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

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Paint Mojo Portugal July 2015!

Hello my creative adventurers!

Over the next several weeks, each Thursday, we will do some dreaming together as I introduce all of the longer workshops and retreats I will be facilitating in 2015 (and begin to plan for 2016) and invite you to gift yourself the space and time to join me in one of several very special places next year, for a more expansive journey into finding your mojo and nurturing your creative spirit. Some will be all inclusive, others partially so or workshop only. More information on each can be found here

Lets talk about Portugal......

a place of "medieval castles, cobblestoned villages, captivating cities and golden beaches" says Lonely Planet.....

Image credit: Next trip tourism 
A place that I am thrilled to be teaching at in July 2015, and not just a small two day affair mind you, but a full six day creative experience.

"Imagine, explore, create and discover while breathing in the 
inspiration of the gorgeous Estoril~Cascais region in Portugal!
I am so excited to be teaching at Margarida’s lovely studio in 2015. We 
have been planning and dreaming for so long and now it is becoming a 
reality. Portugal has been top of the list as a European destination for 
Marco and I for a long time so this is truly a dream come true. Traveling is 
such a huge love for me, exploring other cultures, connecting, wandering, 
wondering, and learning more about myself by learning about others. I 
hope you can join me!!"

My wonderful friend Margarida Alberty will be my host in her fabulous studio and I am beside myself with excitement thinking about what she has planned for us!

Here's what Margarida has to say about the beautiful area she lives in!
"We want to give you the opportunity to experience the creative side of the workshops, and also discover what Portugal has to offer.
This is a great way to explore places of interest and get in touch with real Portuguese life by experiencing great food, wine, traditions, music (Fado), scenery and history of this beautiful, ancient European country.
We are ideally located at a beach resort near Lisbon (28 km) and close to the hills of Sintra - a historical world heritage site.
You can plan a wonderful vacation where you enjoy Portugal and the Paint Mojo workshop at the same time.
What are you doing between
29th July - 5th August

Why not join me in Estoril?

Cost-$925-workshop price only

**students are responsible for their own accommodation, meals and transportation**
Some affordable accommodation is available at Margarida's lovely property and can be organised directly through her. Many other options available close by. Airbnb is one of my favorite places to book accommodation and they have some awesome places in Estoril!
During this wonderful week of painting, sketching, photography, mixed media and playful exploration in Portugal, you will intermingle your senses, rekindle your creative mojo and find ways to cultivate your own authentic mark, all from a place of curiosity, wonder and gratitude!
With camera and sketchbook in hand, we will gather daily inspiration from forays into the surrounding towns, to markets and monuments, beautiful beaches and colourful village streetscapes, feeling the passion of our surroundings, and bringing all of this to our art practice each day in Margarida’s large and delightful studio.
(morning or afternoon sessions with one day free to explore).
Our tastebuds will also be titillated as we dine on the delicious regional foods, of course with seafood and local wines a specialty!
This special week will enliven your senses, enhance your creative journey and expand your joy parameters!
Suitable for all levels of creative exploration...

Estoril Cascais
"That's where we'll be having the workshop. It's a beach town with a lot to see. There is a promenade along the Atlantic with small creeks and beaches, Restaurants and Handicrafts fair, Cabo the Roca, the most western part of Europe with great views, and natural landscapes. 
I can also take you to some little secrets..." says Margarida.

A world heritage site with so many palaces and castles and beautiful sights. A wonderland with magic. (just 15 minute ride from studio).

Would love to hang out in Portugal with you!
Last week we dreamt about Ireland
Next week we talk about Italy!
Until then
lots of love Tracy xox

ps remember you can find more info on all of my upcoming workshops and online courses here :)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Paint Mojo Ireland~ coming up soon!

Hello my creative adventurers!!

Long time, no see, in this bloggity part of the world!
I hope all is wonder-filled in your lives and that your troubles are small and few, 
or even non existent!

my sincere apologies
I entered the zone of no return once more, by not posting for so long, 
that it became too overwhelming to share all the amazingness, 
so I just didn't.

Things are settling a little now though, and I am back on board, ready to pull up a chair, 
share a cuppa with you all and fill you in, 
(in bite size chunks~goodbye overwhelm!) 
on happenings past, present and future! 

So today, lets talk TRAVEL!!

