Rescue team 2015.

I kept debating on what I wanted to paint for PAART's "Dog Days of Summer" event auction. I randomly started noticing a lot of hot air balloons in commercials and thought they were something so simple, yet very beautiful to see floating effortlessly though the big open sky. My idea also went along with the theme of aviation, so I thought it was a perfect fit. I chose to make the clouds look almost borderline stormy to create mystery, but I knew I wanted the balloon to have a lot of color to make it "pop." I decided to call the piece "Leaving Oz" because I wanted it to reflect upon and be a metaphor for PAART's mission. Just like the way that PAART rescues abused and neglected animals, Dorothy was rescued and taken home on a hot air balloon in The Wizard of Oz. Both needed to be rescued. Both just want to go home.

Looking forward to the " Dog Days of Summer" event on August 22 to see this painting be auctioned off! If you'd like to learn more/volunteer/donate or attend the Dog Days event, please buy your tickets at http://nodogleftbehind.org/

But First....Let Andy Take A Selfie

View Kait's Latest Painting "#Selfie"

So, I think it's safe to say this is definitely one of my favorite and more comical pieces that I've done. I'm usually pretty busy with commission work that I don't get much time to create new pieces for myself. I knew eventually I wanted to squeeze in a quick project for myself to keep me from going stir crazy, and also to have something new to put into shows and galleries. I feel it's very easy to tell which paintings I did for my own enjoyment compared to commission pieces I've painted. If you couldn't tell, I really enjoy adding humor and playfulness to my own pieces (as with "Flo" and "Yeah It's That Good"). They may not be the most likely to be sold, but the sheer satisfaction I get from getting to express my sense of humor in my art is priceless. 

The idea of the Andy Warhol painting honestly started out as a complete joke. My boyfriend and I were at dinner talking about my business and he asked me "so, what's next?" We started bouncing ideas off of each other of possible things I could paint next when it was made into a joke about how funny would it be to do a  "selfie" painting. Some way or another, Andy's name was brought into it. Perfect.

What better way to pay tribute to someone who liked to poke fun at art by creating art to poke fun at them. The idea of doing a painting of what Andy Warhol would be like if he lived in 2015 was brilliant and (to my knowledge) never done before. The play off of the past doing present things was the perfect twist of  humor I was drawn to painting. I went online and found the best picture I could find of Andy looking at you as if you were a mirror for his selfie. Since the original picture of him I used as a reference was in black and white, I wanted it to really stand out that he was taking a picture with an iPhone.  To emphasize the  focus on the humor of the painting, I decided to make the phone case in color. 

 

 

 

 " #Selfie" Oil Paint on Canvas 19in x 27in

" #Selfie" Oil Paint on Canvas 19in x 27in

Not only are Andy Warhol's famous pieces known for being rich in color, but in my opinion, I couldn't see Andy Warhol having any other iPhone case other than his own artwork. If you've ever been to the Warhol museum in Pittsburgh, you'll definitely take notice that Andy sure loves to have his picture taken, which also played greatly into the idea of my painting. I chose his Marilyn Monroe painting for his iPhone case, not only because it is one of his most recognizable pieces, but because it's one of my favorites. Now that I had most of my painting ready, I still wanted to add a little more. The background in the original picture I worked from of Andy was almost all solid black. A little boring for a painting that's suppose to be so fun, right? Once again, I really wanted to showcase the idea of him taking a mirror selfie, so I decided to put a bathroom scene behind him. I absolutely love the twists and corks of this painting and I plan on painting more "Andy Warhol living in 2015" scenes in the future! Now... let's take a selfie!

Paints By Kait Partners With PAART

Have a Portion of Your Painted Pet Portraits Donated!

So I'm very excited to announce my partnership with Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team. PAART for short has a simple but powerful message and mission. To rescue local animals in dangerous situations, and treat them to safety. As a part of their mission, PAART flies and transports the animals as well as much needed food and supplies to shelters where they are treated and await their adoption.  As of May 5th of 2015, PAART has helped rescue its 1000th animal and with your help would like to raise to bar to 5000th animals by the end of 2016.

