Category: wellness

I have received a lot of positive messages and intrigue about the new painting that’s a work in progress. I was compelled recently to focus on a different aspect of mental health through my creative process. For a long time, I have worked with very expressive, saturated, and perhaps even manic color schemes. What I don’t want to neglect though are the grey periods, because we all have them and they can be equally, if not more expressive. The grey periods are just as critical to recognize and I know this because I have been in one of my own for some time now. As I work my way out if it, I want to explore it from the inside out. That grey period has a silver lining and I would like to shine a light on it in the studio for all to see. May it help to shine a light on your own as well so that you too may pull yourself out of it and back into your light so you may shine as you are meant to.

The response to this piece has been so overwhelmingly positive, I intent to follow up with a collection of more grey based pieces with only accents of other, more saturated colors. This painting is available.

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A lot of my work and content explores themes of rebirth and rising from the ashes. Rising from the ashes isn’t a one time thing. It’s not one and done. We often need to build ourselves up to tear ourselves down and then do it again…and again…and again. It’s a cyclical process of conditioning and rebuilding that is necessary for growth. Each time the goal is to rise and fly higher and higher, but it’s imperative to know when it’s time ignite the flames so we may rise again… dusty, dirty, and covered in ashes from the burning embers đŸ”„

These shots are from a shoot with Christa Maier where we sacrificed one of my most valuable paintings called “Because Nothing Never Was (Suicide Note).” I don’t sacrifice my art because of lack of value. I sacrifice my art specifically because of value. In order to obtain, a sacrifice must be made. This is the law of equivalent exchange and it is a key component of Acrylic Alchemy. Difficult sacrifices must be made in the name of growth and this was mine. Sometimes pieces of us must by laid to rest so that others may rise 🩅 This shoot required me to cover myself in ash (from the sacrificially burned painting) and gold paint (which you can see on my hand) and lay naked in the burning embers. It was one of the most powerful shoots I’ve ever done and also included a beautiful video and even a blooper real because you just can’t take life too seriously or it will consume you. You all have what it takes to rise and start anew. Are you willing to make the sacrifice đŸŒč

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First Glimpse At The Sacrifice-Because Nothing Never Was (Suicide Note) Michael Carini | Photo by Balm In Gilead and Christa Maier 

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Michael Carini | Photo By Balm In Gilead and Christa Maier