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


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There have been those rare moments when life really seemed to let me down, those lonely moments when I forgot I am not alone. What got me through? Perhaps it is that when I have been down, certain people came along at the right time, right place and were messengers that everything was going to be okay, even if they didn’t know it. Perhaps it is the beautiful people who came into and out of my life, some who I cherish, others who I have lost all communication with, life ‘moves on’. Or maybe it is the stories I have been told by the many beautiful humans and otherwise I have met while on my art pilgrimage. The characters, the faces, the people whose hearts are strong, despite any disabilities or life’s ‘circumstances’ placed upon them. There are times when I lament about the mistakes I made, life weighs heavy, as sadness drapes the windows of my mind. Yet when I lose my way, somehow life brings it back on track, and I simply say thank you, even for those moments when it seemed such a struggle. Perhaps this has lent to many a great writing frenzies and painted memories. The road has been long, wondrous all along, the world mostly always completely defragmenting misperceptions learned early on, a real trip, heavens what brought it on!?

-late night entry following the day.

And! Due to today, which is now yesterday, it is time to nominate another Mahaloness Lifetime Achievement Award, it has been a little since the last, it includes folks I have met whose stories humbled and lent to what I at least consider true acts of loving kindness and stewardship of humanity …

And without further adieu this Mahaloness Lifetime Mahaloness Achievement Award (LLMA) goes to Jill, Christian and Agent R! All three! That’s right, in one day!

A special thanks and Mahaloness to Options, In Definite Arts, who are doing the good work, no doubt. And to the City of Calgary, thank you for the space, you made a difference in these folks lives today. On that note it was unfortunate Mayor Nenshi was not in attendance, being that his office is across the street…I am sure he does care about his fellow Calgarians including those living with disabilities, who today humbled me with their presence, and their gratitude and love. It is an honor to be a part of Fest-Ability, the day began with steady rain only to subside and the sun broke through, people came, rain or shine, the music played as bridges were made, friendly beautiful people whose light was there all day. And to the hot dog stand who did lend a refuge, at least for a bit, thank you for your kindness, as water moves under the bridge.
Link to Fest-Ability
link to Fest-Ability

Thank you and Mahaloness

fotoMahaloness -the day
(face painted Agent R, very awesome winged mustache, very Mahaloness)





20130530-001538.jpg (foto above courtesy Fest-Ability, I believe it was Christian who shot it, perhaps Jill, nice foto, rare seeing myself work, caught me in a Mahaloness moment, thank you.)

A mother and her baby ducks on the municipal pond.


Oh my! Looks like more weather on the way…

Lastly, I will post a blog featuring the wheel chair art once it is complete, with an artist intent, and general description of that component of project: Fest-Ability…coming soon.

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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