Mahaloness

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


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moonlit night 

Before my bed there is the moonlight. 

It lies there on the ground, looking like frost.

Lifting my head, I gaze at themoon bright;

Lowering my head, in homesickness, I am lost.v

-Li Bai  

and now a hälts minimotion with respect to the ritual… 

Now a new minimotion called ‘homesickness on a moonlit night’ referencing Li Bai’s poem at the beginning of this post. 

⛩ hälts minimotion featuring a day helping to install the Imagine Asian Exhibit at CSpace 4th Floor (old King Edward School) located in Marda Loop Calgary, which runs May 27th until June 3rd 10 am until 6 pm and features a diverse selection of artists and celebrating Asian Heritage Month. I am honoured to contribute a few pieces to the show and what a delight to witness a master calligrapher Simon Y. S. Wong at work on a poem that I narrate in the minimotion, soulful and magical at the same time

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Nature is soul medicine hälts minimotion 

in the studio with hälts, inside there is a deep well of sorrow, listen for the joy, it’ll be alright. 

New WIP ‘vehicle of life’ 

there is duality, that’s why I go full spectrum 

I am honoured to be part of a group show called ‘Imaigne Asian’ which celebrates Asian Heritage Month, my painting on the right, ‘Earth Buddha’ is next to a master artist named David Noh. 

Medicine Tara hälts hybrid art


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Loving Kindness

Perhaps it can be said that there is not enough loving kindness in the world. This planet is filled with humans, there is hardly a place where you can go that isn’t occupied by other humans. What I find interesting is just how little we know about each other, and how this unknowing produces a lot of chaos. In my humble opinion we have been misguided by the powers that be, and this has gone on for a good long while. As advanced as technology may be, as sophisticated as humans might think themselves to be, the reality is that we are humans not much different from our early ancestors. We have created lots of things with our brains, some good, some not so good. We have technology that given the right application might be useful, whilst  we also have proven to have a knack for using the things in very destructive ways ; all in the name of FREEDOM, JUSTICE, DEMOCRACY, TRUTH, and LIBERTY. Consequently we are left with a lot of problems, which has created a need to find new solutions. Over the last decade I have listened to a many opinions about climate, about Earth, and about how things are. I feel that in a lot of cases the challenge of speaking about Earth and climate is that it is a complex system that has cycles and variations. The one constant perhaps is that is constantly revolving. I studied Earth and Climate at University, I was an average student as I didn’t agree with most of the information being spoon fed into my mouth. I realised that the real mandate for university is to capitalise on youth by promising them a bright future meanwhile forcing many into debt and destroying a lot of dreams. Now this might seem harsh, this was my experience and well nearly every person I know who went to school either made insane sacrifices or they borrowed money for a promise based on not much at all. Now I do not regret going to school, and made the most out of it. I made sure to learn things that I wanted to learn. I made sure to think critically and speak my mind, even when it was uncomfortable. It often was received with blank stares and on occasion threats of being kicked out of school. I took courses in areas of interest and that would be useful for cognition and building mindfulness. I think that we have a responsibility to ourselves to learn about each other, and all living things that call Earth home. In doing so we might begin to grasp just how interconnected we all our and even the tiniest of choices can make a tiny difference instead of doing nothing like a deer in the headlights. This life is a precious gift. It is not for the government to determine how we live or want to live, nor is it their responsibility to take care of us because if they did I would not be writing this blog. I am concerned for the welfare of humanity, I am concerned about the fact we are in a period of extinctions and our reaction has been a pretty good indication of just how little we stand by each other. This being said, there is a new wave of energy that is beginning to bring us a little closer together. By joining individual voices we learn form each other and what was once a tiny voice becomes a giant voice. The time for loving kindness is here, we can choose to keep destroying the precious gift or we can make real and simple changes that will give hope to the new generations, and all life on Earth.

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Precious Moments on Earth

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Life on the Prairie 

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That time I painted at a festival and I simply disappeared. 

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Recycled Art series, using materials over and over again. 

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Ready to be mounted 

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DaliBasquiat Recycled Series no. 123

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caught in the maze

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citylife

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one step at a time 

‘Humans and Art are like bees to pollen’ ❤️ took place MAY 11 at the Junction YYC 628 8 Ave SW @junctionyyc 💚 which shed light on some very talented Calgary and Alberta folk including

Shanise Ford @humans_and_art
Suzanne Piechotta
Alexandra Jaco @musicization
Dean Miller (incredible painter artist human featured at the end of the minimo) @deanmillerart  @bluvelvetti  @colville_troy. @dawsonbrown.sickbassbro @gkpainting @mahalones @plasticheartsurgery@saga_of_the_frog

to name a few and representing a new wave of talented art folk from the underground and up.

