Mahaloness

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


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SLO winter 

So ​I was away for a brief time, apologies for the the disappearance. It happens when you’re a painter, which tends to be a very solitary discipline that requires long periods of time concentrating on one thing, or in my case about 5 or 6 things. So it’s not big surprise that Mahaloness has been a little neglected. I also encountered the disappearance of my domain, which is somewhat foreshadowing of what’s to come for this here blog. I am currently the process of developing a new website, which will act as a store, a gallery, and blog. An all in one, a dynamic website that will be replacing Mahaloness. I will say Mahaloness has served my artistic journey well, however I am ready to for the next chapter. Before that happens I will be posting here when I can and providing updates with respect to the new online shop and site for those interested. I do want to thank all who have cruised my blog, and hopefully you have gotten some things from my posts and my art. 

Now time for the Winer Blues…

It is has been a long cold winter here in the Northern hemisphere, with very little reprieve, endless, non stop, won’t stop. This has been a mixed blessing, on one hand it has been a very productive time in the studio, and on the other hand cold and miserable weather is taxing on the constitution and makes for some less than cheery moments to say the least. Thankfully painting and art process is a reliable antidote to the dreaded cabin fever, and somewhat reasonable response to the winter blues. So praise the paint gods for that! Although to be honest I am over it, and I think a lot of people would agree with m here. 

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Me chilling with my painting WIP SLO 


For most of the winter, I have been working on my series ‘SLO’. I am a slow painter, not to say I haven’t made fast paintings, I just prefer to take my time, and letting the paintings dictate the pace, slow and steady, sans deadlines. These are not commission paintings and I have been working on some of them for months, and even years.  I find a lot of art tends to go with trends, this is fine if that’s what you want to do, I just don’t think they have lasting power…. trends they come and they go. I am more interested in making paintings that take their time revealing themselves to you. They are not statements, they are not a protest, and they are far from pop art. They are contrary to life’s pace, I have found no alternatives that would adequately suffice to speed the process up sans the use of performance enhancing substances, which is not an option, nor would I ever recommend it, and I do speak from experience. I think these days everyone wants to enhance their brain, and energy levels, and they will go to any lengths to make that happen. In fact studies are starting to show that this may not be that effective, more than likely the long term effects are not good. In fact substance abuse has been a part of arts history and how many great artists have we lost because of it, too many to mention. 

A painting has its own rhythm. 

Detail from ‘Pink Dragon’ also part of the SLO series (acrylic on recycled cardboard)


 The translation from idea to painting takes time and has its own rhythm. Once I am in paint mode I tend to work with my intuition, thanks to a lot of hard work developing my painting skills. Some days are easier than others, when physical, mental and spirit are balanced, the work flow is effortless. Other days it seems that Gravity is heavier, paint brushes are heavier, things spill and spirits get worked. This does not stop my process and I have disciplined myself to work through it, however there have been times when it’s not so good on the constitution. In my weaker moments artist rage can erupt. When this happens I do not try to stop it. Instead I try to redirect this energy back into process and in most cases it can be effective. Occasionally it just doesn’t work and I will bounce onto something else, or even better go for a walk. 

Life experience has shown me how negative energy can be a detriment to quality of life and process. This is somewhat paradoxal to the idea that artists require suffering to make great art. I think suffering is a given in life, there is always some form of suffering from the little stuff to the big stuff. This goes for everyone and that’s all I will say about that for the moment. However artists such as myself have our days, and things can get a little overwhelming when it is just one person getting things done. Lately I have been getting some help with my marketing and business side of things, something of which I have either ignored or never delegated the proper time for. This has been a weakness, and a good friend of mine worked on me for months, to get me to sit down and talk about my strategy. It was a struggle. I have come to realize that it’s as important as is the process of making art itself, and this what led me to rethink Mahaloness and how I do things. 

 Lastly, always listen to your gut! The gut don’t lie. 

and now a minimotion special feature 

‘deep see’ 🎥 new hälts minimotion with soundscape ‘gone painting’ featuring a few recent sesshins on my WIP ‘SLO’ and a window into my artistic practice. 

Below is one of my little notebooks ‘notes from the underground’ which refer to the fact my studio is in a basement, this is where I put down ideas and work out chess moves, with regards to my WIP paintings. Generally speaking this signifies that I am in the last phases of production, and by writing things down I clear my head in order to reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed, which works most times….


SLO WIP in hybrid art format, mixed media

Sometimes I go horizontal with SLO

Below is SLO with an image superimposed behind which is me working on my first indie mural ‘Hillhurst Hardware’ although years apart I think every mark I make informs my work to come, it adds to the layers, and nothing will ever replace content like that of life experience. 

I still use the palette knife that was originally my grand fathers, it has a great feel and keeps me connected to my past.


The eagle, the scarab, the horse, animals and bugs are a part of my art experience. 


Once and a while I like to do something diferrent.

