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

Friday, September 30, 2011

feeling wonky!

Hi beautiful peeps!
I've just signed up for Blogtoberfest and you can too by clicking the little link somewhere over there on the right....I'm not even sure how it all works yet but I can feel a giveaway coming on and it also means that I'm making a commitment to blog every day this month which means you'll be getting the good, bad and the ugly and today I'm totally feeling like a mixture of all three...I dont really want to go into it suffice to say that I'm in a seriously self doubting mood and I'm just going to have to ride it out...my studio feels like a good place to hide today I think...both of the girls are working at their weekend jobs, Marco's waiting for the wind to pick up so he can go kite surfing and me, well I think I'll just go and dip some fingers in some paint.
Here's a fun exercise you might like to try!


Find an image from a mag or an online royalty free site...grid it up!


On a clean piece of paper place the dots as if you're going to duplicate the grid but then warp the lines as you connect the dots.....



Sketch what you see in each box from the original photo but follow the warp of the lines....WONKY WARP # 1! this one with felt marker :)


Follow the instructions again for extra warpiness!



For this one I used ink.
I feel a bit like this today :~'

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dont let your song go unsung....la la la la!!!!!

Now that I know how to embed videos in my blog I thought I should probably post this little video I made of some of my work from over the past 12 years.

Hope you enjoy!

That's me singing too and I know I keep that pretty quiet
but Marco and I are working on a new CD with the gorgeous Ged and Syd
and we're aiming to release it towards the end of the year...
Hopefully by then I will have figured out how to make
some videos to go along with our music :)

Just wanted to share for those of you on your own creative journey that it has, for me, not all been easy to let my voice be heard. I sang for years in my bedroom, in the shower, busting out in the house when no one was around...singing along to mums Dolly Parton records (Jolene, Jolene, Jolene,Joleeeeeeene...I'm begging of you please dont take my man!)and memorising all the words to Grease when I was 12...

but it wasn't until I was in my early thirties that I began to get the courage to sing in front of others, first just to Marco, then one other friend, then a small group, then after three years of encouragement from Marco and others, my first gig! 8 months pregnant with Sienna!

I still get super nervous about performing but I challenge myself to "feel the fear and do it anyway"! We just recorded a version of "Here comes the sun" and I'd love you all to send me your best heart warming Spring/summer pics so I can make a little slideshow for my Youtube channel. Also if you'd like to hear some music from our last CD you can head over here for a listen :)



ps you'll be hearing from me quite a bit in October as I'm taking part in Blogtoberfest over here at my friend Cathy's (aka tinnie girl) blog...looks like a lot of fun so come join us!

pps if you LOVE Lisa Sonora Beams book The Creative Entrepreneur as much as I do head on over to my Magically Mixed Art Group on FB. Lisa is thinking about starting up a FREE business chat group so jump on in to the conversation and lets us know what you need to help your creative business flourish!

ppps send your lovely sunshine/springtime/summer pics to me at tracy_verdugo@hotmail.com and feel free to add a caption

Thats it from me today..off to my studio very soon to paint...sending love, hugs and luscious, creative vibes out to you all
love Tracy ♥♥♥

Monday, September 26, 2011

A weekend of Wholehearted ART!



Oh what a weekend it was...a first for both Holly and I as before this we had both taught workshops but never a WHOLE weekend devoted to scrumptious creativity with 8 gorgeous and willing lovelies! Thank you so much to Heike, Beatrice, Alice, Katie, Peg, Vanessa, Kelly and Maureen for sharing an amazing weekend with us and of course a BIG thank you to Adrian and Jenny for their generosity in sharing their home and workshop stable with us. All of the affirmations from Flora's wonderful workshop in April got us in the mood and we added our own as the weekend went on....


we started with our own personal affirmations...getting them down on canvas and letting the colours flow...


nearly 13 Beatrice attended with mum Heike for a very special mother daughter weekend although sadly Heike was battling a nasty cold...Beatrice enthusiastically showed us all how to turn off the inner critic and just go for it!!


so grateful that peg came all the way from Wisconsin to hang out with me and spent lovely time at our home with my family as well. The dolphins even came out to greet her the minute she set foot on the white sands of Jervis Bay!


hanging out with Kelly....


