Mahaloness

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


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morphing 

Some paintings morph for quite a while, this one is no exception, been working on it for the last several months, you could say it’s a paintamentary, it embodies life experience, romance, heart break, joy, sorrow, travel, nature, city, and human nature. It was painted in public settings and also in my studio. There is a social cultural anthropologist side to me, for as long as I can remember, observing people in this theatre we call life and documenting the experience. There is also a monk side to me, hours spent in relative silence devout to painting, thinking, concentrating, and being in each moment as it unfolds, mark by mark, layer by layer. It will be interesting to see this one through, I am making no predictions, just continue to build the layers, and do the work until it’s on the brink of exhausted. That might end up being the title, although that’s a little too predictable. 

hälts minimotion 

‘hälts presents SLO’ ⚡️a new minimotion paintamentary rough cut special edition with soundscape ‘I I’ and featuring some Sky timelapse from the summer months, my painting WIP ‘SLO’ (working title) morphing before your very eyes, in flux, closing with some water rippling in slomo, and the beat goes on…(part 1) 


And a moment of silence for Tom Petty and Gord Downing, we lost some good ones, there songs will carry on.        


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the wounded healer 

I was listening to a podcast called ‘the wounded healer’ on headphone commute and decided to make a watercolour painting which you shall see below. It’s been a little crazy lately between working in film sets, finishing projects and continuously work on paintings that are stacking up like Waimea Bay on a good swell. As leaves fall and winter approaches it looks like I’ll have plenty to work to keep me warm and busy, and will begin planning a trip that will be dedicated to making travel art, surfing and reclaiming my spirit. 

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‘starting new’ 🖌 a new minimotion with soundscape ‘super duper job’ featuring a bike ride, a very simple paper stop animation, a couple fresh watercolour sesshins in its very early stages, a beach on the Olympic peninsula in Washington St. that I camped on during the summer, and closing with the soothing sounds of lady Pacifica

‘fire in the sky’ a new watercolour WIP following some time spent in BC Canada this summer and fall

‘the wounded healer’ a watercolour painting I just finished up, it’s hard to open your heart up in this world of drama, the work must continue and I plan to continue the good work because the world is in need of it.


‘crossroads’ my hybrid art, reimagining my painting through digital media

‘animal’ a hybrid piece which uses my painting WIP ‘SLO’ reimagined digitally.

As crazy, confusing and weird as life may be, it is also something wonderful and I wouldn’t change one bit of it, even if that was an option, this includes ‘mistakes’ because these are golden opportunities to learn about ourselves, they are there to teach us in order to grow, and to build upon, there’s no point in being hard on yourself because it is self defeating, get up, get going, there’s more work to be done.  


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a window 

Q:What is silence? 

A: A mind that is still. 

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 I will admit my studio sometimes looks chaotic, I try to keep it neat and tidy, that lasts about a minute, once creative impulse kicks in there’s no such thing as neat and tidy. I have been working on this painting below for several months, I started it in a friends store, I worked near a window that in most days bathed me in sun light and was the best light I have ever worked with, expect sometimes it got a little too hot, which can make it difficult to work with acrylics, it gets sticky and can be tricky to move in the surface. While I painted friends would come hang out, and talk about life, school, and all sorts of interesting. I found the experience to be fun and also challenging, my comfort zone is a studio, being in public was a completely different experience to the cave art, cave art because I work in a basement, which is also my home, that has great light and I can see my garden through my studio window and the neighbourhood resident rabbit, Pedro. So eventually I did bring this painting back into the studio and have been working on it ever since, layer by layer, building, sculpting, weaving, and trying to see it through. I’ve been reading some Joseph Campbell recently, author of ‘Masks of the Gods’ and ‘Myths to Live By’ and I came by this passage which I think captures a little bit of what my painting called ‘SLO’ is about, of course I leave it open to your interpretation, and would not suggest that this is exactly my sentiments, however I also find it does resonate with me quite a bit. 

One has to appear in some mask or other if one is to function socially at all; and even those who choose to reject such masks can only put on others, representing rejection, “Hell no!” or something of the sort. Many of the masks are playful, opportunistic, superficial; others, however, go deep, very deep, much deeper than we know…It is silly therefore to say, for example, “Let’s take off our masks and be natural!” And yet- there are masks and masks. There are masks of youth, the masks of age, the masks of various social roles, and the masks also that we project upon others spontaneously, which obscure them, and to which we then react. 

Anyway I think it somewhat describes this painting, when I can think of something smart to say I will, I just have somewhat always felt this way about roles, and playig the parts in this theatre that is life.  


a new minimotion called ‘the badlands’ with soundscape  ‘sometimes’ featuring footage from a recent work trip, I occasionally work in the film industry as a grip, this footage was taken while in the badlands of Alberta, a place where giants once thrived, and now film crews roam. This place is like turning the clock back except for the delapitated grain building, who was also once was a giant. 