 June cover of Whirl Magazine. Photo by Michael Fornataro

June cover of Whirl Magazine. Photo by Michael Fornataro

 Logo and design by Ocreations Pittsburgh

Logo and design by Ocreations Pittsburgh

In partnering with PAART from now until their " Dog Days of Summer" Fundraiser August 22, 10% of every pet portrait I paint will be donated to PAART.  Each portion of the donation will help save an animal's life, and support transportation, food and other supplies during the rescue missions. To order your original painting of your pet portrait  click here or go to the " Commission Your Pet" section on the Paints By Kait website.

To Learn more about PAART/ to donate/ volunteer please go to their website at: http://nodogleftbehind.org/ or to read PAART's cover story of June's Whirl Magazine please go to http://whirlmagazine.com/pittsburgh-aviation-animal-rescue-team/

J & L Steel Painting Transformation!

See the transformation of the J & L Steel oil painting from start to finish!

  1. So i started the painting of J & L Steel by lightly drawing it onto the canvas. i personally like to sketch the picture onto the canvas and then  lightly go over it with an eraser. I don't like to paint white over the lead lines because it'll bleed and muddy my white color while i'm painting which I hate.

1. So i started the painting of J & L Steel by lightly drawing it onto the canvas. i personally like to sketch the picture onto the canvas and then  lightly go over it with an eraser. I don't like to paint white over the lead lines because it'll bleed and muddy my white color while i'm painting which I hate.

  2. This time around i did something a little different than i usually do. normally i paint the entire painting by color blocking it first and then going over everything again with all the detail. this time to make sure i would make my time quota i painted every section as i went along.

2. This time around i did something a little different than i usually do. normally i paint the entire painting by color blocking it first and then going over everything again with all the detail. this time to make sure i would make my time quota i painted every section as i went along.

  3. so i have a majority of the painting filled in and i keep on chugging along.

3. so i have a majority of the painting filled in and i keep on chugging along.

 4. so by now most people would think that this is the finished painting but there's a twist. as beautiful as the painting is, I and the family the painting is for thought it  was giving off a very blue hue. i'm a night owl and i love to paint late at night so when i was painting with the yellow in door lighting, the painting looked a lot darker and a little more grey. It wouldn't be until the next day when i would see the painting in th natural light did i think to myself "wow that's really blue".... and not the color i was going for. the family and i both were looking for more of an overall darker, metal grey with blue undertones. It took me a little bit but i finally started to get the color i was looking for. instead of redoing the ENTIRE painting all over again i would take a grey and dry brush it all over the painting. this would give me my darker effect and help change the color with the blue undertones. you can compare picture #3 to this photo to see the indoor lighting vs. the natural lighting.

4. so by now most people would think that this is the finished painting but there's a twist. as beautiful as the painting is, I and the family the painting is for thought it  was giving off a very blue hue. i'm a night owl and i love to paint late at night so when i was painting with the yellow in door lighting, the painting looked a lot darker and a little more grey. It wouldn't be until the next day when i would see the painting in th natural light did i think to myself "wow that's really blue".... and not the color i was going for. the family and i both were looking for more of an overall darker, metal grey with blue undertones. It took me a little bit but i finally started to get the color i was looking for. instead of redoing the ENTIRE painting all over again i would take a grey and dry brush it all over the painting. this would give me my darker effect and help change the color with the blue undertones. you can compare picture #3 to this photo to see the indoor lighting vs. the natural lighting.

 Now here's the final picture of the final painting. as you can see the dry BRUSH TECHNIQUE worked well and gave the painting an overall darker, grey blue effect. I love this painting and i'm so glad for the way it turned out. 

Now here's the final picture of the final painting. as you can see the dry BRUSH TECHNIQUE worked well and gave the painting an overall darker, grey blue effect. I love this painting and i'm so glad for the way it turned out. 

Father's Day Special!

This Father's Day get your Dad a painting of his other favorite child! For one week only only (5/14-5/21)  use the promo code FATHERSDAY to have your customized 6 x 6in pet portrait for $125.00 plus FREE SHIPPING!

