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

half a bubble’s POV…

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A mentor once told me that if I could survive the first ten years of making art without going completely crazy, that all the hard work ( sweat, blood, tears, politics, mistakes, tough lessons, friends made, some lost, and everything in between) that all of this would pass, water under the bridge. Only than would the art begin to speak. I often wondered what he meant by that, and than came the lessons, and there were many, sent by the universe perhaps, maybe old karma, who really knows, they simply came and served a fair share of ups and downs. I did my best to find a path that remained in the middle, similar to a bubble, 360, although even a bubble can be turned upside down. After ten years working at my skills: doodles all the time, learning how to move paint, tools, techniques, learning unlearning, learning to layer paints, experimenting with transparency and mediums, the list goes on, you get the gist. Soon the techniques began to blend, merge, and today I find it difficult to classify my work, it began as a simple sketch and led to this, multi dimensional no tool I wont try, traditional to ‘off the wall’ resourcefulness is what I like. The magic happens when I surrender to the work, even inspiration will only carry me so far, the obstacles that prevent most from tapping into their creativity are real, I am no different. Now if you haven’t noticed I love to work with a vibrant palette, bright as bright can be, which is counter intuitive to traditionally trained artists, such as those of the Dutch Golden Age (1600’s, keeping in mind I do not pretend to be an official art historian expert). I do notice the Dutch loved brown, it is to me a constant in the paintings I have seen from that period, a brown wash you say?! Yep that’s Dutch. Now I hold a great respect for my predecessors, I do try to learn some of their stories, I am curious as to what their lives were like, as best I can, and with information that is available. I appreciate that they took the time to write about their work, and those who did interviews, or whose lives were turned into art documentaries, thank you, Mahaloness all the way. I appreciate that they chose to share their lives openly, what courage they must of had. I appreciate their impressions of the times they lived in, and than seeing that reflected in their work! Oh my. Perhaps not everyone ‘gets it’ and that perhaps not everyone will, no matter what I say, or write, or do. The fact is the modern brain is, in a lot parts of the world, being rewired by technology and innovation, it is amazing to me that painting has stuck around, yet it has, and it has seen it’s own fair share of innovation and development. To this day I enjoy the ritual of painting and it is important for me to note that viewing one of my paintings does include a ritual. This I leave up to you, maybe it is putting on a favorite toon, create an ambience, go in with a clear mind, unplug, and reconnect with a medium as old as humans are, and you let the painting take you on a mystical journey, letting doubt and your own personal bubble interfere, you let it take you on a journey, similar to sitting in front of a movie, except this one is one frame filled with nearly as many layers as motion picture has frames! You sit, suspend disbelief and dive into the painting. Lose yourself in the work as I did when I made it. It takes time to appreciate art, unless you are into shock art, but even than it takes time for that to truly sink in. This is the Mahaloness method or ritual, very simple. If you have ways to relax before you do even better, take some deep breaths in and out, sit back and enjoy the experience, let it go for as long as required, this is allowing the magic of paintings to do its thing. In doing so you reconnect with your ancestors, and their ancestors and so on. To be honest when I work I consider the possibility that Paul Cézanne ‘is’ in the room with me, or Frida Kahlo, or the disheveled Pollack rambling on about Gene Krupa. With that in mind it drives me to push my creativity, as they did, and continue to work at it and let it out, what courage they had, thank and thats all for now.
Next episode back to my little BC nature exploration series, I put a teaser as the last fotoMahaloness image.
fotoMahaloness -a half a bubble’s and a bubble in a bubble’s POV. This is a current painting I am working on called the ‘halla halla peace and love buddha’.




The painting above is dedicated to Tarek, halla halla peace and love, a golden soul.

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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