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If you ever wanted to share one of my stories&…

If you ever wanted to share one of my stories…this would be the one. Please check out the full blog post HERE and please help bring closure to her story for her friends and family. This is the first time I have ever shared a lot of these stories and who Deanne was to me. The story is 10 years and the making and 4 years later than it should be. I’ve never had difficulty sharing my own stories, but I struggled tremendously to share hers for so many reasons…including having to accept that she’s gone.

“Reign Upon Sunrise” Flashback

“Reign Upon Sunrise” Flashback

In August 2012, at the age of 28, I was reconnected with the biological family I never knew. At that time, I learned that my father, also named Michael, did not die in a car accident as I had always been told. Rather, I came to find out that he took his own life on my mother’s 21st Birthday, just shortly before I turned a year old. He did not leave a note. Almost 30 years later, in my most personal and emotional creation to date, I wrote that note for my father. Written through our collective heart, eyes, and hand, that piece of our soul is “Michael’s Note.”

“Michael’s Note” was followed by half a decade of critical introspection, reflection, and expression in the form of a visual history paradoxically representing a singular moment, time, and experience as well as momentum, time, and experience in their totality. Completed in the Spring at the age of 33 and given life in conjunction with the Summer Solstice, “Reign Upon Sonrise” is a five year meditative reflection of a simple complexity, or “simplexity.” A 49 canvas polyptych with a myriad of possibilities and experiences, this meditation is a personal and elemental narrative veiled under the umbrella of a fractalized spectrum of sub-narratives called “Reigndrops.” Peering into the human soul with no definitive beginning or end, may you enjoy your journey across the “Reignbough” and discover the enlightenment you seek in the “Reign Upon Sonrise.”

Dedicated to the father I never had the honor and privilege to know-

Full blog post HERE

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This is what I deal with when I try to work…🤣
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Michael Carini | MOSTLY FOR HER

Michael Carini | MOSTLY FOR HER

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Featured: Falling Towards The Sky

I’ll be hanging this large painting in ArcLight Cinemas at Westfield UTC next week with some other large works. Please stop by ArcLight Cinemas (La Jolla) and take a look.

I’m having an end of Summer special and making deals on selected works to create space for new creations. If there is a painting you are interested in, please message me. I’m also currently taking commissions that fit your budget.

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Commencing upon the precipice of homelessness, “The Boy In The Box” follows the rigid geometric structuring of the “The Up-Side Of Down” and represents the perpetual quest for personal freedom and breaking outside of the box. We all create our own boxes and some more than others.
“Flesh Of My Flesh (Deribon)” tells a story of creation and the interconnectedness of relationships. If you look closely, you may spot a large figure in the upper right corner and a much smaller figure in the bottom right. The smaller figure is in a state of genesis, feeding and growing from the nourishment and energy of the other.

This painting does have ties to a specific creation story, referencing Eve being created from the rib of Adam. Shortly after this painting was completed, someone vandalized it, puncturing and cutting through it right where Eve’s rib is. I had to patch Eve’s rib and carefully mend it, which I feel added to the symbolism and energy of the painting.

Please check out this painting as well as inspirational blog and podcast HERE

Though she may refute the notion of being an a…

Though she may refute the notion of being an artist, I’ve never seen anyone paint a terrible nightmare into such a beautiful fairy tale.

Michael Carini | NEW BLOG STORY

Michael Carini | NEW BLOG STORY

Pain is unavoidable. At some point in this life, you are going to experience pain. Learn to use that pain as a source of fuel to grow and thrive. I get raw and real about this topic in my latest blog post. Please visit CariniArts.com and give it a read. You can also see more from my favorite creative collaborations (including this one) with Christa Maier including a full-length video covering multiple intense shoots.

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Working on “Just A Little Piece Of Herstory” in the studio. Really enjoy doing these “Puzzled Hearts.” I also have “Puzzled Hearts Minis” available as I fight to raise exhibition funds for KAABOO Del Mar next month. I need your support and am also taking on commissions.

Please also check out CariniArts.com to see my painting class schedule, blog, and podcast. This week on the podcast we discuss knowing your worth and asking for what you want from life.

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“If I Could Steal Your Pain” reflects on the desire to take away someone else’s pain. Sometimes we can’t handle or don’t know how to deal with our own pain, yet we’re still willing to shoulder someone else’s in the effort to lighten their burden. Everyone has pain, some just hide it better. Some experience more in a day than anyone should have to face in a lifetime. Learn to use that pain as fuel, for yourself and for others. If you can do that, that pain can heal your hurt.

This painting is dedicated to my best friend, muse, and the woman I loved. This is dedicated to Deanne Hastings, who tragically disappeared in 2015 and has yet to be found. It is suspected that she was murdered but there has been no closure to date.

Deanne always called me her “Wings” and is the reason I have them tattooed on my back. I just wish I could have there for her this last time when she really needed me most. I could sense the call was going to come, but it never did, and part of me knew why. I’ve always felt that I failed her by not being there that last time, though I wanted to be and would have been. I think one of the reasons I work so hard is because of Deanne. I always tried so hard to impress her and make her proud. The last time I saw her, she told me she was. I will forever do whatever I can to keep her spirit alive through my creations. She is now my “Wings” and my angel. I love you Deanne.

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