 

 

Each pet portrait is painted on a 6 x 6 in canvas painted with a medium grey on the sides and assembled with a wall hook in the back. To place your order, go to the pet portrait section found at the top of the page.  Once all of your information is entered, type in your promo code to receive your pet order for $125.00 upon check out. HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

Austin's Playroom Project Luncheon

So a few months ago I was asked to paint two chairs to be auctioned to benefit Austin's Playroom Project at a luncheon in May. Well the day had finally arrived to attend the annual ladies luncheon and watch my chairs go to a great cause. This years event had a new location held at the Circuit Center and was changed to a night event.

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 Kait in front of the " Frozen" chairs she painted to be auctioned 

Kait in front of the " Frozen" chairs she painted to be auctioned 

Austin's Playroom Project was created after Mario and Nathalie Lemieux endured their own personal experience when their son Austin was born premature. The goal of Austin's playroom is to create a stress free, comforting environment that families can escape to during medical situations and focus on health and healing.  Since 2000, 26 Austin's Playrooms have been built and counting. All proceeds from the 2015 Luncheon After Dark benefit the Austin's Playroom at Marine Corps Base Camp LeJeune.

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This was my first year attending the event and it was absolutely beautiful. I want to thank the ladies and the Lemieux Foundation for inviting me and giving me the opportunity to help others. It's incredibly humbling and honoring to be on the same list as the rest of these influential donors and I look forward to the future with more charities. I've always said I could be the best painter in the world but if I can't do anything with it what's the point?

If you would be like to donate or learn more about The Mario Lemieux Foundation/ Austin's Playroom Project please go to   http://www.mariolemieux.org or http://www.mariolemieux.org/main/austins-playroom-project/nathalies-vision/

Mario Lemieux Foundation Chair Transformation!

So, I was recently asked if I would like to paint two chairs this year for the Mario Lemieux Foundation to be auctioned off to benefit the Austin's Playroom Project. Of course, it was a no-brainer to say yes and something I'll always make time for. 

To learn everything you need to know about Mario and Nathalie Lemieux's  amazing vision please go to http://www.mariolemieux.org/main/austins-playroom-project/nathalies-vision/

So, I can't take full credit for the idea of the chairs themselves. I had met with Karin Girasek, the manager of Austin's Playroom Project a few months prior, and we were collaborating on painting ideas when she suggested doing a "Frozen" theme chair for the upcoming charity event.  I loved the Frozen idea and couldn't have chosen a better theme myself. 

I didn't go crazy this year with the transformation photos but I do have a few to quickly show and go over what I did to create this year's Frozen chairs for Austin's Playroom Project.

I don't have a painting of what the chairs looked like before I spray painted them blue. But, in a nutshell, they were completely white. In the first photo, I decided I wanted to spray paint the chairs blue, fading to white on the chair's legs. I only had a few weeks time span to work on the chairs themselves. So, knowing my Mr. Rogers' Chair took several MONTHS to complete, I knew I needed an idea that wasn't as time consuming, but would still work for the event. I knew the spray painting the base color of the chair could be done quickly and beautiful as opposed to hand-painting the entire chair. I chose a sky blue and an off purple/ periwinkle blue as my colors that start with the sky blue at the top and fade into the periwinkle towards the bottom. I wanted to leave the bottom legs white to add another color, play off of snow, and also give more dimension.  I took a total gamble with the glitter. I knew I wanted it, I just didn't know if it would stick! SO, while the spray paint was still wet, I sprinkled on the glitter. Some stuck. Some didn't stick, but it turned out great! As I say, always experiment -  you'll never know until you try!

After the paint was done drying, I took a pencil and sketched the characters Elsa and Olaf onto the chair. From there, I did my usual color blocking of the first layer as seen in the second picture with my favorite paint to use...oil (Shocking, I know!) I wasn't positive as to how the oil paint was going to react being painted directly onto the spray paint. I always prefer oil and to be honest, I am usually too stubborn to use acrylics instead of oil unless I absolutely have to. I thank my lucky stars that it worked! Like I said, always experiment!

