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

first Dawn patrol (a Southern journey…)

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For those new to Mahaloness this blogisode is the continuation of ‘a Southern journey’ which is my account of a recent trip to Mexico. Being an artist I find travelling heightens my senses and gets me out of my comfort zone. Travelling also teaches me many lessons that I carry forward into my artistic practice. I hope you enjoy.

somewhere near Puerto Escondido, Mexico
November 16th, 2014

I awake to this new land, the air ambrosial with the aromatics of the local flora filling my nose. Following the ritualistic morning coffee it is time to make speed with my surfer kin to a local river mouth, where there’s a sweet surf break. The anticipation runs high and I experience a shiver of excitement up and down my spine, duende, a good sign indeed. Art, meditation and surfing bring me joy and are essential to healing the deep inner turmoil I have struggled with for the majority of my adult life. All three activities, more like loves, have played a major role in getting me through the hard times, when not even a good party would help. Truth be told no party has ever made me feel the way surfing, art or meditation does. In fact it is my goal in life to perfect all three, which simply means I will happily keep practicing, combining the rhythms of surfing, the cycle of breath and the fluidity of the brush stroke into a wholistic and complete healthy lifestyle. Fundamentally we deserve health, joy and a feeling of wholeness in this lifetime. When this is taken away from us either, by our own volition, or otherwise, we lose our glow, and once that happens life can take on a much different meaning.

-on the road to the local surf break






IMG_5566.JPGwolf moon homage


super gracias

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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