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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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Digital Mandalas

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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 www.paulabrettart.com or email paulabrett@gmail.com.


Contact Information:
Paula Brett
Paula Brett Art
Phone: 917-340-4798
Email: paulabrett@gmail.com
URL: http://www.paulabrettart.com

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Behind the Candalas

Just as I wrote the title of this post it reminded me that I still really want to see Behind The Candelabra, the HBO movie with Michael Douglas playing Liberace.  As Liberace says, “Too much of a good thing is wonderful.”

Back to the Candalas.  Many people have told me that when they saw these they thought I was just playing around.  And I was.  I mean, that’s how it started.

I was working on a piece for a client that involved painting on boxes of candy  with no need for the contents.   When I removed all of the candy and saw all of that wonderfully colorful sugary stuff in the container, I didn’t want to eat it.  I wanted to make some art with it!  And immediately I turned back to my old friend the Mandala.

According to Wikipedia, Mandalas are: Mandala (Sanskrit: मण्डल Maṇḍala, ‘circle’) is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the Universe.[1]  (There is much more to know, but for the sake of brevity, that’s a start.)

Years ago I had heard about Mandalas- the kind that are made in sand by Tibetan Buddhist Monks that take days to create and then are blown away to the show the impermanence of life.  Ever since then I have been fascinated with Mandalas and the concept of  impermanence and have used them in my process or my work. Sand_mandala_tibet_1

So, it seemed only natural to use the candy to create a mandala!  The candy is like the sand and I arrange it onto a piece of paper.  My photographer friend comes over to shoot them and then poof, they are gone!  Only the photograph remains.

I really see these as sacred as well as silly and fun.  The candy- it’s on one hand so innocuous and child-like and yummy, and on the other hand it’s just junk food full of artificial colors and wax and who knows what.  I like that dichotomy. The mandala is like a prayer, a meditation, a divine design, a portal to the wisdom of the universe.  The two coming together create a third thing- something totally different, making the profane sacred, the delicious divine, the enticing now exquisite.

Let me know what you think of these mandalas.  I’d love to know! Oh yes, and they are all available for purchase in my SHOP!

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Candy Mandalas

Candy+Mandala= Candala

Mandala is as Sanskrit word:  manda= essence, la=within; it is a circle that contains the essence.

The mandala symbolizes the laws of the universe and, since man is a microcosm of the universe, many cultures believe that the mandala also symbolizes the human soul.

My intention with these Candalas is to arrange everyday sweets in a pattern which becomes sacred, where delicious turns divine, the enticing now exquisite.


Limited Edition prints available in the following sizes:  40×40″, 30×30″ and 20×20″.  For pricing and more information, please email paula@paulambrett.com.


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Color Mashups

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Cloud Sky Painting

Today I took photos of my painting process.  I am trying to resolve some older paintings that had no idea where they were going.  A horizon line always helps me to focus.  So, here are some Van Gogh-esque clouds over a colorful body of water.  I’ve started to literally draw right on the canvas with oil pastels after many, many layers of acrylic.  The final varnish seals the oils, and I really like the effect.  The pastels bring a softness, some more depth, and allow the texture of the underlayers to come through.  Enjoying the process, folks.  Because that’s all there is to do!

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I really don’t know how long I can stare at fabrics.  I guess it’s a long time since I’ve been doing A LOT of it lately.   I’ve gone through almost all of the online shop suggestions on this post (amazing!), to several of my local shops including Boca Bargoons and Calico Corners and finally to the shop in my mind- pretty good, I might add.  So………… I think I have finally chosen a fabric for my latest DIY project, the upholstered headboard.

And….here….. it….. is…….(cymbal crash)…..


"'I'm just fab, Rick, thanks."

So, there it is.  I think this is the one.  I’m still thinking it’s a little more trendy than I wanted, but what the hell.  It’s works with all the other elements, and passes the bagua test.

Kind of can’t believe that I’m blogging about this, but that’s the latest art for now.  I guess I should embrace it.  Feeling a little guilty for not being in the studio, but that’s an old story.  Whew!  Personal revelations whilst blogging!  Guilt be gone.  Designing is a guilty pleasure.  Oh yeah, baby.

Oh yes, work WAS done- had an interview today to teach a workshop and  hopefully a course at the Life Enrichment Center here in Tampa!   And that will be very fun.  I  do miss teaching and am looking forward to putting together an exciting curriculum!

Ok, more to come….

wait- here is a pic of the headboard in current state of progress!~

who is that STUD?, he asks.

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Posting, posting…123

Most of the commitments that I make to do something daily end up with me breaking them.  Why is that?  Could it be that I make unrealistic expectations of myself, or that I feel compelled to rebel, or worse yet…some sort of self-sabotage.   Well, whatever it is…I don’t plan to analyze it long.  I’d rather just accept it and keep going for the point of the exercise and not focus on the trips.

With all of that said-  I didn’t go to the studio this weekend, but did have a pinhole photo shoot with this dying bouquet-

Reflected Mum

Reflected Mum, digital pinhole photo

And today- had a lot going on this morning and only got to the studio around 4-  and played with some more monoprinting- not thinking this is my favorite process.  Maybe could like these after some ink and drawing was applied- but not even really liking that idea.  I think I enjoy the direct process more.

Monoprint experiments

Monoprint experiments

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Pink Sky

This is an interesting challenge I have given myself.  I can tell this is already going to have a breakthrough effect on my work.  Here’s a Pink Sky piece that may or may not be done… we shall see.

Pink Sky

Pink Sky, acrylic on canvas, 24"x24", 2011.

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WATER AND COLOR, acrylic on canvas, 24"x24", 2011.

For the next 28 days, I am committing to make a piece of art every day.  Here is the first one.

Happy Groundhog Day!  Happy Lunar New Year!  Happy Chinese New Year!  Happy New Moon!

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Mass Manifesting Mobile

At the Figment Festival on Governor’s Island in NYC, Joanne Morton, Florence  Corrigan Wang and I facilitated a Mass Manifesting Mobile- an interactive installation where people wrote their fondest dreams they wished to manifest into reality.

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The Shelias

Humbolt Park Thrill Party, Chicago, The Shelias, movement piece, choreographed by Ania Greiner, 2003

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Birds of Passage, site-specific performance collaborative with Jennifer Monson’s BirdBrain Dance with Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago 2004. Part of a performance class taught by Joan Dickinson in the Interdisciplinary Arts Department at Columbia College Chicago.

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Pepto Bismol Commercial

I was cast to be the “casting director” for this Pepto  Bismol commercial shot in Budapest.   My job was to teach all of the ‘contestants’ to say “Nausea, Heartburn, Indigestion, Upset Stomach, Diarrhea” and cheer them on as they auditioned. Most of the people did not speak a lick of English.  This project took all day and was hilarious as well as somewhat heartbreaking since these people had no idea that they were the brunt of the joke.

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I Don’t Want to Work at the Bikini Bar

I Don't Want to Work at the Bikini Bar (I'd Rather Eat Twizzlers)

I Don't Want to Work at the Bikini Bar (I'd Rather Eat Twizzlers), plaster, paint, candy. 2002.

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