 

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I don't have transformation photos of me painting the entire character and adding in all of the detail step by step. Both characters were done fairly quickly and are somewhat small so there wasn't much point to showing the step-by-step photos. 

I added the names of Olaf and Elsa to the back of the chairs to put the finishing touches on their respective chairs. I love these chairs and I can't wait to attend the auction in May! Knowing that I've been able to use my artistic talent to help charities and people in need has been an absolute blessing. Hopefully more to come! 

Pittsburgh Pet Portraits Post KDKA!

 "Bodie" 6 x 6 '' oil painting commissioned pet portrait

"Bodie" 6 x 6 '' oil painting commissioned pet portrait

 6 x 6'' oil painting commissioned pet portrait

6 x 6'' oil painting commissioned pet portrait

So I've been extremely lucky to have the opportunity to paint so many pet portraits for people lately and I wanted to do a quick blog showing off a few of the paintings. After my segment on KDKA's Pittsburgh Today Live promoting the pet portrait paintings for Christmas, almost instantaneously it was like someone flipped a switched. I didn't know if anyone would want any paintings done let alone even take the time to watch my segment. As soon I got home I had a wonderful over whelming response from my fellow Pittsburghers in my texts, email, and Facebook filling me with support, compliments and tons and tons of painting orders. To my complete shock, I had so many orders that it wasn't possible to have them all completed for Christmas, but I want to thank everyone for being so patient and understanding with me as I continue to finish people's orders. Sometimes I wish there was twelve of me painting at one time! I've even had the pleasure of my own cat Beanie who was my original inspiration for the idea, sit on my lap and watch as I paint the portraits.The pet portrait promotion was such a success and I'm definitely going to continue to do them as well as largely promote them for Christmas next year. I just think they are such a cute size and perfect as a unique gift you cant just buy in any store. 

To few more pet portraits I have finished or want to order your own custom painting, check out the "Commission Your Pet" section at the top of the page!

"Yeah, It's That Good" Painting Process!

  1. I first start off with drawing my sketch of the ketchup bottle in the diner on the canvas. the photo I was using as my reference was from one I took at the counter at Central Diner in Robinson, Pittsburgh.   I didn't have the straw or napkin in the original photo so I had to take a separate photo with a mock set I set up at home and added it to the painting. 

1. I first start off with drawing my sketch of the ketchup bottle in the diner on the canvas. the photo I was using as my reference was from one I took at the counter at Central Diner in Robinson, Pittsburgh.   I didn't have the straw or napkin in the original photo so I had to take a separate photo with a mock set I set up at home and added it to the painting. 

  2. Next I color block everything in so I can now see where all of my shapes and lines are. There's no detail added during this process until it dries and then I go over the entire painting section by section adding in the details.

2. Next I color block everything in so I can now see where all of my shapes and lines are. There's no detail added during this process until it dries and then I go over the entire painting section by section adding in the details.

  3. Which section I start on every painting is at complete random. I do find that I like to start on the left side and make my way to the right so my hand doesn't smudge everything while it's still wet. By this time I have painted the counter top and small parts of the background.

3. Which section I start on every painting is at complete random. I do find that I like to start on the left side and make my way to the right so my hand doesn't smudge everything while it's still wet. By this time I have painted the counter top and small parts of the background.

  4. At this time I have the entire background finished except for the tile at the very top with the salt and pepper shakers. I've painted over the previous straw I had painted in because my mock straw in a bottle I created at home was a completely different angle than the straw I had originally painted in from my mind. I'll add it in later on towards the end of the painting when I've painted the inside of the bottle so the angles add up. Now it's time to tackle this ketchup bottle!

4. At this time I have the entire background finished except for the tile at the very top with the salt and pepper shakers. I've painted over the previous straw I had painted in because my mock straw in a bottle I created at home was a completely different angle than the straw I had originally painted in from my mind. I'll add it in later on towards the end of the painting when I've painted the inside of the bottle so the angles add up. Now it's time to tackle this ketchup bottle!

