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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.

These are available in limited edition prints of 40×40″, 30×30″, and 20×20″.

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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Camera Dance

On Saturday May 12, 2007 at 12:00 GMT Wayne Brett and Paula Brett (in London and Budapest, respectively) pointed their cameras towards one another and performed a “Camera Dance”.

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Sea Change Photo Montages

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Cake Mix

Excerpt from “Cake Mix”, 2003

In this experimental video, the camera is placed inside an American diner-style revolving cake display. As the foreground focuses on the texture and colors of the cakes, the background rotates from scenes inside the diner to outside the windows. Keeping with the idea of spinning, the audio track plays a cyclical sequence of three personal accounts of “serendipitous occurrences” told by three different people.

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Talking to Myself

Excerpt from “Talking to Myself”, 2006

In this video, artists of various disciplines are brought into a room with a video camera and asked the question, “What do you need to tell yourself the most?” In this confession-like scenario, the artist reveals aspects of their personalities for the camera with candor, humor, and humanity.

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