There is something special that happens when I body paint someone, especially if it someone I know, I see them in such a new and unique light, I think that’s pretty cool, I look forward to continuing this aspect of my art.


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hälts went Raw  

    Wow!! That was a busy few weeks, a bee hive of activity and long nights of making marks and finishing work! All this in preparation for ENVISION, put on by Raw Artists, which was held last week in Calgary. It was a successful night of celebrating the arts with a wide array of disciplines showcasing their stuff. There was so much energy in the room! I got right into it with some live painting and brought a nice selection of my art including my cherished painting ‘the Healer’, which did garner a lot of attention. There is no better feeling than to see people connect with my art. It makes all the hard work worth it, and trust me there is a lot of details in my art and it is best to see in person, in order to get the full experience. I think it’s important to point out that my intention is to make art that continually surprises you, and the details are meant to be revealed to the viewer over time. You will not get the same effect viewing my art on a computer screen. 

    At ENVISION, I also displayed a series of paintings on recycled cardboard, which were fun pieces for me to make, they are more in my street style, using techniques I would typically use for my murals. The cardboard series features artists who inspired me early on in my career such as Jackson Pollock and Frida Kahlo. I do have plans to continue the series and will branch out to writers, thinkers, and so on, all in due time. I also brought an assortment of  Ltd. Ed. wood prints, Fine Art Prints, and art cards, which feature a range of my paintings and hybrid art. Over the next month I will be sharing some of those with you and fill you in on how to get your hands on these rare treasures. I do very small batches and this keeps them extra special. I will be releasing a series of Ltd Ed. Prints of some of my newer work and will announce that in upcoming posts as well. 

Preview of my art cards perfect for sending a letter to the beloveds


Finally, my art brings vitality and spirit into any room. My paintings and prints alike are enjoyed and appreciated by many folks out there, which is why I put so much love and attention into each one. For now enjoy some images of work, some shots from ENVISION and beginning with a recent minimotion. 
miniMotion 

‘This video encapsulates everything right about now (made to bring cheer back into the dialogue) ‘ 🎩 new minimotion I pulled out of my hat with soundscape ‘said’ featuring my airbrush skeleton sport helmet made for Canadian winter Olympic athlete Mirela Rahneva, which I was recently interviewed by the Canada Press for, also…driving down a road near my other home in BC, east koots brah, and a couple paint sesshins working on my ‘Keith’ recycled cardboard WIP, and a skate animation I made of the dude, and lastly my cards, mini trading cards and cards for writing letters to the beloveds, I will share in future posts how you can get your very own set of Ltd. Ed. cards 💛❤️💚

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My studio was a bit of a chaotic scene prior to the showcase as I prepared my recycled cadboard painting series, goodtimes! 

‘Atomic Unicorn’ acrylic and clear gesso on recycled cardboard c.2018 (The original and prints are available for sale, please contact me via email for any art inquiries)

‘the Healer’ this is an original hälts painting, acrylic on wood, it expression of spirit and my love for both painting and the natural world.

‘Pollocked’ acrylic on recycled cardboard c.2018 (prints are available please see my homepage for contact information and I am happy to facilitate any order inquiries)


 🖌     I have come a long way since the day I decided to make art my life. I have gone about it in my own way and have been able to develop my own voice amongst a world of influence, pressure, conditioning, a rather difficult and unregulated art market, the low probability of making it as a career, the outside influences and factors that an artist has little to no control of, and so on…. all these things have to be put to the back of the mind if one wants to make art that is meaningful and enduring, so to this I say, stand up tall!’ and the good news is, I am here to stay and make art until I am unable, hopefully that never happens. (foto by Agent R, and illustrated by hälts, taken while live a painting at ENVISION, which was a great celebration of the Canadian art held in Calgary a couple days ago) 

booth Mahaloness aka hälts

live art sesshin on recycled cardboard, doing what I can to use less new materials and add new life to something otherwise treated like a throw away item, my sister jumped in at the opportunity and made some marks of her own, I have made it a practice to pass my paint brush to people and let them go to town.

‘expressing spirit’ 🖌 I think my art is my spirit, the expression of spirit, and those who I connect with through my art are kindred spirit, and this is a really cool thing about art. (foto: by Agent R of the Mahaloness setup for Raw Artists ENVISION in Calgary last week, hälts drawing superimposed in the background from my Maui mana drawing book) 

hälts (foto by Agent R)


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Spirit of the Universe 

The spirit of the universe responds to action -wrote this in my notebook sorry I don’t have a source nonetheless truer words have never been written. 

It has been full on lately in the studio working on various recycled cardboard WIPs and keeping the dream alive. I live in a place where art is one of those things treated as a luxury item so making art that is meant to elate and spark thought, feeling and promite healing seems like an endless uphill climb! This is why it is important to keep focus on the work and to not let these doubts and thoughts threaten the mission. I decided many years ago to develop my art and with the intention of doing it for the rest of my life, and this has not changed to this day. Sure I have had my fair share of setbacks and sometimes the valleys have been deep. I have managed to always find the jewel of wisdom in each and every one of my experiences, even if it takes longer than I would like, this has been vital in keeping my art positive, and sticking to my intentions of bringing wellness, good vibes and peace into this world. 

