“What I really, really want is to paint the world in rainbows of possibility” ~Tracy Verdugo

Friday, July 11, 2014

Its raining Mojo~AND a book/painting giveaway!!!!

No words right now......♥

My book is shipping out all over the U.S and copies have hit Aussie shores now too!
For those of you still patiently waiting in other places thank you!
Thank you everyone for your kind words, support and encouragement!

and THIS just blows my mind!

The creativity cannot be matched in any other book! Every time you open it you will get another new idea and technique. She opens doors in my own mind and emotions that empty out into works of my own. A must have for every type of artist or simply a terrific book to have in reach to get your imagination going again! Buy and enjoy! Julie

This book is very inspiring! Tracy has created a worldwide art community through her positive attitude and incredible sharing. This book would be something great to read even for people who aren't artists. She's a philosopher and teacher, and receives great joy by sharing her passion for life in general, as well as for art. And, of course, this book has a way of getting artists really juiced up about breaking free from old paradigms and "rules" about how art "should be". Thanks Tracy! I will be buying more of your books for some special friends. Lynn

I have been waiting for Tracy's book to come out and am now excited to have it in my hands. I find the illustrations beautiful and of course that it is filled with Tracy's art and step by step instruction makes it THE BEST art book I have. I absolutely love it being spiral bound, which helps for it to lay flat for ease of working with art projects when having messy hands. Tracey continually fills the book also with encouragement and positive expression which makes it feel like she is right in the room with you!! Exercises to get yourself going creatively are throughout the book as well as instructions for art making. I will never get tired of this book AND it will go with me when I teach my art workshops as a resource! Susan

Her gorgeous artwork excites my eye, but Tracy & her guests share a philosophy much more inspiring. She allows one to understand how to access creativity & offers many exercises to enjoy on the path to creating unique personal artwork. In my opinion, Tracy's incredible book could be good reading for writers, dancers, singers, etc. My favorite book because I want to refer to it again & again. Thanks for spreading the joy, Tracy! Joyce

Thank you also times infinity for my awesome contributors for the heart and soul they put into Paint mojo, 
sharing their stories, wisdom and projects. 
You are all amazing!! ♥
Photography~ Santana Verdugo and Beth Saxena

Paint Mojo is out there 
and to spread the mojo even further 
registration for my ecourse will open in 10 days!

Make sure you sign up here to be first in for the earlybird special!

Also super honored to be featured in this months Somerset Studio!!

 Thank you so much to everyone on FB who sent me pics while I wait for my copy to arrive from the publishers :)

Of course I couldn't let the release of my book go by without celebrating with a giveaway and there are several ways you can enter to win a signed copy of my book WITH a small original painting hidden amongst the pages ♥

1. If you already have a copy you can head over to Amazon and leave a review. I will be drawing two separate winners from these  reviewers. One in about a week or so and the other once I know that all preorders have shipped to the various parts of the planet.

2. You can leave a comment on this post and let me know how your mojo is these days. Have you lost it, found it, playing hide and seek with it, any tips for others? Share away!!

3. You can blog about the book/giveaway, share on your FB, twitter and pinterest pages etc and each share will be equal to one entry. Just let me know the number of shares in your comment. 
I want this book to reach as many people as possible!

Tracy Verdugo. 2014. Faith on the Journey. Acrylic on paper. sold.

Happy weekend everyone!! Feeling mighty blessed :)
Keep sending me those sweet pics of you all holding Paint Mojo. 
I'm making a collage for my studio wall ♥

Lots of love
Tracy xox ♥

ps whoops one last thing! Almost forgot to share this...a little glimpse into my creative world by filmmaker extraordinaire and lovely friend Christopher Collins! Enjoy :)

Monday, June 23, 2014

a different kind of mojo ♥

Hola beautiful friends!!

