Mahaloness

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


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Love and Mahaloness 2010-2012 revised (art that speaks)

This blog is dedicated to the last 2 years of my art explorations. 2010-2012

The following may seem to jump from one thing to the next, writing about my work is a challenge, I apologize for any confusion.

I refer to my work as a paintamentary, which is a record of life documented through the act of painting. My most recent forays in paint portray whimsical and fantastical imagery, accompanied by an imaginative narrative. I am a ritualistic painter and enjoy the the zen of being in sesshin. A sesshin consists of long periods of painting, breathing and meditation. This is how I like to paint. Quietly I build my layers, this is my process, keep building layers until the painting works on its own.

Note to the reader.
In a perfect world I would give all of my art away for free. Treating art as a commodity is difficult when it is your passion. I am currently working on ways to improve accessibility to my art, through channels like wordpress. My plans for 2013 is to sell my work online and make it accessible in a variety of new ways. I have written a lot of blogs here on Mahaloness, I am looking to set a new course, and focus on developing my art as a business, making it successful so that I can take it to the next level. For those who have been here for a while, thank you for following, for new arrivals welcome aboard. -Mahaloness

Deep questions…

Where does art and the verve for creativity come from?

What is the source of all creativity?

Just like a river has a glacier to feed it, the glacier must also be fed by the accumulation of precipitation, the cycle, so to does painting have a cycle, but what was it’s beginning? This is the mystery that I enjoy exploring, and when a discovery is made the energy that is is emitted is as powerful as any shock wave. The power of art is not quantifiable. This can make art under appreciated. If it is something you love to do, this does not mean that it is done for free. Creativity requires energy, work, time and discipline. It seems in the city where I live that art is considered a hobby, or an emotional outlet, all of which has some truth. However it is not as simple as that. The practice of making art, professionally, is elevated beyond just the emotions. It is a way of seeing the world and subsequently a way if interpreting it and than sharing that vision with the world. Remember that the process of making art is only one link in the chain of the experience and to complete the cycle one has to be willing to share, this is a true test of your artistic prowess.

Note: this is a pet peeve, this is open to interpretation.
A pet peeve of mine is when artists steal other artists ideas and/or intellectual property for their own purposes. Sometimes it is to climb the social ladder, or perhaps it is lack of motivation to do the work themselves, there are numerous possibilities. I really do not understand it. I am hoping that as we move into the next stretch of human evolution that we can learn to treat each other with respect and grow with each other, and not use each other as stepping stones for personal gain.

Note: I have come to realize is that In offering my gift selflessly, that that simple gesture has been at times taken for granted. In the process I have held in the anger because I didn’t know what else to do. This is entirely unhealthy. So make art, if art is what you want to do and be. Hold your ground, hold space, and work at maintaining practice, this is a lesson that you and I may learn many times before it sinks in.

Why lament?
There is plenty of reasons for artists to be a miserable lot. Even though there seems to be plenty to lament about, the one thing that keeps it alive for me is the magic. The magic of making art, being in tune with the environment and creating within the rhythm, there is no better feeling. The colours the techniques, the brushes, the strokes, all of it is amazing. How paint moves on a surface, the chemistry, the science, all fascinate me. It is through practice that I have developed my style and there is consistency in my work that is recognizably Mahaloness. My palette is bright, bold and full spectrum, and my medium is acrylic. This body of work, my ouevre, is modern day folklore, mixed in with science and philosophy, and some ancient newness. It is part truth, part fantasy, and visionary. The journey has seen me travel far and wide; in mind, body and spirit. Throughout my life I have experienced what I can only describe as magical events. Strange things happen to me, things that make me ask ‘is it real or mere fantasy?’ This is the impetus for my work, I am not simply mimicking life, I am pushing the comfort zones of my knowingness, and challenging my perceptions that have been shaped by my experience. I do research my subject matter, when necessary, literature and books have been a blessing in my painting experience, and even with respect to books, I have had good luck, book magic, and if you read books you know what I mean.* My work comes from a mysterious source. However you want to interpret that is up to you and your experience.

*Note: This is what I also consider being in flow. The magic is the unexpected, and by being in flow, the magic is abundant.

Geographically speaking, this body of work covers a lot of ground and ocean, from Western Canada to the Hawai’ian island of Maui. It is a record of life documented through the act of painting, though I also include digital in the definition here as I am sharing this in a digital manifestation. The body of work is a record, and to be perfectly clear, it is a record of the magic that I have encountered along the artists’s path. Along the way I have collected many stories, some through my own experience, while I have also met several amazing storytellers, and wisdom keepers, who have passed on their ideas, dreams and visions while also giving me there blessing to portray their stories visually. I like to use my gift this way.

