ARTober | custom artwork sale

kate zitzer, art, painting, etsy, sale, commission, custom artworkCustom orders are a lot of fun. They push me out of my comfort zone and give me a chance to try new things. Plus you become a part of the creative process which gives you a special connection to the piece.

How does it work? Once you contact me, we will discuss your desired order – exchange ideas, discuss colors, sizes, materials, etc. I do appreciate some art direction – photos, fabric swatches, magazine clippings or anything at all. These things help me visualize while I’m painting and will inspire your custom piece. Then I will give you a price quote which will include a shipping estimate if necessary. I do charge a small fee for custom work. This covers any additional material costs and the extra time it takes to plan, sketch and paint a custom order – I really try my best to deliver exactly what you want! If the quote works for you, I will set up a custom listing in my Etsy shop, and once I receive payment, I will begin working on your piece. I have a full time job so I work on my art in the evenings and on the weekends. Custom paintings usually take anywhere from two to six weeks to complete. If you have a deadline, let me know. I am happy to work with you if I can. During the process I will send one or two progress images to give you an idea how your order is taking shape, and I will make any desired changes at this time. Once your piece is complete, I will wrap, package and ship it to you. If you’re local, we can arrange a pick up.

So now through the end of October I am offering a 15% discount on all custom orders. Already see something you like? I’m also offering 10% off on all paintings available in my shop – including prints! Use coupon code “artobersale” at checkout. Custom artwork can be seen on Instagram using the hashtag #katezitzerart or on my kate zitzer art board on Pinterest. I also offer custom colors and custom sizes on any of my paintings. Interested in working together? Contact me at kzbykatezitzer[at] for more information.

studio update + we’re moving (again)

kate zitzer art, painting, inspiration, artist studiokate zitzer art, painting, inspiration, artist studio, plants, succulentsI wanted to pop in to say hi. Not sure if anyone still comes here for a visit since I’ve been terribly neglectful of this space over the past few months. With Instagram being so quick and immediate, it makes posting over there so much easier and faster. As of late I’ve been keeping up with business and getting ready for One of a Kind Chicago which is happening in two months. I participated in three summer art festivals this year and will be posting a recap of the season sometime next week. I also just updated my Etsy shop with lots of new items and marked down a few pieces too. Take a look here to see if there’s something you like. When I’m not in the studio, I’ve been packing and cleaning. Our current living situation is changing again. A few weeks before we finished phase 2 of our renovation, we did something crazy and put in an offer on a different house. So we hurried up and finished the renovation and put our current house on the market. It’s been a whirlwind to say the least. My current motto has been live in the now and enjoy what you have today because everything can change so quickly. I’ll share more stories about our renovations and photos of the finished rooms soon. This home (and year) has definitely been an adventure for Marc and me! I’d love to hear about your home buying experiences too. Have any of you done something crazy like this?

goodbye sweet home | we bought a house part 1 | part 2 | part 3 | part 4

monday moodboard 02

monday, moodboard, inspiration, art, designDay dreaming and distracting myself from my to-do list on this lovely Monday morning! Over the weekend I started sorting through my summer photos. So while I have white sand and peach bellinis on the brain, I put together this Monday moodboard! I hope you guys had a fantastic summer! I refuse to accept that its almost over.

+ all images can be found on my pinterest page here


snapshots from california

california, road trip, san francisco, golden gate bridge, napa, wine tasting, big sur, yurt, santa barbara, palm treesAt the end of April, Marc and I spent eight days traveling down the West Coast, driving from San Francisco to LA. Above are some photos from our trip. We spent less than 24 hours in San Francisco – just enough time to browse the shops at the Ferry Building and drive over the Golden Gate Bridge. In Napa, we spent most of our time eating and drinking. We had a phenomenal dinner at Goose & Gander, and Luna was our favorite winery. In Big Sur, we slept in a yurt and explored the foggy redwood forest. We stayed with a friend in her lovely bungalow home in Santa Barbara, hiked Rattlesnake Canyon and went to happy hour in the Funk Zone. It was a grand adventure, and I’m hoping to go back to CA soon!


etsy, art, design, interiors, home decor, ceramics, poster, fashionWow, it’s been months since my last post! The first half of the year has been a whirlwind. Between our trip to the Dominican Republic and our California road trip, preparing for art fair season and starting phase 2 of our home renovation, I am exhausted. The upside is now I have a bunch of updates that I’ll be sharing with you over the next few weeks. So stay tuned! For now, I thought I would share some items I currently have my eye on. I have to have that cactus poster!

feathers print | bowl | tea towel | pouch | cactus print | sweatshirt | table | candle holders | chair

monday moodboard 01

monday, moodboard, inspiration, art, designLately I’ve been brainstorming new column ideas for this blog. I’ve had a lot of fun putting together Eye Candy posts because they really get my creative juices flowing and they leave you all with something new to consume. So with those same guidelines in mind, I came up with an idea I’m excited about – I’m calling it Monday Moodboard. I like finding images that create a theme – a kind of tumblresque visual moodboard. Sometimes I seem to pin images with a similar or complimentary color palette so I’m going to exploit that a little bit more. Here are a few photos, color combinations, shapes and designs that had me feeling inspired – enjoy this Monday Moodboard!

+ all images can be found on my pinterest page here

for your home | cloth & goods

We’ve lived in our house for eight months now. Eight months! I’m tired of making excuses for our house not looking the way I want it to (at least the rooms that aren’t being renovated) so my goal this month is to get this place looking more finished. I stumbled upon the Cloth & Goods website recently and I quickly started adding several of their items to my wishlist. I tend to gravitate toward neutrals with pops of navy blue here and there, mostly in art and accessories. Here are a few favorites –

cloth and goods, design, interiors, textiles, indigo, ceramics, pottery, pillows

pillow cases | cups | dish towels | ceramics | pillows | trays | towels | blanket | pottery