Bea with her bold work in progress..


a little sharing time at the end of the workshop..yeah I talk with my hands when I'm excited....


Katie talks us through the evolution of her whimsical painting..


and she also got her hands stuck into some yummy texture!


Holly's painting turned from a winged kangaroo...


to a beautiful school of fish!


Swimming the other way! Holly wins the award for most transformations of a single painting!!


we made beautiful messes...


and beautiful fabrics....


a fence full of fabrics!


then Holly showed us all the cool things we could make with them!


Time for a cuppa and a curious look around!



Beatrice talks about mum Heikes vibrant painting in progress in her absence..hope you're all better now Heike!!


then she takes us on a journey through her own amazing painting!


Vanessa talks about her luscious work....


Peg encapsulates her Australian experience in her gorgeous painting :)


Maureen was inspired by our beautiful Bay and painted jewel like colours and our very own weedy sea dragon!


Alice was inspired by her visit to Cirque du soleil to paint this beautifully playful work!



Kelly had no idea that she put her colourful self into her fabulous work until we all pointed it out!



Wholeheartedly happy!!

Hope you all have an amazingly creative and happy week!!
Lotsa Love
Tracy♥♥♥

Saturday, September 24, 2011

No words......



Halfway through my breakfast I followed this link and was just blown away.
This touched my heart so much...
on so many levels...
a woman brave enough and loving enough to rescue 2 forgotten babies...
a boy brave enough to pursue his passion REGARDLESS of what would be to some insurmountable obstacles...
Watching this made me cry..in oh such a good way....
there are no excuses NOT to live our bliss
there are no excuses NOT to follow our passion
there are no excuses NOT to spread love every day

Just wake up each day and live your highest life..if we all do this the world can only be a better place
Namaste
Tracy ♥♥♥

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Who needs a hug? ♥



Marco and I are blessed to live across the road from one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.....every time we walk along the white sands of Jervis Bay we think about just how lucky we are to be surrounded by such beauty...during the non holiday season a handful of locals greet each other and there is a always a smile and a hello for strangers...during the holidays though we notice a strange phenomenon. Tourists come to visit from the cities, seeking solace in nature, time out from the hustle and bustle. As we walk, we try to catch their eye, offer a smile...mostly they seem more closed, less trusting...we smile at them anyways..it makes the world a better place. A couple of weeks ago I wondered out loud to Marco what it would be like to wear a T-shirt offering free hugs...my sweetheart laughed and said I'd probably get plenty of takers! This week I was surprised and delighted to find that the Free hug movement actually exists and is happening all around the world!! What a beautiful thing! Sending you all a virtual free hug right now! ( ♥♥♥ )
Have a beautiful week!
love Tracy x

Monday, September 5, 2011

What the world needs now is more crazy dancing , laughter and a whole lot of love!


"In the Lap of Comfort" acrylic and mixed media on plywood 30x30cm by Tracy Verdugo $225



Saw this a few months back and then again today on my friend Donna Heart's blog and just had to share...sometimes we just all need to lighten up, find our silly side and let the giggles and kookiness out....watch out..its contagious!

Tell the truth I've been feeling a little kooky lately...painting very loosely and without a care...watching little creatures emerge from my work on their own volition, feeling a bit like Alice in Wonderland......Isn't it fun!!!


"The Wonderment of Other Worlds" acrylic and mixed media on plywood 30 x30cm by Tracy Verdugo $225

Have a lovely whimsical week and dont forget to do a silly dance or two and let the giggles fly! Here's one more of my fave dance videos just for good measure!





"Who are YOU?" said the Caterpillar.
This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, "I--I hardly know, sir, just at present-- at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then."
(Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Chapter 5)