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Sunday, October 14, 2018

An update of 2018... and some exciting news!


Hello lovely creatives, It’s been a while I know! 

So I wanted to pop by to give you a bit of an update on our year so far and some exciting news! 

The year has been filled with travel and adventure, family time, good times and not so good times. 
We returned home to Husky in August after 4 ½ months on the road teaching nine workshops and retreats across the U.S and Mexico.
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I taught three back to back retreats in beautiful Oaxaca and then moved on to teach in Louisiana, Florida, North Carolina and Washington!


After a few weeks back in Australia I was off to Bali to teach my Sacred Marks retreat - we had an amazing time creating original artworks and exploring and being inspired by the beautiful surrounds. 
Registration is now open for Sacred Marks 2019 - I will be running two retreats one from the 20th to 27th of September and another from the 4th to 11th October. 
There are only currently only 7 spots left so please get in quick as I know they will fill soon!!
If you are envisioning yourself in Bali 2019 please email Cece at info@tracyverdugo.com to secure your place.



Painting in Paradise


There are three items of big news I want to share with you today!


Firstly, I am so excited to announce that registration is open for my first seven workshops of 2019. The dates are finalized for all my 2019 workshops with registration dates listed!
My workshops and retreats are open to all skill levels and are a lot of fun! Curiosity and a willingness to explore are all you need.

Join me in Europe, Bali or Australia next year to laugh, create, explore infinite possibilities, grow and play with paint, click here to find out about my upcoming workshops.



Registration is open for my 2019 full immersion retreats in Italy and Spain and spots are filling up so if you are thinking of joining me there, be sure to let me know so you don't miss out!







Click here to find out more on my upcoming workshops!

The second bit of exciting news is that I am busy working on my upcoming brand new online course ‘Abstract Mojo’ 

Abstract Mojo will run for six weeks starting mid February 2019. Please sign up here to be the first to know when the class is open for early-bird registrations in mid November. You will not only receive a discount but there will be a few fun bonuses as well including a free mini class that will be realised soon to give you a bit of a sneak peek into what you will be learning in the course.

Feel free to jump into our #thirtydaysofabstracts challenge on Instagram, I started the challenge to celebrate the upcoming launch of the new course and am loving all the artworks being produced!


The final piece of news is that I am creating a new FB community called Abundant Creative




As you can tell I am super excited about this new direction in my business to be the first to know when our Abundant Creative Facebook group goes live, sign up here.



I have been feeling slightly disconnected from my community after taking some quiet time to regroup and reflect after my breast cancer diagnosis in 2016. Now I’m back and keen to get in touch regularly! I have been sending out a newsletter weekly so I can keep you up-to-date about what I’m working on and news about the exciting upcoming ideas and events I have brewing.

I am also going to aim to update my blog fortnightly!
So speak to you soon,

Lots of love,

Tracy xx


     




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Friday, December 29, 2017

A brief 2017 recap and more than $2000 in giveaways!!

2017, a year to reflect and replenish.....

so here we go my sweet creative friends and family.....

Many of you know me well enough by now to know that I am not one for brief recaps. 
Some of my annual recaps go on and on and on, but this year, I am resolving to put it all in a nutshell, or at least a tiny glimpse of it in a nutshell.

**please read all the way to the bottom to enter my end of year giveaway.
There are 10 spots in my upcoming Face Fascination class up for grabs AND an original painting!!

After the intensity of last 2016 (you can catch up here), my journey through breast cancer and subsequent treatment, I made the decision to take things way easier than I have done for the past five years.


I soaked in numerous bubble baths

 Spent more time playing games, even when obstacles presented themselves

took myself on lots of walks to the beach

 looking for love in all the right places 



and relished the chance to  make beautiful memories with family


After taking the first six months off from teaching I had fun bringing new ideas and energy to several Aussie workshops from July to December, as always feeling grateful times infinity for this work I get to do and the amazing, beautiful people I get to hang out with

 



I spent as much time as I could painting and worked on several new series, including my wise and wonky owls which celebrate our innate wisdom and the beauty of our quirky imperfections all wrapped up in the unique loveable bundles we are!

 

My little owls continue to fly out the window as quickly as I can paint them and I LOVE seeing their little personalities emerge!

(You can win an original owl painting by leaving a comment on this post with a 2017 highlight of your own)



Mi amor embarked on his own creative project, a massive Tree of Life mosaic at the entry to our home!! 
(here's a sneak peek)



Friends and family sent us sea glass from ALL OVER THE WORLD and mi amor embedded a secret message in the wall. 


We'll be doing the grand unveiling soon and he has a riddle ready for those who want to take a guess. I'll be giving away a painting in January to the first person to figure it out!



  
We went on a little road trip up North to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary and woke on the day to this incredible sunrise and whales and dolphins jumping all over the place!!



 We celebrated with a romantic Italian dinner and then took a visit back in time to the place where we made our vows. So blessed to walk alongside this loving guy.



In the middle of it all I created a brand new online class called Face Fascination and more than 400 students joined me for the first session!!

Next month we'll be running the class again (beginning January 10th!) and there is still time to register for the earlybird price ($147 USD) for the next 72 hours only!!! 
You can read all about it and sign up here
(if you sign up and end up winning a spot we'll refund you)

ps I'm giving away ten spots in the class (valued at $197 each) so please leave a comment below sharing a 2017 highlight of your own. 

Of course there was soooooo much more to the year than what I have included here but I think you get the gist. We all continue to grow and learn, through the wobbly times and the good and I am grateful for all of it! Wishing you more good than wobbly in 2018! 

Don't forget to enter the giveaway by leaving a comment below and please share on all of your social media places for more chances. Most importantly include your email with your comment so I can let you know if you win!!!


I'll be drawing the winner in 48 hours and then sending a little reminder post that Face Fascination early bird sale price is about to end. 


"Face Fascination has provided fabulous opportunities to try new things, revisit some old ideas in a new way and generally thrive on getting loose and exploring. Tracy's teaching style is relaxed and encouraging. After watching each lesson I couldn't wait to try it out myself! I love the fact that throughout these lessons Tracy is so open about the times she has struggled to make a piece work and then shown us all how to take steps to move through the disasters and turn them into masterpieces. I have loved every single lesson in this course so much and honestly believe it has helped to take my skills to new heights. I was constantly amazed by the work I produced after each class. I have learnt so much that I will certainly be doing the lessons over and over again. I have to say that this course is incredible value for the money!"   ~ Ali Senior


"Besides learning to draw and see faces in backgrounds we already had or new ones we created, I loved the fact Tracy gives us permission. Permission to work in our own styles, to get frustrated and ways to overcome that, new ways to work with old and new materials. The videos are light, informative and all Tracy Verdugo, who is a pleasure to watch and learn from. Each lesson was challenging and rewarding. I loved the class so much."~Terri Ellis 

Be sure to click here to read all about it! 



Lots of love
Tracy xoxoxo







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