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

Kait Makes The List of Pittsburgh's 50 Finest!

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Read About Kait's Newest Honor and Goal to Raise Money for Cystic Fibrosis

This year I'm extremely grateful to be chosen as an honoree for Pittsburgh's 50 Finest and help raise funds to help extend the lives of people living with Cystic Fibrosis. For the next 6 months I'll be taking donation, hosting a few happy hour events and auctioning off some of my artwork to raise funds. I've donated to dozens of non profits and looking forward to adding to the fundraising for The Cystics Fibrosis Foundation. With your help and donations along with me donating my time and artwork we'll be one step closer to finding a cure and helping people and children who desperately need it. People with a life expectancy up to age 5 are now living into their 40's and the number continues to rise thanks to your help. I look forward to these next 6 months of fundraising and representing the city of Pittsburgh!

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Thanks for your support and helping me reach my goal this summer! If you'd like to donate money or items for auction and also learn more about Cystic Fibrosis please go to www.pgh50finest.finestcff.org/kaitschoeb

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.  

Kids Create with Kait

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh Welcomes Kait for Paint Night

This week Kait got to host a paint night at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh where over 20 parents and children came to take part in the colorful evening! 

We saw dragons, cats, trees, and snowflakes just to name a few of the awesome paintings that were created. It was wonderful to see so many smiles and hear so much laughter in the room! Kait can't wait to host another paint night for them in the future! 

 Have your own ideas on a fun night for the families at the RMHC? Visit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh for more information on how to donate or volunteer your time! 

*All photos credited to Steven Jonathan Photography

Encore Please: Kait Returns to the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Kait putting final touches on her live painting 

Kait putting final touches on her live painting 

Kait Live Paints for the PBT

For the second year in a row, Kait was given the opportunity to live paint for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's annual fundraising gala!

Days before the gala, Kait met with her ballerina model to discuss poses and costumes the dancer would be using at the event to help Kait get a jump start on her painting. Kait used the lavender door to the ballet studio as inspiration for the painting's color scheme.

Kait and her friend Ali glammed up for the gala

Kait and her friend Ali glammed up for the gala

The ballerina model with her painted counterpart 

The ballerina model with her painted counterpart 

The painting went to auction at the end of the event with proceeds going to raise scholarship funds for the PBT. In total, the entire gala was able to raise more than $553,000 for the organization!

The final product

The final product

Kait would like to express her thanks to her ballerina model and the people of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre for inviting her back to take part in this year's gala! To check out Kait's past work with the PBT, head over to her post about last year's event: Theatre Welcomes Kait  

Sewickley Galley Walk Makes Autism Speak!

View and Read the Story Behind Kait's "Captain's Chair" Donated to Autism Speaks!

This year Explore Sewickley has put together their 1st annual Gallery Walk chair fundraiser and I was stoked that I was asked to be apart of it and paint a chair. The event was created and inspired by a similar gallery walk in Baltimore that Sewickley native John Dunn attended. The gallery walk consists of multiple Sewickley businesses up and down the main streets of Beaver and Broad showcasing and placing their artists painted chairs up for bid. Each chair is on display outside of the store fronts for the two days of April 15th and April 16th where portions of proceeds will go to Autism Speaks.  Each artist is given a handmade and primed Adirondack chair and is given free creative range to do whatever they'd like with their chair. So let's get into how and why I painted the chair the way that I did.

Most people at first sight would probably look at my chair and say, " Oh, it's a Pittsburgh Penguins chair." However, there's a lot more than meets the eye with the logic and message behind the mighty penguin....

Kait's " The Captain's Chair"

Kait's " The Captain's Chair"

Back view of the " The Captain's Chair"

Back view of the " The Captain's Chair"

I personally like to create my work based off of the theme of the event so when I heard proceeds of the chair auction were going to benefit Autism Speaks I immediately thought puzzle pieces. For those of you who do not know, puzzle pieces are the symbol to represent Autism Speaks. For days I was really fixated on creating all kinds of puzzle pieces on the chair to almost look like one giant puzzle. Then reality sank in. How many people are really going to buy a chair for their home with puzzle pieces all over it? I want to raise as much money as possible and something that people will want to bid on and actually use in their home so I wanted a more general theme.

I decided to go with a Pens themed chair solely for the fact they have blue jerseys. April 2nd is national Autism Awareness Day where to bring awareness people wear blue as Autism's signature color. The blue Pittsburgh Penguins jerseys are were originally worn in the late 1960's to 1980 until the recent throwback occasions that we see today. So knowing these jersey's were vintage I decided to go with a "distressed" vintage look to the chair. It's hard to tell from the photos, but the chair has a little bit of a white-wash paint job to it as I also roughed it up with some sand paper. I didn't want to go overboard with the distressed look because the jersey's are old, but their not THAT old. I also hand painted the teams vintage penguin logo in the middle. To add something to the empty space of the chair I added the captains C to the corner. Then a light bulb went off in my head which made the obvious decision to name the chair "The Captain's Chair".

I didn't feel the need to put anyone's name and jersey number on the back of the chair. I wanted it to be left to interpretation that everyone is the captain when they sit in "The Captain's Chair". Instead this was my opportunity to add in the puzzle pieces I desperately wanted in the first place. I wanted them on the front with my original design, but as I started creating the jersey I didn't want people to get too distracted. So I only added two puzzle pieces on the back because I wanted to show and represent Autism Speaks, but also to represent missing puzzle pieces. The thing with Autism is honestly we don't  know all the answers. We don't have all of the pieces. We know a great deal, but there are still some pieces missing from the puzzle. This is why I'm proud to have painted this chair to raise money to help put all the pieces together.

The Sewickley Chair Gallery Walk will take place on Friday, April 15th from 5-9pm and Saturday the 16th from 10-4:45pm. During the Gallery Walk, people can walk around and place their bids. Winners will be announced on April 16th after 5pm. My chair will be on Beaver St. in front of the Sewickley Gallery and Frame Shop across the the Citgo gas station. To learn more about the gallery walk and other activities in the Sewickley community please visit http://www.exploresewickley.com.  To learn more about Autism and Autism Speaks please visit https://www.autismspeaks.org.

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

 

"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.  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 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  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  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    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!!