Mahaloness

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


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traveling artist (part 2)

Q: What is the purpose of your trip?

A: To spend time observing the ocean, stand with a few of the remaining old growth forests, and with a little bit of luck decompress. 

As I wonder along an elusive path hidden by tall grasses I trust my instincts and find my way to an opening. In front of me a sandy beach flanked by sculpted sand dunes, and a lonely sea gull gliding effortlessly with the cold Pacific breeze. This morning is calm, puffy white clouds drift by, and tide is low heading towards high. The saltiness of the air is refreshing to the senses, as the land and the sea remind me just how magnificent this planet is. 

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‘gone to sea’ a new hälts minimotion with soundscape ‘taking time’ featuring footage captured by me while in Nahalem, Oregon, while on road trip up the coastline towards Canada, which is North, eh. 


I could spend a century wondering these beaches with relative stationary sand dunes, staring out to sea, and bringing it back in to observe the tiny elements that make up this fascinating ecosystem. The one thing I have always noticed about the Oregon coast is the cooler temperatures especially when there is a sea breeze, thankfully there are many natural and human aided structures to take some shelter and a poncho can go a long ways.

jelly fish washed up onda beach, how far did it travel to get here?

the tent in all its glory

‘painted rock’ found at a tire place we went to due to some strange sounds coming from the wheel, I took this as a good sign

‘tides change’ a water colour digital hybrid that I painted while exploring Nahalem, beach styles


And now for a new feature on Mahaloness, a look back at my work from the hälts art archives….

 Over the years I have been very fortunate to work on commission work. This is a very rewarding part of my art because one it pays the bills, and also I have a chance to work so many great people who we artists call ‘patrons’. Without patrons artist would not thrive, both now and historically speaking. It is through these commission paintings that I have been able to hone in on my skills and push my comfort zones with respect to the subject matter. For the most part I have gotten most of my work through word of mouth, and some commissions through social media. This did not happen overnight, even though there were times I wish it did. Usually my commission work starts with a meeting, where I sit down with my clients and we discuss what it is they want and I try to offer my expertise and knowledge based on my experience. I do tend to work intuitively so learning how to communicate this to clients has taken some time, in terms of earning there trust, while also in keeping  with their vision. Through the process I tend to share updates and occasionally will have studio visits, which are really quite fun and satisfying, especially when the client is stoked with what they see, this makes the work less stressful and the patron feels like they are part of the process. What I would like to do in future posts is write about some of these commissions specifically as they do have stories that go above and beyond the paintings themselves. Lastly, I will be starting a new chapter with Mahaloness and interviewing people from various walks of life, especially areas that I am particularly interested in as an artist, so more on that in future posts, for now enjoy the commissions and may Mahaloness be with you. 

Here are a few commissions from the hälts archives. 

‘Crystal Buddha’ (acrylic on wood) c.2016

My very first independent mural project for Hillhurst Hardware mural c.2010 Calgary Ab

‘eye of compassion’ c.2013 acrylic on canvas

My first ever commission painting ‘Daivd Niven’ (the original pink panther) made back in 2005! Acrylic on Canvas


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Summertime heatwave

Life is hustle

keeping mind in tune

to the rhythms of the season

Summertime 

In full bloom

heatwave 

drink water 

your good 

it’s time to hit the road 

….and now some fotos and a minimotion special feature ⚡️

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Rise with the tide, going with the flow, paddling when necessary, hälts has been a busy little artist 

hälts in his studio being himself for the sake of the document

‘pueo’s dream’ a new painting on recycled cardboard, recently completed for Karen😎🙌🌞

therianthropic images often enter a hälts painting because he paints from spirit, detail from ‘pueo’s dream’

‘za lightening’ recent storm still frame from a video clip for a future minimotion

David Hockney moment no. 23575 perhaps a future watercolour theme

‘soaring’ hälts eagle friend in mid nips what makes hälts tick

Happy Post 4th of July, hälts painting from the archives ‘Pride’

hälts be eating right, kale form the garden, oh yeah🌿💚

new painting WIP titled ‘SLO’ hanging with ‘therianthropica’

la studio Mahaloness in full effect (timelapse footage for future minimotion) 

And NOW! hälts minimotion special feature presentation⚡️🌞😎🔥💛🌴🌹💫🇨🇦​
‘those eyes tho’ 🐬 new hälts minimotion with soundscape ‘my passport expired’ featuring hand painted Vans for @zoe.h23 who sent hälts a DM concerning some sneaks she wanted painted, hälts was up for the challenge and this special feature hopefully captures the essence of what hälts does, which is paint and with a little luck inspire, Mahaloness out to Zoë, hälts hopes you are wearing them! 🦄 side note hälts is off to Portland to meet his forest faerie friend ✨✨✨

hälts is on Instagram as Mahaloness, follow this link⚡️ Mahaloness⚡️


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flower power 

Somedays you just need to stop and smell the flowers, and this is exactly what hälts did. 

