Mahaloness

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


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inside out

The days are getting shorter, I am getting older, and there are many paintings to finish. Recently I have dove head first into the abstract expressionism, as I have some things I need to express. This is where I started, abstract, black and white, which I was exposed to by the likes of Franz Kline and the New York School of Abstract. I related to their work and began to study their work in books, on the Internet, and museum visits in New York. At times there is a conflict inside of me between the rational and irrational, black and white, similar to an ocean, it is dynamic, always in flux. There is emotion that as a man often times gets blocked out of the necessity to survive the day to day, and the need to keep it together in real life. Even in the studio I am often concentrating on specific artwork and subject matter. I have developed a tendency to block my personal life from my work. In some ways I lose myself in my work and forget about the life stuff that weighs on my shoulders. I decided recently to challenge that rule, and let some of that stuff out. This is the content for my new minimotion which offers a glimpse into the beginning of an expressive painting. I hope you will enjoy it. 

minimotion 

‘b&w’ with soundtrack ‘working out some stuff’ featuring a expression sesshin in the studio recently, a painting on recycled cardboard as my substrate, which is a metaphor as much as an environmental choice, painting yet to be titled🕶 


​untitled WIP in hälts studio fort 


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‘desert dweller’ a hybrid artwork combining my WIP painting ‘SLO’ and a painting titled ‘pirate’s oasis’ 

‘forest wolf’ a painting WIP started out as a live painting that I have now been working on in the studio. I introduced a subject similar to one from a mural called ‘Creator’ see below for that reference. 

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This is my mural called ‘Creator’ made a couple years ago, I decided to incorporate a similar sunpbject into my new painting above. 


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a spiritual desert

even the desert has life.

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the desert painting (in the studio)
24x48x 2 in. acrylic on canvas
c.2014

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In the next coming weeks Mahaloness will be back in full swing with all new fotos and explorations to share. It has been one beautiful journey and the search has opened my eyes to new possibilities, seeds planted, and ideas born.


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glass lens

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A friend once gave me a glass lens while sitting on a rock in Paia. I recently found it and took this foto of my desert obscuro painting. I am also excited to announce that I have been working with my good friends at skyfarm productions and will be releasing a couple of digidocus/arthouse style videos, featuring my art and sounds that I think you are really going to dig. Mahaloness


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a pirate’s dream

It is an ocean that will turn a mountain into sand, it is the wind that will sculpt a desert. The desert is a place of extremes, and no doubt a difficult climate for any human, let alone plant or animal, yet in a desert you will find life. In my latest painting we find the footsteps of man leading us into the desert towards a mirage of a distant oasis, representing hope and the chance to sustain his life. When I painted the desert I thought about the changing climate on Earth, and the real potential for new deserts as soil is depleted by ever increasing demand for food, questionable land management, and water shortages. There is also a spiritual element to this work, as the desert represents a metaphysical plane where man is confronted with the a depleted faith and a weakened soul force. It is in the oasis where the spring of life acts as a beacon for a lost soul to replenish his faded spirit and the chance to be reborn as a new man. It may also be an illusion brought on by sheer deprivation magnifying basic needs into hallucinations of abundance and grandeur. The desert painting embodies a dream like quality, and there is a beauty to the shapes that make up its landscape. In the end I called the titled this work, ‘a pirate’s dream’. I imagined myself being a pirate on a ship dreaming of an open ocean made of sand as a hallucinatory island floats ever so tantalizingly in the path ahead, where hidden treasures lay in wait to be pillaged and plundered.

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as seen through a gifted lens…

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a pirate’s dream
24x48x2
acrylic on canvas
this is what I would consider a sculptural painting, no projection or grid system was used, it takes a little longer to do, the results speak for the themselves.
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20140219-162956.jpgthe finished commission hangs on the wall, what stories will be created by those who see it, I am hardly a person of espionage but there is a part of me that wishes I could hear what people come up with.

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I do commissions, any interested parties please message me via wordpress or through links provided on this blog. I have made many paintings for those far and wide, beautiful connections made through art. Thank you and Mahaloness over and out.


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desert sesshins

painting organic architecture, desert sculpting unfortunately shown here as a digital simulacrum…

One of the unfortunate things about digital is it will never represent paint as paint can. If you do not understand what that means may I suggest for once in your life you turn this thing off and go to a museum with art and hang out with paintings. If there isn’t a museum go to an art gallery. If there isn’t an art gallery go to your local bohemian cafe. If there isn’t one paint your own painting and get out of the digital daze.

As much as digital and computers are great remember so is realtime. Better yet go your local wilderness and spend time with Mother Earth and cherish her like you do your digital devices.

thats all for now.

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SFWM, reference Deadman.

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