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.

Raise It for Roberto

Kait takes on "The Great One"

No foolin'! On April 1st, Kait attended a private event where she was given the opportunity to have her painting of the late Roberto Clemente displayed in the museum dedicated to the former Pirate.

Kait with her painting, currently hanging in the Roberto Clemente Museum in Pittsburgh

Kait with her painting, currently hanging in the Roberto Clemente Museum in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Proud

Pittsburgh Proud

A few local artists, including Kait, were tasked with creating paintings of Clemente to be displayed in the museum (located in Lawrenceville) in honor of the Pirates home opener. Among those in attendance was Clemente's own son, Roberto Jr, and former Pirates teammate, Manny Sanguillén.

Roberto Clemente Jr, Kait, former Pittsburgh Pirate Manny Sanguillén

Roberto Clemente Jr, Kait, former Pittsburgh Pirate Manny Sanguillén

If you're interested in purchasing the paintings done by Kait and the other artists, just want to see them in person, or want to learn more about Roberto Clemente head to The Clemente Museum's website to schedule a tour! 

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Lookin' good 21

Painting the City Blue

Kait Creates Art at Chef's Create Gala

Kait and her painting live at the Autism Speaks Chef's Create gala

Kait and her painting live at the Autism Speaks Chef's Create gala

At the 4th annual Autism Speaks Chef's Create gala, Kait created a painting of the Pittsburgh skyline (arguably the prettiest skyline around if you ask us!) She chose different tones of blue to represent Autism. 

The piece went to auction and sold the night of the event to raise funds for the Autism Speaks organization. 

Kait in action  photo credit to Eric Pensenstadler of Video Horizons

Kait in action

photo credit to Eric Pensenstadler of Video Horizons

To learn more about Autism Speaks or to donate, please visit their site at AutismSpeaks.org

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

Art Attack Pittsburgh

Art Attack Pittsburgh

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