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Here are some fotos from hälts moms secret magic garden, it takes a lot of work, care and attention to maintain a garden, this has been a great lesson for hälts and inspires him to put that kind of carr and attention into his art practice.

the elders home in BC, a hidden bit of paradise

hälts stone path completed last summer look as if it’s been there forever

nothing like a good magic garden watercolur sesshin, seen here is hälts WIP ‘painted turtle’s dream’

life is full of everything imaginable and unimaginable, taking the time to sit and let the human spirit express is a key to a healthy life


hälts ink from his white lodge book juxtaposed with his moms summer roses


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dream within a dream 

Is this life but a dream within a dream

Wondering

What does it all mean

Walking down endless city sidewalks 

sparkling like diamonds

Alone in a city of a million

The smell of lilacs 

overwhelms the illusion

That fills our lives 

And holds us back

From being who we truly are 

Push on my good friends

Push on

For the sun shall shine again 

And for a brief moment time will stand still

Take it in with a grin

And thank your lucky stars

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A few fotos and a timelapse of recent events and life moments courtesy hälts 

an ink drawing WIP from the white lodge book


a new minimotion feauting hälts in his last live art sesshin at the new age crystal and book shop, a brahbbit animation for the humours sake, ‘closing a chapter’ with soundscape ‘dream within a dream’ ​​​

the sky in all its glory

‘eagle eye’ a live art painting WIP hälts has been working over the last couple months

life is precious make it count

night time city sky


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hälts triple minimotion special feature 

Well it has been one busy spring for hälts and with only so much time in the day and night, the time to write has been scant, even though words, there are many. This post is dedicated to hälts minimotions which are one minute shorts with soundscapes. There is a little bit of everything in these beauties including nature, painting sesshins, animations, timelapse and musical scores. It is a really good way to practice his second love to painting, which is film, and in fact hälts has been working in the film industry on and off for the last 12 years, so it’s nice to put that experience to work and certainly helps the art, especially when it comes to getting things done. More on that after the weather, for now enjoy the new minimotions, hälts is working on new entries, please stay tuned. Many thanks and Mahaloness🦃

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‘that time in the forest’ with soundscape ‘enchanted forest’ featuring a male grouse mating ritual captured while exploring the BC forest 

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‘maybe the peace we all seek is but a dream’ (Ernest Hemingway) ✌️ hälts mini nature motion with soundscape ‘drowning out the trump’ featuring timelapse footage from working on a film set in one of the most stunning valleys and mountain ranges on Earth 

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‘paint sesshin’ 🐌 hälts minimotion with soundscape ‘the unknown’ featuring timelapse of his recent live art sesshin

new hälts watercolur WIP coming to life 

and lastly some stages for a live art WIP going on at Calgary New Age Books & Crystals 103 10 St NW (fotos: begins with the most recent sesshin) 

hälts at his other job, working as a freelance grip in the film industry, pretty stunning office for the day, oh and if you weren’t sure what the device is häilts is standing next to, this is a weather station which records rainfall, wind and other measurements, which hälts knows well as he is also a geographer, specifically weather and climate studies


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seasons change

In this part of the world the seasons change. As winter loosens its grip, the snow melts and the landscape turns from white to brown. You can almost hear the trees getting excited as they awake from their dormancy, and birds also seem to be quite  psyched. 

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all fotos from recent sojourns to BC where hälts spends a lot of quality time enriching his senses and being one with the planet and all its wonder, there will future posts coming in an effort to share some of the journey with you all. 

hälts in reflection

hälts hybrid art combing nature with his new watercolor series ‘therianthropica’

Also a shoutout to all the moms all over, excellent job you rule💚🌞🌿

hälts watercolor WIP, part of his ‘therianthropica’ series


Lately hälts has been on the road, collecting content and working on a few new themes and subjects for Mahaloness, he is excited to get back to writing and share the good word, the art and the stoke. 🔥


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the search 

transformation of self

enter the quagmire 

the quest to find

the search 

the quest

to be something 

Other 

Than 

Who 

You 

Are 

Be 

Your

True 

Self 

unabashed

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Recent hälts art forrays 

hälts WIPS ‘Rising Phoenix’ watercolour and ‘the healer’ acrylic

the beginnings of a new live art project happening at Calgary New Age 103 10 St NW weekends mostly, noonish til close’ish