Mahaloness

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


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Art Announcement…. Solstice Live Art Show! Dec. 21st 🧜‍♂️

Hälts will be doing a live event in Cranbrook BC at Soulfood on Baker St. The live art performance will include painting, video art, soundscapes and a little Q and A for those interested. It is a free event, however I will be selling merchandise, art prints, and originals will be up for purchase. These are rare gems so you perhaps will not want to miss it. check out Soulfood on Insta @kootenaysoulfood and kootenaysoulfood.com and also you can find me at @mahaloness and haltsart.com

Now back to noir regular broadcast….

I bet you thought I vanished. Well I guess the rabbit is out of the hat. Truth is I have been watching what were once mountains return to Earth. In other words, taking care of my elders. I have chosen this path, or perhaps fate and destiny have their hands in it, it’s hard to say. I am here. I am doing this. Meanwhile around me I am witnessing a a terribly beautiful world spinning its wheels, the old cat chasing its tale. I see world events unfolding, political turmoil, media spun anxiety, sports replays and weather forecasters. I watch out the window as ravens glide effortlessly through the air, a sign that the winds be blowing, Nature’s motion. I recollect life events that led me to this very seat, some with heavy heart. This too shall pass, for a cloud never stays in one spot. I look across the room, to the people whom, brought me into this life. I made them parents, they made me their child, together we circumnavigated the ever changing moods. They watched me grow up, and now I watch them grow old. I get up make coffees, empty the dishwasher, pour my dad a glass of water, give him a banana, and make my mom toast. I swoon over the dreams that have not come true, and stare at a spider wondering silently on the wall. I sit with them in a sunlit room, a squirrel runs the railing outside the window, diligently collecting peanuts left as offerings for his amusement. I watch my dad struggle with eating, hands shaking and yet no complaining. He enjoys his meal, this is what’s real, his spirit unwilling to cooperate with his failing body. I remember times we laughed, and I remember the times he made me so mad, or even sad. He had a vision for me, that never quite formed the way he saw fit. Years of battles and clashes, conditions, and prohibitions that led to no where, and yet who I let rule my existence. Broken dreams, failed romance, and a wavering attitude towards fellow humans led me down a dark path. I am human. So my time here has been a blessing and a lesson in compassion. I never knew what my grandparents thought about their lives in their later stages of life. I Wass too young. Now I experience for the first time what that is and although it does sadden me and also has strengthened my empathic muscle, long overdue.

Isn’t it funny how life will show you exactly what you need to see. lake_3crowacrosslake_2eagle_9eagleisland_2gnomelake_freezinglake_patternspeakysunpileatedpecker_flight_3piletaedpecker_1sunsetangel_montane

a little sneak peak of a viking mural project I worked one this past month, I have some catching up, pitter patter lets get atter, no matter.

 

IMG_9058We all have our stories, contorted as they may be, the beauty is the resilience, the inner spirit reveals. So I am here, amongst a world in and out of chaos, everything as it is supposed to be. I sense the mind echo questions and dialogue, I don’t give it my full attention. Instead I sit quietly in the terrible beauty of it all. Their’s climate deniers, clinging to old beliefs, while young people scream protest about Climate Crisis, without agreement to solutions. Complex is the modern world, has it ever been any different? Modern egomaniacs perhaps no different from those in the past, the story spins more stories, the mice with crowns run but do not move forward. Past rejections, life lessons, an uncertain future, yet Love remains. Where is all this coming from, perhaps at the depth of this human there is a heart that wants out the shell formed over time in order to survive. I used to wonder what Dali’s fascination was with shells until just recently did it make sense while cooking in a geothermal hot pool. I look at my mom, a care giver all her life, came from poverty, a very hard life, to living in her dream home. She truly cares for my dad, sharing her insights into what it’s like to see her lifelong partner not be able to take care of himself. All the while working painstakingly on her mountain scene petit point (if you don’t know what that is, its art, math, stitching. and well it’s complex). It’s pixelating with thread material before pixels were a thing. She works day and night, needle point in hand, colourful string, mapped and coded. She says she is going to give up every ten minutes, yet continues to weave her thread through the fabric. I never thought I would be here, watching over my raging parents, seeing their fragility in the last stages of their lifetime span. It has been difficult, yet again the inner spirit sees me through, and art my faithful companion, this I share with you. Be well

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the squirrel

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new project

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late night owl painting

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a terribly beautiful world (hälts hybrid art)

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witness to the unfolding (hälts hybridact)

 


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creative explorations

There is no end in sight when it comes to the good work.

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-set ups, famous portraits/painter papparazi and in between the brush strokes surf trips to rekindle the soul

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live art set up for Black History month circa 2013 -endless creative explorations

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Sunshine Coast Mona Lisa c.2011 acrylic on driftwood (flotsam)

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¡Dali! watercolour c.2015

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Red Tara analog (painting) to digital art c.2015

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‘Buddhabear’ acrylic on wood panel c.2012

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Surf trip in between paintings, taking care of the spirit and tapping the Source.

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In the studio, two paintings on the go ‘Mana’ & ‘Are you a Believer? No.5’ c. 2015


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Canada Day

I set up a pop up hälts ART gallery yesterday for the  Canada Day celebation. On the day my helper, and up coming artist Raya, helped to curate the display and I  set up a mini studio to do some live art. One of the things I like to do when making live art is to enagage with the public, including the younger folk and offer them the chance to make a mark. The result is pure magic, and this day was no exception. 