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
Marcel Proust

Over the next few weeks, each Thursday, we will do some dreaming together as I introduce all of the longer retreats I will be facilitating in 2015 (and begin to plan for 2016) and invite you to gift yourself the space and time to join me in one of several very special places next year, for a longer journey into finding your mojo and nurturing your creative spirit.

Lets talk about Ireland, 
a place of dreams and mystery, music and dance, 
history and enchantment, 
Guinness and giggles... (well hearty laughs more like it!) 

A place that I am thrilled to be teaching at in June 2015, and not just a small two day affair mind you, but a full immersion, 
no holds barred Irish Mojo finding retreat
in astoundingly beautiful West Cork with 4 whole days/5 nights to explore and be inspired!

My wonderful friend and super talented artist herself, Pauline Agnew will be my host and I am beside myself with excitement thinking about what she has planned for us!

What are you doing between
14th-19th June, 2015?

Why not join me here?

Here's what Pauline had to say about our destination when she first put the idea out to me!

Needless to say it didn't take much to convince me!

"Clonakilty is an award winning seaside town with lots of colour and flowers, a feature of West Cork towns in general, but Clon as we call it here is my favourite!

It has great restaurants, pubs and the people are really friendly.

The Paint Mojo Ireland retreat will be held at 'Fernhill House Hotel and Gardens' on the outskirts of the town and here is your workshop space! This marquee has plenty of space for creative play and is set in four acres of beautiful gardens with a glorious view. VERY inspiring for artists! There are also bathroom facilities right beside the marquee and I will provide a tea and coffee station.

Each participant will have a private room and bathroom. That will really appeal, and the bedrooms are lovely. It's a family hotel and has 27 bedrooms. It's warm, bright,and welcoming as you can see from the reception area, and the staff are lovely."

This trip of a lifetime includes:
- opening night wine reception.
- 5 nights bed and breakfast in a PRIVATE room with bath, in Fernhill House Hotel.
- 4 day workshop with Tracy.
-  Gathering inspiration Day trip by boat to Garinish Island, West Cork, a magical location.
- ‘A taste of West Cork’ evening cookery class
-  Final night dinner with wine at Fernhill House Hotel
-  4 delicious lunches catered by Fernhill House.
Please note: Fee does not include travel costs to this destination.

Paint Mojo – Ireland
Event Fee = €1175/$1598 US

Places are limited and starting to fill so don't wait too long. 
Head on over here to register today!

You might also want to extend your trip a little before or after the workshop. So much BEAUTY to explore!!

Image Credit: Great Island Photography
This last image from a great blog that will have you even more inspired! 

Well thats all for now. Let me know if you're tempted
as my great uncle Tas used to say

"Top of the morning to you!"

I wont leave it so long between drinks next time! :)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Free as a bird

Hola my little petunias!

Yes its Spring here in Australia♥

Glorious wonderful Spring
the time when I get a little goofy and say things like
"Hola my little petunias!"

the time when I get my hands in the dirt
and plant some little seedlings 
to provide us with summer salads

the time when the beautiful Koels fly
all the way from New Guinea to live in our
backyard a while
and wait for the mulberries to ripen

a time for throwing open doors 
and stepping out onto the balcony barefoot
to greet the morning sun

a time to stroll around the garden and revel in the 
profusion of daisies and nasturtiums tumbling down the fence
self seeded, just doing their own thing
year after year...

a time for completion, like this massive buffalo commission
 I have been working on for more than a year
finally finished 
I have fallen in love with it ♥
but soon it will be on its way to Florida
to live with my beautiful Aunt Robbie
luckily I will get to visit them both next year :)

a time for new beginnings like my very first Paint Mojo Ecourse
where I am already blown away 
in week one with all of the wonder
that is emerging from my amazing students!
I chose these beautiful images at random from the hundreds already posted in week one.

Such fun we are having with poems and monoprints, 
finding possibility in our palettes even, and making marks on our big, big canvases!
learning together this week to be 
free as a bird

If you would like to be a part of such wondrous happenings you can still register here.

Paint Mojo the ecourse runs for 6 weeks but content is up for 6 months after that.

Plenty of time to play!

ciao for now :)

off to frolic in the Springness!
oodles of love your way
Tracy xox

ps I know that its Autumn for a lot of you in other parts and of course that has its beauty to...
but I love, love. love Spring!
just had to share that and this lovely poem below....

