About Face

A lot of years ago I painted portraits and figures non-stop. You couldn’t make me draw or paint something abstract, now it seems that’s about all I do (and I love that too).

Recently, I started sketching some faces. They were a bit of an upgrade to the ones I did in high school and college (I’ll show you some of those in another post). The result is the start of a new series of small portraits, of no one in particular, on wood. I’m starting with 5 x7 inch ovals and 5 x 5 inch circles, but am already thinking of pieces a bit larger.

IMG_8182The first piece in this series, Blue Tattoo Girl, is complete and available in my Etsy shop. I’ll also have her and I hope others in my studio when I’m open for IDADA First Friday on August 7.

Here’s the evolution of Blue Tattoo Girl.




Blue Tattoo Girl with watermark

And a sneak peek of the next one…


Follow me on Instagram or Facebook for even more in progress images.

Sketchbook Sunday: Social Sketch Edition

Social Sketch #2 was held earlier this week at the Eiteljorg Museum at a sweet spot along the downtown canal, complete with great friends (old and new) and live music. There was some gold panning too.

Some awesome drawings and paintings where made, in particular, this one by Laura Levine. Laura is mainly a ceramic sculptor who exhibits her work all around Indianapolis, but I was especially taken with these drawings of those around us that night.

With that, I’m giving this Sketchbook Sunday to Laura:


Get Lost. Get Found. After Party at Indy Reads.


The Paper Towns Tour stops in Indianapolis tomorrow, July 14 at 2:30pm at the Old National Centre. While I didn’t have anything to do with the film adaptation of this John Green movie (I’m available for Looking for Alaska, if needed), you can find me after the official tour stop at Indy Reads Books for the After Party hanging out with Stan Muller of CrashCourse, sister duo Lily & Madeleine and singer-songwriter, Jason Weidman.

Join us at 4pm, the event is free and is held at Indy’s coolest bookstore. For more details, click here.

Some of Kate's artwork (circled) on the set of The Fault in Our Stars (2014) - 20th Century Fox
Some of Kate’s artwork (circled) on the set of The Fault in Our Stars (2014) – 20th Century Fox

Social Sketch Indy #2 – July 15

Social Sketch Indy #2 is almost here! When getting this project going I thought, “maybe I’ll just do one or two” and “people will get tired of this”. Neither of these statements are true.

SSi2 FB Header

Social Sketch Indy, the Indianapolis chapter of the ever-growing Social Sketch, begun in the Bay Area, is about to host it’s second event on Wednesday, July 15 from 5-8pm at the Eiteljorg Museum, and best of all, we’re starting to line up more events. I’ve been contacted by a handful of local organizations, all excited to host a future event.

The premise is simple. Bring your favorite art materials, preferably ones that travel well, along with a sketchbook or paper and join others for a few hours of drawing/sketching/doodling/collaborating. Social Sketch Indy differs a bit from the original groups in San Francisco, Oakland and Spokane in that we’re out to not only introduce you to other creatives, but also introduce you to our city. While the other groups meet up in restaurants and bars (which we are certainly not opposed to!), we’re meeting at different cultural organizations and artist collectives. This is your free pass to explore.

We’re out to keep it casual. There’s no leader or instructor, no one to give you an assignment. Bring materials you love and maybe learn about others. You can sit with others or find a quiet spot of your own. Make your own work or collaborate with others. It’s completely up to you!

Can’t make it to Social Sketch Indy #2? That’s okay! Be on the look out for upcoming events on our Facebook page and over on Instagram. Want to host a future event or know of a location we should contact? Email me at kate [at] kateoberreich [dot] com.

Also, much thanks to my partners in crime at Social Sketch Indy – Stephanie Lewis Robertson and Emily Schwank.

Throwback Thursday: Terrarium

Let’s take a look back at a piece I painted as part of an Instagram giveaway about two years ago. I had been given a terrarium (which lived a good long life and will be resurrected!) as a holiday gift and wanted to paint them in watercolor. This was the result.


I’ve painted a few more since and have one deck now for a friend/client.

Sketchbook Sunday: Thumbnails

Playing with composition on a small scale, using thumbnail sketches to hammer out some ideas. Don’t be afraid of using paint in your sketchbook, just make sure to leave it open to dry. I would show you some examples of what those pages look like when you don’t, but I can’t. Because they’re glued together.

Oberreich Sketchbook 9

Social Sketch Indy

With several events and shows recently, I managed to forget to tell you about one of the bigger ones (ugh, staying on top of things is hard sometimes).

Social Sketch has come to Indianapolis! It started with friends gathering at a restaurant with their sketchbooks in San Francisco and has expanded to other cities including Oakland, Spokane, Denver and more. And now it’s here in Indy!

SSIndy Logo

I contacted the creators of Social Sketch to get the okay to bring it to Indy and got an enthusiastic ‘yes’. The concept is pretty simple, pick a location and invite people (artists and others welcome) to come draw together.

SS1 Lorie Lee

Social Sketch Indy #1 was held on June 5 in the Courtyard at the Harrison Center for the Arts. We had about forty people and one hedgehog (thanks for coming, Petunia!).


We’re busy planning the next event already, look for more information on our Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/SocialSketchIndy and on Instagram at @SocialSketchIndy.

And last a big ol’ special thanks to Stephanie Lewis Robertson for your help in planning and hosting, to the Harrison Center for the Arts for providing a location and Print Resources for creating sketchbooks that will be used at upcoming Social Sketches.