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!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Made in the Shade

This Saturday, be sure to come down to the Shade West Gallery at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel for "Made in the Shade". The event is the closing reception for "Elevation", and will feature a collection of my work, as well as sculptures by Kevin Caron.

I will be doing a live painting demonstration, and Kevin will be playing a lighthearted game with visitors to see who can guess which sculpting tools are used for what. The winner will be rewarded with the painting that I finish that day.

The event is being curated by Justin Germain, of Shade Projects. He will be on hand to discuss the newly re-established organization, which is poised to take our local art community to the next level. Come celebrate with us! Get out of the heat and into the Shade! :)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Pushing Back the Dark #4

"Pushing Back the Dark #4"
Oil on Canvas - 8x8"

As the sun rises and the dark gives way to light, I am reminded of just how special we are and how a new day can bring fresh possibilities - to begin again from scratch. 
Yesterday is yesterday  . . . Today is the present.
I choose to be in the light of today - present in the present.

Wishing each of you light, love and laughter . . . and the ability to live each day anew.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Pushing Back the Dark #2

Pushing Back the Dark #2
Oil on Canvas - 8x8"

Today is a day of Trust.
Trusting the Truth.
I cannot change the mistakes of the past. And the more I think about them the more energy I waste - mulling them over and over in my head until they become like lead weight stopping me from moving in any direction. 

Today is a day of Trust.
Trusting the Truth.
The truth - today is all that is promised. I cannot change the past. I cannot know the future. 
All I have is today.

Today is a day of Trust.
Trusting the Truth.
The truth - I am placing my Trust in the Light.
The Light that radiates over heaven and earth.
The Light that promises I can learn from my errors.
The Light that will shine into my heart making everything okay 
(eventually - at least until the next challenge).
The Light that "pushes back the dark" encouraging my soul to smile.
The Light of laughter, hiccups, giggles, twinkling eyes and genuine friendship.

Wishing you Light!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

"The Camel's Head"
Camelback Mountain, Scottsdale, AZ - North Face
Oil - 24x8"

Today I am sincerely grateful for little things and great ones.

I am especially grateful for the light - the way it bounces and plays over the landscape twinkling atop the mighty mountains that grace my drive to the studio everyday.
I love the light as it changes color, hue and saturation continually.
I never tire of how the light makes me feel - quiet, inspired, hopeful.
The light wraps around every person and every object blanketing us with unbiased promise.