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Welcome to Artist Candy Wooding!

Candy's "Firestorm" Lotus Flower

In early August it was the editor’s pleasure to conduct a workshop on blogging for artists at the Ashland Art Center. 10 artists attended and it was warming to get good feedback from them, including Candy Wooding. After the workshop, she and artist Thalia Keple decided to get artist listings at SOAR. Both being very busy ladies, it took a little time for them to get all the details worked out, but Candy’s is now ready and can be seen on this page and more.

Candy was the featured artist at Ashland Art Center for August, and you can read more about her in the post they released at that time.

With calligraphy, bookbinding, pastepapers and other media, I create keepsakes for life’s special occasions. Though some people call me a “paper artist” because most of the art that I make uses paper, I like to think of my art as creating memories in time, by commemorating old memories and creating new ones. I want my art to touch people at the heart level, the emotional part of their being.

Life can be very hectic and sometimes overwhelming. Making art calms me and gives me the center I need to be present, positive, helpful and loving to the others that I touch in my daily life. It makes me thankful each day for being able to be creative and I try to be creative not just in art, but in all of my daily endeavors.

Lotus flower made from Sunday comics

Lotus Flower Project

For 2011, Ms. Wooding is making at least one lotus flower each day. She taught herself to make lotus flowers while recovering from a broken and sprained ankle in December of 2010. As a calligrapher and bookbinder, she loves working with paper. She feels that somehow the lotus flower and the zen quality of concentration when making them has touched some inner quality of her soul.

“I absolutely love the quiet time I give myself each day as I make one or more lotus flowers. It’s hard to stop at just one. I am documenting my Lotus Flower Project on my blog. You are welcome to follow along throughout the year and watch how my lotus flowers change with time.” We have syndicated Candy’s blog here at Art Matters!, so you can keep track of her blog posts here and at SOAR’s Facebook page, where links to all Art matters! posts also appear.

In addition to her lovely paper lotus flowers, Candy offers a wide range of artistic paper creations from greeting cards (with exquisite and often hilarious sentiments) to calendars and more. We hope you will turn to her when you need to commemorate an important day with a gift for someone special – or for yourself!

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