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Raya running the show, hälts pop up mini gallery (also known as a whirlwind place) 

 

I am always amazed by impromptu  collaborations,big MAHALO to everyone who contributed to the live art, Mahaloness all the way.

  

My bus art hapoened to be in the hood, a beacon of hope.  

Even a mark on a pallette can be a thing of beauty, abstract art at its finest. 

  

Bassbus mural by Shane Haltman aka hälts 

 

Thank you to everyone for coming out and for participating, what a great way to celebrate Canada! Eh. 

Special thanks to Rebecca, Raya, Robert Hilton, Andrej and all the volunteers, good show. 


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what it is

Art exploration involves getting past the blocks of the mind and surrendering to the act. The time it takes to learn will exponentially increase the more one desires to master the art.

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Lovechild
acrylic on wood
c.2012
studio painting

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acrylic on canvas
c.2013
live painting for black history month (2 hours duration)

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acrylic on wood
c.2011
portraiture

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ink on paper
c.2010
post surf doodle

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early stages of bus mural
c.2011
digital remix

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Thank you kindly.


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super deep

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super deep art, exploring the vastness of the universal.
-painting detail from ‘Pearl Diver’s Dream’ c.2012

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hälts art timelapse video presentation of a painting called ‘fluir energia’, engage here.

The video link above is a fotomontage or sequence of stills edited together with music. The video features the evolution of one my paintings, seen below in a couple different stages of development. The first foto was taken following a live art sesshin at a Random Rab show back in 2011. The second foto captures ‘Fluir Energia’ (‘fluid energy’) nearing completion( Dec. 2014) . Three years in the making, many layers, an act of patience and perseverance.

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super gracias


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the Tara painting

Recently I began to paint my third Tibetan inspired Tara painitng. I was properly introduced to Tibetan art when I was on the the Big Island of Hawaii at an event called Alchemeyez, back in 2011. There I would meet a man by the name of Romio Shrestha. Romio had huge, beautiful Thangkas on display, and It is truly beyond words how extraordinary his work is. I remember a moment when I was looking at one of his paintings and completely forgot my self. I also recall the most wonderful peaceful feeling overtaking everything. Since than I have made it my commitment to learn more about Tibetan Art and with a little luck meet again with Romio in this lifetime with the intention to work with him. Although I try to stay true to the traditional artform, this would be considered a modern evolution in my own unique stlye. It is a both an homage and a testament to the Tibetan Tara, and to Romio’s work which continues to spread Dharma into this world.

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– below is a link to a new stop motion video I produced, enjoy.

link to original videoMahaloness featuring timelapse art vid of me working on a Tara painting to an original score I made using Garageband. on Vimeo

Thank you


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this was once this

How many layers go into a painting?
Well thats really difficult to say, lots!

fotoMahaloness -from this to this. Follow the link to see what lies beneath the layers of the painting below, titled simply as ‘Mahaloness’, although originally it was called ‘Phantasm’. I have been working on this one for 2 years, if time is your thing. What began as a live art painting has now morphed into what you see below. Since it’s inception it has been in 3 live art performances, it has been hung in art 3 shows, it has been through a flood, just to name a few. Is it done? When is a painting done? Well thats also difficult to say, it really depends on how far you want to go with it, if it feels right, than go with it, never hesitate.

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en plein air

I love to make art in open air studios, it is a completely different way to paint. I am always searching for new and interesting places to explore my creativity. It is a great way to connect with my surroundings, each environment has it’s own set of challenges and magic. It is a painter’s pilgrimage that I am on, driven by curiosity and wonder, I will one day compile all if this into one nice book, I better get started there is a lot of material to go through!
fotoMahaloness -plein air sesshins from Alberta to Maui, there is no place I will not take my paints and brushes, the rest always seems to fall into the place.

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Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this growing story, it is an honor to share the journey and none of this would be possible without every single one of you:) Mahaloness


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Teacher!

‘Tonight was the best one of them all.’ -Wisdom.
A response to a poignant blog I read by Christian Mihai blog
Mahaloness says ‘yes art, good for the heart!’
Also today, and perhaps this is too early to say….today folks I am a teacher. It looks like I will be working with the little people, it is a great opportunity and something I look forward to writing about no doubt. I will provide details soon. And! Last night! epic Halloween art battling! I had a chance to work with my closest of friends, colleagues and peers, that of Agent R and Wisdom, who not only provide amazing quotes, art direction and managerial attributes, but also who show impressive art savvy and output, very well done. Also a shout out to Freyja, Danny, Derrick, Elijah, Rich, and all the gang at Gorilla House. Gorilla house live art is where it is at. gorilla house live art
FotoMahaloness -Fairies, sparkles, magic sticks, vampires, cloaking devices, magic, and art, what more can one ask for? The last images feature Golden’s new Teal replacement for Cobalt Teal.<;;3<;;3<;;3
Be kind and graceful and life will be kind and graceful back.

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The burden of freedom in a hearts prayer while bullets turn to doves bringing peace over Mother Earth
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Battle!

Yet another fierce art battle tonite at the gorilla room, well not really fierce, in all actuality it was a gem of a night, one for the record books. 2 and a half hours, three themes (science/progress, the girl who likes the other guy, and angel). There was a great turn out, paint and sparks were flying, the magic flowed. The name of the game, have fun, make art, love life. Myself and all the artists in the house finished up the work and a packed room modestly bid away for the the priceless experience. I dedicate tonite to Spacebabe, you rock my world.
FotoMahaloness the night the first image my paint set up outside, found object easel and bucket chair, watercolour, oil on canvas board, all Mahaloness
gorilla house live paint battle!

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