Mahaloness

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


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river’s edge 

After being away from writing blogs for a while, with only intermittent posts, I am finding the itch to get back into the writing mode. I would like to write a little bit more about art and life, and the journey that has led me here. We are very much alike, we all experience life in all its tones and hues. However we decide to interpret that experience and what it means to us is what makes us unique within the Big Story. We are the rivers that flow into the ocean. Currently my focus has been on being present, living each moment with awe and wonder and quieting the mind. I am not suggesting I live without my head, I am trying to align my head with my heart, which to be honest has been a real challenge. It’s one thing to sit quietly, breathe and recite mantras; it’s another to go into daily life and be open to all that comes, and accept all experience. I have noticed within myself the things that make my blood boil. I have had some troubling thoughts about humanity and the dilemma we find ourselves in. To be optimistic is rebellious in some ways because the facts are not so great. Growing amounts of garbage and trash entering the rivers and oceans, extinctions, rising temperatures, forest fires, I mean the list is somewhat daunting and rather difficult to fathom what’s actually going on. You have the right, the left, the upside down and the complete bassackwards. The idea of unity seems foreign and made up, with ever more lines in the sand being drawn seemingly every day. I myself would rather not make a line, I think truth is a weave made up of many individual strings. The fabric of life does not fall on one side or the other, it is a amalgamation of every living being that calls Earth home. My quest to learn about humans, animals, insects, flora and all things Earth is what fuels my art. Life is precious. To me art is is precious. Freedom is precious, even though I am not truly be free. I have started to think that the best thing to do is not to do. To just be present. In being present I stay empty. I do not get caught up in the past. I do not project myself into the future. I let go of intention, which creates tension and expectations. I think we are all caught up in trying to be all that, and all this, I think this and that is what’s driving us mad. I am interested in letting be, and let things happen, let things unfold. This is of course counter intuitive to my conditioning, which is yet another element of self I am also aware of and often critical of. This creates inbalance and disharmony. So this is where I am at. In the moment to moment, present, here and there, present, mind drifts, this is not so easy… the mind has a way of playing tricks on me.

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Be present. Ride the waves. Be grateful for the beauty and the beast. Walk the path. Venture when so inclined. A spider spins it’s weave, traces of the past caught and left as dinner. Birds are relaxing to watch. Clouds rolling by calms the mind. A ghost playing a mini piano plays a song, while the moon whistles along. Night to Day. Day to Night. The cycles of life carry on. In this beautiful place, on this spinning sphere, there is peace and joy, one just has to breathe it in.

​And now a new minimotion titled ‘rivers edge’

slices of spacetime

art is automatic in this here space

a painting WIP that’s 15 years in the making, yet to be titled….

carry on 

hälts studio, lilacs, and a low battery

 

silent sound (image is from a Nature Doc I worked on in BC, Canada, shot on black and white film)

Noteworthy!! My new website click here to visit halts art.com  has launched and is reaching cruising altitude, ready for your beautiful eyes, there is a wide range of art wearables made to compliment your inner spirit, as well as notebooks, art cards, and prints. Below is some examples of what’s available so please do feel free to check it out and you know what… its a special thing to gift someone art, perhaps there is something there for that special someone, or even just for your beautiful self.

 

A place I visit once in a blue moon and sometimes pink.

 


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yard art peace 

Time may pass though heart makes no fuss, for love is a universal treasure trove of boundlessness.

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Some words about self, and why it is essential to be in the present nowness. 

 Introvert extrovert. Joy when I am doing what I love. Sorrow when caught up in a past that I can’t adjust. I love the ocean, and the waves. I love to glide on water with the wind. I am at heart a caring and loving human. Challenged at times by a mind that plays ticks on me. Trying to force it away only aggravates things. I sometimes wonder whether it’s been worth the effort, so many things I have no control over. What is it I want to control, never mind, it’s a futile. I have made many things, I have lost just as many. Sometimes I like to retreat inwards, to find the the light, and clean the temple. I am not one who begs to be at the center of attention. I would rather just paint, plant gardens, and bake things. When I make art I am at my most vulnerable, open to energies, and sensitive to the environment. At the same time art is a place where I feel empowered and free, guided by inner spirit, although restless on occasion. I recently lost a best friend, one who I could in trust with pretty much anything. Now I find myself again in solitude, working on freeing myself from the shackles of my own mind. Slowly I make my way, a sprout in the garden, not knowing whats next, perhaps that’s the root cause of most suffering. Liberation grows from a soil made from years of convincing myself I am not good enough. As those ideas and stories decompose, they give the plants nourishment so they can grow. All will pass, life is indeed what you make it. I have no regrets, no things I would change; it’s been pretty freaking magical, many blessings and yes some hard lessons gained. Though the darkness isn’t far away, no mind, no mind. Send love to your sisters and brothers, even if it’s just a thought. Forgive thy enemies, forgive the friends. This perhaps is our greatest challenge, I know it is for me. 

And now some minimotion yard art action…
‘yard art peace’ 🌤 new hälts minimotion with soundscape ‘goodbye hello’ and featuring a recent backyard art sesh transforming a self portrait into an abstract, this I found to be very satisfying.
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​​’fillin’ up the pool’ 🏊🏼 new hälts minimotion with soundscape ‘it’s almost summer’ featuring a backyard art sesh on a piece that is a bit full circle in a mysterious and fun kine way. 

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I started this painting 15 years ago, it has evolved several times in the course of its life, and will continue to…for the next little while…..

A range of my artworks sits patiently, no complaints, desireless and still, Silence that Speaks.  

all the words in the world do not do what paintings do (hälts studio filling up with work)

hälts hybrid art and a reminder that this life is a journey, enjoy the moments in between.


Before I forget! I have launched my new website hältsart.com (click here to visit)  below is a kimono style garment with my painting SLO beautifully printed on it. This is chiffon fabric, nice and flowy, and see through. These garments are hand made in Montreal and well they are something to behold and very unique art wearables. I will be working on new designs throughout the summer, and running designs for short periods of time to keep them extra special. There’s been a lot of love put into each design and I look forward to sharing developments with you, Mahalo hälts ❤️

when a piano presents itself play the living shhhhh out of it.

use your youth wisely young grasshoppers.