Fotomahaloness All welcome, if you use it ask first please. Thank you very much.
What: a hälts production 2012: A Paintamentary; life documented through paint; due to the sheer quantity of images I will have to proceed in future blog space to share and perhaps write about some of the individual works and share ones yet unseen. The order seen here is not chronological.

Love and Mahaloness
Fotomahaloness – a taste of the paintamentary; what you will find on the walls…

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Paint Pilgrimage

And now a Mahaloness refresher, both in word and with some foto.

This blog is dedicated primarily to information sharing. The information I am sharing is my life’s work consisting of artistic explorations and my art pilgrimage through word and foto. By definition I am part contemporary visual artist and visionary.
Definition of visionary, pulled off the net:
vi·sion·ar·y (vzh-nr)
adj.
1. Characterized by vision or foresight.
2.
a. Having the nature of fantasies or dreams; illusory.
b. Existing in imagination only; imaginary.
3.
a. Characterized by or given to apparitions, prophecies, or revelations.
b. Given to daydreams or reverie; dreamy.
4.
a. Not practicable or realizable; utopian: visionary schemes for getting rich.
b. Tending to envision things in perfect but unrealistic form; idealistic.
n. pl. vi·sion·ar·ies
1. One who is given to impractical or speculative ideas; a dreamer.
2. One who has visions; a seer.
vision·ari·ness n.

I am a visionary in that I have visions, and I am a dreamer. I think that it is safe to say throughout my art career that I have experienced the impractical and the unrealistic. How can it be practical when I am in fact a dreamer, especially while attempting to make a living at it in the real world. I am constantly faced with adversity and uncertainty. I am at the mercy if the universe and thats just the beginning. I have been relatively lucky and enjoyed plenty of good opportunities in my art career, that spans nearly a decade. I feel good about that. In that time I have mastered my craft. I can honestly say I have found it difficult over the years to sell my heart and soul. Every painting I make is my heart and soul, as well as the product of my labour and intense concentration. Each painting exhibits pain staking attention to detail, I take pride in my craft, and technique is important to me. Through technique I was a able to develop my own style. When I began I simply attempted to mimmic some of my contemporaries and painters of old. I studied journals, read a lot of art history texts, read a lot of art rags, and watched a lot of artist interviews on Charlie Rose. I have travelled to places like New York, where I immersed myself in the arts and culture of that city. I have also travelled to the Hawaiian Islands, both for inspiration and first hand experience with Polynesian arts and culture. When I decided to be an artist I implemented a steady regime of daily practice, every day, religiously. This consisted of doodles, drawings, paintings, reading, photography and writing. I have moleskine after moleskine filled with doodles and notes, and when I go through them chronologically I see a steady progression in technique and ideas. I lean towards the geeky side of things, I am interested in spiritual matters and channeling energy. Like most geeks I love learning, while continuously experimenting, slowly over time building up my own style, and my own bag of tricks. This has been the exciting part of making art, finding my style and developing it from early chicken scratch drawings and slowly learning how to paint fluid and vibrant imagery. Painting is laborious for me, it is work, there is no way around it. I have moved around a lot of paint, and in doing so learned through doing how it works, what works and what doesn’t. If there is a secret to art it is the secret of doing and it is that simple. Currently I am preparing to hang a show of my work, which consists of paintings from the last couple years. This show will mark a milestone for me, a pinnacle and transition as I prepare to take a new direction in my life. I never dreamed this is what I would be doing when I was a kid. Painting and art came to me later in life, and and that is honest truth. I did my first solo show when I was 28, it was a both a surprise and a lot of pressure. If I knew than what I know now I am not sure if this was the best ‘career’ choice, I certainly never expected to make it big at painting, and even if I did it wouldn’t change the fact it is a lot of work and at times the monkey that just wont get off my back. There is no way that I will ever be paid enough for the hours I have banked. This is something I have struggled with and what I am discovering is that it doesn’t have to be that way. The simple fact is that creativity is one thing, making art is another. For me art is something that moves me, that makes me think and reflects the current pulse. My craft is what I have had to work at and the art is intrinsic, so it took me a while to master my craft in order to make art that has the components mentioned above.

As I look back at my work, my legacy, I remain unclear as to where exactly my drive to make art comes from. It has has been quite a magical experience, beyond the day to day grind, and at times inexplicable. I remember the days when I was an avid windsurfer. I would drop everything I was doing to go ride the wind, as soon as it was up, I was gone. Perhaps it was an obsession, an attraction to danger and extreme testing of self, and these experiences a catalyst to me becoming an artist. We all have an obsession, our obsession to search, discover, and to be spiritual crusaders even if we don’t know it. As humans we have been making art a long time, going way back to the first human.

