Mahaloness

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


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I think therefore I paint

Over the course of my artistic practice I have been thinking about what it means to be a painter. Some artists believe they were born to paint. Others were born into paint. While some artists are just enigmas, and we may never really know why they made the art they did. So why paint? What should I paint? Who am I painting for? Am I any good? These are good questions to ask yourself, however in the act of doing these tend to become irrelevant. In the act of being a painter my intuition takes over, which is higher state of self that I have come to know and trust in my work. This is a good thing as there is a lot of uncertainty involved in the process which the doubting mind loves to feed on. It is key to see things through, this has been my life motto, even when all seems lost, and nothing is going right, I keep working through it, and this has been a real area of discovery for me.

My curiosity with painting is perhaps the mystery of painting in itself. I can’t help myself but be drawn to the mystery and, I have made it my life’s purpose to explore it. I have focused on learning ways to make pictures that are genuine hälts; with all the weirdness, the magic, the sorrow, the joy; the nuances of being human whilst living in these silly world. I am by no means well known, however I make art that is both beautiful, celebrated and adorned by some very beautiful humans out there who through chance I have had the great pleasure to meet in this lifetime.

Side note and after thoughts on painting….

I once met a man who believed our lives are predetermined, such that we have no say in our destiny. I am more inclined to believe we do have the capacity to steer our own ship, however there is a flow and rhythm to life, so determining how you want to ride through it is a good starting point. My ship happens to be art, and my main sail is painting. Art has some pretty deep roots to tap into and even after all these years of practice I have yet to fully understand it. Art remains to me a truthful experience documenting life’s mystery and just as winters reveal bits of the truths about ourselves, mark by mark, painting by painting I am revealing my experience. This may not be your experience however surely there is some common ground, that which defies the rational, and hits on some deeper spiritual level. In my practice I am expressing my truth, my inner light, and channeling what gos through my mind. This perhaps is not too disimliar to what my ancient ancestors were doing when they painted on a cave wall. When I work I am very aware of my feelings, my mood, my thoughts and my spirit. This in part is what I am communicating along with the mystery, the unknown and the irrational.

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hälts working on a mural called ‘Creator’, a public art installation piece for peace of mind.

 

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a window into the hälts painting oeuvre


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Aloha A’ina Sesshins

In 2012 I travelled to Maui to do some soul searching and connect with the land and sea. I spent much of the time sitting and drawing, channelling the energy of the island and letting my pen translate the feeling I that flowed though my being. Each place I visited grounded me by letting the environment introduce me to the A’ina, which is a Hawaiian word for ‘Earth, land’. Aloha A’ina means love for the land, love of the land. I have always felt that I am a child of the land and have exepreinced this feeling in many places around this precious Earth. The land, sea and air offer lessons to us that can be benefitial to our well being and bring persepctive to the challanges we face in this lifetime. When we shift our thoughts and let Nature mind in we open doors to healing, both for oursleves and the land we are part of.

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Japanese accordion style moleskine doodle, Maui Sesshins c.2012 (aka A’ina Sesshins)

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Aloha A’ina

  • ‘love of the land’


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Open space

The elements that I find myself in shape my perceptions. The open prairie is one of those places where thoughts are not obstructed by skyscrapers filled with steel. It is here where the prairie wind migrates west creating beautiful vistas and something I cherish, open space.

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The last image is the White Tara painting, it is a modern version, I do custom tara paintings specific to the client, for more info please leave a comment. If you like this painting please go to my Saatchi online site where you can order high quality prints, they do it all, including shipping it right to your door.
Saatchi link to my online gallery


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Thought gazillion to the 89th power

No matter how hard you work ‘it’ never seems to want to give. This is where things like music and perhaps the occasional coffee can help out, but than again these are only part of the recipe for what the body, mind and spirit really require to do the good work. Rest is good, so when you see a rest area, go there. Work is good too, especially when what I am really writing about is the work that goes on in the studio, whether that is my own, as I show you in my photos, or any studio out there right now that some amazingly tapped in artist is madly creating as I write this blog. The life of making art can I think be confused with the life of an artist, both of which are real though not necessarily always one and the same. The role of artist is one that can be discussed until the cows come home, let alone what makes art, art. So where does that leave the fact that I am in fact an artist, working on art, and pretty much all the time? Who knows. The fact of the matter is I am not a machine and staying current can really be a sidetrack to staying true. I think maybe what I am getting at here is that to be an artist is many things, to be a human, and a healthy one does seem to be more beneficial to the art than does the classic role of starving, suffering, and angst ridden (though I think being on the edge can be a good thing, and some cynicism can be beneficial, as well as a good sense of humor and understanding tragedy). Call it an epiphany, or perhaps some insight gained from some back and forth between a certain Agent I might know, the role of artist is a complex set of variables and is becoming much more difficult to pin point as time moves forward. The spirit however remains the same, omnipresence, a string that runs throughout the tapestry of life, where magic is abundant, and dreamtime does offer guidance to the waking life and both work together when making art in Mahaloness.
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Looking

When she looks up into a starry night, she dreams of somewhere else. Maybe when she looks up at space, she is in actuality looking deep into her own subconscious, the part that we know so little about, the infinite darkness studded with shimmering stars, planets, galaxies and wurly nebulas.
FotoMahaloness features ‘Cosmic Girl’, a painting I made with a female subject who lives in her own world, the cosmos of her imagination, perhaps a dreamer, perhaps a freedom seeker, who happens to live in a so called real word, the one we all seem to know so well…

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