I hope the world is treating you with love today. I have lots of news to catch up on AND am uber excited to find out that the release date for my book has been moved forward three weeks which means that all of you gorgeous supportive friends that have been waiting patiently, since you preordered as early as last November, will soon have it in the mail. 

Two HUGE boxes of author copies have just arrived on my doorstep also so watch this space for some signed giveaways that may even have a little surprise inside!

Timely messages from the Universe have been coming in more and more lately so a few days ago when I received an email from the gorgeous Stephanie Perkinson asking if she could reach out to share her beautiful offering with my blog readers I knew it was the right thing at the right time. Since my diagnosis of Ulcerative colitis in Feb and then on top of that receiving blood test results to confirm Santana as coeliac, I've been thinking a whole lot more about our relationship with food and with our bodies. 

I have to admit I've also been in a bit of a menopausal fog for a while now and the possibilities conjured up by the words Sexy, raw and radiant stirred something deep inside me....something latent but not lost.

 I am going to join Stephanie on July 7th and see if I can get some of that mojo back!

Maybe you would like to join me? ♥

Read on and make sure you leave a comment below to be in the giveaway for a free spot and a chance to reignite your own sexy, raw radiance!

Hello Sweet Ones.

I am so honored to be here in Tracy's sacred space, sharing a little bit about myself and what I’m about. My name is Stephanie Perkinson, holistic health & lifestyle coach, mama to 2, artist, lover of wildflowers, the scent of beeswax candles and impromptu picnics. I believe that beauty everyday is non-negotiable and we can find it everywhere from the the gorgeous colors on our plate to the beautiful mess around the bathroom sink.

I discovered my path to becoming a holistic health and lifestyle coach several years ago. It all started because I was tired of looking in the mirror and not recognizing the person I saw. I was depressed and finding it hard to be passionate about anything. Nothing felt like “me” anymore, from the way I cut my hair to the clothes I chose to wear. I decided it was time to take a deep breath, stop making excuses and really commit to changing my life.

Committing to change didn’t happen overnight for me, it was about taking baby steps in the right direction. It was about asking for help. It was about learning how to say yes to myself. It was discovering how to trust, forgive and love my body during the process. Over time all of that added up to a big, life-changing shift.

I love supporting and showing women what’s possible and how to discover their radiance. I’m so excited about my e-course, “Sexy, Raw & Radiant”. It's a program that takes a seasonal approach to sustainable wellness. I take everything I’ve learned and share it with you, through support, recipes, and community.

I believe our bodies need time to adapt when we start something new. This program will show you how to easily add in more yummy raw foods at your own pace, in a way that feels right for you. I like to think of eating raw foods as a gateway to wellness. Our bodies begin to shift gears as well feed it what we truly need. Together we will gently focus on ways to love up our bodies and ourselves (outside the kitchen) for exactly who we are in this present moment, ultimately helping you to create a more trusting relationship with food.

We are going to be doing some powerful work, seeking and feeling our way back to our ourselves. I want to assure you that this is not a cleanse or a fully raw challenge.  There is no timeline you need to adhere to so you'll never be behind. Everyone is encouraged to go at their own pace and incorporate as much or as little raw food as feels right for your body. It's all about finding ease and inspiration in our creative and beautiful lives.

Raw food is beautiful, simple, and delicious. Not sure about that? Well, I am thrilled to be sharing a recipe with you today for our Raw & Radiant Cocoa Bites so you can see for yourself. Just click here to download the beautiful, printable recipe page!

Sexy, Raw & Radiant begins July 7th and today I'm so thrilled to be giving away a spot in class to one lucky reader. Just let us know in the comments why this course seems to be singing to your soul.  We'll pick a random name in 5 days! 

*If you'd like more chances to win go ahead and share on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and come back and tell us!

Stephanie Perkinson
Design the life you want, starting with the food you eat
Certified Nutrition Coach & Holistic Design Consultant

Saturday, May 31, 2014


Tonight I'm making pesto...from scratch...my mouth is salivating...but I am not without apprehension.

