Mahaloness

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


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art beeziness

I am pleased to announce my brand new web based store, the Nuvango ‘hälts’ online gallery and store is officially open for beeziness. ‘Hälts’ is the monicker I have used on my art for many years, and embodies the Mahaloness mandate of positivity and gratitude. It features a wide variety of my art from paintings to photography placed on various products including: ipad/iphone cases, pillow cases, greeting cards, high quality prints and more. It is an affordable option for my multi dimensional full spectrum art that is guaranteed to bring positive, vibrant energy to wherever you may be or are going. So have a visit today and tell all of your friends! All proceeds to Mahaloness will ensure future sharing of my creative explorations. This art is made with love for the people and all living beings.

Hälts online art gallery and store

find me on FB as Hälts Art

and soon Ello…

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bee stencil art on a recent mural project

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road

sometimes you have to go down that road

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moments of creative bliss while on the road…

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one night moments before going down that road…
20140530-001954.jpg…the after result of going down that road. Location is a large feild, next to the ocean. The building so I am told is an old WW 2 lookout hut which is painted regularly by locals and international artists. It was pitch black that night, new moon, couldn’t see a thing. I do remember very were strange sounds all around me, thankfully the spirit of creativity was looking out for me. Mahaloness.

20140530-002327.jpgI put this one up on an ohana, sometimes I do repeat myself in my art when the message is worth it. Somewhere just off Akoni St. Paia. Mahaloness to Jim.

20140530-003552.jpgthe playful side of my art although I would consider this mural a protective mural keeping away unwanted spirits and negative energy. It is meant to be painted over and hidden in the wall, which it was, art like life is impermanent.

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all murals were completed in a day or in the case of the black wall mural, 2 hours at night, blind folded. These are what I would consider fast murals, working with minimal paint, stencils, and free hand technique.

this instalment of Mahaloness is dedicated to those who walk the path.


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Indie murals

This is a collection of my independent projects completed with the last 3 years, from design to a finished mural.
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Art by : Shane Haltman aka halts aka Mahaloness

11:11 Boutique Calgary AB. This is street visible art.

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The Big Hau
Art by: Shane Haltman
A painted story that covers a bus, here you see the wolf’s howl produce the universe that covers the top of the bus

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Both sides of Big Hau

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Hillhurst Hardware mural

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Far away in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on an island called Maui
Hookipa night mission, painted in pitch black, no lights, with the help of Jim

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The test runs on an ohana unit Jim built, located in Paia, Maui
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This first version of the mural, it is a hidden built into the wall protective deity, meaning it was subsequently painted over by white paint.

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And my latest project, a mural for a community association.
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All of these images are copyright Shane Haltman, hälts, Mahaloness


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It’s in the details…(a mural special issue)

My first ever mural job was on a 7 story wall. I was hired by a crew from Toronto to help work on a mural for Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza. The first moment I stepped onto the swing-stage (the platform we worked on together for 8 hours plus a day, for about 21 days maybe a couple more), simply put, I was instantly stoked on murals. The rest is history. I would not be making murals today without working with that most amazing team of artists, led by Jamie Osborne, end of story. background link to more of my work called LRG scale

Steps to consider…

From the beginning, the substrate of any mural is key, you want the paint to stick and the colours to work, the blueprint is key, the artwork is your map, trust your drawings, colour matching to the artwork is crucial. Each component important no steps missed, well….no….well on occasion and when in flow I have found that new discoveries through taking some chances is possible, and when it works out, the high likelihood of something extraordinary. This a constant throughout my art pilgrimage. This is as long as you are able to trust your instincts and act on them in flow. If you hesitate, and act indecisive you will lose rhythm. It should be noted that this has been my experience. There is no one book, video, movie, person, etc. that told me that this was how to make murals, it has been in part learning from master muralists, practice and more practice. This is an important note.

