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By Christopher Weigand, Mar 14 2016 06:52PM

Currently you can see Christine's artwork at Broad Spectrum, an exhibit at Sandusky Cultural Center in Sandusky, Ohio, through March 20th.


http://www.sanduskyculturalcenter.org/events.htm


Also through June 5th stop out at the Nicholson B. White Gallery in Cleveland Heights, Ohio for Shaping Color: Paper & Clay


http://www.stpauls-church.org/music-and-art/gallery-shows/


This Summer both Christine and Chris will be at Boston Mills Artfest - Christine at the first show in June, and Chris the second show in July.


http://bmbw.com/boston_mills_artfest.html


Chris will be at Main Street in Kent: Art and Wine Festival June 4th from 12-10pm, as well as Warehouse District Street Festival August 7th, noon to 8pm




http://www.mainstreetkent.org/art-and-wine-festival/4556774237


http://www.warehousedistrict.org/visit.aspx





By Christopher Weigand, Jan 28 2015 02:40PM

It's hard to believe that Little Grey Cat Studio is ten years old. Christine and I were just dabbling in art and it sparked the dream of being artists, attending art shows and seeing if we could maybe sell a few pieces. We loved the name Little Grey Cat Studio as much as the idea of forming our little "company". I'd never formed a company before, but it was pretty easy to do and we were soon applying to juried art shows.


Fast forward ten years and we've amassed decent resumes, and Christine's hand cut paper art has found plenty of admirers and collected a board full of ribbons and awards.


In celebration of our ten wonderful years we've decided take another step on our art journey. It's something I've always dreamed of, and the opportunity presented itself so I jumped at it. We're starting a "Guest Artist" program. For a period of time we'll feature guest artists on our website and online store, as well as our Facebook page. We think you'll like the added variety of artwork that you can see, and more importantly, buy!


When we started out we had no idea what we were doing but we've learned a lot in ten years. So now it's time, and we're honored, to help out new emerging artists who are interested in starting to sell their art. The guest artist program is a great way to mentor and feature new artists, and it gives guests to the website a chance to see something new and fresh.


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Whitney Valerio is our first guest artist at Little Grey Cat Studio. I met Whitney years ago when she was still in school and she was interning at American Greetings. Since then Whitney has gone on to have a successful career as an interior designer. I have always admired her organic inspired artwork. I love the colors, and clean technique. When Whitney sent me a note saying she was going to start selling them on Etsy I asked if she'd be a guest artist at Little Grey Cat Studio, and she graciously accepted.


So we welcome Whitney and her awesome artwork. Take a look at our Gallery and Shop pages, several of her pieces are posted and ready for you to purchase.


Also we'll share her Etsy site info when it becomes available.


-Chris

By Christopher Weigand, Jan 27 2015 12:37PM

Day #5 of this artist chain mail challenge. The final day.


"Post three of your works for five days and nominate another person to do the same."


The Cityscapes - These abstract cityscapes are the kind of paintings I'm doing now, when I do get into my studio. They're a combination of all the other painting techniques I've played around with for the last ten years. I like to put paint direction the canvas from the paint tube or palette knife, using tape to mask areas off. I then spread the paint with a knife or paper towel, and sometimes remove it with those tools as well to leave a more translucent appearance to areas of the painting.


The wife always enjoys when I add in little "easter eggs" such as people and cars. I like the little last minute details because the encourage the viewer to look up close. My paintings are about keeping your eye moving, and finding interest up close and from far away. I want the viewer physically moving when they explore my paintings: looking, feeling the textures and raw bright colors.


I'm inspired by geometry, asymmetry, balance and color.


#1 "Wish" - 2012 24" x 48" - (sold in 2012, I believe this painting has an unfinished painting underneath that was supposed to go over our fireplace. You can see my little yellow jeep crossing the bridge)


#2 "Washington DC - 2012 14" x 18" - (a commissioned piece. Real cities are difficult to do because I feel like people will call you out if you get something wrong, even in an abstraction)


#3 "Yellow Line" - 2012 11" x 14" - (hangs proudly in my wife's studio because she liked it. The guy talking about his "big fish" outside the bar in particular. He's just below and to the left of the martini glass)

By Christopher Weigand, Jan 26 2015 02:54PM

Day #4 of this artist chain mail challenge


"Post three of your works for five days and nominate another person to do the same."


The Other Paintings - As a middle aged artist I get to do whatever the hell I damn well please when it comes to my art. So here are some of the random paintings I've done that don't necessarily fit into a category.


But you will see techniques that pull from my other paintings, and influence future paintings as well. Tomorrow, the last day of the challenge, I'll show three works in my current technique or style.


#1) "Taste" 2007 18" x 24" - (after a visit to Times Square I took a stab at painting it. I learned two things 1) Painting real life can turn out pretty neat and 2) I abhor painting real life though. I don't have the patience and I hate constraint. There were two other paintings in this series, neither of which is likely to ever see the light of day. One will go unfinished and the other is dismal)


#2) "Brazil Flag" November 2010 22" x 28" - (one of nine flags I painted on commission for the House of Praise in Lorain, Ohio. These were a challenge to do as not all flags fit nicely into a 22x28 aspect ratio. You can see I tried to stay true to my technique and to the flags themselves. I believe these are still hanging in their lobby along with a piece of my wife's art as well)


#3) "First Snow" 2008 30" x 48" - (A commissioned piece featuring an abstract forest and the dogs of the family that commissioned the piece)

By Christopher Weigand, Jan 25 2015 05:53PM

Day #3 of this artist chain mail challenge


"Post three of your works for five days and nominate another person to do the same."


The Stripe Paintings - what happens when you sit in front of the TV tracing out 1/4" lines on a blank canvas, and then cover it all up with acrylic paint? These awesome stripe paintings of course. I'm not sure what got me started doing these but I'd never seen anything like them before. Oftentimes people think they are tape, wood or old magazines but alas they're just paint. That being said, I'd love to experiment with creating wood and paper versions someday. Since I started making them I have seen wood versions on Etsy and Pinterest, so there's something there.


These are probably my favorite paintings to do because I never know what they'll look like until they are done. I limit myself to certain colors and use a palette knife to apply the paint. They are very textural. Often times there will be a painting underneath them that never got to see the light of day. Stripe paintings are a good, therapeutic way to cover up bad art.


They have not found much success commercially, but I think they're awesome. Here are three of my favorites.


#1 - "Stripe #5" - 2013 48" x 72" (This huge painting lives in our foyer. It's likely my favorite piece I've ever done)

#2 - "Strip #6" - March 2014 36" x 36" (Sits in storage in my studio. Another favorite of mine)

#3 - "Rainforest" - May 2009 ~16" x ~20" (one of my earliest stripe paintings)

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