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

Behind The Scenes

Check out the Before and After Photos of Mayor Peduto's Birthday Painting

In October, Kait presented Mayor Peduto with an oil painting of David L. Lawrence in honor of Mayor Peduto's birthday and Pittsburgh's bicentennial. Scroll down to check out the step by step process that goes in to one of Kait's paintings. After that,  stop by the City Hall building to see Kait's work on permanent display! 

Outlining the image onto the canvas

Outlining the image onto the canvas

Starting to add color. The blue painters tape in the bottom corner helps to create sharper lines

Starting to add color. The blue painters tape in the bottom corner helps to create sharper lines

The background slowly starting to take shape

The background slowly starting to take shape

More depth 

More depth 

More detail

More detail

We've got a face! Entering the home stretch

We've got a face! Entering the home stretch

The final product! David L. Lawrence with a steel mill backdrop. Can you get more Pittsburgh than that? 

The final product! David L. Lawrence with a steel mill backdrop. Can you get more Pittsburgh than that? 

Want to know how Mayor Peduto liked his surprise? Check out Kait's blog post about the big moment here: https://paintsbykait.com

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 

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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"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!

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!

Schoeb Wins Best In Show!

"Kletus" wins "Best of Show" at Greensburg Art Center's Color Juried Exhibit!

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My original work, "Kletus" won Best of Show at the Greensburg Art Center's "Color" juried exhibit, which opened on May 24 and runs until June 27 held in the Center's Rowe Gallery. "Best of Show" is traditionally the top honor that an artist can receive at a juried event.  

There were so many artists with wonderful works in  all different styles and in every kind of artistic medium. Turnout for the show was also fantastic for the show's opening, with live music, food, wine and great art for everyone.

I submitted three original works for the gallery's "Color" exhibit: "Kletus,"  "Flo" and "Boon." 

Check out the Gallery to see my works and the works of many great artists around the area! And as always, prints of these and my other works are available here!