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“I Gave You Every Piece Of Me But You Could Never Love A Puzzle (95,126,814,720 Pieces Of An Alchemist).” This painting reflects upon battles with both self-love and the realization I often give the love I always wish I had. It’s often difficult for people to love a puzzle they can’t put together. The box can be intriguing, maybe they even open it, but so few are willing to take the time to see it through to the final piece. The number of puzzle pieces is also a direct reference to my mega creation Regenaissance. Perhaps the reason the puzzle is so difficult to complete is that so many pieces are missing because they were given away to people that mishandled them and never put them back in the box.
When I’m able to get back to painting, I will be starting a new “Puzzled Hearts” collection, which will closely tie with this piece and concept. If you like my work or my stories, please share. You make what I do possible. Every purchase or small donation goes a long way. CariniArts.com offers free worldwide shipping and interest free payment plans. Check it out and you can see this painting HERE
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Close up view of “When Nobody Else Would Love Me (I Had To Learn To Love Myself)” behind the scenes. It’s difficult to convey the level of detail without seeing it in person, but this shot certainly helps. It’s often difficult to see the work we put in from the outside, but it’s still important to do that work for ourselves. Over time, that little bit of work each day really starts to add up. Life and self-love really are a marathon and not a sprint. Do the work and the rewards will follow. In fact, learn to see the work as the reward and you’ll learn to love it…and yourself in the process.
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I don’t share work in progress pictures often but Braska asked me to because she said she looks good in this one. I am always going to be my greatest work in progress. During the month of “Love” I am sticking with that theme as I focus on a painting about self love. This one will be titled “When Nobody Else Would Love Me (I Had To Learn To Love Myself).” I’m really getting back to fundamentals and learning to love the process of painting again. I’m slowing things down and really investing myself with some glazing techniques that require a lot of patience and necessitate that I step away periodically to evaluate. That time allows me to come back with a clear mind and really build in layers and a strong foundation. That’s what this painting and self love are all about.
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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 my concussive state, is a key repeating element in this series that represents life growing from death and discovering the positives in negatives.
Featured: I Will Finally Let You Love Me (Because I Learned To Love Myself). Acrylic and aerosol on panel. 25in x 40in. This painting is the 2016 sequel to “I Will Never Let You Love Me (Because I Could Never Love Myself)” from 2010. It took a lot longer than 6 years to cultivate self love. It’s a lifelong journey and a major work in progress because, to be honest, some days I’m just not feeling it.
Currently on exhibit at La Playa Gallery in La Jolla. See it for just a few more weeks 🙂
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We are never ready. At some point you have to make a conscious decision to face yourself.