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“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-

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It’s so easy to not become everything you are capable of being…But when have you ever taken the easy road?

Michael Carini | LEARN MORE

First and foremost, a really big and sincere thank you for the support…past, present, and future. Without your support (whether sharing my work or purchasing some), this just isn’t possible…the podcast, the blog, the posts, the Q&A time, the products, and the art itself. I am able to do all of the things I do because of you. I love focusing on the stories, creating, and sharing the experiences. I know sometimes it gets salesy by necessity for survival and sustainability. The truth is I probably hate the BS more than anyone else, but it’s a part of the duties/process and I think it’s also important to show other artists a way to go about that…artists who might be apprehensive about doing so while trying to find their own path of longevity within the realm of their passion. We all have a dream but our dreams require work and I’m happy to put in that work. Sometimes it means doing things I don’t want to do, making concessions, and being flexible.

If there is an artist that you love and you want to know how to support them, consider making a purchase, no matter small. For me, even a $20 purchase is a few meals I wouldn’t otherwise have or that color of paint I want to use but don’t have yet because I had to choose between another meal or that color. If you can’t afford their work, share it with appropriate tags and credits…maybe a link to their site. Perhaps one of your friends will be interested. Referrals go a long way for artists. If you have something from an artist, consider positing it and/or reposting it periodically with a nice image, description, review, and how to follow + get in contact with that artist. Word of mouth goes a long way.

Art, at least for me, has very little to do with sales and money…but sales do keep paint on the palette and allow me to devote more time to sharing my passion and stories with others in the hopes of helping them to purse their passions. I have some obstacles ahead of me in the immediate future and I’m ready to tackle them head on. If you’re interested in supporting me or my mission as I work to generate resources for an exhibition fund that next lands on shows at ArcLight Cinemas La Jolla and KAABOO Del Mar 2019, please consider adding some art or something from Carini Arts to your collection…perhaps a mini, a blanket, or even a poem. Braska is not available.

Support the artists you love. Have a great day and continue feeding the passion!

Don’t waste this life living one not meant for you-

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Michael Carini | LEARN MORE

Michael Carini | LEARN MORE

“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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And the best part about her not knowing who she was is that she can become anything and anyone she chooses to be.

Self-love isn’t about learning to love pieces of yourself. It’s about learning to love the entire puzzle that is you.