Mahaloness

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

Portrait of an unknown man

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I came across a picture called ‘Portrait of a Man’ by Willard Clay, who I really do not know much about. I do know that Willard possibly photographed a Native American man sometime ago in the badlands of North Dekota. I first saw the photograph on a book cover, ‘The Native Americans’ An Illustrated History. It caught my eye immediately. When I researched it a little bit more I found that the man in the photo did not have a name. The caption on the picture simply read ‘portrait of a man’ by Willard Clay. I decided to draw from the photo and made it into this watercolour. I have a tendency of starting with the eyes. In doing so I make an immediate connection with the subject I am working on. Whenever I draw ideas always come to me and in a flash I saw the man’s head transform into the land, and went with it. The idea being you and I are part of the land, the sea, the animals, the plants, the sky, the history, everything. We all come from somewhere, and our connection is closer than what we may think.

I felt that watercolour really suited this portrait, and I went with some really nice pigments and used a high quality paper. If there’s one thing I do feel is important, it would be using quality materials. If you are going to spend time on something you love doing, than doing it with the best available products is the way to go. I want to provide people with the most beautiful art that brings a sense of calm, peace and tranquillity in this lifetime.

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portrait of an unknown man

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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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