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

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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