Mahaloness

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


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Room 237 

When I am painting I am recollecting the moments that made my heart shine and my soul sing. 

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‘237’ with soundscape ‘thinking of you’ featuring some gathered footage from a year of road trips and adventure, and finding the the voice so as to channel through the paint. The painting slomo is my WIP ‘SLO’ which is a working title and the animation is called ‘hug ad infinitum

Lately I have also been making a go at baking, taking the time to learn new things and growing as a human being. I picked the apples from a neighbours tree in BC, collected spring water, and used only the best ingredients I could find, it worked out and now I can add a new hat to my wrack, as I predict there will be more of this to come as winter sets in. Pie and painting, a very good combination indeed. 


When the road bends why go straight?  -Gypsy proverb

and lastly a hybrid art piece combing two paints, my WIP ‘SLO’ and a ‘pirate’s oasis’ 
Flashback

This is a bus I painted back in 2011, it is the largest solo project to date and one that I questioned heavily for years whether it was worth the blood, sweat and tears. It did change my life in many ways, and has been the catalyst for many paintings and commissioned projects. I think I will find some time this winter to sit and write about my story now that I feel I am able to do so. 



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traveling artist (part 2)

Q: What is the purpose of your trip?

A: To spend time observing the ocean, stand with a few of the remaining old growth forests, and with a little bit of luck decompress. 

As I wonder along an elusive path hidden by tall grasses I trust my instincts and find my way to an opening. In front of me a sandy beach flanked by sculpted sand dunes, and a lonely sea gull gliding effortlessly with the cold Pacific breeze. This morning is calm, puffy white clouds drift by, and tide is low heading towards high. The saltiness of the air is refreshing to the senses, as the land and the sea remind me just how magnificent this planet is. 

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‘gone to sea’ a new hälts minimotion with soundscape ‘taking time’ featuring footage captured by me while in Nahalem, Oregon, while on road trip up the coastline towards Canada, which is North, eh. 


I could spend a century wondering these beaches with relative stationary sand dunes, staring out to sea, and bringing it back in to observe the tiny elements that make up this fascinating ecosystem. The one thing I have always noticed about the Oregon coast is the cooler temperatures especially when there is a sea breeze, thankfully there are many natural and human aided structures to take some shelter and a poncho can go a long ways.

jelly fish washed up onda beach, how far did it travel to get here?

the tent in all its glory

‘painted rock’ found at a tire place we went to due to some strange sounds coming from the wheel, I took this as a good sign

‘tides change’ a water colour digital hybrid that I painted while exploring Nahalem, beach styles


And now for a new feature on Mahaloness, a look back at my work from the hälts art archives….

 Over the years I have been very fortunate to work on commission work. This is a very rewarding part of my art because one it pays the bills, and also I have a chance to work so many great people who we artists call ‘patrons’. Without patrons artist would not thrive, both now and historically speaking. It is through these commission paintings that I have been able to hone in on my skills and push my comfort zones with respect to the subject matter. For the most part I have gotten most of my work through word of mouth, and some commissions through social media. This did not happen overnight, even though there were times I wish it did. Usually my commission work starts with a meeting, where I sit down with my clients and we discuss what it is they want and I try to offer my expertise and knowledge based on my experience. I do tend to work intuitively so learning how to communicate this to clients has taken some time, in terms of earning there trust, while also in keeping  with their vision. Through the process I tend to share updates and occasionally will have studio visits, which are really quite fun and satisfying, especially when the client is stoked with what they see, this makes the work less stressful and the patron feels like they are part of the process. What I would like to do in future posts is write about some of these commissions specifically as they do have stories that go above and beyond the paintings themselves. Lastly, I will be starting a new chapter with Mahaloness and interviewing people from various walks of life, especially areas that I am particularly interested in as an artist, so more on that in future posts, for now enjoy the commissions and may Mahaloness be with you. 

Here are a few commissions from the hälts archives. 

