apple picking

apple picking, farm, fall, nature, kuiper's family farm, applesapple picking, farm, fall, nature, kuiper's family farm, applesIt’s getting colder lately and fall is definitely here. So to celebrate the season of apples, pumpkins and all things spiced, we made a trip out to Kuipers Family Farm and spent the day apple picking. The more I picked the more I started brewing up different apple recipes in my head. What are some of your favorites? These apple fritter bites look amazing and I love this apple cider sangriaapple picking, farm, fall, nature, kuiper's family farm, applesapple picking, farm, fall, nature, kuiper's family farm, applesphoto credit kate zitzer 

2015 art festival summer season recap

kate zitzer art, painting, inspiration, art fest, chicago, ravenswood artwalkWow what a whirlwind few months! I showed my art all over the city this summer. I had such a great season and my success is owed to everyone who came by to show their support. So from the bottom of my heart thank you!

kate zitzer art, painting, inspiration, art fest, chicago, wells street art festival kate zitzer art, painting, inspiration, art fest, chicago, wells street art festival kate zitzer art, painting, inspiration, art fest, chicago, wells street art festivalkate zitzer art, painting, inspiration, art fest, chicago, wells street art festivalOn June 13th and 14th, I participated in the Wells Street Art Festival in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago. The fest was a huge success and seeing everyone’s enthusiasm and appreciation for my art meant the world to me! Saturday was a very successful day. I sold 28 original paintings. It was great to see all the blue abstract paintings go so quickly. Another item that was a big hit was the 12×24 city paintings – I had Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC, Denver, Miami, Boston, New Orleans, Nashville and Austin. By the end of the weekend I was absolutely exhausted but I was thrilled with the positive response my art received and how many people took a piece of it home with them.

kate zitzer art, painting, inspiration, art fest, chicago, west loop art festkate zitzer art, painting, inspiration, art fest, chicago, west loop art festkate zitzer art, painting, inspiration, art fest, chicago, west loop art festThe next two fests were a bit calmer but I was still overwhelmed with the turnout and all the friends and family who stopped by to support me! On August 22nd and 23rd, I participated in the West Loop Art Fest in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. I did over 50 transactions throughout the weekend. Crazy Pineapple prints were a big hit as well as Be Sharp and Love You So paintings. Then on September 19th and 20th I participated in the Ravesnwood Artwalk on the city’s northside. Crazy Pineapple prints were again a popular item and I sold several 6×6 mini canvases. The sweetest little girl purchased Wild for her room and it was so heartwarming to see her excited about the painting. kate zitzer art, painting, inspiration, art fest, chicago, ravenswood artwalk kate zitzer art, painting, inspiration, art fest, chicago, ravenswood artwalkkate zitzer art, painting, inspiration, art fest, chicago, west loop art festkate zitzer art, painting, inspiration, art fest, chicago, ravenswood artwalkWhile organizing and cleaning post shows I decided to put a few things on sale. Some of them are pretty great deals. Check it out here. If you’re reading this after seeing my booth at one of the festivals, hello I’m so happy you’re here! Please feel free to order from my Etsy shop, and I’m also available for custom paintings or local pick up so just shoot me an email or comment below if you’re interested.

Summer season may be over but there is no time for rest just yet. I’m currently working on a few custom paintings as part of the ARTober sale and prepping and painting for the One of a Kind Holiday Show and Sale on December 3rd – 6th. Please mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details!

photo credit kate zitzer

custom kz art

custom art, commission, kate zitzer art, sale, painting,l love working on commissions. I love the dialogue and the mixing of ideas and concepts between clients and myself. I’ve been very lucky so far in my creative career to have worked with fantastic people. Right now I’m working on some paintings for a nursery. They are so much fun to do and they make work feel like play.

Here are some common custom art requests –

  • General fine art commissions. As you can see from the photos, I do mostly fine art commissions. If I’ve got time and you’ve got money, I’ll paint you a fruit bowl or a guitar or a mural in your kids’ bedroom. Sometimes I turn down a request if it doesn’t fall within my comfort level and style. I do require some art direction (you can read more about the process here) and a lot of lead time.
  • Pet portraits. I love animals and I’d love to work on my pet portrait skills. I would need a couple of good high resolution photos in order to capture your pet’s personality, but if you have that then I’m willing to try! I’m also willing to do your pet turtle or hamster, whatever you’ve got.
  • People portraits. I typically don’t do these. People are hard for me. Plus, I feel if I don’t know the person then it’s hard to paint them and photos don’t always tell enough about a person.
  • Tattoos. I’ve designed one tattoo before. Depending on the style you’d like me to use, how involved your idea is and how much time I have in my schedule, I might be interested in doing it again. Always worth asking.

If you’re interested in placing a custom order or purchasing some art for the holidays, please email me. Have an idea that isn’t reflected here? Let me know! It never hurts to ask.

photo source kate zitzer instagram

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!