we bought a house part 1

we bought a house part 1 | palettes and passports blogToday I’m happy to share that we finally bought a house! We started house hunting last fall and the process was slow at first. We found a home we really liked in our desired neighborhood and made an offer, but our offer was ignored and a few weeks later the sellers accepted a different one. It was discouraging, but we were familiar with how tumultuous the home buying process could be and were committed to staying positive. The winter dragged on and for a while it seemed like we might not find anything. At the beginning of March a house came on the market that we were really excited about. We made an offer but then had to withdraw it due to strict zoning restrictions that would not meet our needs. Once again we were bummed but we knew in our hearts that we had to let this one go. The search continued. A few weeks later another house came on the market that was in our ideal location. We made an offer and after some negotiating struck a deal! It’s a beautiful three bedroom, two and a half bath 1900 square foot home. It has great bones, architectural details, light, flow and space, but naturally there is still a lot I want to do to it so hopefully you’ll indulge me as I post about our new home and the projects we have in store for it. Stay tuned for the whole house tour this week!

paris 01 | france

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berlin | germany

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munich | germany

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A few additions from my trusty travel companion for Munich - wheat beer, the Chinese Tower in the English Garden and the urban surfers on the Eisbach wave near the Haus der Kunst.

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wells street art festival recap

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kate zizter wells street art fest | palettes and passports blogkate zizter wells street art fest | palettes and passports blogkate zizter wells street art fest | palettes and passports blogLeading up to the fest I felt really good and less stressed out than I usually do. I did over 40 transactions throughout the weekend. Be Sharp paintings sold out and almost half of my paintings were purchased. I am also happy to report that my favorite and most recent painting Whole World sold. The other items that were a big hit were the Home prints and the 12×24 city paintings – I had Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Washington DC. Thanks again to everyone who stopped by and for all the kind words about my art! Throughout the weekend I was battling a pretty serious viral infection so I especially want to thank all my friends and family who pitched in to help!

kate zizter wells street art fest | palettes and passports blog kate zizter wells street art fest | palettes and passports blogI spent most of last week catching up on emails and online orders. This week I plan to start working on a few custom orders and slowly building back up my inventory of paintings for the next fair - September 13th and 14th I’m participating in the Lakeview East Festival of the Arts. It’s an excellent arts fair celebrating its 10th year and a great showcase of all the local Chicago artists. Please mark your calendars and stay tuned for more updates!

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wells street art festival reminder

kate zitzer love you so paintings | palettes and passports blogkate zitzer art | palettes and passports blogHappy Friday! Just a reminder that the Wells Street Art Festival is this weekend. Please stop by to see my work in person (55+ original paintings and dozens of prints) plus several other amazing artists, listen to some live music, eat delicious food, drink a little wine and say hello.

This week has been wildly busy. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen a few photos of my studio as I prepare for this weekend. I participated in the fest last year and had such a great time that I couldn’t wait to apply again this year. I’ve been preparing for it since January – sketching, painting, ordering supplies, packaging prints, signing, framing and photographing all of my artwork.

The Wells Street Art Festival is located along Wells Street between North Avenue and Division, starts at 10:00 am and closes at dusk. I’m booth 301. Please come check it out!

chicago’s wells street art festival this weekend

chicago’s wells street art festival this weekend | palettes and passports blogThis Saturday and Sunday I’ll be selling my artwork at the Wells Street Art Festival in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood. I’ll have all sorts of original art ranging in size from 8×10 to 36×48 inches, a limited number of high quality prints plus a few one of a kind paintings! This week we have a long list of to-do’s. I’m getting everything organized, prepped, printed and packaged and Marc is working on my booth setup. I’m also working hard to finish up a few more paintings. I’ll be bringing 50+ original pieces to the fest this weekend. Last week I picked up a big batch of prints from the printmaker and they look great!

The Wells Street Art Festival is on Wells Street between North Avenue and Division. The fest starts at 10:00 am and closes at dusk. I’m booth 301 (same spot as last year) so stop by and say hello! I’ll also be posting photos over here if you want to see more/follow along. So if you’re around, I’d love to see you there – and for anyone who can’t come I will have new items listed online soon. Check out all the fest details here! Later this summer I’ll be participating in the Lakeview East Festival of the Arts on September 13th and 14th so please mark your calendars and stay tuned.

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