Mahaloness

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


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full time artist part time grip 

It’s been a whirlwind as of late, life changing, film making, whilst seasons changing, time chasing, and when I can, painting.  I live in the city, defined by construction, rows of houses, paved streets, pot holes, towers, condominiums, shopping malls, restaurants and institutions. When the film work calls I occasionally get the chance to leave the confines of the urban landscape. Film work is a vital part of my success as an artist. It gets me out of the studio, which has always been a challenge for me. Too much art studio time can adversely affect my life, the world shrinks and I forget what’s out there. Film work often starts before sunrise. Film productions come here for the magic hours, sunrise and sunset, and the scapes, from the urban to the natural. The natural settings are far and wide, Alberta is a dynamic place, there is a bit of everything, except for an ocean, ours is all dried up. 

It is a fact that when I work on my art I work later in the day, this is when I wake up creatively, often going well past sunset and into the night. So the chance to be up before sunrise  and see the other side of the day has never let me down. Yes it’s not always roses, getting up at 3:30 am in the morning is a tough adjustment to make. However the drive to remote locations is always an adventure. We set off with our maps in search of locations, often still in the shroud of darkness, with the hope that there will be a pylon with an illuminated arrow to help guide us to our final destination…when this fails one has to be really tuned in with the place, keeping an eye for roads, using locations maps that provide mileage and distance between points, and with a little teamwork we can usually make it for an early breakfast, yet another reason I appreciate film work. When I am home working as an artist, I have to do everything, this  can be overwhelming and chances are one aspect or anther will get sacrificed, usually eating, which is not something I suggest to anyone. I read somewhere Miro ate one a fig a day for a time and would stare at the wall waiting to see his next masterpiece. Whether this is true or not, I don’t think I am that creative when I am struggling to function. Maybe I get ideas but what good is an idea without the energy to bring it to life. Moving on. 

minimotion double feature 
‘kingdom’ 🎥part 1 hälts minimo special feature with soundscape ‘white wolf’ featuring hälts behind the scenes on the badlands of Alberta, a hawk soaring, and a hälts painting WIP animation called ‘therianthropica’ ​‘city’ 🎥 part 2 of a hälts minimo special feature with soundscape ‘white wolf’ featuring a quick animation of my painting WIP ‘therianthropica’ and the city I call home. ​​

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Let’s take a foray into my world of late 

the radiant Dali 💛 hälts shed art featuring a spray paint stencil, keeping an eye on things

city raven SLO 🍓 a hälts hybrid art featuring a raven, the city I call home and a painting of mine called SLO

the original raven foto documented in downtown Calgary


The following hälts hybrid art series is called ‘city kingdom’ featuring images of film locations that I have been working in recently which have been superimposed over each other. 
Retrospect

I have been working on ‘therianthropica’ a painting that has 2 or 3 paintings underneath, it has been a series of changes and experiments, taking old methods and infusing new methods as I go. I have been interested in mythology for some time now, and thought it was time to create a new mythology, or at least carry it forward into contemporary feel. I live in two worlds, one is reality, the world I work in, breathe in, walk in, and eat in. Than there is the world of the imagination, the other world, the world of mystery, symbolism and metaphors. This is not a new idea, it’s as old as ancient cave art. 

hälts hybrid art featuring my studio and ‘therianthropica’ up on the wall

‘therianthropica’ acrylic painting on wood front and center and some new panels waiting patiently on the wall.

tapping the source


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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