Indie vs. Commercial

There are many differences between doing commercial work with a team, and doing the indie projects solo. In the case of the indie work I create the entire project, from design or ‘drawing’ ‘doodle’ ‘composition’ ‘artwork’ to a finished clear coated bright, vibrant, colourful mural. I do have a bit more flexibility when it comes to producing art independently for a client. This is something I do have to be mindful of and it does take some discipline, or rule making in order to complete a job within an agreeable timeframe. If I want to put more into a mural than is in the design than I must be prepared to do more work, thats the way it is. This being said, like nearly everything, there is a basic recipe I follow, and in the time I have spent making murals I have managed to create a fairly decent system, that is my way, making what I think in the end is a quality piece of art for a client. Any mural I make is for the client, the vision I depict is permanent and I take pride in delivering a quality mural that people of the community can enjoy for years to come. I have found that when I make indie murals for communities I am in essence documenting a vision I see of that community, and when painted on site that means I am steeped in it, with it, which is reflected in the art and the final product.

Put the public back into the mural…

Each job is different, and there are a gazillion decisions to be made, that is until you begin to whittle them down to a point where you and the public see a finished product. And I do consider input from bystanders, and all those folks who I talk to while working on these projects, they often bring with them useful suggestions, feedback, food, encouragement and even equipment. On the last project I was on 2 separate individuals brought me lights, so I could work late, and one of them gave me the light outright as his contribution to the arts! This may not happen all the time, but in my experience this does happen and usually right when you really need it. The last day I was putting on the clear coat, which I could not stop because it is time sensitive, a nice lady brought a sandwich. Another lady who takes care of the community garden brought me a huge bag of fresh picked vegetables, the list goes on. I also recently had a young fellow bring me a skateboard, which I appreciated, it helps me move my heavy compressor, and in this line of work efficiency is key.

Clients

I have worked for many clients, all with their own uniqueness and set of principles, their is an art to meeting both the client’s needs while making a mural. Some are curious about the process, some will offer suggestions, you name it, it will happen. The client also helps to keep things in perspective, especially on the longer jobs. They are key to the process and a good healthy communication goes a long ways.

I am being hired to use my talents in a way I want to, check, I am in.

That looks easy….

It does not always come easy, there are times when my brain is stretched, yet it always seems to come back, and each job seems to get a bit smoother and less surprises, which is nice on the one hand, although never say never. I do feel at this stage of my career that I have developed a decent working system. There is always room for innovation, I work with technology while utilizing age old techniques that are proven to work and when mastered things like the Sistine Chapel happen.I embrace this kind of thinking because I know that job is in the making, and when it comes my plan is to be ready. I want to make incredible mind blowing heart touching awe inspired art, history has plenty examples, and if my work makes its way into the big story, that would be happily, and gratefully accepted. All the work aside, and once the job is done and the paint settles, and the protective clear coat is on, it is than time to take a step back and enjoy the labour of love. Picasso is said to have said…. that one should never take a step back and look until the job is done, I can’t really say if that is true, I did take some steps back even though I am always in the mode of ‘get it done’ and than and only than am I able to enjoy the fruits of my labour.

I want to dedicate this mural to Rebecca, she was instrumental in getting this one done, thank you with all my heart.

fotoMahaloness -the mural below was a three week project. It was for a community association, I came up with the original artwork design concept, and stuck to the original composition as close as possible, and because this was an independent project and the client gave me fairly free range on the colour, this made my life easier albeit more work, and the result is a beautifully vibrant and colourful mural that the community of Willow Ridge can enjoy for years to come.
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Soccer ball zoom

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The colours at sunset also colour this artist’s palette… well there is I admit a strong Hawai’ian influence, and/or South Pacific for that matter, in my work, it just flows out of me, or is it through me….20130729-200110.jpg
At sunset and at just the right angle the mural reflects the sunset…

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I just wanted to get some key points down for you guys, I do plan on a few more entries on murals, including a time-lapse that I will be working in the very near future , for now this is a nice overview, thank you everyone who helped out on this one: Willow Ridge, Heather, Jay, Dave, Gord and Sam, The Roasterie, Calvin, Ralph, Stan, Aaron, everyone who stopped by, the nice lady who brought me a sandwich and a plum, Michelle, Jim, Nicole, Jamie, Christianno Ivy, Justin, Agent R….and everyone else thank you.

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The cosmic skate and a Lifetime Mahaloness Achievement Award goes to Aaron…20130730-201348.jpg

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LRG scale

I took the leap a long time ago.

fotoMahaloness -right on the edge, the moment before the leap into the world of large scale painting (the first image is looking down off the swing stage quite often used for painting large murals on high rise walls.