‘Crystal Buddha’ (acrylic on wood) c.2016

My very first independent mural project for Hillhurst Hardware mural c.2010 Calgary Ab

‘eye of compassion’ c.2013 acrylic on canvas

My first ever commission painting ‘Daivd Niven’ (the original pink panther) made back in 2005! Acrylic on Canvas


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slacker 

I have been slacking a bit on these posts on Mahaloness, although I would say it is more a matter of delegating time, which is fleeting so I do what I can and that will have to do. Lately Spring arrived and said ‘hälts, go south’ so I began dreaming up some ideas and am working to make that a reality. While these people that run the world do their thing, hälts is going to get to work which consists of keeping the paint flowing, tapping the imagination, and ensuring the spirit is alive! For now here is a cross section of hälts art from the last little while. 

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Artist tip: Surround yourself with people who get you

hälts watercolour WIPs ”Phoenix rising’ ‘therianthropica’ ‘pineapple express’ leaning against ‘the healer’ brah

hälts travel foto form southern Mexico brah, searching for empty lineups and nice glides with the foamies, soon to reunite

hälts studio in full effect brah

hälts recycled cardboard WIP, in hälts studio there are no walls 🌊 foto: endless beaches, empty waves, makes an artist/surfer happy brah (southern Mexico)


hälts hybrid concept art for abandoned building in southern Mexico, dreaming up ideas is perhaps the most important step in hälts process

hälts drawing, a staple like an Avacado in the morning, just a good idea to put stuff on paper brah

hälts mural ‘creator’ made with pure Aloha and Mahaloness this is my true passion, making art for the people, my fellow human beings brah


and lastly hälts dabbles in the film industry as a grip, it is through diversity that one acquires skills that go right back into the art, the cycle continues



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Dreaming away old

Hello this is hälts, welcome to my page, Mahaloness, it is a great honour to be here and this year is the year to dream away those old lies and let the golden light shine bright within and travel light years all around. Interesting note Mahaloness has been going nearly 5 years, with peaks and valleys, one day 1000 people, and for days and weeks not a soul. The most important thing for me to remember in all of it is to be just keep doing, keep making, and offer what I can in this short and rather unpredictable life. Over the years I have had my share of ‘mistakes’, which turned out to be life experience, and from this life experience wouldn’t you know it my art has flourished. I have been one to experiment with different things, creative explorations DEEP into the abyss of unknowing. In this place I am myself, free to express and not taking that for granted. The depths to which I go is dependent on where I am at, I am human after all and life infliences art, as much as art is a subjective experience, both on the artist and viewer side of things, we are all viewers, I just want to document the world as I see it, this may not fit into a preconceived notions of how things ‘are’, they are for me honest representations of my spirit, body, and mind. So thank you from my heart for being here, for sharing and in this world, the Internet, we are all a strangers getting to know each other, which is pretty cool. I am stoked for the year to come my friends, there is a fire in this here belly. 

Side note: If you would like a sick hälts mural on your wall, in your nice villa, they take 2 weeks, are in the range of 2500-5000 or I am willing to negotiate, interested parties please contact me, don’t be shy. Mahaloness 

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the Mahaloness zone, hälts work station and space station, creative exploration all da time.

mew hälts WIPS watercolor to acrylic painting, keeping in good company always.

it’s healthy to reflect back and see things for that they are, perhaps not what you thought they were, it’s a good time to say goodbye to the old lies and reconnect some good ol grace and dignity, a magic bus hälts painted in 2011, a happy little accident, hälts is an accomplished mural artist and can transform most anything you see here on Mahaloness into a stunning mural, for you beautiful villa⚡️


a foto of hälts as a kid with his old friend and a watercolor WIP in a collaboration with a photographer based on Tibet @pazu on Instagram, check him out cool stuff going on there.

