The Morning Cup of Coffee

Mike Kraus
2 min readJul 20, 2022


Brightscapes: The Way To Beauty

The Morning Cup of Coffee #475

gouache paint on Bristol paper

2.5" x 3.5" (6.35 cm x 8.89 cm)

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With sunrise at 5:29 AM, how am I expected to get any sleep? Ugh. I stammer out of bed to perform my usual morning routine of letting the dog out and all. My bones ache. I load up the coffeemaker with grounds and water. It gurgles and puffs. A steady stream trickling into the pot. A mug full of caffeine to keep me awake during the day.

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Mike Kraus was born on the industrial shoreline of Muskegon, Michigan. After earning his Fine Arts Degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he attended Grand Valley State University for his graduate degree. From there, he gained varied experiences from the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Art Institute of Chicago, Hauenstein Center For Presidential Studies, Lollypop Farm Humane Society, and the Children’s Memorial Foundation. And every place he worked, he had his sketchbook with him and found ways to be actively creative. In 2014, Kraus became a full-time artist by establishing Mike Kraus Art. Since then, he has sold thousands of paintings that are displayed in nearly every state and dozens of countries. Currently, Kraus lives in Rochester, New York with his beautiful wife and goofy dog.

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