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

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.
and...
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 :)

OR 
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❤️️


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sorry to leave you hanging but spontaneous is just more my style!

 Tracy Verdugo. 2014 Dancing on the Edge of Sublime. Acrylic on canvas. 30x30". $1750.

Well Helloooooooooo!!!

So sorry to leave you hanging! 

It seems short and sweet just isn't my style so lets get back to posts that are intermittent, sporadic, inconsistent,spontaneous, wordy, sparse, elaborate or just generally wherever the mood takes me!
Now that sounds more like me! :)
 Tracy Verdugo. 2014. Kitty in the house. acrylic/mixed media on ply. 30x30" $325.

Less time on the computer has meant more time in my studio and for that I am truly grateful!!

 Tracy Verdugo. 2014, Where the Current Takes me. acrylic/mixed media on canvas. 30x40" $2200


Tracy Verdugo. 2014. Going with the Flow. acrylic/mixed media on canvas. 30x30". Sold.




 I even finally started work on a very LARGE commission for my sweet Aunt Robbie in Florida! It was so daunting to begin but I am loving working on it now that I have started!



 The main reason I have been able to spend so much more time in my studio is this beautiful girl!!
If you haven't virtually met Kyla yet she is the lifesaver who has taken over most of my emails, registrations and general office shenanigans allowing me more time to PAINT, PAINT, PAINT!!

This is us at Kyla's beautiful Great Gatsby style wedding last month to her handsome guy Adam!

The wedding was amazing!
A totally dreamy day ♥

In other momentous news this cheeky little munchkin turned 17!!
Happy birthday Sienna!! ♥


and this gorgeous girl took off with her handsome (and super sweet) guy for two months of adventures in California, New York, Miami and Mexico!

We miss you already Santana and Jacob but Viber makes you seem not so far away and I'm going to love keeping up to date on your blog

While she is travelling Santana will be working on a very cool collaboration with Oh Deer Boutique. They have the best vintage clothes and have given her several of the cutest dresses to take with her for a travelling self portrait photo shoot. Cannot wait to see what comes! Feel free to follow her adventures!

 I may have already mentioned but I was over the moon thrilled to be featured in this step by step tutorial in the current Spring Edition of Somerset Apprentice AND will also be featured in an 8-10 page spread in Somerset Studio in July right before my book comes out!! 

How amazingly cool is that!!!!

and...last but not least......drum roll please!



I have started work on my very first E Course!!

Kyla and I have started shooting video and the ideas are flowing big time. ......jumping in at the deep end again but that's how I roll! 
I'm so excited about this as I truly feel that there is a creative revolution happening, that the more people on the planet who find their creative mojo, the more we will be moving, as a whole, in the direction of love, flow and positive harmony. 
That I get to have even the tiniest part in this kind of change makes my heart sing! ♥

We're giving ourselves a six month lead in because I want it to be amazing AND we have quite a learning curve to navigate (thank you Megan Auman for your fab course Do-teach)! 

Please sign up here for all the details as they come into being ♥


May you scatter rainbows and love everywhere you go today ♥
(feel free to print her out and hang her on your wall as a reminder)

lots of love Tracy xoxox

Saturday, March 8, 2014

The KISS project~ keep it simple sunshine~day 6

Ok, ok I'm not trying to trick you...
so I missed a couple of days! 
Life gets busy right?

Especially when you have outsider artist extraordinaire coming to stay at your house and are trying to tie up a bunch of loose ends in anticipation of THREE DAYS of solid painting with him and ten other beautiful creatives!
 Leaving you with a few pics of Jesse in action Day one and a few of my pieces in progress....exhausted but rearing to go again tomorrow!

Hasta manana! or manana or manana ;p











Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The KISS Project~Keep it simple sunshine~Day 5







“I will take the sun in my mouth

and leap into the ripe air 
Alive 
with closed eyes
to dash against darkness” 
~E.E Cummings

That's it for today

off to take a leap...

love to you all ♥

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The KISS Project~Keep it simple sunshine~Day 4


Whoops! I meant to post last night but somehow I ended up out on our back deck with our studio guests Mark and Margo who were trying their hand at some pizza making, and one glass of red wine turned into several (my head is not thanking me), with some awesome,stimulating conversation well into the night. 
Oh well. its still Tuesday in much of the world right?

 and for those of you who have been asking when Amazon is going to add the "look inside" feature for my book, I've just finished my final author review so it shouldn't be too long now. 
Here's a little peek at the black and white version. Cant wait to see it in technicolour!!

Happy day to you all. 
Will check back in this evening with my Day 5 KISS post ♥

Sunday, March 2, 2014

The KISS project~Keep it simple sunshine~Day 3

Having fun with a new app (Pixlromatic) Misty Mawn turned me onto in her awesome Full Circle workshop

Wandering around the house and garden snapping pics; Sienna's quirky nature evident in her room; a shrine to Pop culture....

 Santana's style calmer, a little more reflective, she's learning how to surround herself with things that nourish her soul...