⚡️hälts is opening up a Mahaloness art shop on Etsy, soon prints like this beauty hybrid art will be available for sale, details coming soon⚡️

‘Red eye’ a new hälts minimotion with soundscape ‘mix it together’ featuring a squirrel with glowing red eyes, the healer (I’ve got a garden in my head’ remix) animation, recent art sesshins, hälts working on a new Tiki design, channeling Lono and a red river.

🍍Pineapple Express watercolour series, in different stages of production, some of these will be available on my new shop on Etsy, shop will be opening very soon…

tapping ancient⚡️⚡️⚡️hälts hybrid art, you could say hälts is well connected to his ancestors


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sky shark 

It’s been a active month and a bit for hälts, similar to the ocean with endless corduroy lines, there is a plethora of waves to ride. Ideas have been coming to hälts, sharks swimming in the sky, all seeing eyes watching whales gliding through the cosmos, in an effort to bring some awareness to our ocean friends who we share space with on this blue and green planet called Earth. There is a grea documentary called Sonic Sea, it details a few human related impacts on marine wildlife and offers solutions to this growing problem, and considering we get one planet to live on, it is our responsibility to take care of it as best we can. Mahaloness 

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In his search for meaning hälts has come to realize it is his mission to be a voice for the planet and all its beings, the following images are a reflection of this. 

the whales are calling, do you hear them? 🐋 hälts ‘creator’ mural detail🐬

live art pop up studio at Calgary New Age Books and Crystals💚❤️💚(located 104 10 St NW) where hälts has some gorgeous prints on sale starting at $20

late night sesshin at hälts home studio, WIP painting is in effect, very Aloha

sky shark paper cutout on foto, working on bringing ideas to life

hälts Salon show, years of making marks, tapping the source, and a good indication of the joy of painting

‘Sky shark’ an idea takes shape in an effort to raise awareness of r ocean friends.

flashback to Maui Ho’okipa mural made in total darkness on a new moon circa 2012


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‘The journey is long from over, the foolishness of it all has come at cost no doubt, nothing that can trump the feeling of the the wild horse running free. Unbridled, unabashed, fire in the belly, running from nothing, and going nowhere in particular.’   -exerpt from hälts writings 

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7 fotos featuring new works by hälts and some studio shots, reclaiming the sacredness of what it is to be human living in this planet that does not belong to us, we are visitors on this plane, take care of it, give it care, try, do it. 

Earth’s calling 🌍 hälts hybrid art made to honour all those earth stewards out there.

‘the whales are calling’ 🐋 hälts hybrid art featuring Right Whale mother and calf, the most endangered of the larger whales in the ocean and asking humans to turn down the volume underwater (check out sonicsea.org to learn more)

‘hälts art sanctuary’ 🌿 three of his babies, the creator mural, the healer, and his newest painting underway, little painting no.2

‘the dancer’ hälts hybrid art watercolour to digital art✨

‘hälts art studio’ featuring the dancer watercolour WIP

‘trilogy’ 🕯art made with Earth in mind, the creator mural, the healer (on easel) and a new WIP with the working title ‘little painting no.2’

‘many eyes’ hälts hybrid art 🕯 drawing fotographed through a crystal lens


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hälts live 

In recent art sojourns hälts has been immersed in a state of fulfillment as paint flows from his brush and spending time in the public eye, doing his art live, sharing the inspiration, meeting strangers, and keeping the Mahaloness vibe alive. It is clear as day that the journey must continue, perhaps now more than ever before. 

Location Calgary New Age Click here for location, hälts will be at it again Thursday and Friday this week Spet. 22-23 from noon to 6ish, come on by for a visit, prints and greeting cards for sale, and interesting conversation a guarantee. 

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A Ukrainian egg, a family treasure no doubt that hälts has been observing, tapping the heritage and staying connected to his family ancestral light.

the room at Calgary New Age, hälts be painting his newest peice, under the gentle gaze of his mural called ‘creator’, what a wonderful way to paint.

stages, phases, the layers building as shape tirns to form…

close up detail, painting remains untitled, not for long…