Mahaloness

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


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hälts gone Oregon 

Recently adventure called. It goes by many names such as a trip, a journey, or a pilgrimage. Following a long stretch of art making  I was ready for a recharge. It is not so easy for me to just walk away from responsibilities and obligations, they are omnipresent and I have a way of overriding these primal impulses. We are creatures of habit, and it’s easy to get sucked into the vortex forgetting there are many vortexes, similar to a river with eddies one has the potential to paddle and navigate, getting to new places and getting aquatinted with new geography. It has been my experience that acting on the adventure impulse can lead to great discoveries, whether that be of self, or of magical places that exist on this beautiful planet. 

And now a little exerpt from the book of travels… 

So before I could be swayed by doubt I packed my bags, and bought a cheap flight to Portland, thanks to Gord and air miles. My plan was to meet up with my friend, whom I will refer to as Moon. Moon was in the midst of a road trip in the States, she is the one who planted the seed to come meet her. The day before my departure I was tested, this comes as no surprise because everything leading up to the trip was just working out too damn well. It turned out, thanks to my friend Gord over a fine cup of coffee, that my passport was expired. I was leaving in less than 48 hours. I went ballistic, at least for a moment, my mind began turning over like a plane propeller, I needed a miracle, it was that simple. Gord by now had pulled up in his cobalt cerulean blue VW van and we proceeded to head for a place where I could get passport photos taken. Of course when I arrived at the store there was no one at the desk, I stood there for what seemed like forever, panic began to sink its claws, I tried to keep it at bay. An elderly lady joined me in the line, I turned and said to her, ” doesn’t seem to be anyone here to help us”, and I quickly explained my situation, she said, “good luck”,  and I took this as a good sign. Perhaps sensing the delusion of grandeur, a store clerk came over, I gave him the low down, he quickly told me it would be at least 48 hours for me to get my passport. I said, “lets just see what happens”and he happily snapped my passport photo, perhaps the best one to date, he really nailed it, considering my last shocker of a passport photo. After a short wait of staring at prices of stuff on the shelves as a distraction, the clerk arrived with a grin and my passport photos.  It also happened to be the beginning of Stampede in my hometown, the largest outdoor show on earth, so they say. I thought to myself, bummer. So Gord and I jumped in the van and took some back roads, and wouldn’t you know it we found a parking spot right in front of the government office. With surprising grace I jumped out and ran like a gazelle into the waiting room, much to the dismay of the security guard. Turns out a parade day is the best day to take care of business at a government building, there was no lines and I found myself face to face with a government clerk who was quite helpful and the fear loosened it’s grip. Turns out paying a little bit more money can get you out to of a pickle, and with a swipe of my debit card I would receive my passport in less than 24 hours, just in the nick of time. Next day I packed my bags, went back to the office and picked up my passport and headed to the airport. I was a man exhausted, thank goodness for adrenaline and the anticipation of a the adventure ahead. ‘Go time’ as  Gord would say, first stop Portland for a couple days of city exploration, namely Powell’s Books, which I definitely did not have enoug money for, it is insane there, so many great books in one place, I nearly lost my mind, and my the contents of my wallet. Goddam there’s only one thing to do, power read and buy what you can, and than get the hell out of there! And I mean out of the city, so we did, next stop Nahalem. 

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to be above the clouds is a privileged experience, as in a rare opportunity that I take great pleasure in.


And now a new hälts minimotion ‘Portland’ with soundscape ‘Portland is a type of concrete’ featuring flight footage and some street footage from the city of coffee, doughnuts, Powell’s Books, and bridges


​Following a successful mission to Powell’s Books, it was time to hit the road. There really is no other place I would rather be than next to the ocean. The smell, the sand, the sounds, the marine air, it all just adds up to a massive soul hug, instantaneous internal happiness erupts and everything else just drifts out to sea. 

Nahalem, Oregon coast, cold wind and sea and things that bite but you can’t see, beautiful as far as the eye can sea

Nature’s sculptural skills have always blown my mind

one with the other

where sea meets sand

I nearly lost my mind in this land of beautiful spectacular

sand, wind, sea, watercolour, fancy free

this studio has no walls

paint vibrations

still frame from beach timelapse, speechless


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flower power 

Somedays you just need to stop and smell the flowers, and this is exactly what hälts did. 

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Here are some fotos from hälts moms secret magic garden, it takes a lot of work, care and attention to maintain a garden, this has been a great lesson for hälts and inspires him to put that kind of carr and attention into his art practice.

the elders home in BC, a hidden bit of paradise

hälts stone path completed last summer look as if it’s been there forever

nothing like a good magic garden watercolur sesshin, seen here is hälts WIP ‘painted turtle’s dream’

life is full of everything imaginable and unimaginable, taking the time to sit and let the human spirit express is a key to a healthy life


hälts ink from his white lodge book juxtaposed with his moms summer roses


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seasons change

In this part of the world the seasons change. As winter loosens its grip, the snow melts and the landscape turns from white to brown. You can almost hear the trees getting excited as they awake from their dormancy, and birds also seem to be quite  psyched. 

