Contemporary artist specializing in full spectrum painting, mural, animation and digital hybrid art.

Do what you love

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In keeping with Mahaloness, I thought I’d offer up this little thought bubble that came up on my head today. Before I do I also want to acknowledge that there are times when it’s easy to lose perspective, get knocked off your feet and than wonder why for extended periods of time, meanwhile miss windows that invite you back into flow, whatever that may be for you, or you, or you. I often struggle with an inner battle. In one corner, pure creative zeal, an untamed beast that wants nothing less than to make a big creative mess, and completely disregard any kind of repercussions or residual dark matter. In the other side is the artist that wants to survive, to make ends meet, have a home, a family, a pet, and some down time. The battle is always back and forth, the tally to date is 6 KO’s on each side and three technical knock outs, each side, so far no real winner. The rivalry can be fierce, or a total sleeper, the cycle endless, or at least seemingly endless, until the day comes when I can breathe in and breathe out and say nothing, think nothing, just blend in and be one.

I began the day before a paint battle with these words,

‘do what you love, and in doing so the love will shine through.’

As it turns out I have made it into the final round with this piece I painted in 2 hours at a Petroleum Conference on pipelines, a pretty major deal, very controversial, in my neck of the woods, Alberta, and for Canadians in general. Today I had a chance to provide a vision, fairly conceptual it may be, to the Pipeliners, and that’s part doing the good work, even when it’s something you may or not believe in, all I can do is bring it light and see what happens.


Author: hälts

Mahaloness is an art blog documenting the inner spirit and artist journey of Shane Haltman, also referred to as 'hälts'. He lives, breathes and makes art in Canada. Hälts often travels to remote and exotic locations to produce community spirit murals and paintings using available materials. He is unconventional in his approach to art and chooses unique projects and sometimes they choose him. He is known for guerrilla lawn art shows, painting helmet art for a Canadian Olympic Athlete, and once painted a magic bus out of this world. Mostly he is human as anyone else, however very driven and disciplined with respect to his artistic practice. He has experience working with the bereaved and helping people who are experiencing, or who have experienced trauma in their lives. He also enjoys working with the youth and passing on his wisdom, usually in the form of art jams. Hälts is a full spectrum artist, living and breathing art, as a daily practice, in this mixed up beautiful world.

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