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‘pollocked’ 😎 new hälts minimotion with soundscape ‘wonder has been a stranger’ featuring a sesshin working on my pollack paint on cardboard WIP, this will act as the background to the finished painting, enjoy 


I invite you to a fun night filled with a diverse range of talented Calgary based artists from art, music, hair/make-up, film, and more, all happening Thurs. Jan. 18th at the Marquee Room, it is a licensed event, 7pm-1 am, any questions please fire them my way and I will be happy to help💛❤️💚 I will be live painting and I will have a nice assortment of artworks, hope to see you there! It’s a great date night!
Thank you to the folks who have purchased tickets for ‘ENVISION’! There are still tickets available and can be purchased on my raw artists homepage. please purchase tickets through this link only Mahaloness Homepage, please click here to purchase tickets💛❤️💚


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And now a selection of images form this week and beyond, there’s been no shortage of things to do, that is A-OK with this artist. Enjoy

‘Frida’ hälts hybrid art

recycled cardboard WIPs are coming along nicely! Yew!

a messy studio is a good studio

I make all my own stencils from drawing to cutting out the stencils by hand, this gives them my uniqueness and style that would otherwise be lost if I just copied a photograph, that is why I get paid the big bucks! (reference here to Dace Chappelle, who apparently doesn’t like bloggers lol)


💛❤️💚 and lastly an exciting development is this helmet which I painted for Canadian Olympic skeleton athlete hopeful Mirela Rahneva, my helmet art will be featured in publications across Canada and on CBC, I am very honoured and stoked to be a part of this wonderful story, more on that as things develop! 


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SLO skull 

Let’s talk about peace. Well it seems there can be no peace without there also being noise, navigating through this conundrum with paint brush on hand has done wonders for my soul. I am by no means a conventional artist, and money and fame has never been the driving force, it’s nice when it comes but it is not reliable and certainly does not create the work. I go to a special place when I paint, there is layers of life to get through before I can find that flow and rhythm, once there it is a dream, smooth, calm, quiet, silence yet loud as spirit roars.  

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‘SLO skull’ 🎥 new minimotion with soundscape, ‘mind’s wasteland’ featuring a studio sesshin today on my skull painting WIP along with some intermittent cuts to timelapse of an incredible cloud formation and colour show late one afternoon courtesy mother earth

drawing has always been a passion of mine, especially in coffee shops amidst a fresh tasty hot cup of coffee

‘dalibasquiat’ a stencil piece I put on my shed in my backyard, he keeps an eye on things

my ‘SLO skull’ WIP in the studio with a background image of a still frame from my minimotion

Flashback 


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under a pale blue light 

💧  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. 

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‘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 

my WIP ‘forest wolf’ which you see in the above minimotion just after a sesshin, currently working on details while eyeballing some fresh clean canvases that have been sitting patiently waiting for me to get going on some new work.


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. 


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minimotions in 3

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 

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‘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🌲

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And a couple paintings to keep things Mahaloness

‘pueo dreamtime’ watercolour

‘forest wolf’ WIP in the studio with an image superimposed I’m the background of a magical little forest off the coast of BC that still channels through my brush to this day)



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Spirit

The spirit of the universe honours action. 

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It’s been full on in the studio, lots to do as I prepare for a busy 2018 including a trip to the south of France for a month of art exploration, yew! 

Me working on my WIP ‘SLO with a commission painting in the background called ‘pirates dream’

Coffee goes a long ways. (The Roasterie roaster set up) 💛☕️
My latest abstract WIP called ‘hearts will’ hälts skeleton helmet art for Canadian skeleton athlete Mirela Rahneva, which I will say was an absolute honour to work with, and I am rooting for Mimi all the way! 💛✊🌞 foto by Viesturs Lacis @rekords thank you brah for a great shot! Also the helmet will be featured on CBC soon, I will post that when it happens💛✊🌞🙌 link to or original post https://instagram.com/p/Bb0JACsFZRn/
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​​’airplane’ ✈️ new hälts minimotion with soundscape ‘spirit of the experimental’ featuring a split screen with a plane SLO mo captured the other day at work 📽 and various clips of my paintings using various Apps and hybrid altered states, and ending with a timelapse of yours truly working on my recycled cardboard WIP, the 1st in my ‘SLO’ story ☕️
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​’out of the blue’ 🖌✌ 📽 new hälts minimotion with soundscape ‘what I need is the ocean and some waves’ featuring recent timelapse footage of my friend the sky, a little bit of animated timelapse using studio work sesshins, my painting ‘pearl divers dream’ based in ‘girl with pearl earring’ by Jan Vermeer, the ocean, with a little bit of in camera abstract fun.


Keep on my friends, keep on, don’t let the world get you down, for there is more work to be done.