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!

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! :)