My new RedBubble Store

Translucent White Tulip Petals Red Bubble

Introducing my new RedBubble print on demand store. Just created it on March 15. I'm working on a longer blog that talks about RedBubble and Art of Where, and some current directions for my creative joy.

Meanwhile, here is a link that will take you to my RedBubble store landing page. I already have 20 designs, and am adding more all the time. Had some sales, too. Totally done for love and joy, but happy that people want to buy!

Candy Paull Red Bubble Store

When I create a new collection and put my art in a form that others can enjoy, I'm like a little kid showing my finger painting to Mom and having her display it on the refrigerator door. Even more exciting is seeing someone wear one of my designs, or wearing one myself. What fun!

 

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
Joseph Chilton Pearce

Excerpt from The Translucent Heart 

There is great power in immersing yourself in a satisfying creative project. First of all, it takes your mind off your worries and immerses you in the moment, in the doing of the thing. It is also empowering, for you are the one who is making the choices. The creative work is yours. When other parts of your life are stressful and feel out of your control, the world you create in your artistic projects tells you that you are capable. The soothing nature of the creative process can calm and center you, bringing serenity in those moments when you are most absorbed in a project.

As you move deeper into the process, you also learn to surrender to the greater wisdom of what is being made. A potter works with the clay, a woodworker cherishes the grain of the wood, the melody demands certain chords, the brush and color sometimes seem to guide your hand. You realize that surrender to the flow and energy can create unexpected effects and combinations, bringing something into being that is beyond what you originally imagined. It is true in art—and it is true in life as well. 

Eric Maisel, author and a psychotherapist who counsels artists says, “Remember the three companions of creativity: loving, knowing, doing. You can propel yourself into a creative outburst by choosing any one of the three as starting point.”  You can rejuvenate yourself by time spent appreciating great art, falling in love with the creations of others—loving. You can rekindle your creative spirit by learning a new skill or technique—knowing. Or you can leap right into a project, allowing the work itself to carry you along—doing. 

Composer Aaron Copeland said that inspiration is the antithesis of self-consciousness. Like children at play, we bring an unselfconscious joy to acts of creation. Tap into the unselfconscious pleasure of creating something that satisfies your soul, nourishes your heart, and challenges you to express your creativity. 

 Austin Tyler Meade wearing the Mystery Pink Peony dress from Art of Where   Mystery Pink Peony

Austin Tyler Meade wearing the Mystery Pink Peony dress from Art of Where

Mystery Pink Peony

My New Adventure in Print on Demand Fabric and Clothing

I have been exploring the world of print on demand (POD) and now have an online shop at The Art of Where website. 

This has been so much fun. I will come home from my day job and sit down at the computer while I'm listening to the news. Creating a new design or collection is therapy and offers a deep sense of creative empowerment. I take luminous flower photos that lend themselves to design possibilities. For instance, the fabric design Pear Blossom Baroque 1901 at the top of this blog is based on a photo taken in spring 2016, when a golden setting sun lit up a pear tree in full bloom. Placing the original photo in the magic mirror application for fabric design brought forth a stunning new image that can become fabric to sew into a new dress, a set of placemats, or other fabric delight.

 

I started my POD journey by creating fabric. As I learned more sophisticated software techniques, I began to build a store with many collections, and they include dresses, kimonos, leggings, tops, tote bags, journals, cards, and so much more. 

I created the Mystery Pink Peony 5298 dress on a Saturday morning, posted it on Facebook, and my gorgeous and talented singer/songwriter friend, Austin Tyler Meade, bought it that afternoon. It took a couple of weeks to get from Montreal (where the Art of Where delights are made) to her. And here is Austin modeling the dress she bought.

 

I can't tell you how exciting it is to see someone wearing one of my designs. A digital dream becomes physical reality!

Here is the link to my newest collection: Magic Mirror Pear Blossom 7538

Magic Mirror Pear Blossom 7538 Collection.jpeg

https://artofwhere.com/artists/candy-paull/collections/21889

And here is one of the peignoir designs in this collection. You can also find leggings, dresses, notebooks, tote bags, and much more. 

One last cool fun thing: when you follow the Art of Where links to the dress or the peignoir, you'll discover a 3D digital version that can be looked at from every angle. I call it digital Barb(ie) dolls. 

I'll be posting more soon. It's nice to be back to blogging after a long hiatus. New things for a new year. 

Ducklings and Designing for the Fun of It

Flotilla

A photograph is a liminal apace, neither real nor imaginary, a middle region where the soul comes to life. To the literal mind, a photograph may look like a record of the past, but to the poetic mind it is an uncanny presencing of self and world that is pure, deep, and revealing.
— Thomas Moore

I'm working on a new creative project that involves print on demand fabrics and clothing. I will be posting more soon, but I'm in a creative fog exploring graphic options with my current software. I took some photos of mama duck and her babies at Centennial Park a couple of years ago. Now I have turned one into a digital painting that might even become wallpaper or fabric. What fun!

And here is one variation of what wallpaper or fabric might look like. 

Fabric or wallpaper style A

and another variation. 

Fabric or wallpaper style B

I have also been playing with florals. I will take a photo, edit it, and then end up with something that would work for fabric, or might look lovely on a dress. It's all exploration of the world of print on demand. 

Painted Tulips 

This can turn into fun fabric designs:

Or maybe a rose can become a dress design. It feels like anything can happened when I make magic with images. 

Painted Rose

The body is a vehicle through which I beccome an aesthetic expression of the self.
— Tu Wei-Ming

Here is a link to my Art of Where store. I have uploaded a few designs that are for sale.

https://artofwhere.com/artists/candy-paull

I am in a preliminary learning stage, so please be patient. More to come later...   

 

 

Cultivate a Sense of Awe and Wonder

Splendor in the grass: hay seed high against a blue sky

For lack of attention, a thousand forms of loveliness elude us every day.
— Evelyn Underhill

Life is rich and beautiful, full of wonders. But you have to develop the eyes to see them, and attune your soul to works of God that surround you. Becoming aware is a process of waking up and learning to notice the details that you usually miss.

It is so easy to become caught up in the mundane aspects of life. You get up, go to work, come home to routine chores, watch TV or read the paper, go to bed, and then do it all again the next day. But life is not just a round of chores and work. It’s a vast and amazing mystery.

The night sky is full of starry wonder. Take the time to look up. A kiss from your beloved, a rose blooming in the sun, a squirrel’s antics—any of these can remind you of the mystery and greatness of creation.

Be aware of tiny details. What do you see when you wake up? What do you hear, smell, sense? Pay attention to what is happing around you. Look at a loved one’s face as if you are seeing him or her for the first time. Extend your awareness to the Divine Presence that resides in your heart.

Lift your spirits by cultivating awareness and appreciation of the world around you—and within you. When you see a beautiful sunset, clap your hands with appreciation. When you hold a newborn baby, croon your praises to the creator of all life. Let awe and wonder fill your heart, reminding you that you stand on the threshold of infinite possibilities.  

• Activity: Write a poem, sing a song of praise, or create a piece of art to express your appreciation and thankfulness for the Divine Mystery of life itself.

Affirmation: I affirm the beauty and wonder of life, and see in its infinite possibilities my own possibilities for growth and grace.