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a magical bus I painted a couple years ago, a labour of love. I do not receive a lot of recognition or acknowledgement for this project, it was a massive life lesson which took a while to accept, we have all been there.20130723-220216.jpg

in this image taken from the ‘net, everyone and their cat has their name on it except for the artist who painted the bus, me, this has been a pet peeve of mine, when artists do not receive acknowledgement and recognition for their work, unfortunately it happens far too often. The saving grace is that it is the style of the work that itself is my signature.20130723-220317.jpg

Maui project (2 murals one permanent in Paia and the other impermanent painted on a concrete shack in the middle of a field next to Ho’okipa, a very special place, the black mural was literally painted in pitch black at night on a new moon, it lasted 2 days before it was painted over by the Kony 2012 fake it until you make it campaign20130723-220423.jpg

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a kids room I did once with a large galaxy, i had one day to complete it, I wish the designer had let me have a kittle more free reign on this one, still it worked out pretty well.20130723-220723.jpg

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my latest project, a section of a sea can I painted which took me 3 weeks to complete, full on, blood, sweat and tears, when you work large scale the workload also increases.20130723-223352.jpg


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Dream bus (revised)

Remember that not always getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

-Dalai Lama

First and foremost thank you.

I was asked to paint a school bus, I agreed and the rest is history. The art on the bus is derived from moleskine doodles, made mostly in Maui, Aloha spirit, with exception of the Chief figure,  who represents a man from the Siksika nation (near Cluny AB, where my grandfather lived). The Chief is in likeness to a man my grandfather hunted with, and lived next to, both of which I never had the fortune to meet. My grandfather’s name was Julian Nobert. He was known to the local people as ‘the Great White Chief’ which I see as a huge honor and is why that ended up on the bus. The entire bus is airbrushed, using various tricks and techniques, all made from scratch in the green building in the image section, which was in the middle of no where, without heat, except for a van, which had a space heater in it, and which I used for sleeping and cooking. I had to walk for water 2 three times a day, a fairly good distance, carrying full, warm water back to my setup station for cleaning and keeping paint warm, a lot of work in itself. Mix colours, fill guns, run compressor, paint, empty gun, clean, reload, paint….you get the idea, every colour in the rainbow, 7 to be exact. As the job progressed my whole minimal housing setup, a camping van that house billions of bacteria, even before I got it. As the job progressed I was overtaken by very healthy mice, even though there was a shop cat in the building. The painting bay was too narrow for me to see the sides of the bus which made the job extremely difficult and nearly impossible, except a balcony section where I could view the top, which I made into a universe. So how’d I do it? Well I drew everything on to the bus first. Some of it I projected, and the rest was hand drawn once I was happy with the scale, I find that once you get the scale the rest comes pretty quickly. The bus took me three months to paint, not every day, but anywhere from 3 to 10 day stretches, 8 to 36 hour shifts, and a very good diet, thanks to some deliveries made by the client. The conditions were not favorable at all. Air brushing in cold climate is not easy and certainly not the best way to apply paint. I used Golden fluids, they don’t come cheap, however cheaper and more efficient than spray cans, also Golden fluids layer better and I could control the paint consistency and add medium that suited painting a shiny tactless surface. I was always told to trust your drawings, and that actually saved a lot of time, considering the scale of the bus, which is around 1100 sq. ft of area to paint. I also primed the whole thing first after the client had gone over it with sanders and worked on some of the problem areas. I actually did use some aerosol, not as efficient and Golden’s products, they are simply the best, in my opinion. The wolf on the back is my spirit animal, I had a dream of the wolf and proceeded to paint 18 hours strait to finish it. Every detail on that bus was thoughtful and shaped. As a painter I am a mark maker and I made the best marks I could, which is not to say they are the best in the world, that simply means I made my marks count. Talent only takes you so far, at the end of the day this thing was work, and in the end it was a labour of love, my mind, body and spirit were beat. It was no doubt a real dream project, all of the ingredients to be something awesome and truly public art and effecting like a giant billboard is, except unlike advertisement some medicine for the mind, body and soul. It is interesting to me that I am the artist that some like to dislike, and perhaps that is due to my passion and intensity, and I stand for artists getting the value they deserve. I put every ounce of my heart, mind and soul into this project because thats how I roll. The work speaks keeping in mind there is no comparison between a digital foto and seeing the real thing. It is quite difficult to capture all the details in a single frame; to see it in real life one can literally dive into the layers.