“sweet spring is your
time is my time is our
time for springtime is lovetime
and viva sweet love

(all the merry little birds are
flying in the floating in the
very spirits singing in
are winging in the blossoming)

lovers go and lovers come
awandering awondering
but any two are perfectly
alone there's nobody else alive

(such a sky and such a sun
i never knew and neither did you
and everybody never breathed
quite so many kinds of yes)

not a tree can count his leaves
each herself by opening
but shining who by thousands mean
only one amazing thing

(secretly adoring shyly
tiny winging darting floating
merry in the blossoming
always joyful selves are singing)

sweet spring is your
time is my time is our
time for springtime is lovetime
and viva sweet love”

~E.E Cummings

Monday, September 22, 2014

content :)

I pour my coffee, add a dash of hazelnut syrup and will myself not to walk back past my computer.  
If I do it will draw me in like a giant Venus Flytrap. 

It is the morning of the eve of the launch of my very first ecourse and I am holding the space for almost 400 beautiful, eager, excited, anxious creatives. I feel like a mama hen to all of them, thoughts racing around my mind, worried that my students wont have found the scratch foam needed for week one, worried that I haven’t given enough, or that I am not enough…worried about the very things I tell my students not to worry about.

Breathe…repeat…I am enough…breathe…..repeat…I am enough….

I have fallen into a bad habit of checking emails as soon as I wake, made worse by the fact that the time difference between Australia and other parts of the world is so great. Often when I wake there are frantic emails from students who haven’t received info or can’t find suggested supplies, written hours before with a sense of urgency.

I jump into overdrive, responding sometimes before I am even fully awake, knowing I shouldn’t be starting my day this way…..

Today, the sun invites me outside, its warmth touches my skin and I feel the promise of Spring. I take my coffee and a book that has jumped into my awareness three times in the past two weeks. I have ordered it but my lovely Kyla has also bought it to share with me while I wait for mine to arrive.

The book is “One; living as one and loving it’ by Victoria Alexander. I am surprised to find that it is written for and about living life as a single person. I have taken it to mean living life as a “connected” person in the context that we are all “one”…it is a beautiful book and there is much wisdom in it for those who live with others too.

I stroll the block to the gorgeous, eucalypt fringed, turquoise waters that I have been neglecting and sink into the soft waiting fine white sand. I take off a pair of ratty old sandals that I have had for years, comfy, well worn shoes that I wear to all of my warm weather workshops, and put them beside me. My eye falls on a delicate imprint in the sand, a flower etched like a pretty stamp, I see another and another and realize it is the pattern on the bottom of my old shoes. I have never noticed it before, hidden beneath my feet, never knew it was there, this sweet design that now dots the beach all the way back to the weathered timber stairs.

I spend some time happily stamping flowers into the sand all around me, surrounding myself with sandy blooms.  It feels like a good thing to be doing on such a morning. I sip my coffee and open the book to a page with the heading “Content” and the author tells me she loves the title of this page as it has the dual meanings of satisfaction, happiness and also implies “what’s contained within”. I take this as a message from the Universe that everything is fine, that the content of my ecourse is as it’s meant to be, that I have worked hard and my intentions are good and that my students will find what they are meant to find within it.

I don’t have my phone with me to take a photo. I have left it at home along with the temptation to be online instead of just “be-ing” at the beach.

I come home, write this blog and bring my camera back to the beach just because I love pictures and want to share.

My morning epiphany; you can spread flowers and beauty all over the earth with the oldest, most ordinary, least ostentatious parts of your being and never even know you are doing it. 

Isn't that a wonderful thing to know?

ps if you haven't already signed up there is still time to join in the very first Paint Mojo Ecourse, to find your mojo and make your mark! 

So much excitement and a gorgeous community already buzzing. 

Class starts this Wed 24th Sept. 
Click here for all the info! 
**POSTSCRIPT~next session of Paint Mojo the ecourse starts Feb 14th with Earlybird registration open Jan 1st. Sign up here to be in the loop ♥ http://mad.ly/signups/104761/join 

Friday, August 29, 2014

GIVEAWAY!! Three spots in my ecourse!!! Who wants one? ♥

Hello beautiful friends!!

I'm back from Bali where the lovely Louise Gale and I hosted two amazing groups of creative women for my Sacred Marks retreats.

