Sunday, October 4, 2015

And the winner is!

Very excited to announce that registration for Life Book 2016 is now open for registration!!!

Very excited to announce that the winner of my give away is the lovely Pixie Postler! Congratulations Pixie! ❤️❤️

Monday, September 28, 2015

Lifebook Giveaway!!!

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Hello, hello from your intrepid travelling Mojo spreading friend and teacher!
I know its been a while and I know I have some catching up to do but I had to stop everything today to announce that I am over the moon to be a part of Tamara Laporte's beautiful Life Book online class again in 2016! 
and best of all I get to give away a spot this week to one lucky winner!!

about life book:
“life book, a celebration and honouring of YOU” is a year-long mixed media art class
organized by Tamara Laporte from Willowing. Tam is joined by 23 incredible art teachers who will share their mixed media techniques, tips, and tricks. themed around self-development and healing. During the course you’ll be creating several mixed media art journal pages per month which by the end of the year you will bind into a glorious journal (a life book)! To learn more about the life book course 

 registration opens on october 5th, and class kicks off january 1st 2016.
I cant spill the beans on what I'll be teaching just yet but we'll be playing with inks and cultivating our sense of play and wonder...
here's a little sample of my inky play :)

So excited to join such an awesome team of teachers and to connect with you all in class!
To be in the giveaway draw please leave a comment in the comments section below and I will draw the winner on 5th October 8am PST. 
For more chances to win be sure to visit each teachers blog as we all have a spot to gift!

7 Sept 2015 – Tamara Laporte
8 Sept 2015 – Annie Hamman
9 Sept 2015 – Kristin Dudish
10 Sept 2015 – Effy Wild
11 Sept 2015 – Faith Evans-Sills
12 Sept 2015 – Gillian Lee Smith
13 Sept 2015 – Ivy Newport
14 Sept 2015 – Jane Davenport
15 Sept 2015 – Jenny Grant
16 Sept 2015 – Angela Kennedy
17 Sept 2015 – Lisa Viger
18 Sept 2015 – Martha Lever
19 Sept 2015 – Mary Beth Shaw
20 Sept 2015 – Melody Ross
21 Sept 2015 – Pam Carriker
22 Sept 2015 – Pauline Agnew
23 Sept 2015 – Rae Missigman
24 Sept 2015 – Renata Loree
25 Sept 2015 – Roben-Marie Smith
26 Sept 2015 – Roxanne Coble 

 27 Sept 2015 – Shiloh Sophia McCloud
28 Sept 2015 – Donna Downey
29 Sept 2015 – Tracy Verdugo
30 Sept 2015 – Wyanne Thompson

Best of luck to you all and remember if you don't win a spot,  registration opens very soon on October 5th and you can

ps Just in case you've lost track we're currently in Oaxaca City with just around 6 weeks to go until we will be home in Australia after nine months away! Best place to follow our continuing adventures is here on Instagram or here on Facebook.

Happy creating!!
lots of love Tracy xoxo

Oaxaca city street food! Corn with mayo, cheese and chile!


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

22 days of Gratitude & giveaways wrap up.

What a beautifully abundant 22 days that was...

So much love, gratitude & insight thrown around. And lots of happy dances from giveaway winners! 

Here are the lucky ones that won themselves a place in Paint Mojo, the e-course, the journey begins.... 

Congratulations again!!

~ Cindy Benko 
~ Janet Ghio
~Robin West
~Attila Nagy
~Wanda Miller
~ Beth Figiel
~ Megan Raemakers
~ Kim Mailhot
~Laura Grant 
~ Shirley (Colorado)
~Lura Brown
~ Jennifer Farmer
~ Karen Rapport
~ Julia (Lovingrd)
~ Lynn o'Brien
~ Mellissa Partridge
~ Kim Smith
~Diane Wayne
~Pia Rom
~ Nancy Kennedy
~ Kirah Van Sickle  

Now lets watch them glitter on their creative Journey! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

If you weren't in this list, but deeply desire to take part in Paint Mojo, the e-course, I have good news...   
The special early bird price of $197 US is available until August 22nd !!

