Wednesday, December 28, 2011

out with the old in with the new ♥

"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be."
~Lao Tzu~


Hello beautiful friends...i hope you've all had the loveliest time over the past week of holiday festivities..I've been busy, busy, busy painting happily away, indulging in delish food and yummy wine, hanging out with Marco and the girls and getting in a little beach time.

today I felt moved to share a process with you which is especially relevant at this time of the year....

in honour of letting go of those things which no longer speak to us
or even about us and allowing ourselves
to move forward into our most amazing
ever blossoming newest and shiniest selves..

this painting is the last large one left of a series I painted in 2008 inspired by our family's 7 month creative sabbatical which took us from Australia to the U.S , Canada and Mexico...(you can read more about our adventures here)

all of the rest have found their new homes and gone to live with lovely new families....but this one has been sitting lonely on my sunroom wall, beckoning me to notice it and show it some love....
and so I did :)




this past year my work has become more fluid,
less defined and structured
more intuitive and filled
with layers and meaning
which sometimes I need to take a while to find

I feel like I'm doing less painting and more allowing
less deliberating and more surrendering
and I ♥ this feeling



This work no longer spoke to me in the way it once did and so I changed it
simple as that
new beginnings
new marks
over old
honouring the journey
but allowing
something fresh
to be born

maybe now its ready to find its place in the world ♥

"i walk in dreams through this wide world" Tracy Verdugo.2011. acrylic, ink and pencil on canvas. 76 x76cm. SOLD

ps if you haven't seen this amazing talk on creativity by Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert it is well worth watching :)



"To change skins, evolve into new cycles, I feel one has to learn to discard. If one changes internally, one should not continue to live with the same objects. They reflect one's mind and the psyche of yesterday. I throw away what has no dynamic, living use."
~Anaïs Nin~

15 comments:

Vanessa Johanning said...

You simply ROCK the art world! YOu are finding your own way! Yippee!!

Happy New year!! Happy New ART!!

xxoo

Vanessa!

Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

Tracy You are an amazing and beautiful woman! Happy New Year! Hugs Marilou

E'Layne Koenigsberg said...

what a great blog post...I have had a cleaning out process for about a year and my year has changed so dramatically...started www.getridofa1000thingschallenge.com and I've gotten rid of thousands of things...even at my mom's house...the "lighter" I get the more room there is for living a passionately, creative life...off to watch the video with morning coffee...big hugs...

penny patten said...

I Love it Tracy! The colors, textures and the car right in the middle. I'm envious, I wish I had more time to create. I keep telling myself that maybe in the New Year I can slow down and work less. In fact I believe this will be my New Years Resolution. (even though I don't really believe in making resolutions. I just like to set goals for myself, and if I don't obtain them this year and they carry to the next-well I just have to keep reaching for it!)

Tracy said...

Thanks for sharing, I love seeing the progression of your painting style evolve & change over time. Very inspiring & encouraging.

spaark said...

Inspiring post.I love all your quotes. I understand the process, just have to abandon myself to it...thats the hard part!! Your year is shaping up to be wonderful..cant wait to hear about all of it.hope I get to be a part of it:) xo Julie

Barbara said...

Very beautiful! Your painting is such an inspiration.

Hugs XX
Barbara

Jo Murray said...

Love the process of destruction and rediscovery. The image is just gorgeous.

Cathy {tinniegirl} said...

It's been amazing to watch your style evolve this past year. Absolutely incredible. Can't wait to have some more original Tracy Verdugo's in my home one day.

I adore that Anais Nin quote too. It's perfect. Thanks.

Julie Delves said...

Your painting is very beautiful! I can find it very difficult to still the critical voice when I am painting, that feeling of being 'lost' in the work is so special; wonderful that you are able to get there and produce such wonderful art.

christy nimeh said...

love the painting and the process. I am always inspired by you! xoxo

christy nimeh said...

YES! I just discovered how to always be able to leave a comment on your blog..... yay

Gratitude N Grace said...

Your truth is always so refreshing, Tracy! I love taking the old and giving it new life! (we should do this for ourselves everyday! lol) Happy New Year...and Wow! What a year you have ahead! (and I get to be a part of it! YAY!!!) Love you! Selah <3

Jen Norton said...

Hi Tracy...I just found you through the HSHB participant list. Looking forward to the class and "meeting" you! Love your art! If I can figure out how to do it, I'm going to share this video. So good!

Jamie-Lynn said...

Great work! I love the colors!