I'm feeling rejuvenated and rearing to go as we continue to put together my very first ecourse and sooooo excited that more than 240 enthusiastic students have registered so far to find their mojo and make their mark!



I had really meant to do this earlier but you know, the best laid plans can go astray when you're busy having fu...um, working hard in tropical paradise!

because I've left it a little late I've also decided to extend the early bird price of $197 until midnight Sept 5th (pacific standard time)!! 

Woohoo! That's also the day I will draw the names of the three winners :)

Here's how to enter ♥

Leave me a comment below telling me why you'd love to win.
Share this post on your FB page, blog, twitter, pinterest and any other place you feel compelled to. 

Then tell me how many shares you made and each one will get you a chance to win! 

Easy peasy right?

ps if you decide to register for the early bird price and then you win, I will refund your payment or you can gift it as a scholarship. I have several deserving people in mind ♥

I know you have all been curious about content so I wanted to share some snippets with you. We'll be looking at "tantalising textures", "inky explorations", "palettes of possibility" "pathways to abstraction" and "ban the background/bring on luscious layers" along with many other exciting techniques and processes!

We'll also be exploring ways to cultivate your own unique style, embrace happy accidents and say YES to a looser, happier, more creative YOU!

If you're sitting on the fence and unsure whether to join me in my first ever ecourse this might help you to decide :)

This morning I received an email from an FB friend wanting to join up but confused about my recent FB post with examples of the kinds of things we will be exploring; "are we doing portraits?" the emailer asked, " I love portraits. You didn't mention that in the class description."
Maybe you feel like my class descriptions have been a little ambiguous or unclear.
Let me try to explain why....
Firstly I KNOW that many of you are all ready to venture fearlessly (or anxiously) outside of your comfort zones. You may have already attended an in person workshop or read my book or follow this blog and I'm pretty sure I get that message across in each. 
I know you are up for that kind of creative growth and that makes me uber excited!
This will NOT be a class about step by step instructions, about painting a painting like me or even about specific techniques (although I will share lots of those).

This WILL be a class about finding your voice, your style, your confidence. About exploring creative process and possibilities and finding new things, epiphanies from mistakes, happy accidents, making new connections and being open to new dreams.

Maybe you'll find a portrait from your palette or an elephant in your inky explorations, or maybe you'll find something you never even dreamed of.

I WILL challenge you to shift perspectives and the way I will be doing that is by inviting you into my own process as I do the same.

There will be two very different video deliveries each week. 

One, a professionally filmed HD video that follows the progress of one of my large format paintings. This will be very much like attending a live two day workshop with me and I will talk you through the moves I make, the symbols I use, the colours I choose, the problems I encounter and how I solve them.

My intention is for you to paint a large painting alongside me and from the pics below from two of my in person workshops you can see that there will be many variations that will come from this process.

The OTHER weekly videos will be more intimate, less polished, just me (and you, and maybe a kitty or two) in my studio with my camcorder exploring ideas to share with you.

Here's the thing...
I LOVE to be in the same heart/mind space as my students. My workshops are never rehearsed or planned to the last detail. I am ALWAYS open to heading off in brand new directions and these videos will show that.
Although in each one I do start off with a general idea of the project that will go with the weekly theme I have not rehearsed or tested the project beforehand in any case.
This is so EXCITING as you will be right there with me as I make a new discovery OR change direction OR create a little side project from my leftover paint that will reappear in a later week. You will be right there as I make a mistake or LOVE what I am doing or decide I DON'T like what I am doing, or get a bit frustrated or stick my brush in my coffee (well I haven't done that yet but you never know, I'm still filming.)

In essence you will be there with me in my slightly messy, definitely not "styled" creative space and together we will move forward and get stuck and make messes and beauty all at the same time.
Along with the videos there will be PDF's and prompts and explanations and inspirations..lots and lots.
Does this all make sense?? 

Are you READY to let go of any preconceived notions and TRUST? 
Are you with me?
Good luck everyone!! Winners announced on the morning of Sept 5th.
Hope to see you when the classroom doors open Sept 24th. Our FB community is already buzzing with excitement!

If you're ready to register and want to make sure you catch the early bird go here right now :)

lots of love Tracy♥

ps this giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the lucky winners Beth Weatherford, Suzanne Schroder and Michelle Reuss! You can still register for Paint Mojo the ecourse until end October! :)