Mahaloness

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


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there is a place I like to go

  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 ✌️ 

‘therianthropic’ WIP painting seen here in hybrid art format

‘therianthropica’ WIP in the studio, where walls melt away and recollections stream in

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 

still frame from minimotion me going at it in the studio


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. 

‘spirit of the lake’ hälts hybrid art, combining my painting and nature fotos

‘forest fire’ a watercolour WIP on the go


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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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the whales are calling 

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. 

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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. 

‘delicate balance’ 🌿 hälts hybrid art

‘the whales are calling’ inspired by the documentary Sonic Sea (www.sonicsea.org)

‘Unknown Hopi’ 🐇 hälts hybrid art featuring a watercolor by hälts called ‘unknown Hopi’ and a new WIP painting ‘little painting no.2’

flashback 2010 this mural for Cirque du Soleil was hälts introduction to the art of mural making, working with 5 of Canada’s most talented muralist, who taught him how to get it done. What an honour.

new live art project happening at Calgary New Age Books & Crystals 104 10 St NW where hälts will be painting and continuing a print sale well into December brah, come say hello!

the other office kind of….hälts working on a hand drawn animated minimotion.


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open studio project and Nature time

The journey continues, the artist within ready to explore the world outside the confines of the studio. From the studio he ventures to a crystal shop, and in doing studio walls melt away. For a good long while the artist was in an contraction  period, countless hours spent in his cave, the world shrinking, life passing by. Lost in his own world, the artist became an enigma. So the artist decided it was time to leave the cave to explore the world, connect with the people, spend as much time with Nature as possible, and prepare for the next leg of the journey. 

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enter hälts open studio painting project ‘the healer’

hälts got in a canoe with his naturalist friend and she found some edible mushrooms provided by this lovely planet (it is the mushroom in the headdress of ‘the healer’ painting below)

hälts ‘in it’ live painting at Calgary New Age Books & Crystals, next to his mural ‘creator’

‘squirrel’ new hälts minimotion with soundscape ‘fall interlude’ and ‘puttin on da breaks’ (Nature comedy) 

‘the healer’ a live painting project happening at Calgary New Age Books & Crystals 🌍located 104 10 St NW Calgary🌍

detail from hälts ‘the healer’ painting, currently in its final stages, more information on this painting in future posts⚡️

the sky speaks, always a good idea for a painter to look up at the sky in between those ‘in it’ moments, good for the eyes and the constitution

a beautiful scene in the woods with a healer friend and forest lover🌿

Love Nature, treat it with care, and it will provide a beautiful experience in return.

a fall scene from a mountain sojourn with his healer friend

hälts hybrid art called ‘Volcano Goddess’


hälts catching a quick Nature nap in a hut found while exploring the forest. (foto cred: Rebecca Rychliski)


for any inquiries please email hälts at mahaloness@gmail.com 


⚡️Special Announcement⚡️ If you happen to live in the Calgary hälts is putting on an art print sale at Calgary New Age Books and Crystals this Saturday the 12th of September from noon until 7 pm 🌍 located at 104 10 St NW🌍 in the funky neighbourhood of Kensington. He will be selling and signing prints, there will also be hälts art greeting cards available for sale, and some truly unique original art as well. He hopes to see you there. 


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the artists path

 You’re a beautiful soul 

Touching peoples lives

Like wind through the forest

Omnipresent 

Everywhere

the eye of the dream (hälts hybrid art)

  

‘you are never alone’ (hälts hybrid art)

  

‘multidimensional rose’ (hälts hybrid art)

  

‘the other side flower’ (hälts hybrid art)

  

‘the elders pathway curve’ (hälts landscaping current project)

  

‘beetle run’ (hälts docufoto, insects are a regular occurance in my art, and landscape work. )

  

hälts using old school hand tools to shape his elders path, made with love and kindness.

  

‘multidimensional landscaping’ (hälts hybrid art)

  

the humingbird friend pays a visit with hälts during pathway sesshin

  

‘seeing the design’ (a vision hybrid artwork by hälts)

  

‘fire in the sky’ (hälts art BC sun, sky, clouds)