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.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Pushing Back the Dark

"Pushing Back the Dark #1"
Oil on Board - 12x12"

I had not realized it has been so long since I posting here. My New Year's resolution had something to do with aiming to be more consistent to posting here and on FB. So much for resolutions!

Actually, life has been difficult these past few months, so I promise not to beat myself up.

Of course this blog's primary purpose has been to work out some design issues occasionally and share some of my newest work before it goes "public" at the galleries. 
However, my work is so closely tied to my thoughts, moods, life challenges and small victories, I find it hard to separate the two.

For many of you who have known me for a while, you might remember my saying that being a 24/7 care-giver for my Mom was one of the most difficult jobs I have ever experienced. The rewards do/have far out-weighed the distress - but not necessarily at the same time. I would not have changed those 4 years I was blessed to spend with my Mom. She and the work  taught me much about myself, who I am and who I want to be.

As heart-wrenching as those years may have been, having a seriously ill child feels worse.
I can only describe it as feeling "broken". 
My heart aches for every parent who must figure out a way to be supportive,
encouraging - even joyful - to/for their child. 
My heart aches for every parent who just wants everything to be okay. 
My heart aches for every parent who feels helpless and sometimes just a bit "ticked off!".
My heart aches for every parent who travel this journey.
It matters not how young or old your children are - they remain of your flesh and heart 
regardless of age. 

This new series "Pushing Back the Dark", may not appear on the surface to be so different from my previous skyscape work. But delve in more closely - the darks are deeper and the light shines even more brilliantly than before. 

Tragedy and arduous struggles will not defeat the light in my heart, even though the dark knocks at its door everyday. I am placing my trust in God "who gives and takes away". His light will be my light. 
I am determined the work will quietly glow brighter than before - even amidst some tears!

I am reminded of something I heard as a child . . . 
Life is not so much about finally getting there - Life is about the journey.

May each of your journeys be blessed!