You can register here 

What you can expect from Paint Mojo the e-course.
▪ 6 weeks of instruction (delivered via a password protected site) including weekly videos showing the evolution of a large painting from start to finish with insights into my thoughts, techniques and process while the lorikeets and finches flit and sing in the garden behind me!
▪ weekly videos from my studio in which we will work alongside each other exploring endless possibilities, using prompts and inspiration from my world and yours. (More than fifty hours of videos!)
▪ PDF's for each exercise and video, yours to download and keep.
▪ mini pep talks, strolls through my sketchbooks, random inspiration flashes...there will be step by step tutorials but my greater wish is to stimulate your own inspiration and help you to tell your own stories through your art making practice!
▪ explorations into intuitive creative expression AND creating intentional art while still retaining a fluid looseness and an open mind. forays into abstraction using a variety of tools and techniques. Weekly themes (like "free as a bird" and "six impossible things before breakfast") which will enhance not only your creative skills but spill over into your everyday world for a more balanced, abundant and joyful life!
*connection with a worldwide community of creative souls via our Paint Mojo FB group.
▪ access to all content for 12 months after class has ended.

You can also read more about the e-course here 

"I continue to be amazed by Paint Mojo. It is your generosity that is so striking - you are generous with your time, your input, responses, feedback, and material! There is enough material for a much, much longer course - not only did you offer all of it at once, you extended our time to access it. You have a generosity of spirit, too. You share yourself - vulnerabilities, stories, success, even your beautiful family. You befriend us! And you created an online community that reflects your wisdom, care and generosity.
On a personal note, one piece I will never forget is your project towards your degree - so insightful, interesting, provocative, revealing. I learned so much from it........
I think I am treating myself a bit more kindly in my studio. I remember to thank myself for painting and I try to extend the same generosity of spirit to myself that you offered us. That's a life lesson that is priceless. Thank you, thank you, thank you. And many blessings as you travel, teach, inspire and share! "
Judith Brown Bryan

And a note to you from Tracy.

 Hello, hello sweet friends and creative followers.

I hope you decide to jump in with gusto and passion, or even walk slowly and sideways in, with hesitation and self doubt. Either way I will be with you, holding your hand as you explore your innate creative potential. You, my friends are all artists! Every single one of you!
And I am honoured to have the privilege of simply shining the light on the splendour that you have just tucked away. This is your time to shine!
Tracy xoxo

If you would like to join the Paint Mojo, e-course tribe, you can now register here!!

Love From, 
Kyla, Tracy's assistant

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

22 days of gratitude and giveaways! Days 20-22!! Happy Birthday Tracy!

Today its Hello from Kyla in Australia, Tracy's assistant/ creative side kick ! 

Tracy is having way too much fun in San Sebastian, Barcelona with her family....that the birthday celebrations began early...Last night! More on that juice later ; ) ..... 

Today, I think its the most perfect time to let the birthday girl know what I am most grateful for and have been grateful for since 2013 ... you, Tracy!  

{Tracy, Mt Urgall, Birthday eve beginnings ; ) }

Tracy, I got to know as a young teenager doing her art lessons in her backyard studio and as a family friend.  That was the first time I was fortunate enough to brush paths with this bright eyed, dreamy woman!
I think we met at a like minded place then, despite being 20 years-plus apart in age and I was just a shy teenager. But i think even then; this teacher and artist planted a beautiful seed in me, that you can pursue art as a way of being and interacting in the world. 

We then re-connected in 2013, I had just finished Uni doing a Fine arts degree and she became too busy beyond her amazing multi tasking abilities and I jumped in, for the creative adventure of learning, dreaming and creating with this talented lady, Tracy.