  5. Once I've painted in the inside and glass part of the bottle, it really opens up the painting and makes it brighter. My trick to painting glass is to NEVER think "Oh my God I'm painting glass. How do you paint glass?!" Don't sike yourself out. Only focus on the colors and shapes you have to paint and the rest will all come together I promise!

5. Once I've painted in the inside and glass part of the bottle, it really opens up the painting and makes it brighter. My trick to painting glass is to NEVER think "Oh my God I'm painting glass. How do you paint glass?!" Don't sike yourself out. Only focus on the colors and shapes you have to paint and the rest will all come together I promise!

  6. So finally I go back and add in the straw using the other reference photo I took. The actual straw is originally white but I just create it blue from my mind focusing on the shadows and highlights from the white straw. The bottle is almost done at this point. I just need to paint the most important part of the painting by adding the " Yeah It's That Good" to the label.

6. So finally I go back and add in the straw using the other reference photo I took. The actual straw is originally white but I just create it blue from my mind focusing on the shadows and highlights from the white straw. The bottle is almost done at this point. I just need to paint the most important part of the painting by adding the " Yeah It's That Good" to the label.

  Final Result ©Paints By Kait LLC

Final Result ©Paints By Kait LLC

 

<--- HERE'S THE FINAL PICTURE OF THE FINISHED PAINTING. LIKE I MENTIONED IN MY VIDEO BLOG, I SIGNED MY NAME ON THE NAPKIN IN THIS PAINTING INSTEAD OF MY USUAL CORNER. THE PAINTING IS DONE ALL IN OIL PAINT AND IS 18' X 31' IN. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS PAINTING AND EVERYTHING IT REPRESENTS. I MUST ADMIT IT'S ONE OF MY PROUDER PIECES I'VE WORKED ON BECAUSE FROM START TO FINISH THIS PAINTING IS ALL OF MY PERSONALITY AND CREATIVITY COMBINED. 

To learn more about the Heinz Ketchup painting and it's back story, watch my video blog in the previous post. To order your giclee canvas print of this painting, please order through "Prints For Purchase" on my website!

Heinz Ketchup Painting Video Blog!

So I finally put my foot down and decided to do a video blog on my Heinz Ketchup painting. In the video I talk about how I came up with the idea for the painting and all the little tid bids in between the painting process. I also quickly answer a few questions that I was asked through facebook. I hope you enjoy hearing the behind the scenes stories of the " Yeah, It's That Good Painting"!

PS- I'm sorry for not having the painting angled towards the camera more and I'm sorry I say "um " a lot. Nervous habit! If you want to order a giclee canvas print of the " Yeah, It's That Good" painting go to prints for purchase on my page or follow me on my facebook fan page ( www.facebook.com/paintsbykait) to look for sales I occasionally have. 

Mr. Rogers Makes TV Debut!

Watch the Mr. Rogers Chair Be Discussed on Pittsburgh's KDKA Morning Show!

I was very very excited when I was told that my Mr. Rogers chair that I had painted for "The Cradle Will Rock" charity event was going to be brought on KDKA's "Pittsburgh Today Live" show and discussed. I was also completely psyched that I finally had a video to be able to post to the public instead of the same old blog posts with just pictures. In the video, two board members of "The Twenty-Five Club" discuss my Mr. Rogers chair as well as other artists work and details about the Gala being held November 1. Definitely a surreal but excited feeling seeing your stuff and hearing your name on TV! The chairs will be auctioned off for neo natal funds this up coming Saturday which I will be attending!

Travel Back In Time

 Finished Commissioned Oil Painting on a 12in Diameter Circular Canvas

Finished Commissioned Oil Painting on a 12in Diameter Circular Canvas

The original plan was to also add a quote onto the painting, but now that we decided to go with a circular crop it was going to take away from the focus of the painting and seem too squished. Although a frame to a painting is the icing on the cake, it can also become very expensive icing, so the client and I decided to add the quote she originally wanted going around the side of the canvas. This worked out perfectly so you can still see the quote on the side of the painting when it's hung, but also saved money on framing a circular canvas. The quote she wanted written on the sides which sums up the photo perfectly says " Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but the moments that take our breath away." The painting was done with oil paint on a 12 inch diameter circular canvas. I honestly couldn't tell you how to or where to even find the materials to begin building a circular canvas, so I ordered mine pre-stretched for me on Utrecht's website found here. It was my first time using a circular canvas but I really enjoyed the outcome of the painting and to give an old fashioned picture a new twist!

