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  

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 

Game Changer Gala

Kait Schoeb With Her Painting "Blue Steel" Before Auction

Kait Schoeb With Her Painting "Blue Steel" Before Auction

As you read in the previous blog post I had the pleasure of creating artwork and attending the Game Changer and Mike Ditka Day Celebration Gala in honor of the Save Jon Foundation.  This year the Game Changer Gala was held July 30th at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. Coach Ditka along with multiple doctors and founding members, Dr. Lisa Boyette and Dr. Dietrich Stephan serve as executive and active board members to serve Save Jon's mission. Throughout the evening aligned a ray of entertainment with everyone suited in their tux and gowns. Throughout the course of dinner were speeches by multiple PSC survivors and activists including Jamie Redford, Dr. Coach Mike Ditka, and performances by Broadway singers.

After dinner there was a live auction that was held along with my painting "Blue Steel" to help raise funds for Save Jon. Although the original painting is being loved in a great home, prints are available for sale in my store section found here.  Each print sold is going to raise proceeds to the Save Jon organization. At the Gala I had the pleasure of meeting Coach Ditka who serves on the board of Save Jon in honor of his friend Walter Payton who passed away from PSC. One of this year's honoree's and former Steeler Jahine Arnold also suffers with PSC disease. He was unable to attend the event, but fortunately it was due to good reason because he had received a successful liver transplant just a week before the gala. I'm very honored to have been asked to donate my work, and proud to help raise money for Save Jon and help spread their message. To learn more about Save Jon please go to their website at www.savejon.org

Kait with Former NFL Coach Mike Ditka. Photo by Lovas Photography

Kait with Former NFL Coach Mike Ditka. Photo by Lovas Photography

View the slide show below to view photos of the Game Changer Gala! 

All rights and photography provided by Lovas Photography. 

http://www.lovasphotos.com

NOW BOOKING!

Kait Is Now Booking For Live Painting At Events!

As the summer months quickly approaches, so does the growing number of parties and events. Everyone is looking forward to their parties and having a good time, but sometimes with the rush of all the events, they seem to just take over almost every weekend and blur together. I'm at the magical age right now where everyone on Facebook is either getting engaged or having a baby. Every summer my weekends become taken over by weddings, baby showers, or other events and gatherings to attend.

I've noticed now a days everyone is looking for the next best thing. Something to make their event stand out and better than the others. Out of all the events and parties you had to attend in a short period of time, which one stood out to you? All alcohol aside, which one do you remember the most? My cousin got married a couple years ago and everything he and his wife decided to do was out of the norm and non traditional. And guess what? It was my absolute favorite wedding I've ever been to, and all those little non traditional things they did stood out to me that I'll always remember. 

Now here's where I come in to help you become that event the people will remember for years. I'm now taking booking for live painting at events and parties and have something you haven't got to see at other events. Watch in person the behind the scenes of how an artist works to create the paintings that you love.  All paintings are done in acrylic so they are done and dry to take home at the end of the event. If you'd like to have me possibly paint and bring something that'll bring even more value to your event, please email kaitschoeb@gmail.com. Now get out there and enjoy this summer!

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

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.  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!!

Winner Winner!

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Today  I met with the sweet and beautiful Marissa who is the winner of one my "Pots and Pans" giclee prints! Out of over 400 eligible Facebook fans, Marissa was selected at random to win the print.  I met Marissa a couple years ago during a work promo and I was extremely excited when I found out she had won the pots and pans print.  I love to do free giveaways of my artwork to my fans because nothing means more to me than the people who support me and my dreams.  It's my way of showing my love and support right back and nothing gives me greater satisfaction and accomplishment  then making someone else happy, especially with my artwork!  

I will be doing another FREE giveaway of a giclee print of my artwork when I reach 600 Facebook fan likes! Anyone who likes, or has already liked my fan page is automatically, and always eligible to win!