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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

GIVEAWAY for my new online class AND A FREE Downloadable Art Print!!



Hello my creative beauties!

Hope all is sparkly in your world today!!
Two very special announcements for you today!

The first one is that I am finally ready to announce and launch my long awaited newest online class
Face Fascination!!

And of course to celebrate I am giving away two spots in the class to two lucky winners here on my blog!


Please leave a comment below over the next week and share everywhere you can think of (FB, Instagram, twitter, pinterest, your blog!) to increase your chances of winning!!
(Be sure to let me know how many times you shared AND don't forget to leave your email so I can let you know if you win!!)

Here is just a small glimpse of some of the painting tutorials included. I will be sharing more over the coming weeks!!

Early bird registration begins June 5th for this exciting 4 week class!
Early bird price will be $147 and we will have a payment plan on offer as well!!
Class will begin mid July :)



Fascination with faces begins on the day we are born. We are always trying to figure out expression and nuance, to find a way to connect and to read and understand each other's stories through what we see in each other's faces, eyes, smiles, pain, worry, loss and laughter lines.
We “recognise” and “see” each other by looking first at each other's faces and I believe that this recognition and acknowledgement can lead to a deepening of empathy that is greatly needed in this world.
In this class I really want to share with you my fascination for faces, for humanity, for story.
As creative seekers, artists, poets, art lovers of all skills and levels we can bring so much beauty to the global table by exploring the human face.
I am so grateful and honoured during this 4 week class to have the chance to show you a myriad of ways to navigate this eternal subject, some of them tried and true in my own process, others new to me cos’ I love to keep things fresh and make discoveries right alongside you all.

Hope to see you in class!!
will post here again with the winners on June 2nd and also the link to register once early bird registration is open.

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In other exciting news I recently started working with a new VA, the delightful Kimma Smith and we have some big plans in the making.

The first is to offer a FREE downloadable art print when you sign up for my newsletter! (the 2nd a free video tutorial!)


No worries for my current subscribers. Of course you’ll be getting all the fun goodies too! You should have received the first email recently so check your 'other' folders if you didn't notice it.


I really want to encourage you to sign up for my newsletter as you’ll get first dibs on all my workshops, retreats and new paintings.

Just a couple of weeks ago my two 2018 7 day Mexico retreats sold out in 48 hours!! The news didn't even have a chance to get beyond my mailing list!

Very soon I’ll be announcing my US workshops for 2018, so you should definitely sign up if you don’t want to miss out.


As a subscriber, you’ll also be the first to know about my new ecourses, when prints will be available for purchase (soon!), special early bird pricing for subscribers only, etc.


So, sign up HERE (or in the sidebar) so I can start sending you all these goodies. :)

Much love, Tracy xox

ps if you could also share the image below I would be super grateful!!





Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Thirty day gratitude check in~on being grateful every day.





“We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.” 
― Anaïs Nin



Change can be subtle, imperceptible. We set our intentions for how we would like things to be and sometimes without knowing it we even set intentions for how we would like things not to be. I've been getting very clear around the kinds of intentions I shoot out to the Universe these past few years and for the most part, I feel in alignment with my highest self.


Sometimes it feels like I'm plodding along, making small moves, some deliberate, some tentative or unsure. Like the day I took myself on an artists date and lined up these rocks all the way to the waters edge, just because I could. Weeks later I returned to find almost all of them moved, swept away by the force of the tides. But the imprint remained you see, the vision, the knowledge, new neural pathways formed. 


Last year I made a commitment to myself to slow down, breathe more deeply...


Take more walks in nature...


and allow myself to pause. This amazing cloud photo was taken on the night I met up with my friend Elizabeth Gilbert in Dallas last year, just a couple of weeks before my breast cancer diagnosis would be confirmed. Backstage she hugged me tight and asked me to reach into a little black velvet bag to pull out a card. PAUSE was my card and I knew it was good and right.


and so I've spent this Summer painting and swimming


loving on family....

and generally taking it easy.

Soooooooo grateful for this time and space!!


I've also been nesting, rearranging, adding more plants to our family


and creating more little vignettes of beauty.

I started to feel it was time to emerge from the cocoon, begin some forward planning, think about how next year might look as we travel overseas again. 

Locking in my 2018 dates with my hosts in the U.S, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Luxembourg and Mexico I felt that old buzz of "doingness". The thrill of busyness! 

Suddenly I was scheduling new ecourses, pondering collaborations and jumping back into my blog with a thirty day commitment to post my thoughts of gratitude!

