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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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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studio visit brah

Be kind to yourself and give yourself some credit, it’s going to be ok. 

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forest mind 🌲 hälts studio where he channels the Aloha, the Mahaloness, gettin all in it)

owl spirit detail from hälts recycled cardboard WIP ‘Slo’ brah

‘therianthropica’ is in many of hälts paintings lately, the mythical is omnipresent


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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 ⚡️


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sun kissed moon 

Cardboard is all the new rage, Great Depression art, wartime art, poor starving artist art, bohemian yes, how about resourceful, taking something that was dump bound and making it new and useful again, if someone throws this out than perhaps I am dead wrong, I doubt that very much. So why? Why paint on cardboard? Why not. Next question…. Okay yes I am one person asking myself questions, if you can’t question yourself what are you doing. The world my friends in many levels is a mess, like the first part of Spring in a Northern city, brown, messy, ugly, and somewhat depressing. So this is why my friends hälts sometime paints  on cardboard. It is also a great way to scale up, practice for the murals and discover new ways to make marks, and have fun, no pressure brah. The fact is though we truly are a wasteful society, we throw away a LOT of sh📍✝,  it’s kind of sad, and perhaps what’s sad is this is the legacy we are going leave to the next generations. So why did hälts paint on cardboard, because he cares about the planet and wants to leave a different legacy, and thankfully there’s a lot of folks out there doing the same thing. (Animated minimotion coming soon🌊💨)

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Stages of ‘sun kissed moon’ which hälts titled it as such because he looked out his studio window and the sun was kissing the moon. 


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lone wolf 

First off just want to honour the women of Earth and Mother Earth, thank you💚🌿 (hälts mural ‘creator’ there’s a paradise in my mind and the cosmos in my hand)
The road less travelled opens one to possiblilities that can be fruitful. However there is also a chance for chaos, uncertainty and doubt. Knowing this be mindful that there have been ones before, mavericks, rogues, lone wolves…learn about them, read about them, watch documentaries if that’s useful to you. Keep in mind though that no one’s path is the same path, it is a complex weave and you are one strand in that weave. This metaphor is useful to visualize, how do you want to weave your thread, how do want to add to the pattern, or what pattern are you going to follow, there is no right question, no right answer, there is only you on that path. Trust you can do it, be discerning of advice, that’s wisdom, you’ll get it, educate yourself, and remember life’s problems are not so much problems as they are experience, they teach us things that we can learn from, sometimes they repeat themselves, and can be unpleasant, you’ll get through it, and hopefully so will this weirdo, hälts💚🌿📿☕️

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A few splices form hälts latest forrays into the creative unknown. 

hälts minimotion ‘So’ with soundscape ‘sun kissed moon’ featuring hälts ‘in it’, a tiny animation, somewhat still water with water droplets kissed by the sun, you are a water droplet, make waves, okay good talk brah. 

‘sun kissed moon’ hälts continues a long tradition of painting on cardboard and honouring Mother Earth while doing so, because let’s face it we throw a lot of shit away.

‘loser baby’ hälts hybrid and a play on Becks ‘loser’ yeah, sometimes it’s like that so why don’t you kill me⚡️