Mahaloness

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


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2 Taras

The healing associated with the act of witnessing art is an area of research I am very interested in.

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-the following is 2 white Taras I painted in succession to one another for art patrons, although I may be far from the conventional idea of a ‘Buddhist’ nor do I presume to be an overtly religious person, I do believe this imagery, inspired by my friend Romio Shrestha (Master Tibetan Thangka painter) has similar vibrational qualities as the sound of ‘Aum’ and other Buddhist meditation mantras. This is not a new idea, artists such as Mark Rothko and Bryce Marden have had similar ideas in terms of art’s capacity to heal, this is a pathway I find myself going with.
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many lifetimes

Quiza en otra vida tú y yo fuimos amantes.

I once met a man whose paintings adorn the walls of Dalai Lama’s meditation room. He paints beautiful Thangka paintings, so exquisite is the detail that one loses sense of space and time. When I asked him how he made such detailed paintings he looked me straight into my eyes and said, ‘I am 17 lifetimes old’, at which point I replied, ‘yes, I had this feeling we had met before’.

the ‘man’ is Romio Shrestha, click here to visit his website

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ink on paper
‘perhaps in another life you and I were lovers’
Mexico channel sesshin
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‘White Tara no.1’ (a painting inspired by Romio)
acrylic on canvas
c.2012

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timelapse presentation featuring the evolution of a painting, click here


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the Tara painting

Recently I began to paint my third Tibetan inspired Tara painitng. I was properly introduced to Tibetan art when I was on the the Big Island of Hawaii at an event called Alchemeyez, back in 2011. There I would meet a man by the name of Romio Shrestha. Romio had huge, beautiful Thangkas on display, and It is truly beyond words how extraordinary his work is. I remember a moment when I was looking at one of his paintings and completely forgot my self. I also recall the most wonderful peaceful feeling overtaking everything. Since than I have made it my commitment to learn more about Tibetan Art and with a little luck meet again with Romio in this lifetime with the intention to work with him. Although I try to stay true to the traditional artform, this would be considered a modern evolution in my own unique stlye. It is a both an homage and a testament to the Tibetan Tara, and to Romio’s work which continues to spread Dharma into this world.

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– below is a link to a new stop motion video I produced, enjoy.

link to original videoMahaloness featuring timelapse art vid of me working on a Tara painting to an original score I made using Garageband. on Vimeo

Thank you


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Green Tara

First a poem…

Let it go
No longer will I hold
Those thoughts of old
For they do not serve me
Don’t you see?
The suffering felt by all must cease
May you and I find liberty.
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As I continue to work on the Green Tara working meditations have been fruitful. Bruce asked today, ‘how do you know when its done?’ I just know. I look at this painting in particular and it is clear to me that my process is more in line with sculpture than painting, and in this case I am building my layers up. I use various shapes and if you think of a topographical map that is how I usually deal with dimension. All I mean by this is I look at an image with a birds eye view and think about the surface as an undulating experience, this is how I see the canvas. Sometimes I go from light to dark and back to light with my layers, I build colors by layering transparent paint, it is a layering technique I have developed over time, lots of miles. I play with various techniques as you can see, and with all the wonderful pigments and various brushes available on the open market, the sky really has no limits. I specifically roll with Golden fluids, they make very nice paint indeed. Mahalonessfoto
The Green Tara, a modern version, Mother of Liberation, Buddha of Liberation, a reminder to keep a playful mind, not to take things too seriously, working for the welfare of beings in the female form, this version current to the times, and in my opinion, poignant. I have been influenced by Tibetan and Nepalese Tangkas in the last few years, I met master Tangka painter Romio Shrestha a few years ago at a Visionary conference in Hawaii, and had a up close and personal experience with his work romio’s website. I also recommend you check out your local library and look for books on Tibetan art, as an example ‘Wisdom and Compassion: the Sacred Art of Tibet’ Authors: Marilyn M. Rhie and Robert A.F. Thurman.