Barnett Newman quote:

“A science of palaeontology that sets forth this proposition can be written if it builds on the postulate that the aesthetic act always precedes the social one. The totemic act of wonder in front of the tiger-ancestor came before the act of murder. It is important to keep in mind that the necessity for dream is stronger than any utilitarian need. In the language of science, the necessity for understanding the unknowable comes before the desire to discover the unknown.”

The aesthetic act is what I tap into, the momentum is already there, its getting in it, and going unabated, almost egoless. This is a difficult standard to maintain. I have literally attempted to live off my art; an ongoing experiment, that has seen me shine and has tested every ounce of my courage and right on the edge of my own sanity. I am happy to pass that torch on and take the next step at this point in my life as I get sentimental about my art pilgrimage. I was at times reckless, even brash. There were times when I could cut the tension with a knife. I did what I had to do. This is what makes art interesting, loaded with passion, authentically Mahaloness; it is a beast and if left untamed and unchecked can create all sorts of wonder, shock and awe. What I am only now discovering is that art is not necessarily who I am, it is a record of my life’s work, a trail of breadcrumbs that link me to this planet I live on, and that I love. As the full moon rises on this lucky Wednesday, I look ahead, envisioning what’s to come, my drive as strong now as it was a decade ago. Thank you to those who have supported this journey on one way or another and to Agent R you are incredible, you don’t even know. Keep up the good work out there.

Update! Shows up at the gorilla house, if you are in Calgary and want to book an appointment to view the work please contact me at Mahaloness@gmail.com
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Fotomahaloness -painted bread crumbs from the last couple years.
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Spirit of Mahaloness

Spirit channelling is my gift. From the A’ina, the land, energy flowing, spirits calling, bedazzled magic Mahaloness brings. What is to be, I do not say, for as long as heart does sing, and rainbow powers bright, that love may prosper and angels guide us and free us from desire. To the ones I love, family and friends, fellow beings, be well and may this inspire, for you like me are spiritual beings that make this life worth while. Be safe from harm and may wellness be your path, relinquish suffering and discover your true being, do let it wonder.

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CoSM Journal of Creativity

Please check out CoSM Journal of Cosmic Creativity a Journal 7 and buy one. These wonderful folks are putting their life’s work into this, it is well designed and a nice piece of thread of the visionary art world. I am a humbled and honored to be associated with CoSM, Alex and Allyson Grey, Delvin, Marisa, Ely, Syd, thank you and keep up the good work. CoSM is pushing the boundaries, and giving those who are right there with it, an opportunity to share their good work with anyone who so likes. Sharing creative insight and process is vital. It brings beautiful imagery into your life, inspiration. In this issue there is a really nice cross section of literature, for those seeking insight into visionary art, the artists, and the movement. It will take you on a wonderful journey, a cosmic visionary journey, looking inside and expanding outwards into the unknown. It is medicine for our collective time. Mahaloness
Link:
http://shop.cosm.org/
http://shop.cosm.org/cosmjournal7-cosmiccreativity.aspx
See foto for info as well and Welcome!
Also in foto the bus I painted called Furtherer, or Big Hau…and a foto of me painting, at a festival, actually a projection by Brooke Brampton, that was originally captured and given some digital magic via Shaun FreeZen, I will explain at another time, it shows something that is bigger than all three of us, it is a collective input, everything on that image was made possible by some wonderful people who came together with a vision and went for it, these moments the spirit sings, dances, and humanity is connected, through and through in every which way elsewhere and here. Mahaloness

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Ringing Cedars: Mahaloness in nature

Mahaloness frequency picked up on the Ringing cedars, which are of 2 varieties, Siberian and Lebanese. A local source informed me that these trees were used in the construction of King Solomon’s Temple. The ringing cedar collects energy and makes a ringing sound when they reach the age of 550 years of growth, calling man to utilize the energy for the benefit of Earth. They are able to catch the full spectrum with an abundance of needles day and night. If there call is missed over a course of 3 years it is said the cedar internally combust and burns for 27 years. To learn more follow the link. http://www.anastasiasgarden.com/library/
Images: Mahaloness was beaming today producing full spectrum protective deities consisting of the Harmonic Frequency Ringing Cedar painting, and the Mermaid pools, channeling Mahaloness is similar to magic in that the manifestation may actually surprise you:) Mahaloness and thank you for Anastasia’s garden website, wonderful.

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