Mahaloness

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

Lotus Swan (the ukiyo-e series)

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My approach to portraits begins with first acknowledging the the Edo Period (1600-1868) Japanese Kebuki woodblock prints. These prints are referred to as Ukiyo-e (pictures of the floating world) and after the 18th century full-colour prints called, Nishiki-e, became the all the rage. I studied images of several artists, one that comes to mind is Tōshūsai Sharaku (東洲斎 写楽?, active 1794-1795). I really enjoy Sharaku’s composition and use of colour. After a few of my own attempts at painting ukioyo-e I worked on developing my own style. I usually ask friends, or people I meet along the way, if they are interested in being painted. Occasionally I will paint portraits in the likeness of some famous people, or individuals who are making history, and those who I admire. In the last 8 years I have been fortunate to make quite a few portraits, immortalizing those people who I have met along my art pilgrimage. Many thanks to all those who have given me their blessings to do so.
fotoMahaloness – lotus swan 30×40 in. acrylic on wood panel c.2010

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Thank you Leiah

Author: hälts

Mahaloness is an art blog documenting the life of the artist Shane Haltman, eloquently called hälts. Shane lives and makes art in Canada, and on occasion, Mexico. This is his story.

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