  Tracy has taught me oceans (in measure) about being an artist; not just about being a creative person... but a thriving,  'create your own' opportunities in paint and life, make mistakes and find beauty in them,  about having fear but creating and putting yourself out there in the world, anyway. About being kind and generous in life and in business.

This lady with eyes and a heart for beauty, connection, culture and humour has been filling up on just that......

Here's the fun she was having last night for her Birthday eve...... 
After Tracy and and Marco climbed Mt Urgall, they traipsed around a castle and finished on a Pintxo bar crawl. 

This special soul deserves all the spice, colour and warm feelings that this world can give!
Happy Birthday my dear friend ❤️❤️

Oh, And how good I am feeling after sharing my gratitude!
Now lets celebrate with the announcement of the final three winners of the Gratitude birthday giveaway ........


* Pia Rom
* Nancy Kennedy
* Kirah Van Sickle

Not long now and anyone else can jump in and register for Paint mojo, the e-course too.....

Registration opens July 22nd 12.05 am PDT 
After this time, you can register here 

Wishing you a happy, healthy creative 

Love Kyla x

Sunday, July 19, 2015

22 days of gratitude and giveaways! Days 13-19!!!

Well I think you all know me by now sweet friends
I'm the one who always bites off more than I can chew
Who jumps in wholeheartedly
Wagging my tail like a puppy
At the excitement of a new idea
Before fully thinking it through

Like how about I commit to a daily gratitude blog?
In the lead up to my fiftieth birthday
And giveaway 22 spots in my upcoming ecourse
Which begins sept 1st
And opens for early bird registration July 22...
Fantastic idea!!!!
Only I kind of forgot...
I have schedule..
travelling from place to place 
every few days 
(Grateful for wanderlust)

sleeping in strange beds,   
 (Grateful I always have a bed)
eating outside my normal diet,    
  (Grateful I never have to worry where my next meal comes from)
Dealing with a sensitive digestive system  
(grateful I have tools to deal with it)
A seven day immersive retreat
 (grateful for my students��)
In the middle of it all
Oh my it was wonderful!

And now a chance to stop a while
And just BE with my sweet family
Aaaahhhhh how grateful I am for THAT!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Who are all with me here in San Sebastián, Spain
To celebrate! 
I hope you forgive me
For blogging sporadically
My intentions are always good
And today I have seven winners to announce!!!
To catch up ����
Huge congratulations TO
Jennifer Laurel Farmer
Karen Rapport
Julia (lovingrd)
Lynn O'brien
Mellisa Partridge
Kim Smith and 
Diane Wayne
Big congrats to you all! 
I look forward to seeing you in class September 1st and I'll be back to announce more winners soon! Lease keep sharing your posts of gratitude with me in the comments below.
They make my day sparkle! ❤️❤️
Love to you all
Tracy xoxo

Monday, July 13, 2015

22 days of gratitude and giveaways! Days 10-12

Its Kyla here today, Tracy’s assistant,  having a turn at gratitude goddess, as Tracy is deeply immersed in her Paint Mojo retreat in Durfort, France.

As Tracy finds an abundance of inspiration and beauty on her travels through the streets of France with her students. I have been grateful for simple abundance, in my own backyard, literally... 

Isn't it sometimes true, that you only realise how grateful you are for the life you lead, when you go away and come back. Let me explain.....

As a young lady that lives in a small coastal town, I sometimes seek new inspiration and a splash of a new culture/s. So I often take a trip to my nearest city, Sydney (Australia). 
It always opens my romantic eyes and mind, in just the way they need to be opened and gives me time on the train commute to reflect on a hundred new idea's and inspirations, but what brightens me up most after the flash of city lights, is that I am heading home, back to my quiet life surrounded by nature.

I am grateful for the chance to experience the city's frills; the Modern Contemporary art gallery, seeing the quirky characters of all different backgrounds, dress sense, attitude and disposition. Eating something new, being a tourist and seeing with fresh eyes!


