My little piece of The Fault in Our Stars

I enjoy the act of making art so much that sometimes I forget that sharing it is part of the process. I work away in my corner of a studio I share with some amazing women… making, making, making… I do it because I don’t know how not to, but on some level, I do it for other people. I harbor that fantasy of being “discovered”. I don’t care about being famous or anything, but don’t want the work to go unseen either.

So I make and I paint and I post. I update Facebook, Instagram, my website, Etsy and blog as a means of showing the world what I’m up to (and in hopes of making a living). And sometimes it works.

In August 2013, I received an e-mail from a woman who said she was a set buyer and that she had seen my website and would I be interested in having artwork in a feature film? To be honest, the skeptic in me thought it was a scam at first. I called her anyway and it was the real thing.

My phone call was brief and excited and plans were made. Within a week I was commissioned and working on a set of sketchbooks/journals for the film adaptation of Indianapolis author John Green’s bestselling novel, The Fault in Our Stars.

I’ve kept sketchbooks/journals for a very long time and because they are built up over time, it can take a year or more to complete each one, if you could ever really consider them complete. I somehow (magically, insanely, exhaustively) created three in four days and shipped them off to the set in Pittsburgh (for more on why this Indy-based film was shot in Pittsburgh, I give you Hugh Vandivier’s Sky Blue Window article here).

Sketchbook Collage
Samples from previous sketchbooks.

Much of what fills the pages is from the past ten or more years of my own sketchbooks. It made for a great opportunity to go back and see where I’d been artistically and mentally over a number of years. I loved every minute of this project!

I only generally know where to look for these books, I’m told they will be somewhere in the main character’s bedroom and you can be sure I’ll be on the look out for them in each of what’s sure to be many viewings. They may only be on screen for a brief moment, but I’ll know they’re there, and that’s good enough for me.


I’m happy to say that I have artwork in a movie, especially this movie, and hope to do something like this again. Seriously, go read the book and then let’s all go see The Fault in Our Stars when it comes out on June 6.


Trailer: 20th Century Fox | images copyright Kate Oberreich 2013/14

Website and Life Update

I’m sorry. I’ve been horrible about adding new things to the blog. I’ve even lost track of my photo-a-day project. There’s a good reason for it though.

The last month has had me preparing for my trip to Portland (thank you so much to my supporters, both financial and otherwise for helping me get there), launching the new Tiny Shows at Seed & Star Studio, finishing out a couple of commissions and starting on a new, secret-for-now project. Don’t worry, as soon as I can say more I will.

In the meantime, I’ve snuck in a quick update to my website. PSA to artists – get a website (or blog, or some other venue for people to see your work online). Even my age old, hardly updated website has put enough work out there to hook me up with the afore mentioned secret project.


I’ve added several new images to the Art section, 2011-present, including many that have been on view at Ashland Gallery over the last few months. Many thanks to John McKee for the show with my mom, Sandi Finney.



Swing by the site, take a look around and watch for more regular updates.

Art About Town

Last night I First Friday’d with my favorite jeweler, Sara B. Here’s some of what we saw and where we saw it…

The night began with Bodies of Work: The Figurative Work of Travis S. Little at the StutzArtSpace Gallery where I was finishing up some last minute prep for the opening. This was the Gallery’s first ever solo show (previously group shows only) and what a success! I hear rumors of some sales already.

Next up was Bound, a book arts show at the Harrison Center for the Arts and a chance to scope out their new City Gallery where I’ve submitted artwork to be considered.

It’s a map of Dublin?!

This was just because (outside the Harrison Center).

As for the rest of the night, the camera started to freak out so that’s it on pictures. We also saw Transcendence at Gallery 924 at the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Hungry Weeds (yay, Emily!) at Nancy Lee Designs and Photos Unfolding at Wug Laku’s Studio & Garage.

Never seem to make it down to Fountain Square…there’s just too much going on for one night!


Horizon Line

I’m playing with some new horizon lines in collusion with my ‘excavation’. This digging has lead to the idea of underground caves and what might be lurking around beneath the surface.

My plans are still evolving. Yesterday I painted a hole in the ground, not sure yet where it leads, but the hole was a good first step. Here are some possibilities…

Some will cringe at this, but I just obliterated two older paintings with plans to paint something new. But it’s okay, I hated them and after about 4 years with no takers I figure it’s time for a new life. 


The Journal Show

The Journal Show is the name of a show I’m curating that will be at the StutzArtSpace Gallery next fall/winter. It’s not a very creative name, just a working title.

The dates are set…November 5-December 17, 2010. It seems so far away, but there’s tons to do between now and then.

So here’s the skinny on the exhibit…it will be an invitational (please no one feel bad if you’re not invited), featuring 15-20 artists. The ‘work’ on view will be artist’s journals and sketchbooks with the goal being to show the creative process of creating art. We are also asking our artists to show a piece of finished work to hang above or near their journal to show the end result.

The exhibit is very loosly based on the 1000 Journals Project, where 1000 blank journals were sent out into the world to be filled, culminating with a website and exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco this past Spring. We hope to have a few well-traveled collaborative journals too.

In addition to the art exhibit, we have a tenative agreement to do screenings of the 1000 Journals Film by director/producer/writer Andrea Kreuzhage- DVDs of the film will also be available for purchase. If you just can’t wait, you can buy it on Amazon now.

The last component of all this is a series of workshops…on the books (pun intended) are workshops on travel journaling, bookmaking, altered books and more.

So, the details are being worked out, I’m writing a budget (blargh), lining up potential artists, setting up long-lead PR, and making general plans for a sweet exhibit.

More info to come.