And then, I paused again, took note of my emotions, of the reasons I was jumping back into hyper mode, reflected on the things I have learned and the new awareness I have around caring for myself first before trying to make the world right for everyone else.

It's been more than a week since I posted here. 
These gratitude posts began to feel like something I "had" to do, rather than "wanted" to do and there is nothing right about that!

The minute I switched into overwhelm, snapping at mi amor while sitting at the computer, because it was 7pm and I still had to cook dinner and was trying to come up with some kind of profound words, 

I knew that I should stop.

And guess what?

The world didn't end because I didn't follow through on a commitment I made and I'm pretty sure none of you are judging me, or angry. 

In fact, you probably didn't even notice right?

I'm hoping, actually, that some of you might even read this and give yourself permission to pause, to slow down, and reflect on how much you need to do, or pursue, and to know that its ok to be as kind and gentle to yourself as you are to others.

I'm grateful for growth and self awareness, for reflection and self acceptance
and I'm grateful for YOU!

See you when I see you! 

Lots of love Tracy xoxo

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Thirty day gratitude check in-Day 8, 9 and 10




Oh dear!! Really?? It's been three days since I was here?
What to do??

Well I guess I'll just have to share a little of what I've been up to and give you all three days of gratitude in one  and briefly cos' it's 6.40pm and I'm on dinner! My homemade veggie burgers if you'd like the recipe!
And besides if I don't get out to that glass of vino soon Luna may just beat me to it!


 So yesterday mi amor and I sprawled out on the lounge room floor and brainstormed ALL of the possibilities for 2018 and believe me there were a LOT!! 

Beautiful people all over invite me to come teach in their lovely spaces and towns and I wish I could say yes to everyone but the bottom line is I'm learning (especially this year) that sometimes I have to say no.

I know that many of you have my back and I get so many messages making sure that I'm not overdoing things and that I'm practicing self care. 

So here I am checking in with you to let you know that I have planned next year to teach around half of the crazy schedule I set myself for the past few years! 

Aren't you proud of me??


And because you can see my scrawls above in plain view I may as well let you know that in 2018 I'll be teaching in Oaxaca, Mexico, Dallas, Louisiana, Florida, Whidbey Island, Norway, Sweden, Spain and Luxembourg. I'll also squeeze in a couple of Australian workshops and there may be one or two more announced at some point but it wont be anything like the average 21 per year I have been teaching!

I've been squirming and stalling for weeks because I didn't want to let people down but guess what?The sky did not fall down on top of me and my dear hosts that I was unable to fit in still love me. Phew!

I'm grateful to have that pre planning done!




I've been making sure that I spend some time in nature each morning and I'm thankful we live in such a beautiful place. 
Today mi amor walked along the beach at high tide and found the most amazing flower. 
I even took the time to stop and smell it! 
Amazing isn't it?



Of course I've been spending as much time in my studio as I possibly can and my Wise and Wonky owl series have been flying out the door as fast as I can paint them. I've sold, packaged and shipped off 25 in the last two weeks! 
Each little one just makes me smile when I see their personalities begin to emerge.

Super grateful for that!



and along the way I've also been trying out some new ideas and getting excited to begin a brand new Mini Mojo online class where I explore with you all my fascination for faces and the humanity behind them. Grateful to say that boredom is not a word in my vocabulary!!

Wishing you all beauty and joy, peace and space to do the things you love. 

Don't forget that my Paint Mojo ecourse is now fully downloadable and on sale for the next five days only!! 

I would LOVE you to jump wholeheartedly into the creative zone with me to reclaim your mojo and make your mark. 


REGISTER HERE FOR JUST $99USD (reg $249USD)

If you have any questions about the ecourse you may just find your answers here.

 I won't say "see you tomorrow" because clearly I am totally unreliable in this space! 
I WILL however see you soon and if I have to play catch up again like today that's all ok too!

I'm going easy on myself these days!

Lots of love to you all
Tracy xoxox



Sunday, March 26, 2017

Thirty day gratitude check in-day 6 and 7 plus giveaway winners announced!


Dear amazing friends and family,

A very small post today , not because I have not much to be grateful for
but because, since I started this challenge i've been finding myself more and more steeped in gratitude in every small unfolding moment.

That's how it works you see.

It's a universal law.
Whatever you focus on expands

So today I am grateful that yesterday I took a day off from blogging AND enjoyed a gorgeous Sunday with mi amor. 

And today I am grateful for our home, a true labour of love over the past 20 years and the masterpiece of the man I love.

