I do look look (echo) back sometimes, not with regret but in awe of the life I have had the great fortune to live.
The whirlwind continues, working diligently as ever on my art life. I had a dream, a van dream, to drive all over and do art shows, murals and maybe even sell my apple butter, and pies with hot coffee. I decided to test out my dream by renting a van, packing it full of art, some apple butter, and the basic necessities for simple van life living. My destination, Soulfood, located in the heart of Cranbrook BC. I have found that my best shows just kind of happen themselves, a room speaks, a wall calls, my intuition gives me a heads up. When I listen, good things usually follow, however one can never expect this will be the case, for expectation can fuzzy the intuition. The trip went really well, lots of mini adventures, and stopping to smell the fall. This is not to say there weren’t a few glitches, there always is, that’s called learning. However the unfathomable did occur, I forgot the device to make the coffee. I had a few moments of fear, such as being woken up at 2 am by outside flashlights and tapping noises on the window. I was able to reign in the fear and opened the door in a very quick move, jumping out and putting the red flashlight to my face. It was an effective move as the party of young folk screamed and then ran into the forest, never to be seen by me again. There was a chance of things backfiring, but wouldn’t you know the universe responded well. Afetrall this story is no CNN report portraying the calamity of modern civilisation, nor is this fake news. My trip was filled with positive experiences, meeting new people along the way, and sharing in the joy of living, and installing an art show. It dawned on me while hanging my art that this was essentially a mini retrospective of sorts. Each painting a chapter in the story. As tired as I was installing and working on labels, and all that tuff that is part of the process, I was quite happy to be present and sharing my life’s work. To be frank, there were a few things weighing on my mind. A soar tooth, the angst of living in a city that doesn’t support the arts, and caring for parents who are in the last years of their story. I was also a little frustrated that I could not get a few more paintings. I was also hanging a painting that I had hidden for a couple years. It was a very personal piece, however I also know that it had a greater message than my own. Everything fell into place and exceptional hospitality made for a very stress free and enjoyable installation. I found being on the road gave name some clarity. Sometimes life is just one big blur, in these moments time slows right down, and humans connect live and direct, no need for interfaces and smart phones. This is something I cherish, and is why this will not be the last. The road back was effortless, albeit a bit tiring. Thankfully there are these places called rest area, I highly recommend taking them in, there’s some real gems out there. It is important to note, I am reminded that life is beautiful, mostly… you just need to tune out and tune in, if you know what I mean. So for now here is some pictures that express ten thousand words, adios!
💛🌞👌 Much gratitude to Caitlin at Soulfood @kootenaysoulfood (located in the city of Cranbrook BC) for offering the beautiful space and the warm reception, artshow details will be coming soon…first some much needed sleep.
First of all I am a little shy sometimes, or I just don’t like the lime light and don’t always see the need to show you my face. I would rather show you through pictures a little bit about me, and the things that brings joy to my life. I am no different than any other living being on this planet, I have my good days and my bad days. I live in duality, aware of a mind that goes back and forth between past and future. I often go to Nautre to be present, away from modern desitractions, and the hustle and bustle that seems to fill my time. So without too much further adieu here is a little prelude to my true story in pictures.
I went up a road and found some wild raspberries on a steep shoulder…I nearly fell. Scored a few raspberries, no need to take them all…gotta leave some for the fury friends after all. I managed to inherit a tick, thankfully discovered before it buried it’s head into me. I then went to a fresh water spring and filled 2 vessels full. I walked up the road to let some steam go and gave thanks to this gift of life.Summer Interlude minimotion
Thank you to Mother Earth, to my mom and dad and to my sister, and sisters, and all my brothers and sisters from other mothers.
Recently I did a wild style watercolour/stencil art ‘choose your own adventure’ workshop at Black Star Studios in Invermere BC. I made a gazillion stencils and passed on some of my knowledge and experience of both techniques to a very enthusiastic and receptive group of individuals. Here are some pictures of that experience, which I predict will happen again this summer, it’s in the works.
💧 I am just one drop in an ocean, keeping in mind that this produces ripples, that than travel far distances, growing into giant swell, which eventually create massive waves as they hit land. So the next time you feel small, you are, you’re life, one giant wave.
‘pale blue dot’ this image is an interpretation and reasonable facsimile of Karl Sagan’s slogan using digital App software, we are all on a tiny blue spaceship hurtling through space 🌍💨💨💨
‘stay with’ 🎥 a mimimotion special feature with soundscape ‘the kid within’ featuring recent cityscape nighttime timelapse footage of Calgary, and also various video Apps footage, a studio sesh timelapse, with a guest appearance by yours truly, curiosity is a keystone to my art making process, being an adult is great, releasing the inner child, priceless 👍🏼 good talk
Note to artists: Some people who believed in you will eventually move on, that’s okay, new people will come along and see your brilliance with fresh eyes and heart, this is the ebb and flow of life.
