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 Paints for PITT Pt2

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Photo Credit: Matt Freed Photography  Mike Ditka receiving Kait’s print and Hall o Fame statue

Photo Credit: Matt Freed Photography

Mike Ditka receiving Kait’s print and Hall o Fame statue

After dinner was finished I had the honor of standing onstage with each of the inductees as they were announced, and gave them a print of my painting I created of them. After all of the able honorees received their induction, they sat for questions and answers. I want to thank the University of Pittsburgh for having me be apart of such a special and new tradition. I’d also like to dedicate this post in honor of the late great Bill Fralic. Bill was not able to attend the ceremony and has since past away. Thank you to the Fralic family for having me and Pitt honor his legacy.

View Kait’s Pitt Hall of Fame Paintings!

For 2 months I worked non stop around the clock, but I finished painting all 16 16x20 inch Pitt Hall of Fame paintings. I couldn’t be more proud and honored to have been able to complete such a special and once in a life time opportunity. The gala honoring the 16 inductees took place September 7th, 2018 at the Peterson Event Center. If I’m being honest, I’ve been to quite a few galas in my career and this one might have been the most absolutely breath taking one I’ve had the pleasure of attending. We started the evening off with VIP hour where guests could meet and greet the likes of Mike Ditka, Dan Marino, and the other attending inductees. Followed soon after was a gorgeous sea of gold glittered tables on the Petersen Centers Basketball Court where dinner and the ceremony was to take place.

Photo Credit: Adam Michaels Photography

Photo Credit: Adam Michaels Photography



All 16 of Kait’s Pitt Hall of Fame Paintings are on display in the Lobby of the Petersen Event Center in Pittsburgh

Scroll below to view the photos of the 16 Hall of Fame paintings along with the Hall of Fame Gala

Copyright Adam Michaels Photography

Kait Paints For Cancer Research

Read About Kait's James Conner Painting and Getting to Meet Him Herself

Kait with James Conner and her painting of James

Kait with James Conner and her painting of James

This May I was asked for the second year in a row if I would create a painting of James Conner to go to auction  to raise money for Dr. Stanley Marks Cancer  research  department in the Hillman Center. Dr. Marks is well known in Pittsburgh as one of the greatest and go to doctors if you're diagnosed with cancer. When James Conner was playing football for Pitt University, at the age of 19 James was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. When I was with James I asked what symptoms he had and he said he almost thought he had a cold and obviously being an athlete and being so young, cancer is the last thing that comes to your mind. Fortunately James was treated by Dr. Marks and has been in remission for 2 years now. Since then James has been an inspiration to people and athletes everywhere especially to Pittsburgh where he was soon drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers where he currently plays.

The original painting is done in acrylic on canvas in a 3ftx4ft size and then smeared with yellow acrylic paint. I went with this theme because my painting of Antonio Brown was a huge hit and also I only had so much to make the painting. Any time I'm in a time crunch I leave my oils behind and go for acrylics. I anticipated getting the painting done in a week MAYBE two. Ha, yeah no. There was so much more detail that I didn't take into consideration which drew the painting process out for about a month. Luckily I did get it done in time for the auction but first I was asked to meet with James first so he could autograph the painting. Last year's painting of James sold for $6000 so we had high hopes for this painting, but it completely succeeded my expectations with being sold at a whopping $11,500!! I couldn't be more grateful or excited to help raise money for Dr. Marks and the Cancer Research at the Hillman Center.

" James Conner" Acrylic on Canvas 3ftx4ft

" James Conner" Acrylic on Canvas 3ftx4ft

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.

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.  

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 

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

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.

Time and Transformation!

See the Exciting Transformation of the Oil Painting " Shady" from Start to Finish!

"SHADY" FINAL  COMPLETED PIECE (ABOVE)                           Oil on Canvas, 20" by 15"

One of my favorite parts of painting, besides the final result, is to see the transformation photos of the progress throughout the painting process. In today's blog post, you will get to see the start of the painting "Shady" from the sketch on the canvas to the final piece - and every step in between. As with every painting I do, after sketching the image onto the canvas the next step is for me to "color block." Color blocking is a term for quickly coloring and filling in the image with solid colors. I like to think of color blocking as my map to help me guide my way of knowing what piece is what to my "painting puzzle." As you will see from the progression photos, I also like to paint section by section. The traditional way to paint is to paint the entire canvas completely layer by layer, but I guess we all have our ways of doing things differently. I feel painting section by section with full detail makes me feel like I'm accomplishing more faster. I hope you enjoy the painting process and get inspired seeing the house being "built" brick by brick!

If you or someone you know would like a commission painting completed by me please email Kaitschoeb@gmail.com and go to my commission link here to learn more about commissioned paintings!

Beginning stage of "Shady" painting with sketch still shown on the canvas.

Beginning stage of "Shady" painting with sketch still shown on the canvas.

"SHADY" #2 

"SHADY" #3

"SHADY" #3

"SHADY" #4

"SHADY" #5

"SHADY" #5

"SHADY #6"

"SHADY #6"

"SHADY" #7

"SHADY" #7

"SHADY" Final Completed Painting

"SHADY" Final Completed Painting

The beginning of "Shady......"

The beginning of "Shady......"

To the finished product!!

To the finished product!!