View the Most Recently Finished Commissioned Painting Completed By Kait!

I was fortunate enough to be asked to recreate a treasured family photo of the person's grandparents kissing at their prom. I played around with the original picture which was a standard 4 x 6 photo. I cropped it a few different ways, but decided to play with it in another direction and cropped the image as a circle. The composition by far looked best and focused perfectly on the two people kissing as a circle.

"Mr. Rogers" Chair Transforms!

View From Start to Finish the Twenty-Five Club of Magee Women's Hospital Charity Auction "Mr. Rogers" Chair

 "Mr. Rogers" chair donated to the Twenty-Five Club of Magee Women's Hospital UPMC, Pittsburgh

"Mr. Rogers" chair donated to the Twenty-Five Club of Magee Women's Hospital UPMC, Pittsburgh

Today I will be showing the exciting transformation of my "Mr. Rogers" chair that I have completed! I was first approached by a Magee Women's board member in May who asked if I would like to complete a piece for a charity event held each year by the "The Twenty-Five Club." Since 1939, The Twenty-Five Club has supported infant research at Magee Women's Hospital of UPMC. The Club's donations have supported and provided for the state-of-the-art recent renovations in the neonatal intensive care unit. 

The event itself is called "The Cradle Will Rock," which is an event for which artists are asked to paint on stools, chairs and/or rocking horses for a charity auction benefiting Magee Women's hospital. Each piece is hand-painted by an artist and then donated and auctioned off at the "The Cradle Will Rock" event itself. This year, the event is also celebrating the Twenty- Five Club's 75th Anniversary! This fundraiser helps to support funding for the technology and expertise needed for the successful recovery of infants who require neonatal care, while offering a more intimate environment for the babies' families during their recovery. I was so grateful and so excited about the opportunity that I didn't want to paint just one piece to be donated. So, I volunteered to paint two!  Check out the photos below to learn about the painting transformation step by step!

To learn more about The Twenty Five Club of Magee Women's Hospital and to find a way to help or donate, please go to http://www.mwrif.org/56/women-s-auxiliaries.

  Photo 1. &nbsp;I didn't know how I wanted to approach painting a wooden chair for the first time. I knew I wanted the final result to be with oil paint so, going out on a limb, I decided to prime the seat with acrylic paint. To be honest, I didn't know if it would work or the paint would not stick and just chip right off. I first cleaned and primed the seat and head of the chair with the acrylic paint. Then, I drew the design I wanted using reference photos I liked. I also had to be very careful drawing the design onto the seat because the surface is not completely flat like a canvas. There's a dip in the seat for where you sit down, so I had to draw the design with the dip of the chair. If i didn't draw all of the design at the exact angle I knew the entire face could look &nbsp;completely distorted when viewed at certain angles. To be safe, I drew the entire design looking straight down at a birds eye view drawing with the dip in the seat. You'll notice reddish marks all over the chair. When I started painting the acrylic onto the chair, the chairs wood finish started to bleed through. Needless to say, I was pretty nervous the chair was going to continue to bleed through the finished oil paint and that maybe my acrylic paint primer idea wasn't a good idea after all.          

Photo 1.  I didn't know how I wanted to approach painting a wooden chair for the first time. I knew I wanted the final result to be with oil paint so, going out on a limb, I decided to prime the seat with acrylic paint. To be honest, I didn't know if it would work or the paint would not stick and just chip right off. I first cleaned and primed the seat and head of the chair with the acrylic paint. Then, I drew the design I wanted using reference photos I liked. I also had to be very careful drawing the design onto the seat because the surface is not completely flat like a canvas. There's a dip in the seat for where you sit down, so I had to draw the design with the dip of the chair. If i didn't draw all of the design at the exact angle I knew the entire face could look  completely distorted when viewed at certain angles. To be safe, I drew the entire design looking straight down at a birds eye view drawing with the dip in the seat. You'll notice reddish marks all over the chair. When I started painting the acrylic onto the chair, the chairs wood finish started to bleed through. Needless to say, I was pretty nervous the chair was going to continue to bleed through the finished oil paint and that maybe my acrylic paint primer idea wasn't a good idea after all.

