Mahaloness

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


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​​​Lately most of my time has been allocated to drawing, painting and baking! whilst also working in the film industry from time to time. Drawing is a daily practice, this has been the case for as long as I can remember. These are spontaneous drawings mainly as an exercise to free up creative blocks and for conceptualizing ideas. I have also been exploring the watercolour medium here and there and I guess you could say appreciating the change in process. Some of the techniques I employ in my acrylic painting do so happen to cross over nicely, such as layering and the use of drawing as a foundation. However I do find watercolour to be more of a one shot deal, or at least I use less paint and subsequently less layers of paint. What I have noticed with watercolour is the crystal like shimmer of some of the pigments and the unpredictability has made for some interesting surprises. With more experience I am developing my own painting techniques as I get accustom to the way watercolour goes down on the paper, and the look of the pigment on paper is giving me ideas. Recently I’ve been thinking about going back to my abstract roots. However as we all know plans change as life changes, so time will will tell. 

A poem from the poem zone

I wrote this the other day in bc, I was thinking about the darkness of the times, and conversations I have had with friends and family as well as reflecting on recent events. Regardless of what my position is in terms of politics, social issues and so on, it is evident that beneath the veneer people are going through some hard times. I do hope that this poem reaches out and makes a tiny little difference in your world. 
There’s only one of you

Take care of yourself

Stop punishing 

Stop blaming

Feeling sorry

Stop loathing 

Wake up

Tomorrow

And tell yourself 

I love you

Don’t waste time

It’s not too late

Be courageous 

Give a shit

Love

Forgive

And the let the sun shine in


Moments in time

‘so faded’ 🌞 nuevo hälts minimotion with soundscape ‘moonscape’ featuring a very faded sesshin on my new watercolour WIP ‘lunar’ and one of my favourite places in the world to think, the mountains 💛

from the green lodge book a drawing I did Kate a night before dreamland

the Zen of Apple pie, hand picked bc apples, dough from scratch on table

from the green lodge book, a drawing called ‘goodbye’

a little side project ‘jagheart’ hand painted found object

I had to reattach a horn, I may have stumbled on my new favourite media, DAS!

hälts watercolour WIP ‘lunar’

moon pie, I got a little more creative with the dough, next one is going to be sick!

a camera mount I worked on with the master rigger and key grip Jeff

hood mount rig camera and a light, I like this work it opens up new ideas for my own work!


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still lifes with the Green Tara

The Green Tara and all of the Tibetan/Nepalese Taras, in all colours of the rainbow and beyond, are very grounding paintings to produce. They are very skillful paintings in that the details are important to me, every brush stroke counts. What it is less important to me is to paint it fast and just make it look like a Tara, or what I call ‘good enough’ practice. When it comes to art and life the Tara painting is my sacred practice. When I paint them or ones that are meditative and spiritual in essence, I experience calmness, love and joy. The Tara is a constant reminder to me to remember that as a man and human I have a lot to be grateful for and to love the women in my life and my beloved one and to Mother Earth herself for providing. When I stray from my path and life gets a little out of balance, the Tara brings me back and this is a beautiful thing. So to all the female energy and women of Earth this painting is for you. I am currently in the process of a new White Tara painting which I will be sharing the progress as it develops.

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I have chosen three fotos of the Green Tara. This painting similar to sculpture seems to morph as the layers go on. It is a slow practice and demands concentration and patience, virtues that can easily be forgotten in the heat of the moment. I hope to continue to learn that peace and right practice will steer me through the troughs, so as I can continue to work on the work I love. My hope is to provide you fellow beings with quality and beautiful artwork, and continue to share that with you through the Mahaloness channel.

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Thank you deeply.


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Sacred Creative Space

Painting to me consists of a ritualistic practice, one where I enter the designated sacred creative space in a concentrated clear mind focus. The key to good flow is preparation. Having the right tools set out, in the right place, the music, the overall atmosphere is all important. Throughout an an average day, we get up, we eat, shovel the walk, we go to work, we text, we drink coffee or tea, we sit in meetings, we sit at red lights, we walk the pets….you catch my drift, we do a lot of multi tasking. Okay now forget all of this and relax. Take some time to feel where you are at and stick with that feeling. Make that your daily practice, if even for a minute. Practice this and bit by bit you will find that you can focus, you can make the time to be creative. This is key preparation before entering the sacred creative space. Whatever sacred is to you make it so, there is no one right way. I happen to enjoy the act of smudging before practice. I was once gifted a bald eagle feather by a young eagle once upon a time on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, which now functions as part of the smudging ritual I practice before entering the creative process. I set my intentions, and recite any mantras that encourage devotion to my practice and thankfulness for the creative space and the openness to channel creative energy in a productive and healthy way. Three easy steps: breathe, relax and clear the spaces; these are the headspace, heartspace and physical space. The smudge zaps any negative energy from entering the creative space, preserving the sacred and enabling true freedom to express without the rational mind interfering. I think you will be pleasantly surprised, it is a bit of a departure from self expression or drawing solely from the self, and in doing so opening up to the creative energy that is truly abundant in all actuality. Please feel free to expand on the outlet, it is limitless. Through the act of art one can be immersed in the moment to moment, and mark by mark, make something out of nothing, ex nihilo nihil fit.

Currently I am in collaboration with the magical Agent R, and we are in fact taking ‘nothing’ (a white canvas, though that is something..) and turning that ‘nothing’ into something. It is a combination of dreamtime, and the exploration, both cognitive and otherwise, of the ancients, which lately consists of the Egyptians and so called mythological Atlanteans. I am slowly beginning to realize just how much these early civilizations help shape who I am in this lifetime and the role that art plays in my life, not so much a hobby as much as an ancient form of expression, information sharing, and the movement towards utilizing the human brain to its fullest potential.

Inspirational moment…
Even if you make one mark a day, do it. The joy painting is experiencing time melt away and getting in rhythm with your inner creative child that can easily get lost as we grow older, it is always accessible, when you take the time to experience the magic of being you in this widely unexplored universe. Music, painting, drawing, you name the creative process. Now remember that the ‘left brain equals creativity’, is in actuality not entirely true, when you get creative, you are using the whole brain, and thats the magic. I think we are expected to get lazy as we get old, so that we will always rely on others to fill the void, this is an old recipe and thats food for thought.

Fotomahaloness- sacred space and inspirational painting exploration
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