In the garden my favourite tree, a dwarf mulberry. twisted around itself, all of its branches wrapped in a giant self embrace.....

 Quiet spots to sit remind me I need to do more of that, with no computer in sight....

 Pieces of art embedded everywhere, like this luna in the back of the horno.....

 lovingly built by mi amor who, when people look at our home and ask him, "so you're an artist too?" doesnt yet feel comfortable saying, "Yes". 
I think he is an amazing artist ♥


All over our casa small loving , detailed touches, each a work of art, like the stairs to our bedroom...


the virgen de Guadalupe watches over all from the top of the landing....

and in my studio inspiration flows....


life's snippets. powerful joymakers. all around you. 
will you stop and breathe them in a little today?

hasta manana
besos
Tracy xoxo








Saturday, March 1, 2014

The KISS project~ Keep it Simple Sunshine~Day 2

a month or more of short and sweet blogging :)


three very exciting things to share today!

Image credit:Lisa Bowen Barker
My first published article in the Spring edition of 
Somerset Apprentice!! 
It will take a while to get my copy all the way over here,
 but I think its about 7 pages long and I walk you, step by step,
through the process of this painting. 
Pick up a copy and let me know how you go finding your own inspiration. 
Would love to see your images on my Paint Mojo FB group page :)


A very special mail delivery!! The finished pages of my book ( don't get to see the colour version until July) arrived for the final author review! Today will be spent proofreading....it all seems so surreal!


Especially when I see things like THIS!!


A very special visitor arrives this week! 
The time has finally come for the uber talented Jesse Reno to hit Aussie shores. First stop Melbourne, then we welcome him into our casa later in the week.

Maybe we'll be seeing some new creatures in his paintings soon!
I'm ready for an awesome creative weekend!!
Bring it on!! So fun to be the student sometimes!


 Hope all is lovely in your world ♥ 
A very cruisey Sunday ahead for me after a super fun retro 50th birthday party last night. 
We have the best community and friends!!
 That's birthday girl Kate B in the middle with the equally gorgeous Jo and Kate R on either side...


I got to wear a very funky vintage dress I picked up thrifting in Wisconsin and Sienna kindly gave me a super glam up do and some kitten eyes...ooo la la!!

until tomorrow beautiful people. Let me know if you're going to join in and spread the KISSES!!

love Tracy ♥

Friday, February 28, 2014

The KISS project~Keep it simple sunshine! Day one ♥

Last weekend I taught my Paint Mojo workshop here in our little village by the sea. 



In an oversight I planned the workshop on the same weekend as a massive annual world class triathlon.

On this weekend each year thousands of super fit looking people flood the area, roads are blocked and it takes forever to get from Point A to Point B.

My hugest apologies to my students who battled the detours and fervent traffic volunteers to get to class, some of you taking an hour to drive what would normally take 15 minutes or less!

We certainly needed those deep breaths we took in circle time and then, of course laughter is always the great diffuser of stress and we had plenty of that over the weekend!

On the way to class on Sunday my friend Neelam, who stayed with us for the weekend, told me of a fictitious word her father would use to describe such a convoluted journey...."You're taking the ingara vingara route" he would say...

Now  I have a certain penchant for speaking in accents so this expression (in my best Indian accent) became my new favourite phrase this week......

as I rolled these fun words across my tongue I got to thinking about all the ways I take the ingara vingara route in my life and how much this leads to a sense of overwhelm, complicating things in a way that is really not necessary...

Like this blog, and how every time I go to write a new post I feel the need to encompass this whole Universe and the one next door too, to write of profound things accompanied by a myriad of pics...so much so that it all becomes too much and I end up avoiding the task for weeks at a time!

So here's the deal.....

For the month of March and maybe beyond
I am launching the KISS project
Keep it Simple Sunshine...

thats right...
no more ingara vingara
just keep it simple

Feel free to join me with your own daily post of something short and sweet


Taking  visiting NZ/Swedish friends to find their first kangaroos. 
Max thinks this is the perfect sized playmate,
 while Meya tells one, matter of factly, "we ate one of you last night" 
Yep..tried BBQ kangaroo for the first time and it was pretty good...


playing with fun apps and taking lots of pics around our casa.....also playing with the idea that my first online course will be called "mi casa su casa" and everyone will be invited to come into our home and be inspired to create beautiful things with me :)


seeing out the last of the Summer days with lots of sweet shared memories...


and there's Simon cooking up the kangaroo steaks on the back deck...sorry Skippy!!

Hasta manana...kisses for all ♥

ps Almost forgot! Registration is now open for 

http://www.adventuresinitaly.net/f15verdugo.html

Would love to meet up in Orvieto next year

OR how about the South of France in July 2015??
Medieval villages, fleamarkets, superb wine and food, sunflower fields and castles...anyone?
Registration open soon or email me to go on the "ooo la la, I'm wildly interested" list...
info@tracyverdugo.com