Thursday, December 19, 2013

A Wish for Joy

"Desert Vista" Oil on Canvas - 18x24"

Wishing you a
Very Merry Christmas
Happy Hannukah
& a Glorious New Year!

from my heart to yours!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Moving Forward - Literally!

"Triumph" Oil 48x72" Diptych - Copyright by Cyndy Carstens

Carstens Fine Art has Moved!

From the Courtyard to the Front Sidewalk "Street-side"

I am so excited to share that the studio/gallery has moved from the Courtyard location (#15) at Marshall Square to the Front Sidewalk (#5)!

The mailing address is the same:
7077 Main Street
at Marshall Square in the Scottsdale Arts District
Scottsdale, AZ  85251

Only the suite number changed - BUT what a change!
More room to show my paintings and easier access with front door parking.

Come by to see some new paintings and share the excitement!

Watch for an Invitation to the "Special Grand Opening 2!"
You can bet there will be live music, unique wines &  tasty delicacies! And of course, beautiful art to grace your home or office!

Thank you! See you soon!


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Flexibility In Hanging Art

#1 in Collection of Nine
Oil - 5x5" - Matted & Framed to 12x12"

As promised in an earlier post, this is the first image (top left) of the Collection of Nine 
(image of all 9 paintings below). 

The primary purpose of painting 9 small artworks, and combining them into one collection to be sold as one, is flexibility. The artwork can be hung in a home or office environment as shown, OR re-arranged to fit the collector's space, OR split into any number of combinations -- 
Vertical, Horizontal, Smaller Squares, etc. - the possibilities are endless.

Because I used the same palette to do all the paintings, 
they can be arranged in any order and still work together as one.

What do you think of the idea of multiple paintings sold as a group?
Your input is important to me.  Please leave your comment below -- 

And, as always, I wish you beauty and peace always!

Collection of Nine
Each painting is Oil - 5x5" - Matted & Framed to 12x12"
(If sold individually, each piece would be $135.00)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Edgar Degas quote

The other day, I read this quote by Edgar Degas. 
In only a few words, he managed to describe what it is to be an artist 
and what we strive for in our work.

"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."
Edgar Degas

It is my desire to share with you a vision of beauty, peace & inspiration.
Have a beautiful weekend!

"Vibrancy at Peace"
Oil -5x5" matted & framed to 12x12"
(price includes any applicable sales tax & shipping in the Continental U.S.)

Collection of 9
5x5" Oil Paintings matted & framed to 12x12"
Set of Nine - $1100.00
(price includes any applicable sales tax & shipping in the Continental U.S.)

"Vibrancy at Peace" was painted using the same palette as the Collection of 9 paintings.
However, its values and striking color did not fit the overall tone of the nine pieces, so it is being sold separately. In the next few weeks, it is my intention to post each of the nine.

They truly are beautiful individually, but make a dramatic statement when hung together.

I will look forward to sharing them and hearing your responses & comments.

Contact me at the studio/gallery or by email. Hearing from you will make my day!

7077 E. Main Street  #15 - The Arts District
Scottsdale, AZ  85251

Monday, June 17, 2013

"Ardent Skies" & Save the Date

"Ardent Skies"
Oil on Canvas - 8x10"

ARDENT - According to Webster mean "Characterized by warmth of feeling:
Passionate: Fiery, Hot: Glowing"
I believe this little painting fits that description!

Starting to paint inventory for Hidden In the Hills Studio Tour! "Ardent Skies" is one of several I have been working on - Still have quite a few more to round out the sizes and numbers.

I am so excited to be a Guest Artist of the Harmon Studios. Dates for HITH's are November 22, 23 & 24 (Fri., Sat., Sun.) and the following weekend November 29, 30 & December 1, 2013.

I am looking forward to the cooler temps of the low mountains of North Scottsdale and seeing many fans, friends, colleagues and making new friends. 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

I am a "Paint Brush Snob"

Okay - not really.
But I love my paint brushes because they are the tools that allow me to do what I love.

I don't buy the most expensive brushes either. I look for brushes (on sale, usually) that have "bounce" when wet, and a secure ferrul (the metal part that holds the hairs to the handle). Synthetic bristles are fine for most of the work I do, even though I have a few treasured sable hair (a couple of them over 45 years old!). I rarely use bristle or hog hair brushes, but that is a different story.

My favorite type of brush is a "Bright" - in ALL sizes - soft hair- not bristles. This would be the brush that resembles a Flat Brush, but has shorter hairs/bristles.

Other types of brushes in my inventory include:

     Flat       -  A Flat Brush resembles its name - the hairs/bristles are cut straight at the end
     Filbert  -  Like a Flat, but half-moon shaped on top
     Round  -  Just like its name - instead of smooshed flat, the brush hairs are in a round shape and come to a sharp point
     Fan       -  A thin brush with hairs or bristles "fanned" out commonly used for blending
     Angle   -  Like a Bright, except the tip of the brush is cut at an angle
     Mop     -  Soft haired and shaped similar to a Filbert used primarily for spreading water or tinting a canvas with very thin paint
     Rigger  -  Aaaahh! The Rigger - another of my favorite brushes! A Rigger is sometimes called a "liner" - meaning it can hold a lot of paint for its size and make very long "lines". The Rigger Brush is a skinny Round Brush with very long hairs. With a little practice, this could be the best brush for creating a signature on a painting!

Next time, I will share my secrets for how you can keep a "working" brush for more than 40 years!

Here's a peek at what they all look like.

Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

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Just wanted to share Renee Philllips' article on Artist Support Groups. Great ideas!

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