This Land Is…

Mike Kraus
3 min readJun 17, 2022

Brightscapes: The Way To Beauty

This Land Is…

acrylic paint on canvas board

8" x 10" (20.3 cm x 25.4 cm)

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We’ve all hurt people. And that hurts us. After causing that pain, it is our duty to correct that wrong. Our ego must not get in the way. Ignoring and rationalizing only hides our fear that we are weak. True strength comes from humility, kindness, and admitting our mistakes.

1) Express Regret: Talk directly with those you’ve wronged by expressly stating what you did. For example: “I’m sorry that I ( wrongful action). It was not my intention to hurt you.”

2) Very Short Explanation: Without excuses, let them know why the incident occurred in 1–2 sentences. For example: “I did ( wrongful action) from thoughtless habit; not to attack you.”

3) Take Responsibility: Say “I was wrong,” “It’s was my mistake,” or other appropriate variation.

4) Offer Remorse: Let them know explicitly this will not happen again. For example: “I will not do ( wrongful action) again because I don’t want to cause you pain.”

5) Fix or Compensate Error: If you broke something; replace it. If you took something; give it back (in better condition than you found it). Was it something emotional or unable to be restored? Find a way to make amends that is equal to or greater than the misdeed.

6) Ask To Be Forgiven: Be straightforward and say “Will you forgive me?”


1) Saying sorry makes it possible to have a good long term relationship with others.

2) You acknowledge bad behavior and can be trusted again

3) The victim gets their dignity returned.

4) It lets other know that you’re still a good person who just made a mistake.

5) Reduces stress that impacts heart health.

This painting would look best in a space that is red, orange, yellow, light green, blue, purple, black, gray, beige. or wood.

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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