But I am most grateful when i drive home from the train station over the little bridge, over the lake and take a right into my street; to my soul friend (my husband Adam) and to my grounding place; my lake shack home  ❤️❤️❤️

Not just the bliss of walking in the front door and taking off your shoes 
(maybe your bra too!?)

But you can be just the 'you' you feel most comfortable to be, when you feel at home. 

Our veggie garden is one part that makes home feel so abundant for me.....

Whether home to you; is when you are with a certain person, in your gypsy van on the open road , in your house or maybe home to you is a faraway place in your dreams...

Find a moment to be grateful for the feeling of belonging that 'home' brings you, i promise once you do... it will provide you with more magic and abundance than you could have even imagined! 

                                              Thanks for sharing in my gratitude x
                                                       ( ) 

Now to the other special part...... The giveaway of Three places in Paint Mojo, the e-course 

A big smiley congratulations goes to: 

Laura Grant 

Shirley (Colorado)

Lura Brown

I cant wait to hear what is making your heart soar in content & gratitude.......

Kyla x

Thursday, July 9, 2015

22 days of gratitude and giveaways! Days7-9

Few words tonight....

The images alone should speak for my gratitude. 

One week, painting, connecting, exploring with seven beautiful women

In the South of France......bliss!
Capturing memories to last a lifetime....��

Three winners to announce tonight for a place in my upcoming Paint Mojo course! 

Congratulations to......


my sweet Kyla will be in touch soon

Much love 
Tracy xoxox❤️❤️❤️

Monday, July 6, 2015

22 days of gratitude and giveaways- day six and seven

Keeping it very simple today my sweets.
Woke up with a bit of a wobbly tummy this morning so I'm grateful it seems to be passing and not getting worse. 
We spent the afternoon driving from the coast to Revel, just outside of Durfort, the tiny village I will be teaching in for the next week.
Currently I am lying with mi amor on the banks of the lac du St Ferriere after a little dip to take the edge of the 38 deg C heat.
Here is my current view, looking up...

Looking forward.....

                   And Looking down
No bells and whistles today, grateful for it all, even the bit where the sat nav stopped talking and I failed in my job as auxiliary navigator and we had to drive an extra 46 kms to the next off ramp, and i tried to get the stupid Tom Tom to work and it kept overheating (and so did I) until I wanted to throw it out the window! 

Grateful even for that coz it makes me recognize how much sweeter moments like this really are. 



Attila Nagy
Wanda Milller! 

Keep sending me your thoughts of gratitude and I'll keep drawing winners for spots in the next session of Paint Mojo the ecourse all the way up to my birthday July 22nd

And remember....

Lots of love
Tracy ❤️️

Sunday, July 5, 2015

22 days of gratitude and giveaways- day four and five

Bonjour mes amis!
Just a small post today as it is the weekend
and I am in France with mi amor after all
for the first time....
plus I actually wrote this whole blog last night and
POOF!! It vanished...just like that!
Oh well, what can we do??
I want you to know that I am writing this post with a French accent in my head
so you must read it that way too d'accord? :)

Grateful for
these little heart rocks collected in Wales. The beaches there have the most I've ever seen!

THIS view from the window of our budget hotel the first night here~ the beautiful Chateau de Carcassonne!! 

THIS view from our VERY BUDGET "chalet" our last night in Wales...we actually worried it might fall down the hill from the obvious termite damage AND its the first place we've ever stayed where the shower head was missing! But the views...oh my!!

THIS perfect vista through an ancient window at the ruins of Tintagel Castle in Devon to the wild waters outside Merlin's Cave. Some serious magic there!

INSPIRATION from our travels to work in new ways, smaller by necessity, with different tools. This piece is the from an upcoming tutorial in my regular Cloth Paper Scissors column :)

AND MOSTLY GRATEFUL FOR the technology ( that works most of the time!) to be in contact with these two gorgeous girls whenever we like!

