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

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.

"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!

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

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!!

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!