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all fotos from recent sojourns to BC where hälts spends a lot of quality time enriching his senses and being one with the planet and all its wonder, there will future posts coming in an effort to share some of the journey with you all. 

hälts in reflection

hälts hybrid art combing nature with his new watercolor series ‘therianthropica’

Also a shoutout to all the moms all over, excellent job you rule💚🌞🌿

hälts watercolor WIP, part of his ‘therianthropica’ series


Lately hälts has been on the road, collecting content and working on a few new themes and subjects for Mahaloness, he is excited to get back to writing and share the good word, the art and the stoke. 🔥


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illusion part one

‘the illusion of fame’ 🐪 hälts late night minimotion with soundscape ‘something missing’ this is a little bit of a contemplative piece which features lady Pacifica, hand drawn hälts original animation (Shamans journey), candle light, quick clip from Esprrsso Kino, a room, a man, and the sky🐛 ​
In this part of the world we live in excess, everyday taking for granted this precious planet we have the privilege to live on, when I see images of whales with stomachs full of garbage, plastic mainly, shark nets and their inherit indiscriminate ability to kill harmless beautiful creatures like all in the name of protecting human life, well I do not abide. Nuclear sites that every day are leaking radiation into the soil, the water, the air, it makes my blood boil. The thing is we are so distracted by the news and our minds that we lose sight of the fact every single one of us is contributing in one way or another, so I guess that begs the question, how do you want to contribute? I have lived a fairly good life, I have had my peaks, my valleys, and have spent time in the shadows in an attempt to understand my self in an effort to find how I can contribute with the time I have left in this life. I want to understand how I can act in this society, without perpetuating the hate, the anger, and the frustration, breaching the veil, or simply just believing the illusion that life is good, let’s face it, life is many things, the good, the bad, the beautiful, and the ugly. Yes there is magic, there is also honest folks out there trying to make the most of it, despite the reports that we are doomed, and that humanity has lost sight of its own humanity. I can fully admit that I have had my own stuggles and botched attempts, I have been blacklisted, I have denied, I have been rejected many times. The only thing that keeps me going is that little bit of optimism, that I have the power within to make a difference in this world, despite either thinking or being told that is not possible. Life is not black and white, there is an array, full spectrum portals of opportunity, and discovery. The human imagination, our dreams, our wishes, our feelings, our goals, are all valid, the more we expose these, talk about them, the closer we get to understanding each other, by turinign our backs, and forgetting, we only let things acrue and gain strength, which in the long run will make our lives more difficult, so from my standpoint being an outlier on that curve is critical, and necessary, as difficult as it may be. 
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and a few projects I have on the go right now, mostly watercolor…and a couple finished works from the past, interesting to look back occasionally and see where you came from, not too much, just a little bit. 

hälts has made it his business to explore where art comes from, here at a sacred spot to the Blackfoot Nation is a clue left by an unknown artist

new watercolour WIP and the artist mindset when in process, diving deep into the ocean of creativity brah

‘the Shalu kid’ an Instagram collabo with @pazu and his portrait of a young boy at the Shalu monastery in Tibet, hälts would also call this ‘a child’s imagination is their greatest gift’

a complete watercolour titled ‘canonball’ and also a still frame for future animation brah


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on many roads 

‘the healer’ hälts roadtrip ink doodle for a very special friend and healer, thank thank you and Mahaloness be with you🌞🐇✨

and now a quick word from our sponsor, Mahaloness…introducing a new shoe the Mahaloness Rage On! Online store⚡️

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mystic fox shoe by hälts, click here or you can email hälts at mahaloness@gmail.com to order prints, info, to say hello, or for art commission inquiries🐚🐇⚡️🗝🌞 always Aloha 

Been on the road a lot lately, camping, forest foraging, hiking, climbing apple trees, bear tracking, observing Eagles while being observed right back, and absorbing the summer vibes. The road has been good to hälts, opening the mind to new possibilities and if there’s one thing this artist has come to realize is spending time in the mountains, in Nature, does wonders for the body, mind, and spirit. It is also this artists intention to get back to some writing, sharing art, sharing minimotions, story telling and life experience with you here on Mahaloness, so please stay tuned. 
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As summer meets fall it is a good time to harvest

‘fox and the flower’ watercolor to digi hybrid art, original artwork is a hälts watercolor commission nearing completion called ‘morining haiku’

‘magpie’ hälts hybrid art

‘white lightening’ hälts still video clip for future minimotion

‘intersect’ hälts roadtrip foto

‘rock face and trees’ hälts raodtrip foto, some BC magic

‘edge of the world’ hälts roadtrip foto BC magic

‘ride on water’ hälts roadtrip foto Galena Bay ferry

‘mystical mountain’ hälts in BC , time in the mountians does wonders for the constitution.


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restless spirit 

It has been a bit since I sat down a wrote some words so here goes….
I have been thinking about you

Not a moment goes by when I don’t miss you

Walking along a busy road

Cars passing 

Anonymous 

human contact is what I long

Your contact

Sleepless nights
Restless spirit

Searching for peace and resolution

Practicing loving kindness

catching thoughts before they produce actions

that cannot be reversed 

What happen to the spark

Where did it go

Did I really lose sight

Of what makes life worth living

The happiness 

The hope

Digging

 I am looking for courage

Anything to let these thoughts go

As past pulls me back  

I walk forward 

I must find a way to go on.  
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hälts Maui Mana painting, aerosol on appropriated develpoment rendering

The following images are a progression compilation of a hälts watercolour commission currently in the works. The themes are mythology, forest taking over city, cosmos and little prince to name a few. I will be posting a minimotion picture show soon to that will feature the different stages, changes, animations and timelapse of course. Might take me a bit hopefully not too long my friends, thank you for your patience. 

 

   


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