Over pesto?
Let me explain......

several years ago after a delish meal of homemade pesto, I slipped into my PJ's, squeezed some toothpaste onto my brush and had the oddest experience.
The toothpaste didn't taste like toothpaste at all, instead, there was an overwhelming taste of bitterness
I came downstairs and asked Marco and the girls to try the toothpaste..
does it taste weird to you?
nope, all fine....
so strange, I thought and took myself off to bed...
Over the next week things got worse
EVERY single thing I ate had the same taste..bitter, bitter, bitter!
apples, yoghurt, salad. chocolate, chicken, everything bitter!
No differentiation whatsoever between foods....
It was like all of the different areas of my taste buds had been switched off
 and turned to bitter sensors, sweetness, salty, sour, umami, all gone
bitterness the only one left, crazy right? 
Can you imagine?

I'm not really a sugar fiend but oh how I wanted to taste it again!
Obviously it started to freak me out!

How could a donut taste bitter?
A spoon of honey bitter?
It was the strangest thing...

So I looked it up and found it had a name
Pine mouth ( of course my coworkers at the time had  lot of fun with that!)

I found that there were lots of people experiencing this strange phenomenon after eating pine nuts
and that thankfully it would resolve in a week or two..here's a little research update in case it ever happens to you.....

The New South Wales Food Authority recently completed a study on Pine Mouth as far as the causes of it and any concerns linked to it. This condition goes by a couple of names, including Pine Mouth and Pine Nut Syndrome. It is the condition when someone who eats pine nuts regularly starts to taste something metallic and bitter all of the time. The problem can last for up to two weeks, but generally goes away within a few days.
The New Study
The new study focused on the number of cases reported of the syndrome and some interesting findings were noted.
  • The number of Pine Mouth cases have increased since 2009.
  • Pine Mouth seems to be caused by a particular type of pine nut.
  • The species that is a problem is called Pinus Armandii and it is exported from China.
Response to the Study
Because of this new study, changes have been made by the Chinese government. Now, this particular type of pine nut is no longer exported to other countries from China. This is a method used to avoid other people suffering from Pine Mouth.
Another change that has been made was by the Codex Alimentarius Commission which added the particular species called Pinus Armandii to its inedible foods list. Additionally, Pinus Massoniana has been removed by the commission for the safety of consumers. Although, this second species has not yet been linked to the problem of Pine Mouth
Two things I have taken from this experience
the experience of sweetness is so much more potently appreciated after the bitterness passes
i love pesto too much to be put off for life!

“Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive.” 
― Joanne HarrisChocolat
wishing you all happy, shiny, sweetness this week ♥
love Tracy xox

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Deep Listening

In my Sacred Marks workshops I love to share the Aboriginal concept of Dadirri

~Deep Listening.

Aboriginal writer Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann describes deep listening as follows:
“NGANGIKURUNGKURR means ‘Deep Water Sounds’. Ngangikurungkurr is the name of my tribe. The word can be broken up into three parts: Ngangi means word or sound, Kuri means water, and kurr means deep. So the name of my people means ‘the Deep Water Sounds’ or ‘Sounds of the Deep’.
Miriam-Rose speaks of: “a special quality of my people. I believe it is the most important. It is our most unique gift. It is perhaps the greatest gift we can give to our fellow Australians. In our language this quality is called dadirri. It is inner, deep listening and quiet, still awareness. Dadirri recognises the deep spring that is inside us. We call on it and it calls to us. This is the gift that Australia is thirsting for. It is something like what you call ‘contemplation’.
When I experience dadirri, I am made whole again. I can sit on the riverbank or walk through the trees; even if someone close to me has passed away, I can find my peace in this silent awareness. There is no need of words. A big part of dadirri is listening”.
 I find my moments of deep listening by the sea....

 in the feel of the fine white sand between my toes...

