Mahaloness

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

Minding mind

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It is easy for an artist to hide behind a painting. It is not so easy revealing the ‘behind the scenes’.

Minding mind….

It appears we live in a society that loves to consume, and when it comes to art and music, there exists a love to borrow/appropriate things for our own purposes. Chances are most of us have done it, in one way or another. This is a slippery slope because on the one hand music and art should be free. And, on the other hand, an artist works hard, or at least the ones I know do, and deserve to be paid for their work, supported, like our troops, and like we do anyone else. Perhaps even more importantly, an artist deserves credit. I have found when I speak up about this kind of thing it simply gets shrugged off or I am seen as being ‘angry’. To be perfectly clear, I do experience moments of anger. Collectively we humans have plenty of stuff to be angry about. Every single one of us, and I am no different. Thankfully I have been lucky enough to witness some real magic in my life, the kind of magic that lights my way, especially when I experience darkness. Throughout I have maintained a steady practice of painting, reflecting a full spectrum of colours back at the viewer, similar to the light that has guided me. For nearly a decade I have exhibited and work both, private and public environments, with whomever, human, animal or insect. I once stayed up three days straight at a music festival, painting nearly the whole time. Why? Because I wanted to. I let myself be in the mercy of the festival goers. If they wanted a colour I would add that colour. If they wanted imagery I would do my best to add that imagery. If someone wanted to paint on it, I let them. They even went as far as to dress me up (see fotos). The final piece the Mona Lisa could not touch in its beauty. I painted in the sunshine, in the rain, and in the morning mist. I painted to psy trance, I painted through lunch while most others were being fed. People brought me food, gifted me snake skins, and even sang songs to me when I was drained. To say it was a soulful experience would not do it justice. What amazed me was how beautiful and helpful those who witnessed me work were. They provided care without being asked, they just did, selfless acts. It gave me faith in my fellow man, for I have my fair share of betrayals. I will say this….the joy I get from making and sharing my art, my heArt, far outweighs the struggle.

…and some words on anger

Years of being angry
Makes me sad when I am alone
For it was not anger that I meant to express
It was love that I wanted to show.

…on making skillful art…
I am a very disciplined painter, I work hard on my skills, so that I can make art that is beautiful, poignant and timeless.

If you are one to support the arts and you would like to see more of my original art and/or you would like to order prints, you can, please go to my Saatchi link. saatchi link

Fotomahaloness – no matter what, no one owns the art that comes out of me, not even me. The last few images are the painting I made at the festival and the outfit I was gifted to wear. Not usually my colour of choice I went with it. On the third day, wearing that outfit, and no sleep, I was taken to a remote spot on the forest to be one with it, and to my amazement was confronted (10 feet from where I sat) by a Grizzly Bear, which I would later document that experience in a painting called Buddhabear. link to Buddhabear

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Author: hälts

Hi my name is hälts, I am a Canadian artist, geographer, film worker and mostly a human being. I did not grow up thinking I wanted to be an artist, things just kind of fell into place. Art is a special gift humans have developed since inception. Mother Earth is the greatest artist, and who keeps me humble on my path. I mostly paint, and use acrylic with an assortment of brushes and touches, and sometimes watercolour. I am also well rounded with airbrush skills, spray paint, digital art and production, filmmaking, photography and drawing. I make fine art work, small paintings, big paintings, murals, wearable art, functioning art, and art for healing. I go wherever calls. I inspire while also being inspired by this planet, and my fellow beings. Life is a gift, and that's how I treat it. If that's not enough for you, then perhaps someone else can fill your expectation. I have no one to impress, I don't do this to be cool, and I care about this planet as much as Greta Thunberg, thank you very much, and all the life it sustains. I am not pro this person or that person, politically agnostic, I am spiritual, I am happy, I am sad, I am love, I am fear, I am joy, I am sorrow, I am all that humans are. I don't care about celebrities endorsements, and reminder there are many folk out there doing their part for Mother Earth, in their own way long before the current movement, upheaval does not create forever change, it goes in cycles, it always has and it always will, just sit in front the ocean and see it for yourselves. Most of all I just am. Thank you kindly, hälts

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