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Michael Carini | Mostly For Her | LEARN MORE

Michael Carini | Mostly For Her | LEARN MORE

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“The Up-Side of Down” was inspired by a 2009 assault and battery that hospitalized me with multiple facial fractures, severe eye trauma, and a concussion. My signature icon, which I saw flashing in my head during the concussive state, is a key repeating element in this series that represents life growing from death and discovering the positives in negatives.

This weekend marks the 10 year anniversary of the assault and battery that was the catalyst for “Acrylic Alchemy” and “The Up-Side Of Down.” This painting 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.

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Michael Carini | LEARN MORE

Michael Carini | LEARN MORE

“The Up-Side of Down” was inspired by a 2009 assault and battery that hospitalized me with multiple facial fractures, severe eye trauma, and a concussion. My signature icon, which I saw flashing in my head during the concussive state, is a key repeating element in this series that represents life growing from death and discovering the positives in negatives.

“Midnight Dancer (Take Me Away)” was the very first painting I ever created for Deanne Hastings, my best friend and the person I loved most in the world. She used to call me her “Wings” and is the reason I have them tattooed on my back. Tragically, Deanne went missing in 2015 and has yet to be found. I still think about her every single day and a number of the paintings she inspired were sent to her family for her children to have one day.

This is one of the most valuable pieces I have in my studio. It is the two final postcards of the show I dedicated to her in 2010. If you take a close look, you can read the statement from the show. I came across these in my car long after she disappeared. I was also blessed to come across her handprints on my “10 Year Floor Canvas,” which also now hang in studio so she can continue to be with me as she continues to inspire me and my work. I hope I’m making her proud. I wouldn’t be the man I am today if it wasn’t for her. I love how this photo picks up the reflection of the window likes it’s a window between here and heaven, allowing us to see each other again for just a moment.

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Michael Carini | LEARN MORE

Michael Carini | LEARN MORE

“The Up-Side of Down” was inspired by a 2009 assault and battery that hospitalized me with multiple facial fractures, severe eye trauma, and a concussion. My signature icon, which I saw flashing in my head during the concussive state, is a key repeating element in this series that represents life growing from death and discovering the positives in negatives.

“Midnight Dancer (Take Me Away)” was the very first painting I ever created for Deanne Hastings, my best friend and the person I loved most in the world. She used to call me her “Wings” and is the reason I have them tattooed on my back. Tragically, Deanne went missing in 2015 and has yet to be found. I still think about her every single day and a number of the paintings she inspired were sent to her family for her children to have one day.

This is one of the most valuable pieces I have in my studio. It is the two final postcards of the show I dedicated to her in 2010. If you take a close look, you can read the statement from the show. I came across these in my car long after she disappeared. I was also blessed to come across her handprints on my “10 Year Floor Canvas,” which also now hang in studio so she can continue to be with me as she continues to inspire me and my work. I hope I’m making her proud. I wouldn’t be the man I am today if it wasn’t for her. I love how this photo picks up the reflection of the window likes it’s a window between here and heaven, allowing us to see each other again for just a moment.

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Michael Carini | SHOP NOW

Yesterday on IG Live we talked a little bit about giving up, pushing through, and how/why to give your failures purpose so they’re no longer failures, but stepping stones to success. Social media creates a common misconception that almost everyone we know is extremely successful because we generally see snapshots of the highlights that they choose to unveil. By relation, it often contributes to people feeling a personal sense of failure. What we don’t see is the full picture. We don’t see the struggles, the obstacles, or if those snapshots that are highlighted are even real in the first place. It’s easy to pretend just about anything on social media, and many people will believe it. Don’t believe everything you see.

For me personally, there are far more failures, or obstacles, than successes. We often see only our own full picture, but I will show you mine. This morning I made my submission to New American Paintings. I have been submitting my work to this juried competition since I was a student at Loyola Marymount University. I believe this is my 14th year in a row trying to get accepted. That means for 14 years I have stuck with this dream despite year after year of rejection. The rejection has no correlation to my value, self-worth, or successes as a person or artist. This is just a small piece of a larger puzzle. I am determined to continue going after that puzzle piece though until I grasp it. The rejections don’t even discourage me because, along the way, I am taking other small steps towards my larger goals. There is always progress being made, no matter how small, despite what may outwardly look like a hopeless pursuit. I will get there, and when I do, I’ll be able to say I continued coming back year after year until I made it happen. If I was to stop trying, though, it would never happen. Today I’m sharing my submissions for 2019 with you.

Take baby steps towards your goals. Keep the big picture within sight, but focus on the little things you can do daily to get there. Today I challenge you to acknowledge a failure or obstacle, as well as a baby step you are making towards a goal you have. 

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Michael Carini | INSPIRATIONAL ART HERE

Michael Carini | INSPIRATIONAL ART HERE

The artist journal and the messages from it were started around 2011 when I was on the precipice of homelessness. I didn’t have the resources the paint, so painting the words in the journal satiated that desire just enough until I could get back on my feet again. I realized there are lots of other people struggling out there and perhaps they could use some hope and encouragement from someone that has been in their shoes. We all need a little boost sometimes and our vulnerabilities have the power to make us stronger both individually and collectively. These pieces are just a small sample from my hundreds of journal entries.

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My most popular art journal entries are now available in canvas form!