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I had to scrub the wall…

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It was all my idea. “Let’s get out the tempera paints and paint the back of the garage! It’ll wash off– we can test it first!” I said. And it was so much fun no one bothered to test, until my trusting husband asked me, “Are you sure this is going to wash off?” So, this gorgeous family painting lasted only about 6 minutes tops before it was hosed down. And then scrubbed, with bathroom cleaner. Vigorously.

Luckily, I have tested how to make mandalas in my studio and they ARE temporary. Until they are photographed and then printed. And then they are gloriously permanent.

The Mandala Making Workshop is coming next Thursday, October 9th in my studio in Tampa. It’s already half-full. I’m not sure if I’ll be doing another one of these again this year, so if you are at all inclined to join in on the fun- NOW is the time.

Here is your registration form. Fill it out today!

If you need more information, check it out here.

Much love to you my friend, and remember, use washable paint on your house.



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I Believe

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Joyous Energy

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I Vont to KNOW!


Irina Spalko in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

As the only woman in a house of three to five males (depending on when my stepsons are visiting), I am often subjected to hours of movies I would never choose myself.  One such movie I have unfortunately had to see numerous times is Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.  All I can see in this film is the poor green screen effects, bad lighting, and cheap props- especially that crystal skull which looks like a piece of plastic stuffed with aluminum foil.  I’m sure the storyline is sublime.  But, my favorite line in the movie is by Cate Blanchett who plays the Russian Irina Spalko who “vants to know” everything the Crystal Skull has to tell her.  I like to walk around the house sometimes and tell people “I vont to know!”


I created a survey here (it’s only 21 questions) to find out a little bit more about you and how I can SERVE you ! (hint: I’m going to start offering e-courses!)

Here is the link-a-roonie!  Or, you can just fill it out in the little window below.

As a gift for completing it- I will give you a code for 40%, yes 40% off of ANYTHING in my Fine Art America shop!

And thank you, my friends.  Thank you.

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Art Daily

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The exhibit, “Sweet”, by Elisa Contemporary Art, who represents me in nyc, is on in Bridgehampton this July- Aug. 4.  Go out and see it if you are there!  Here’s the article in Art Daily.

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Baby Eli Love

The Latest and Greatest from the Studio! 

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Making Mandalas Video

Making Mandalas- Paula Brett

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Affordable Art Fair

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Kids Make Mandalas

I cried. The art teacher at Kingswood Elementary in Brandon found and read the tbt article about me to all of her students, they emulated my work, and then wrote me the nicest letter. Imitation is the highest form of flattery, for sure!!1932347_10151846176541191_2144891392_n 1898256_10151846176676191_369823444_n 1798761_10151846176621191_1111639708_n

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Fetish (no, not that kind)



noun \ˈfe-tish also ˈfē-\

: a strong and unusual need or desire for something

: a need or desire for an object, body part, or activity for sexual excitement

: an object that is believed to have magical powers

I was talking to my friend and she mentioned that many of my mandalas and ideas for future works are somehow based in fetishes.    Yes, it’s true.  I agree.   Part of the process for me as an artist involves a lot of thinking and considering the WHY behind the work.   Sometimes  it can get in the way of the actual making–  often the work has a mind of it’s own and you can only see it’s meaning after it’s complete.

In regards to fetish (which is often erroneously used in only a sexual sense), the definition sheds some light on the work for me.  A “strong and unusual need or desire for something”-  yes.  This is part of the paradox for me in using man-made objects in my work.  For me, the mandalas are about bringing a spiritual aspect to consumerism, acquisition, and the constant state of wanting–more, more, more.  I’ve been fascinated with “stuff” for years.  How we covet it, how much we want, why we want it, and how much we produce!  I have a love/hate relationship with things- many times in my life I’ve moved (I think around 25 times) and have either had to pack everything up, or sell it, or some combo.  Once I actually reduced all of my belongings to 6 boxes.  How freeing!  But then, I accumulate again! At the same time, I love design and beautiful objects and see their wonderful purposefulness in our lives.  Fetish, though, may be a bit different, I suppose.  It’s a strong and unusual need or desire for something.  How strong, I guess, is the question. I still think it relates somehow.

The other part of this definition I relate to my work  is “an object that is believed to have magical powers”.  As a little girl, I had a collection of rag dolls that were completely REAL.  I’m sure many girls did this, but I kept up this belief for a bit longer than many of my friends. I called them my “kids”.  They each had specific personalities and I took my little rag doll family very seriously.  In fact, I still have Selina and Joy up in Nolan’s closet, despite their torn limbs and tattered faces.  They still have magical powers up there, I know it!   When I took my first photography class in college, I photographed a lot of objects and my professor made the comment that I portrayed these objects as if they had life. I still give meaning to some special things around my house- I mean, everything has an energy of some sort.  Everything is connected an everything matters, to some extent.  Doesn’t it?

Why am I blogging about this stuff?  Because, why not?  It’s part of the process.  And I want to share it.

Tell me about your relationship to material objects.  Do you covet or abhor?  Or both? Does anything you own have magical powers?

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Digital Mandalas

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“BE who you already are…DO what you want and HAVE anything your heart desires.”


From Denise Duffield- Thomas,  Get Rich, Lucky Bitch 

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my mandala art process

Words I’ve been thinking about in conjunction with my mandala series and the process:


Found Object







Surprise and Spontaneity


Conform- Rebel





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The Candalas are going to Dylan’s Candy Bar!

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New York, NY, November 13, 2013- Tampa artist Paula Brett known for her candy mandalas, or as she terms them “candalas”, has teamed up with Dylan’s Candy Bar to have four of her works featured in the famous retail store.

You couldn’t find a more fitting venue for these delightful candy creations. Brett uses various candies to create beautiful patterns and designs that then get professionally photographed, printed on high quality photo paper, and framed in a 40” by 40” white wood frame.
“My candalas are inspired by the sand mandalas created by Tibetan monks—after the sandpainting is finished it’s blown away, symbolizing the impermanence of all things. Instead of sand, these are created out of sugar in candy form. My intention is to arrange everyday sweets in a pattern which becomes sacred, where the delicious turns divine, the enticing now exquisite.” says Brett.

The limited edition candalas can be purchased at Dylan’s Candy Bar for $2150. Her works will be featured in the store from December 2nd through December 31st. Dylan’s is located at 1011 Third Avenue right on the corner of 60th street. Paula will be there herself on December 2nd and 3rd, giving away 100 signed catalogs, taking pictures, discussing her candalas, and even creating some new candalas with customers.

This really is an exciting event and the magnificent candalas are worth seeing in person!

ABOUT PAULA BRETT: From candy mandalas to color-infused paintings, Paula Brett’s broad body of work incorporates various combinations of media dealing with ideas such as ritual, serendipity, and transitory spaces. She has exhibited work in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Budapest, Hungary; and Timiosoara, Romania. Paula holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Media from Columbia College Chicago.

For further information about Paula Brett’s work including dates and times for her monthly open studio showings, please visit her website at or email


Contact Information:
Paula Brett
Paula Brett Art
Phone: 917-340-4798

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