Let me tell you a very short story


Once upon a time there was a man and his wife and their two very cute daughters who wanted to find a home to call their own. They didn't have much money so they scrimped and saved and found an old house near the beach that had good bones and a lot of potential.

For ten years they did little bits and pieces when they could afford to, a splash of paint here, a new back deck there. A garage converted to an art studio so that the woman could follow her passion to paint and teach. It helped that the man was very, very handy and talented!

One day they decided it was time to dream bigger and they thought about what their dream home would look like. they even drew a picture and painted it different colours until it felt just right!





and then they worked very, very hard for almost two years, tearing apart and building, finding recycled materials wherever they could and living inside the mess the whole time, even through the Winter with some of the walls open to the cold.


 and little by little

 with love

 hard work 
 intention

 and vision


their dream home came to life
and they were very, very grateful.

to be continued :)

"I'll light the fire
You put the flowers in the vase that you bought today
Staring at the fire for hours and hours while I listen to you
play your love songs all night long for me, only for me
Come to me now and rest your head for just five minutes
such a cozy room, the windows are illuminated by the 
sunshine through them, fiery gems for you, only for you.

Our house is a very, very, very fine house with two cats in the yard
life used to be so hard
Now everything is easy cause of you....
~songwriters Graham Nash

Don't forget that my Paint Mojo ecourse is on super dooper SALE for one week only for just $99!!
Click here to jump in for six weeks of creative fun and growth!

Congratulations to the following five creatives! You have each one a spot in the ecourse!!
Woohoo!!

Deborah Hopkins
Rebecca Ruff
Marsha-tattered chick
Lisa Meyers
Viv Rad
I'll be in touch with you all by email tomorrow

Hasta manana amigos y amigas!!

much love Tracy xox





Saturday, March 25, 2017

Thirty day gratitude check in-Day five and a celebration announcement and giveaway!


Today Facebook reminded me that it has been exactly five years since I took the giant leap towards quitting my day job as a teachers aide in Special Ed and transitioning from a small town after school art class teacher to teaching my workshops and retreats all over this gorgeous world!

I am over the moon grateful for this and still pinch myself regularly to make sure that its real!


On this weekend five years ago I taught my very first Paint Mojo workshop!!!
A small group of us gathered in a local barn to paint, explore and share stories. It was low key, I was super nervous and not really sure of myself but I gave the best that I had at the time.


Since then I have taught over 100 in person workshops around this beautiful planet, the best part of which has been meeting, communing and creating with so many gorgeous, amazing and inspiring souls!!
My heart is so full when I think about each and every one of you and how far we have come together and how much amazingness that is still to come!

Which makes this the perfect day to CELEBRATE with a very SPECIAL OFFER!

Tomorrow I will launch a once in a lifetime offer to join my internationally acclaimed PAINT MOJO ecourse for just $99.00!!

This will be a self paced version and the best news is that you will be able to download it all!!

Six weeks of video tutorials, a plethora of other goodies to help you in your creative growth, and all yours to learn from at your leisure AND keep forever!!

All of this for just $99 instead of the normal price of $249!!
I told you I was celebrating!! 🎊🎊🎊

More than 1500 students have now experienced my Paint Mojo ecourse and many have told me it has been life changing! 

To show my gratitude to my Mojo tribe I am extending this offer FOR FREE to EVERY ONE who has registered for Paint Mojo the ecourse since it began in 2014
(All alumnis will receive an email with log in details tomorrow)



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Please make sure you sign up for my newsletter here so you don't miss the news on this celebratory offer! If you already receive my newsletters, watch your inbox. This will be a limited time offer. 🎨🎊

GIVEAWAY!!!!

AND because I'm feeling generous I am giving away 5 spots in Paint Mojo, one for each year of biz to five lucky winners who leave me a comment below.

Just tell me something you are grateful for today and you'll be in the draw!!
Let me know if you share on FB and other social media platforms for more chances to win!!


I'm also over the moon this week to have been asked for an interview in the Free ebook The Business of Art!! This ebook features candid interviews with over 20 professional artists who have created successful careers in a diverse array of creative fields.
You can download your free copy here and read all about the upcoming Art Bundle for Good too!! The Art Bundle will include more than $2500 of courses and wisdom coming your way on the 27th March for over 95% off regular prices and for one week only! I will have two of my Mini Mojos in the Bundle and there is sooooo much more goodness from beautiful artists like Tamara LaPorte, Micki Wilde, Angela Kennedy and Flora Bowley included. Even better 25% will be going to support a childrens art charity!! Win, win for everyone!!