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Mountainous Mahaloness

I took a trip to the mountains. The purpose of the trip, to reconnect with the land, barefoot dancing in the forest river valley, flanked by majestic British Columbian mountains, mending and realigning, and rejoicing with sacred kin. This is a place where I can reset, and enter a new beginning following a recent art exploration in Maui. What comes next? Perhaps Katmandu to work with a 17th incarnate Thnagka painter, Tibetan Romio Bahadur Shrestha. I recently asked Romio if I can work with him, he has accepted my request and now I must do a fundraiser to get myself to Katmandu. I have never been, and to be honest I have no idea what to expect, all I know is I must prepare myself for anything. I am both, super excited and a bit nervous, all good feelings, and my curiosity just keeps rising. Romio comes from a Newar family in Katmandu in Nepal. At five years of age, two Tibetan Buddhist met with Romio and explained he was the seventeenth reincarnation of the master Tibetan Thangka painter Arniko (from the website, see link below). I met Romio on the Big Island, Hawaii, at a festival/conference, he appeared to walk on air, always smiling and at the conference he had several Thangkas set up, they were big and bold, the imagery, depicting Buddhist deity, mandalas or scenes. From his website, “Romio Shrestha is a modern master of the Indo-Nepali-Tibetan Buddhist traditions of enlightenment art.” Romio founded a school in Nepal, to insure the Thangka tradition would carry on, serving as a powerful teaching tool for the Dharma and Buddhist tradition. He is thought to be somewhat controversial because he has been openly sharing paintings that were rarely seen by those foreign to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. It seems that today, more than ever, it is important to share these images so to pass on the teachings to anyone who wants to learn. The concept of original Artistic intent is difficult to apply to Tibetan thangkas. I pulled this definition of Thangkas from http://www.buddhanet.net/thangkas.htm, “Thangkas are composite objects produced by painters and tailors with differing intents, skills and training. Iconographic specifications, regional and doctrinal differences in style, changes in form from harsh treatment and altered mountings all complicate the issue.” If you want to learn more about Romio go to http://romioshrestha.com/ where you can see his work, it is truly amazing. I have also attached a rendering I made of the White Tara, though I did also add green, which is important to note as the white and green have different meanings. White signifies compassion, peacefulness, while a particular green shade indicates effective activity. I used both because I see white indicative of sitting meditation and contemplation, while green as enacting the lessons learned from sitting meditation, and bringing them into every aspect of your life, in action. So without further adieu, always follow your dreams, put it out there, I simply sent Romio an email, I said I’d like to work with him, he responded immediately and the ball is now in motion.

Mahalonessmountainexpedition and the modern white Tara painting made by me.

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How’s my blogging?

I may not drive a car but I do blog, so with this in mind please remind yourself I am a visual artist, writing and blogging are new to me, relatively new that is, I am no Hemmingway, or HST, but I am dedicated, and in some ways a man possessed, which has its own inherent challenges…what I am trying to convey is that this blog is superfluous, although there are some gems in there, unfortunately for me writing doesn’t always flow like paint does. I also would like to note that I wholeheartedly do not want to explain my paintings, this has nothing to do with you, the reader, it is something I am working on, day to day. To confuse you even more, l am able to explain the work, it does come from somewhere, but if I told you, you probably wouldn’t believe me unless that is if I was doing a live talk and you and I were there, which is clearly not the case because you are there and I am here. This is okay, I will continue to post, for those onboard, thank you, for those new to the scene, welcome, and please forgive me for my ineptitude with words, I think I might be dyslexic, and that’s oaky. I am the author of Mahaloness, and I am okay with that. Being that this is a fairly linked community, and that interconnectedness is the real deal, I Mahaloness will do my best to post the most Mahaloness I can, meaning I will promote positive vibrations and inspire to be inspired and continue on this path, maintaining the good work, and giving thanks to all those who help me be here, and to extend that back accordingly and in gratitude. We live in an interesting times, so much going on, and for what it’s worth, I am happy to be here, part of it, and hopefully by doing what I consider the good work, which is sharing my art and experience, that it benefits your time as well as mine. To all the good folks doing the good work, whether it is Alex or Allyson Grey, Autumn Skye, Aude Ray, Adham Shaikh, Blue Lunar Monkey, Beatfarmer, Jake, Jim, Mike, Molly, Nicole, Anna, Francisco Goya, Willy Nelson, Oprah, Ram Das, Laura, Tara, Michelle, Romio Shrestha, the Dalia Lama, MCA, Shane, Halla Halla, Hana Kyle, Tyler HVW8, Austin at eyecollector.com, Caroline Weaver, Riley Tease, Carl White, it goes on and on and on, keep up the good work, it is essential you do, vital, and is beautiful in every which way. It is easy to get caught up in the unpleasantness that life can bring, it is human, it is also beautiful to be human, here and now and with all of you, Mahaloness.
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Breath of Life, 12 x 24 Acrylic on Canvas (available as original or print)
Hope 24 x 24 Acrylic and mixed media on panel -private collection
The early years, an abstract, my first abstract made when I was around 20
An evolution in style

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