 In the expanse of the sky and the ever changing cloud formations reflected below

 in the silent, playful companions that sometimes join me in a morning walk...

In the mysterious hieroglyphic messages left by the pippies at low tide

 in the rivulets left behind where the water caresses the sand...
in ancient eroded stone
 in peeling bark

decorated with moth larvae scribbles

I find small moments of deep stillness and then

I try
to describe it
through my artmaking

experimenting with small works on paper
with colour and mark....
then working large and free, finding flow in contemplation, intention, control and surrender...

all in readiness for my upcoming exhibition
"Deep Listening"
here at our casa in Huskisson
as part of the See Change Arts Festival
Drop on in May 22nd 5-7pm for a glass of vino at the official opening if you are nearby ♥

Wishing you deep listening, calm stillness and playful exploring today

lots of love Tracy ♥♥♥

ps that little rock was gifted to me by one of the most gorgeous women I know. 
You'll find all kinds of love at Kelli May-Krenz' blog here
Go say hello and give her a hug from me while you're there xx

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Hellooooooo nature!!

On Saturday mi amor walks by me as I sit at my usual spot in front of the computer, 
working on a hundred things at once, 
and says........

"No work tomorrow ok? Lets go for a picnic somewhere. 
I cant believe you've never been to Steamers Beach...."

a slight sense of anxiety passes over me....I have become accustomed to filling my days with work, 
grateful that I have the luxury of doing the things I love and calling it work, 
frenetic about all the possibilities and all I want to put out into the world.....
 I have forgotten what it is to actually take a whole day off
and then.... a sense of relief washes over me.....

Yes, I say. That would be wonderful!

8 kms later....
a day of breathing in the beauty,
 the simplest of picnics on the most gorgeous of beaches....
 and I am feeling totally replenished.

I want every Sunday to be a new adventure!
Hold me to it ok?

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.  ~Kahlil Gibran

 “Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees.”
— Karle Wilson Baker

 “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
— Henry David Thoreau

“Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.”
— Terry Tempest Williams

 There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more.
~George Gordon, Lord Byron

 Adopt the pace of nature:  her secret is patience.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.  ~Henry David Thoreau

 “Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.  ~e.e. cummings

It isn't hard to be inspired....

Tracy Verdugo. 2014. Nature Speaks. Acrylic on book page. 12x17cm(unframed) 28x23cm(matted and framed) Available for purchase.

So grateful for this little adventure and also for an opportunity to pay it forward below...first five people who comment on my post today will receive a piece of art from me some time in 2014!

i saw this on Irenes blog and decided to join in the fun!  How about you?

* Pay It Forward Art-making Project for 2014 *

I promise to make a small work of art for the first five people who comment on this post and say "YES, I want in". A 'like' alone is not enough of a commitment, nor is a comment about thinking Pay It Forward is a great idea.

You must in turn post this as your status update and make something for the first five who comment on your status.

The rules are simple:
– It has to be your work, made by you, and the recipient must receive it before 2014 ends.
РIt can be anything art-based: a drawing/illustration or a conceptual work of art, a photograph, a knitted item, cross-stitch, paper mach̩ Рor anything in between.

I'm paying this forward thanks to Irene Rafael 
 Yes, you can be on each other's pay it forward lists.

First five, GO!
ps I've decided to learn to play the ukelele
I might even sing you a song some time soon! 
Love to all! 
Ciao for now bellas ♥
Tracy xoxox

Friday, April 18, 2014

Well this is very cool!! ♥

Art Prints

Just spent the morning creating an Instaprint gallery so that you guys can now order selected prints on canvas, cards, phone covers or as framed works. All delivered directly to you! How cool is that! ♥

Will add more images through the week and if you have any favourites that you want me to add let me know!

off to the studio now for some more of this

 a little bit of this...

 and a smidgen of this!

