Mahaloness

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

Today I met a wolf

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Today my post is dedicated to the wolf. It is my totem animal, this discovered on a trip to a shaman several years ago. In fact the shaman informed me at the time that I was a lone wolf. The shaman suggested I study the wolf, and go to places where wolves live. Well I did. I read about wolves, both fictional and non fiction. I explored wolf habitats, always on the lookout, sensing their presence but never actually encountering one. In my lifetime I have seen Golden eagles, buffalo/bison, and yes I have even had an extreme close encounter with a Grizzly bear. The only animal on the medicine wheel I have not seen with my own eyes is the wolf, until today. I went for a walk this afternoon, I was on the lookout for a bald eagle. In fact I went to a spot where they hangout and of course I didn’t see one. So I walked home, happy nevertheless, and wouldn’t you know it I see a wolf walking directly towards me down a road that runs through the small town where my parents live. To be honest I didn’t believe what I was seeing. I have been to some remote areas where there are wolves, but the only signs of wolves were prints left in the mud along a riverbank. As he moved towards me I froze in disbelief. Just as fast as I saw him a truck came around a corner which caused me to take my eyes off the wolf, and as soon as I turned around the wolf was gone. It is strange that in a human settlement, in broad daylight, that I would encounter my first wolf. It was as if I was walking towards a spirit, my animal spirit. Perhaps it was meant to happen this way. It makes me think that the harder I search for something, the less likelihood I will see what it is I am looking for. The universe is neither a friend nor a foe, it is a mystery revealing clues that are ultimately left for you and I to discern.
Fotomahaloness -the medicine wheel fedora I painted; the wolf and the buffalo positions are reversed, the client wanted it that way, just in case you are an expert in medicine wheels. Also a drawing I made of a wolf accompanied with images of wolf prints, the scenes of the today and the road where I met my totem companion.

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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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