The Junction YYC Humans and Art Lounge Space open for the next few months for viewing which I highly recommend to Calgarians and visitors alike. If you want to see true Canadian art and fresh perspectives on what it means to be human than do yourself a favour and get down and check out the art before this wave passes.

located 628  8 Ave. SW

The Junction YYC link

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the mind is similar to a crystal, it has many facets 

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The Blue Medicine Tara dedicated to @gretathunberg in her courageous and necessary stand for a better world and brighter future ❤️


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Humans and Art

I recently took part in a group show in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The show was under the title ‘Humans and Art’. It featured around 180 artworks and really could easily be called a true Alberta biennale as it showcased some truly remarkable Alberta talent in visual art, performance art, sculpture and music. In Calgary it’s easy to become sceptical of the local art scene. For one it is run by some of the old guard and with all due respect, these people should of attended this show if they truly care about emerging artists in this city. Being a bit of an underground movement this will take a little time to catch on no doubt. In my humble opinion it’s better to meet a living artist and celebrate their work with the artist present, than it is to revere and celebrate dead artists. Don’t wait until we’re dead to support us, this stigma is so damn cliche and frustrating to the hard working artists who are trying to make a go of it and legitimize themselves as part of the arts and culture of Calgary. We deserve to be part of the dialogue, we have plenty to say and this wave is  growing, which most likely makes the old guard shake in their skin. For me it was a real honour to contribute to this show. It is a movement with a tonne of potential and if I were you I’d pay it some appreciation otherwise similar to movements before in this city, it will go where it is appreciated and we will lose yet another truly talented and awesome group of individuals who truly benefit the soul of the ‘small town’ that is the City of Calgary. These are just some of my thoughts, whether you agree or disagree it doesn’t matter, the point is you can’t put a price on an energy that is this positive, so make an effort to come enjoy and support the next shows, you will leave with a heart full of love and be so damn inspired, you will most likely pick up a paint brush yourself and ride the wave.

🌊 ‘Humans and Art’  a new hälts minimotion docu special with soundscape ‘SLO unravel’ featuring the @humans_and_art group show which took place May 12, 2019 and featured an incredible Alberta talent pool of artists in visual and sound, coming together in one room which reminds me of an early wave that came through Calgary many moons ago…it was a real honour to be in a room full of some truly passionate and hard working artists and also for all who came and supported, a beautiful night of celebration in the small town city of Calgary ❤️💛💚 

Shoutouts to 

@colville_troy , Shanise Ford, Suzanne Piechotta, Alexandra Jaco , Dean Miller (incredible painter artist human featured at the end of the minimo) @bluvelvetti @gbglassblowing @gkpainting @dawsonbrown.sickbassbro @saga_of_the_frog @plasticheartsurgery and all the artists and humans involved @junctionyyc 👌 please tag people I missed in the comments ❤️ my Mom and Dad and Nicole, to all my family and friends, couldn’t have done it without your help, you know who you be, you rock👌🌞👌

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Getting up at 4:30 am seems ridiculous, when it’s for art it’s alright with me. 


The setup is a lot of work, editing 180 art works is no easy task however with a bunch of hyper talented artists working in unity you get is me pretty sweet results. 
KillMidi from Lethbridge AB was one of many folk on the wheels of steel and made the room vibrate with some sweet sounds. 

Yes I put art up in the entrances of the washrooms, one of my first art shows I did was in a restroom hallway, turned out to be a great place to show work, who knew…

Art is a bridge and brings us together, end of story. 

‘The Symbols of Spring’ by Shanise Ford and Alexandra Jaco 

Hälts in nearly all white, pre show and ready for the night, a light in the night, fresh canvas, clean slate, reclaiming spirit, pure soul, authentic to the bone and so on.

The future looks bright. 


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the fire 

I held her in my arms

We spun in dance 

Lost in the rhythm of a string 

and a piano chord 

Together on the ground 

spinning

Bathed in each other’s beauty 

 Two embers in a fire

burning for an eternity. 

🎥 minimoiton 

‘spinning’ 🌍 Nuevo hälts minimotion with soundscape ‘maple syrup on pancakes’ featuring a bunch of different segments working on a very special painting, one close to my heart. 


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We only get this one. 

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The following three images demonstrate how I use my drawing and paper cut outs to get composition, I do use modern technology as well but this method is tried, true and tested. 

just the ever so slightest adjustment to the garment

At this stage I am respecting my first marks made, before I continue on with the work. This is the stage where my brain switches to 3-D as I bring the subject to life. I will trust my drawings but also let the paint show me what’s possible. 

hälts painting ‘SLO’ and his new WIP chilling in the main room

Sometimes things go bassackwards, that’s alright, I appreciate you to the utmost degree. 

hälts hybrid art which features a watercolour called Oaxacan spirit, made in the mysterious land of southern Mexico, this is what I would call a spirit document.


