Tuesday, June 16, 2015

What About All the Rest of My Art?

Miniature Oil framed to 12x12"
Copyright by Cyndy Carstens

In the art world, consistency in work (a recognizable style) is expected and is extremely important. 
Experimentation, however, is invaluable for the artist to grow and keep work from becoming stale.
Stretching beyond my own comfort zone also means making some bad art and/or laughing through happy (and disastrous) mistakes.

Occasionally, one of these experiments turns out to be a great painting. But that does not mean it immediately hits my website or hangs in the gallery. A painting that does not follow the reputation I have so painstakingly built only confuses collectors and the general public. I often hear comments when visiting some art festivals concerning certain artists - "That artist is all over the place!"

Collectors, and everyone for that matter, want to know the art I make is not a one time shot - that my style is recognizable - familiar - and I can be counted on to produce that "look" over and over again.
I actually do have two (or more) completely different bodies of work. Before I learned this indispensable knowledge, you may have seen some of it. But for now, the color of light in wide-open spaces is what I want to share with the desire these works of art will inspire the attributes of peace, joy, humility and awe.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Are You a "Couch-Matcher"?

"Dancing Delight"
5.5 x 5.5" framed to 12 x 12"
Oil on Canvas
Copyright by Artist Cyndy Carstens

My blog has moved to my website http://www.cyndycarstens.comI will continue to post here for a few weeks and have re-printed the newest blog post for you.
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Re-Printed Post

Often I hear someone remark, "I wonder if this painting matches my couch."

When purchasing art for your home or office, the decor is important. Mostly because your decor is a reflection of who you are as an individual.
I would theorize if you have loved the flooring, furnishings and lighting you have already purchased any art you select or find the most appealing will automatically coordinate. 

Our tastes are propelled toward warm tones or cool hues - and sometimes a combination of both in the right balance. The diversification of styles is as varied as the number of artists creating work. In my own home, there are abstracts hanging in the same room or in close proximity to impressionist work; 3-D pieces hang above and around furnishings; antiques and collectibles mix with a touch of sleek modern simplicity. My home resonates me and I love being there. 

Finding balance in our living spaces is what makes our homes so welcoming. Allowing your personal taste to resonate will create an atmosphere entirely your own.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Quiet Amid the Bustle

"Quiet Intervals"
Oil - 19.5x22.5" - $590 with Custom Frame

This time of year we all seem to be even more harried than usual.

I felt compelled to make a painting focused on calming moments - most likely as an antidote - but to inspire stillness as well.

With tranquil breathes, here is one of my favorite "quiet" quotes.

"In art the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire." 
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wishing to all Peace of Heart,
a very Merry Christmas, 
Happy Holidays, 
and a Glorious New Year! 

By the way, tonight is the Scottsdale Artwalk 
from 7 to 9 pm! Come out stroll among the galleries to find the most unusual gifts!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Come Celebrate 40 Years of the Scottsdale Artwalk

Thursday, October 23rd marks the 40th Anniversary of the Scottsdale Artwalk - the longest running continuous Artwalk in the country!

Celebrations begin with a SUSD Marching Band at 5:45 pm on Main Street at Marshall Way! There will then be introductions of the Board for the Scottsdale Gallery Association, an interesting review of the past 40 years by Clark from Bonner David Galleries, and remarks by Rachel Sacco of the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau on the future of Scottsdale's Arts District.

Galleries along Main Street and Marshall Way will host Artist Openings with refreshments and live music.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Gratitude - Miniature Oil Series

Oil - 5x5" Framed to 12x12"

"Gratitude" is one of the newest miniature oil paintings now available at my namesake gallery, Carstens Fine Art, in Scottsdale, AZ.

"Gratitude" is inspired by the pure thankfulness for each day. Even on the days when challenges seem to be overwhelming, I find gratefulness in the setting sun as light bounces creating a rainbow of color and purple shadows. It is my wish that we all can find at least one thing each day in which to find delight.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Painting Series - Pushing Back the Dark

Pushing Back the Dark #3
Oil - 10x10" Framed to 16x16"
Copyright by Artist, Cyndy Carstens

This is the 3rd is a continuing series of works.
Below is the prose I wrote to go with them.
There are indeed always choices and hope  . . . 
if we are willing to open our eyes to see and our hearts to listen. 

The light awakens
to ever-so-slowly push the darkness of night
making way for the promise of a new day.

The light within our own hearts
jostles with the dark.

Watch and listen  . . . the light brightens our days
The light lifts the dark from those we love . . .
can you hear the dawn?
Can you see the hope in front of me?

Watch as this series develops.

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Summer Spectacular Artwalk

"Summer Evening Symphony"
Oil - 24x8"
Copyright 2014 by Cyndy Carstens

Summers in the desert can be . . . well . . . hot.
But the evenings cool down and color lights the sky.

You can see another peaceful piece on my friend's twitter page
You won't be disappointed, I promise.

Another Summer topic to share:
Thursday, July 10th is the 
Summer Spectacular Artwalk
in the Scottsdale Arts District
from 7 to 9 pm

Enjoy entertainment, receptions and awe-striking art!