One last little gift before I go, another trip down memory lane to a sunny day in my garden and the very first art video I made back in 2012! 

ENJOY!!

PS don't forget to leave your email with your comment so I can find you if you are a winner!!

Lots of love Tracy xoxo


Bonus inky video! from Tracy Verdugo on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thirty day gratitude check in. Day 4






Hey there lovebugs.
Listen closely.
Wanna know a secret?




Creativity is a gift
and I am so grateful for it.

But it's not a gift just for a select few.

It's our birthright,
every SINGLE one of us

and we are finding our way back home to it
every time we choose to bring
something new to the world.
When we dare to try new things

envision new outcomes
let go of old patterns and belief systems




This week has been pure delight with lots of hours in my studio, and elephants and owls flying and stampeding in and out as fast as I can paint them. 
I've felt in flow in every way and for that I am truly thankful.

At the end of a studio session on Wednesday evening I picked up one last piece of watercolor paper and made some different marks.

The paper was not completely blank as Bella had decided, the day before, to put her little paw into some wet teal paint on my palette and go for a meander across my table. 
Can you see the cute teal pawprint on the right side of her chest?

I painted for 30 minutes, completely lost in process as this beauty emerged, almost of its own volition, from the ether.

A collaboration of Ms Bella and I, the beginning of a new series, from an accidental mark.

What are you creating/dreaming up today?

I'm dreaming of the workshops I will teach after my PAUSE is over and how much I have grown in these past months and how much more I will have to offer my students......

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR ALL OF MY 2017 AUSTRALIAN WORKSHOPS
 and I would LOVE to see you in Huskisson, Newcastle, Darwin, Byron, Brisbane, Melbourne or Adelaide. 
You can find all of the dates, costs and info here.

(Melbourne and Adelaide just opened hours ago and emails are already coming in fast)


If you haven't yet taken a class with me you can find out more about Paint Mojo here by clicking on the workshops tab.

I'm also grateful that my students write me such sweet love notes!

Jessica Brogan- My experience with Tracy was that, as a teacher, she exuded enormous calm and trust in the process she was teaching, and in us as students to create magic for ourSELVES, with her guidance, of course, which is invaluable and irreplaceable, but there was a palatable sense that she knew we would be creating our own unique magic within the space she created. I walked away emboldened by her teachings, with a mental grab bag of new artistic techniques, and also, knowing that my own teachings would go on to be influenced by that calm trust she exuded in the creative journey.


Adele Morrison- Tracy you create the most beautiful environment that brings out something spiritual in all of us. Your weekend class was life changing…

Lisa Page- My experience of your online classes and in person classes is this: You are authentic, grounded, vulnerable and generous. No hype, just great techniques from a lovely person. But there is more. There is an idea in spirituality of "transmission." From a great spiritual teacher there is a transmission of spiritual experience or knowledge. From you I have such a profound transmission of creativity. You are connected to a deep creative well and that has been your gift to me. You have connected me to a creative source that I had no experience of and no idea existed. After the Whidbey mojo course I created for 48 hours straight in a way I never have before. I believe I was elevated in my creative self, not so much by the teaching or techniques but by the exposure to a creative person with a clear and strong intention to help others find that creative source.

Leslie Peterson Snyder- Your style of teaching was perfect for me. I love seeing the process and then doing it ourselves. You showed us your techniques and thought process and then gave us some freedom to explore and express our way. I loved seeing each individual's interpretation of your instruction. I felt free to just explore without judgment. I believe you're gentle soul and guidance creates a safe haven for artists to grow and take with them the ability to continue with techniques that help you in whatever style you work in. I fell so lucky to have had the opportunity to attend one of your classes. I never believed I would! I will treasure it always!

Deborah Belica- I think the fascination that comes from your teaching comes from the fact that you are a skilled special person that shares from the heart. You tap from deep inside and everyone in the class senses that. So they reach down inside and get their brushes out and do the same. It is pure magic... I love you <3 nbsp="" p="">

Margaret Henning- Taking a class with you in Southold, Long Island last year was an enlightening experience for me. I felt such kindness, sincerity and authenticity from your gentle self. I felt comfortable painting my heart and learned so much about stepping out of my small box from you. It was an aaahaa moment in my life! Online classes have been wonderful. My favorites have been the short and sweet Animalitos and Pattern play. My creativity has been enhanced and I have become a better artist because of you. Thank you, dear Tracy. 

See you tomorrow for Day 5 of my 30 day gratitude check in!!
Lots of love Tracy xox