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

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

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

 

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/

"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!