SOOOOOOOOO excited for all of us (including Santanas lovely amor Jacob) to be together for my birthday in San Sebastian Spain for a couple of weeks :)))))))


 Congratulations to you both!!
You are now enrolled in the next session of Paint Mojo the ecourse. Class starts Sept 1st and you can read all about it here!

I am loving your beautiful gratitude comments so much!!

I know they are causing ripples of joy in my own life and I imagine they are for others reading too!
Keep on posting! 17 more lucky winners to come!
I'll be taking the rest of the day off to enjoy the beach and warm weather here in Barcares
but will post another double winner post tomorrow ( Monday around 7pm local time South of France)
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and Happy 4th July to all of my friends in the US!!

a bientot
lots of love Tracy xoxox

Thursday, July 2, 2015

22 days of gratitude and giveaways- day three

So grateful today to be able to move my body
and also to have a man who appreciates and even 
encourages my dorkiness.
"Give me your best Kate Bush Wuthering Heights dance"
He says, 
and so I do....

So where did we leave off yesterday? 
Oh right, I was going to tell you a story......
Off in the distance we could see a ruin
And beyond that, a tall Celtic cross and a lighthouse.....
A stumbled upon scene
We had no idea....

We come to this sign and we learn about Dwynwen, the Welsh patron Saint of lovers who lived here on this land some 1600 years ago as a hermit. 
Reading her story I feel infinitely grateful for the freedom that many more women now have over their own destinies although I know that there is still much room for change......

Dwynwen lived during the 5th century and legend has it that she was one of the prettiest of Brychan Brycheiniog's 24 daughters. Dwynwen fell in love with a prince called Maelon Dafodrill, but unfortunately her father had already arranged that she should marry someone else.

Dwynwen was so upset that she could not marry Maelon that she begged God to make her forget him. After falling asleep, Dwynwen was visited by an angel, who appeared carrying a sweet potion designed to erase all memory of Maelon and turn him into a block of ice.
God then gave three wishes to Dwynwen. Her first wish was that Maelon be thawed; her second that God meet the hopes and dreams of true lovers; and third, that she should never marry. All three were fulfilled, and as a mark of her thanks, Dwynwen devoted herself to God's service for the rest of her life.

She founded a convent on Llanddwyn, off the west coast of Anglesey, where a well named after her became a place of pilgrimage after her death in 465AD. Visitors to the well believed that the sacred fish or eels that lived in the well could foretell whether or not their relationship would be happy and whether love and happiness would be theirs. Remains of Dwynwen's church can still be seen today.
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We wander amongst the ruins and both of us find a little love heart rock to keep. 
The beaches of Wales has the most of these I've ever seen in our travels.....

We ask a lovely couple if they can take our pic in this place of history, love and pilgrimage and they happily oblige.  

Then we start our long walk back. 
We are following a circular track and it should be as easy as following the yellow walking signs. Somewhere along the way though we take a wrong turn and over the next couple of hours we sample the yellow, red, blue, green and black walking tracks, the red and black horse track, the blue bike track and the little red running man track!!! 
Who knows what that one means but at one point I did imagine it might mean ME running, screaming through the forest, waving my hands and yelling "we're lost, we're lost!!"

Luckily mi amor always keeps a calm head and eventually we emerge at the carpark, tired, thirsty but filled with wonder at the discoveries of our day.

"Where to now?" he says with a smile. 
"To the nearest pub" I reply. Without hesitation.

  Now the moment you've been waiting for....

winner number two in my 22 days of gratitude and giveaways



Congratulations Janet!
You are now registered for the next session of 
Paint Mojo the ecourse!! 

and for those who didn't win today
please keep checking in daily
until July 22nd

sharing the things you are grateful for 
and each day I will draw another winner!!

until tomorrow keep shining lovely friends!
You all inspire me so much
lots of love

Tracy xoxoxo