Thought I would take a second and post some of my minimotions up for your viewing pleasure. These are a few of my one minute videos I put together spontaneously for Instagram, without overthinking things, and for the fun of it. I have been combining studio sesshin SLO mos and timelaspe footage with Nature footage. I work in the film industry from time to time, which takes me to stunning locations, which I usually gather timelapse footage for content, and I go to B.C. Interior and spend a lot of my time chasing around eagles and gathering timelapse and video footage there as well. Before my life as a painter I was passionate about film and have made sure to keep my passion up for the motion picture by making these minis, along with my experimental soundscapes. The advent of digital technology and innovation has made it possible to make a motion picture experience, however it is the content that makes the experience. It is quite amazing what one can do with very little, one iPad and my feet, hands and I suppose my eyes and ears…. anyway for now sit back and enjoy my little creations.
mimimotion a la Mahaloness
‘found in la paint’ 🖌 a late night minimotion special feature with soundscape ‘life goes on’ with some footage I compiled today while in process and some outdoors timelapse including the street where my mural on hillhurst hardware has beamed for the last 7 years, wowzas 🙀 and I’m growing old, anyhoot I went to enjoy my old work over a bowl of ramen at Ikemen Ramen bar in Kotwn, Calgary Alberta Canada
‘Rocky Mountain high’ 🏔 new minimotion with soundscape ‘let’s shoot it’ featuring between the scenes footage gathered in the mountains on a recent gig, and a little bit of my art mixed in, rocky mountain high, up up to the sky
‘artist hiatus’ 🎥 new minimotion with soundscape ‘when in nature’ featuring a Dali analog animation I did for a zoetrope, analog not digital, and an eagle soaring, cloud timelapse and a pink dusk, one of my painting WIPs in thermal, a hotspring and a sunset over the Purcells, all footage is from the interior BC except the animation, danka🌲
And a couple paintings to keep things Mahaloness
I could settle for trends, or copy other styles….I have thus far chosen not to go down that path, for better or worse, it is something I have managed to bypass. This can make it difficult when it comes to my work being accepted in the now, it takes time to develop a style, it takes patience and perseverance to overcome doubt and the fear. It is imperative to not give in to these factors, and have faith that somehow it will work out. It is also a good idea to get out of the studio from time to time and recharge the soul, the mind, and the heart space.
fotoMahaloness and a minimoiotn 🎥
‘towards silence’ 👂 a new minimotion with soundscape ‘cat dreams’ from busy city to a mountain peace, I find myself on a road less travelled, where clouds drift gracefully, putting mind at ease, I hope you like it, and well ✌️
There is something to be said for slowing things down and letting things happen, everything happening just as it is supposed to without interfering the natural cycle, and allowing the artist within to be
These are some panoramas of a place I go to in B.C. to disconnect from city life and remind myself that there is a whole other world going on, this place, this planet, provides us with so much and yet there are some who want to continue to do harm in the name of economy, and growth, with little to no plan for the consequences which you and I will pay for. So I am grateful for these moments, when it’s just me and the eagles, the clouds, the water, sky, and the trees, and all of the sounds, the wind as it dances though the trees, the sounds of ravens free falling, oh what a gift, so I come here and pay my respects, because there’s no guarantees it will last.
I walk this earth alone, yet I am not alone, there is 7.4 billion and rising humans here with me. I have often felt a connection to the wolf, in fact there was a time I visited an old shaman who pointed out that my spirit animal is a wolf, a lone wolf. When he told me this my whole life flashed before my eyes, and everything made sense to me. I am hälts, a painter who spends most of his time alone, making paintings that recollect things that I have experienced in my travels, mostly alone. Even when I was with someone I felt alone. This has been my curse and blessing, because on one hand I am human and as a human affection to another is something desirable, on the other hand the world is so complex that the notion that one will fall in love with one person and will live happily ever after seems but a dream. For now I will continue making marks, building character, and painting. I am hälts, I am nobody, unknown, alone, right next to you.
I’ve been working on multiple paintings lately, I am very much a slow painter, and this series collectively is called ‘SLO’.
and now a new special minimotion
‘when I’m there’ 📽new minimotion in studio sesshin special edition with soundscape ‘I think of you’ featuring some recent art explorations in SLO mo, some cloud timelapse, paper shadow art, and a bus ride ride, from Bowness to the Pacific Ocean, these are the places I revisit when I am sitting and painting in my studio.
Be kind to yourself and give yourself some credit, it’s going to be ok.
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.
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.
I was walking down a path, immersed in my own thoughts, wondering where they came from.
💚with respect to the title please check out www.sonicsea.org and enlighten yourself on the current state of our oceans, I think you might be surprised as to whats happening with our ocean inhabitants and friends, that is directly correlated to human input, and it’s not plastic, it’s related to sound.
Lately hälts has been very active, completely immersed in the creative act, and in between working on ideas, acting, some sleeping, and translating the dream into reality, and he tries to make time to write this blog. The content is changing and morphing which is fascinating to watch unfold, as he gets that much closer to finding his voice. The search has led hälts to forests, lakes, rivers, the ocean, the sky, the stars, outwards to the cosmos, and below Earths crust. There is a time when any artist has to face themselves and ask what is it I am doing, a self check up, so to make sure that he or she, or both, is on the right path. In a world where there is billions of opinions, stories, agendas, and strategies, it is key to stick to your path, and only waver when necessary, and remember fear is your friend, when all the signs say ‘go’ you go, and whatever happens will likely surprise you both.