Love to all! May you find time this weekend to frolic in a meadow, wear flowers in your hair and munch a little (or a lot of) chocolate ♥
Tracy xoxo

Monday, April 14, 2014

Its a celebration!! Two paintings to giveaway....Woohoo!! ♥

I have a lot to celebrate in my life and am so grateful that many of my creative dreams are now coming true but I have to be honest, the path to so much celebration has meant a lot of hard work over many years and my fair share of ups and downs, mistakes, failures and life lessons along the way.

Sometimes when I'm not travelling to teach,  when its just me sitting here at the computer for hours on end, tackling yet another techy learning curve, or alone in my studio losing myself in paint and listening to inspiring podcasts, I feel just a teeny bit lonely and I want to reach out to community and have you share the joy with me. 

I want you to know that my celebrations have a lot to do with all of you and how you walk this creative path alongside of me, with grace and gusto, strong strides or faltering steps, uncertainty and courage; some of you I've met and others I have yet to (and cant wait to :)),  but it still makes my heart smile so big when I get little messages like this one on FB or in my inbox....from someone who has never reached out before.....and to know that finally I can say that I have found my way and that what I am putting out into the world is true and good and love-full ♥

 "This may sound odd but although I don't know u in "real life" I would like to tell u that you've been an inspiration in art and mind. ... had a really emotionally rough year but you've sparked my creativity and it is much appreciated.....everyone should know when they are appreciated or when they have touched the lives of friends or strangers"

So here's to celebrating our blessings and achievements...

Two huge things this week as my Paint Mojo group on Facebook nudges towards 2000 members. 
Please come on over and join us here.
My first e Course announcement has generated a huge buzz with over 500 people joining the ecourse mailing list already to await the opening of registration in July!! 

Sign up here if you'd like to keep posted too ♥

To make it a real celebration I'd like to give away the two little paintings above to two lucky readers. 

Please leave a comment and your email to be in the draw and let me in on something you are dreaming of~ when you declare it the Universe listens :)

If you would be so kind to share my eCourse news on your blog, FB, twitter, Pinterest or other social media I would be soooo grateful. 

Please share the pic below and a link to my blog here and let me know if you did for an extra chance to win for every share :)

you can simply share the link to this post and that will count too.

mil besos amigos xoxox

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit” 
― E.E. Cummings

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

First Light

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay
My, oh my, what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine headin' my way
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay

Mister Bluebird's on my shoulder
It's the truth, it's actual
Ev'rything is satisfactual
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay
Wonderful feeling, wonderful day, yes sir!

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay
My, oh my, what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine headin' my way
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay

There's a bright golden haze on the meadow,
There's a bright golden haze on the meadow,
The corn is as high as an elephant's eye,
An' it looks like its climbin' clear up to the sky.

Oh what a beautiful morning,
Oh what a beautiful day,
I've got a wonderful feeling,
Everything's going my way.

All the sounds of the earth are like music,
All the sounds of the earth are like music,
The breeze is so busy it don't miss a tree,
And an ol' Weepin' Willer is laughin' at me.

Oh what a beautiful morning,
Oh what a beautiful day,
I've got a wonderful feeling,
Everything's going my way.

are you singing yet?
Let me hear you.....
I promise your day will go better
 if you start it off by belting out one of these in your best showgirl/showboy style :)

if you wanna tap dance a little that's even better
Have a shiny day everyone! ♥

Happiness is....

I've been watching so many "no make Up" pics online to promote cancer awareness and it made me think a lot about perceptions of beauty and the first time I put on make up and how it made me feel so much more beautiful at 16.....truly as if I was suddenly a supermodel and not just an average Aussie girl. I am both philosophical and outraged by the fact that it has taken me nearly fifty years to be ok with my "natural" face... All my stuff...as mi amor has always loved me "au naturel" I only hope that our girls have been with me on this journey of self discovery and self worth.....Got a pretty good feeling they're on top of it❤️️