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art makes it a better place 

‘howl moon’ 🎥 new hälts minimotion featuring a couple current wolf paintings at various stages, a moon from the hälts watercolour collection, and joshy my little buddhy oh and a little intro mis en scene to set the mood 🌞 soundscape ‘night blue’ 

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I have been on a long and slow creative cycle. Only now am I starting to see the efforts of my work. Despite my doubt that hangs like an ominous cloud in my mind’s eye, I continue to go forward with the work, courageous, perhaps even stubborn, possibly even foolish. The other night I put together a portion of my work in one room and just sat with it. I had not done this for sometime, mostly due to the fact that I have been so immersed in my work. It just never dawned on me to step back, which Picasso thought was the last thing an artist should do before completion of the work. At this point I only have a sense that I am not quite done what I set out to do. As it stands I have few more paintings to complete, and I am just beginning to entertain the idea of a show, or shows in the not so distant future. When I look at my work up against the wall I think of all those lonely hours toiling away in the studio, just me and my paints, and brushes. Painting has been my companion for a good long while. It has been a bridge to so many wonderful experiences inside and outside of the studio. When it’s my time I will have no regrets for the time and the sacrifices I made to make this art possible. I have faced rejection, I have faced vandalism on some of my street art work in the past year, and yet the universe has responsed with more opportunities to create and continue the work. It’s a delicate balancing act between doing what I want to do without compromising my integrity, and surviving in the real world. The later one eats your dreams and aspirations, with no remorse. I don’t know what the right way is, I don’t claim to be an expert, a guru, a master, or any of those things, I am as human who happens to be a painter artist. I know that I will die one day. This gives me incentive to make the most of my time, and put my energy towards things I think make this world a brighter place. I have also the support of my fiends and family, which makes all the difference in the world. When I paint I often dedicate my sesshins to people out there in the world, and with intention send them good thoughts, good energy and perhaps tap into an ancient form of communication that out modern civilization has forgotten how to use. I used to think Art was a selfish act, however it is the sharing and making connections with people through art that shatters any notion of it being simply for myself and my own ambitions. I am a champion for human imagination, and using all of our gifts including creativity and art to make this world a better place. 

I have my apprehensions when it comes to social media, I try to use it as a tool and not get too lost in its smoke and mirrors.

the spoils 🌞 hälts hybrid art


a new watercolour WIP yet to be titled.

‘tonight’s sesh goes out to all the hard work’ 🐇 hälts studio always in flux, where the work goes down, and around, full circle, one paint stroke at a time ❤️ I am continuing to send the Aloha to Timmy



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Creative Worker 

 I am a difficult stubborn human being with a heart of gold. I bare many scars, I must of been a warrior in another life. I am a human who chose to take the path of art, with no specific goal, just to be in the present and create as much art as a I can in this short lifetime. I fall in love too easily, this has created a few masterpieces. I often paint for hours on end, and take intermittent smoke breaks in the alley way. I like to stare up at the stars at night and take in the glow of the moon. I love peanut butter on toast, and boil my eggs for 9 minutes, which seems to be the perfect amount of time. When I am not painting I drink coffee, and make things to eat. I once put a girlfriend in a painting, I have since stopped that practice. I have worked with humans with terminal illnesses. I have held a man’s hand in his dying moments. I like to paint with Otis, the next generation, he gives me advice on life and teaches me patience. In a matter of speaking I am a ghost, unknown, right in front of you, even though you would say you never saw me. They say every man needs a companion, I guess mine has been painting, steady, always there when I need her, and puts up with my moods, she seen me at my worse and best, and yet always there, omnipresent. It is a mystery as to why I ended up an artist, I guess you could say it was fate. It seems to me that there is still plenty of Mystery left in the world. I have tended to pay close attention to what’s going around me. Whether it is a look on someone’s face, a smile, a tear, a far away stare in the reflection of a train window, a bird in the tree, this is the pulse that I am interested in. I have long been an observer of things, watching the world unfold before my eyes, which by all accounts is directed by an insatiable curiosity. It’s as if I have Orson Welles directing the picture show that is my life, capturing the accidental moments, strange happenings, this is normal for me. I see things that most miss, not because they can’t see it, they are distracted by touch screens and neurotic scrolling, looking for something better than their mundane existence. This mundane is only mundaneness because we have lost the joy of our being in the moment. We are chasing dreams, or running away fromh things, depending on how you look at it. Perhaps this is why time flies, were always seeking the next bend, the next big thing, that will save us from our loneliness. Orson Welles said it best, “love and friendship is the nearest thing that we can find to create the illusion that we are not totally alone.” Well my friends I am happily alone to be me in this world that spins around and around, no beginning, no end, cycling with the cycles, writing blogs and making art in between. 

Now a foto to go with words above and a new minimotion.

‘moonbeams’ 

🎥 a hälts minimotion sepia ail feature of a full moon sesh last night, under the glow did paint flow and human turned artist in the solitude of his home. 

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These are some recent docufotos of life in and out of the studio. 

The latest creation abstract no.3 which looks to be a diptych

spirit of my silence

I started to lay out my work to see where I am at with things.

new finished abstract painting no. 2 hanging on the wall with headlamp light illumination.

the studio in flow zone.

my black shroud as I shed some layers.

ideas in head made into a quick rendering for further thought.

me and Otis painting.


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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