​​​​Part 2 ‘good ol days’ with soundscape ‘a moment of silence’

‘inside the studio’ a minimotion documenting the process while working on a very special project, a skeleton helmet airbrush WIP for a Canadian Winter Olympic hopeful with soundscape ‘waiting on clear coat’

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‘dodo dood’ recent ink doodle made while on a sojourn to Edmonton from my white lodge book

a 2nd bird doodle made in Edmonton for my good friend Gord who offered up his couch and roof, always nice to stay with a friend when your on the road.

from an earlier sesshin working on my WIP ‘SLO’

‘Sitting quietly’ an not so old watercolour made around 2014 when I decided to give watercolour a whirl, I like the medium been experimenting with some side projects, which I will share in future posts


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reef and friends 

Wow, it was a busy summer! This post is a bit of a recap and sharing some fun projects I have been working on. It is has been so busy in fact that I have had barely anytime to sit down, let alone write and post here on Mahaloness. With this in mind I am amped to get back to some writing, sharing stories and keep you up to speed on my latest art explorations and life experience. The set of images and minimotion I have chosen reflect a summer of liver art, camping and watercolour, flying on water (windsurfing), and a commission I have been working diligently on and am very stoked to share that with you in coming posts. There has been a lot going on in my life, and this seems to be the case with a lot of people I talk to. It is an important time for humanity to step up and start to work together and help each other out. It is a time to prepare for winter and plan some new projects and finish a bunch of paintings I’ve been working away at, and who knows maybe even plan a show sometime soon, be used art is best shared. So for now enjoy and I look forward to catching up and with a bit of luck a moment of peace. 

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Relatively new minimotion called ‘reef’ with soundscape ‘flying high’ featuring a windsurf sesh I had in late summer, shot by Gord and celebrating the van life, vw bus, toaster, and the wind! 

There is a word in Sanskrit ‘srishtih’ which is a concept of creation and translates as “what is poured forth” and according to Joseph Campbell, ” anyone understanding this becomes, truly, himself a creator in this creation.” (Joseph Campbell. Myths To Live By. 1972)

My studio and humble abode featuring my painting WIP ‘SLO’

My good friend Gords VW bus which has carried us to some pretty amazing places, here we set up and camp fro the night in Yahk, BC, and I had chance to bust out some watercolor and get a nice little sesh in, road trip art.

pop up studio at my parents place in Windermere, when I travel I always bring my work, in one form or another, here is a live art painting WIP called ‘forest wolf’ which I have been working on at multiple public settings including Black Star studio in Invermere BC, wonderful people, artists, and my work is available at their studio, so if your in that neck of the woods go check that out💚

Here I am having a moment to enjoy the painting with this little buddhy at the Marda gras street festival doing my thing, live art is rewarding and fun, if your an artist and wanting get ‘out there’ with your work I highly recommend you do this once and while, it gives people a lot of joy and opens a window for complete strangers to have a conversation thus connecting people, and seems to be one way to restore humanity.

This is a skeleton helmet, the sport that is, the one where athletes slide face first down bobsled tracks, it is quite something to behold, here is a helmet I have been working on, giving it some spirit for a Olympic hopeful, it has been a super challenging project, pushing my limits and skills to the max, this was the early stages of sanding and idea generation, I am pretty amped to share the stages with you in future posts👊

Lastly it was a very fiery smokey summer for most of BC, it is amazing how fast things can change, and the implications will revel themselves for decades to come, the ever changing landscape of our planet, something that continues to light up my curiosity and is something I will share my thoughts on in future posts.

Thank you, Mahalo and Aloha 


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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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Feature Presentation 

In the meantime and in between time hälts makes art, and sometimes works on a film set as grip helping out with sweet dolly moves with occasional sips of coffee. The art lately has been all about the cardboard, taking boxes previously used for shipping art and turning that into art. Interestingly enough the process is quite satisfying and surprisingly cost effective. There is a long tradition of painting on cardboard, especially when times have been tough, wartime, Great Depression, and these types of life occurrences have forced artists to be resourceful, and that’s all right. Sometimes less is more, it makes you appreciate the small things in life instead of the Guam nfilly of treating everything as expendable, and putting the brake on a throw away society, because Earth is worth it, it is our only home and home to many things, not just human, which is something that gets forgotten in the daily grind of the hustle and bustle. 

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First up a new minimotion ‘Feature Presentation’ with soundscape ‘Wolfy’ which features a real sweet dolly move, hälts in the studio, some sharks animations, and a bunny battle royale. 

sharkwolf squirrel chase scene from the aquarium of the imagination

‘The owls nest’ 🌳 hälts studio in full effect

hälts ‘in it’ moment brah

detail of hälts recycled cardboard paint WIP

hälts recycled cardboard paint WIP nearing the end of the painting cycle

‘Owl vision’ hälts hybrid art brah ⚡️