An earlier entry on the bus project….

A list to consider….made at the completion of working on the bus, things to consider, always make a wish list. Please share if you like, pass it on.

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Eat and live by these basic guidelines while painting a magic bus. Here is a list to get things going (some tangents apply).
Quote: “You can paint anything” or “Fear not I shall captain this ship”. (both anonymous)
List for Big Hau, and possibly any epic painting project:

-avocados (a must)
-grapefruits
-glacier fed springwater
-chips (kettled cooked crinkle salt and pepper) which are really bad for you, but good in moderation.
-superfoods (powder smoothie, goji berries (thanks Jane!), dark chocolate, and these kinds of things
-eggs
-yogurt
-berries (blackberries, blueberries, raspberries)
-KitKat (put in freezer)
-coffee (from the Roasterie, Danish Breakfast)
-aeropress coffee maker, if you don’t know, know now
-electric kettle (coffee, and heated water to clean airbrush) I had no heat inside, so I had to heat the water constantly, which meant going through more water than normal. Each time I had to change out water I went with two 2-gallon water containers… 200 steps to and from the water source, up to 4 times a day- this is a great workout, and mental practice. The water source was far away, never a good thing for a painter. It was located in a separate part of the warehouse, often dark with no lights on, which I eventually adapted to and could do it practically with my eyes closed… on occasion I did. On one occasion I was in headphone mode, and someone had strategically placed a 4 gallon bucket of something heavy in my previously clear path. My shin crashed into it- a zen moment for sure.
-wine gums! (for your guests)
-bananas
-pasta
-vitamins
-fine wine
-really good tequila (sipper) for when you complete the day and you made some serious progress, for the good pain.
-a seriously good attitude about mice
-compartmentalizing skills
-a van, if possible. his is key for sleeping, and if possible, place talismans in and the around the vehicle…
-(books for reference material)
-mate (salad in a cup I am told) is always good, and a detox tea. You work with chemicals when you paint so keep this in mind. Always flush and do what feels right for the body… okay well, most of the time.
-drawings. “Trust your drawings”- Jamie Osborne
-projector, which helps for the large scale stuff. Go ahead and work without one if you want, but a bus has many multi-dimensions. Good luck.
-Kit Box! Paint, brushes, paint, brushes, mediums, various tools for throwing, mixing. You name it, every artist is different. Go with what you know, and learn what you don’t… leave that part up to other people, and you may be missing some big awesome surprises. Be willing to sacrifice, but remember that paint is expensive- use it smartly and always clean your tools. Put excess paint back into vessels… it is worth it on any scale project. I have only really learned this recently, so get your paint in bulk, which means pre-plan. Know your dimensions and how much paint it will take to cover a large object. No need to rush that part, it will only cost you in the long run. Save yourself and/or your clients money- it is a good idea.
-music, and lots of it. I like the podcasts… there are many, and the music that is going on around the world is amazing. Also sing while working alone, or whistle- it keeps things good.
-I chose to work really long days and sessions, because days became less relevant as the time progresses. You quickly learn to make your energy count, really! Unfortunately some parts of the list have been exempt, and when the time the right time comes to present them, I will.
Okay now, paint a bus! Wait… next entry.

Mahalonessfoto -magic bus

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What was once an unloved store front

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This was a community revitalization mural project I completed a couple years ago in my hometown, the owners let me have creative free range, I interviewed the family business (since 1945) and ended up meeting their pet companions/shop dogs, Molly and Comet, and casting them as the lead roles. The shop is called Hillhurst Hardware, it is in an area known as Kensington/Sunnyside, it is considered to be an urban village within my city, with unique shops, coffee shops, restaurants, tea houses and so on. Hillhurst Hardware do not offer pet hair cuts….

If you like what you see here have a look at my ‘I do murals’ link
I do murals

I am always looking for new projects.

FotoMahaloness -courtesy Jamie Osborne, Global Colors, the first mural I ever worked on was this one for Cirque du Soleil, taught me everything I would need to know about murals. Mahalo Jamie:)

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