 

 

 

  Photo 2. Luckily after I put a layer of oil paint and color block the entire chair, the chairs finish does not bleed through. I also &nbsp;painted a quick blue sky with clouds on the top of the chair where I later write the famous Fred Rogers quote " Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me." I thought that quote was nothing short of perfect for the theme of "The Cradle Will Rock" event and it goes gracefully with the theme of the chair. An absolutely spot on quote in every way that its too fitting. Side note (As you can tell, I was painting the chair in my living room which was completely taken over by paint and brushes for the duration of time).

Photo 2. Luckily after I put a layer of oil paint and color block the entire chair, the chairs finish does not bleed through. I also  painted a quick blue sky with clouds on the top of the chair where I later write the famous Fred Rogers quote " Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me." I thought that quote was nothing short of perfect for the theme of "The Cradle Will Rock" event and it goes gracefully with the theme of the chair. An absolutely spot on quote in every way that its too fitting. Side note (As you can tell, I was painting the chair in my living room which was completely taken over by paint and brushes for the duration of time).

  Photo 3. By this point I have completed X the Owl and Daniel Tiger and work my way to the trolley next.

Photo 3. By this point I have completed X the Owl and Daniel Tiger and work my way to the trolley next.

  Photo 4. By now my knees having been hurting from sitting and painting on the floor but I've finished Trolley and started working my way onto Mr. Rogers neck and chin. You also might be able to notice when I take a photo of the chair in the natural light and when I was painting with a lamp which gives off a yellow color. This concerned me that my colors would be off from the original picture when I saw it the next morning in the natural light.

Photo 4. By now my knees having been hurting from sitting and painting on the floor but I've finished Trolley and started working my way onto Mr. Rogers neck and chin. You also might be able to notice when I take a photo of the chair in the natural light and when I was painting with a lamp which gives off a yellow color. This concerned me that my colors would be off from the original picture when I saw it the next morning in the natural light.

  Photo 5. I've finished Mr. Rogers face and I still need to work on his hair and adjust his white shirt collar and sweater. I notice that the design is still pushing &nbsp;your eye to the right and I need to add more things to the left of the chair to balance everything out for a more eye pleasing composition.

Photo 5. I've finished Mr. Rogers face and I still need to work on his hair and adjust his white shirt collar and sweater. I notice that the design is still pushing  your eye to the right and I need to add more things to the left of the chair to balance everything out for a more eye pleasing composition.

  Photo 6. At the last minute I decide to add King Fridays's castle. I originally wanted King Friday and Lady Elaine in the chair design but I drew Mr. Rogers and X the Owl too big for my original plan. Just a few more highlights to Mr. Rogers hair and tweaks here and there. Almost done!

Photo 6. At the last minute I decide to add King Fridays's castle. I originally wanted King Friday and Lady Elaine in the chair design but I drew Mr. Rogers and X the Owl too big for my original plan. Just a few more highlights to Mr. Rogers hair and tweaks here and there. Almost done!

  Finished Chair! I loved the way the chair turned out I could almost cry. This is the raw image taken with my &nbsp; &nbsp;iPhone. I hope the chair raises a lot of money for The 25 Club of Magee Women's Hospital and brings back some of Mr. Roger's legacy!

Finished Chair! I loved the way the chair turned out I could almost cry. This is the raw image taken with my    iPhone. I hope the chair raises a lot of money for The 25 Club of Magee Women's Hospital and brings back some of Mr. Roger's legacy!

  Closer picture with Mr. Roger's and Daniel Tiger

Closer picture with Mr. Roger's and Daniel Tiger