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Sunday, April 8, 2012

This is me ♥

Hello lovely friends,creatives and passersby!

Its Easter Holidays here in Australia which means I get a whole two weeks off work to indulge in all of my passions!

Yesterday I spent some time painting and now have one large work in progress....

and a few of these little fun ones that I am playing with!

I'm also still working on the large demo painting I began at my very first Paint Mojo workshop last month.
I'd like to be able to finish a whole painting in a weekend by the time I come to teach my workshops in the U.S this Fall but I get so distracted by all of my wonderful students its hard to focus back in on what I am creating :)Here are some little snippets of my demo painting...

when its finished I'll tell you the story behind it and how it came to me during the workshop....

One of the things I'm excited to be catching up on are the online courses that I am currently enrolled in.

"Hello Soul Hello Business" with Kelly Rae Roberts and Beth Nicholls has been absolutely amazing and I have gained a wealth of information as well as connected with an incredible community of other creatives seeking to imbue their businesses with soul, meaning and connection.

I have also just begun "Teach Now" with Jen Louden and Michele Christensen.
So far I have been blown away by the candid interviews with a multitude of incredible teachers,
discovered that I am a "storyteller"(how did I not know that!) and learned that its absolutely okay to not be perfect
and to not have all of the answers all of the time...some huge aha moments here!

While I was in Thailand ( and yes I do know I still owe you all my official Thailand adventure blog...forgive me, it seems so BIG...maybe I should do some bite size posts :))I also took Vivienne McMasters gorgeous online workshop "You are Your Own Muse" in which she encourages us to explore our own individuality and essence of beauty through photography self portraiture.

I took the course along with my gorgeous 18 year old daughter Santana and we are doing the lessons in our own time with the downloadable PDF's.

Vivienne's video below is absolutely breathtaking and I encourage you to head over to her website to see all the beauty she has to offer the world!

Today I'd like to share with you a few of my self portraits inspired by Vivienne's workshop
as well as some others that I made last year whilst working on a body of work for my degree in Fine Arts.
While I'm putting myself out there I thought I'd also give you a few facts about me that you probably didn't know.
I first came across this idea when my friend Lisa Sonora Beam
did the same on her blog and I totally connected and resonated with her on soooo many levels.......
out of that one accidental connection a friendship has bloomed
and I hope to catch up with Lisa in Oaxaca this year while I am in the U.S and Mexico teaching...
so here goes......

1. I sometimes speak in other accents just for fun. Our girls loved it when they were small, then they were annoyed by it ( early teen rolling eyes stage!), now ve all do eet togezer!

2. I can't sleep on my back because I will usually wake myself up with a snort!

3. I LOVE to cook but often find it frustrating to come up with meals for one vegetarian, one who eats chicken but no seafood or red meat and one who eats everything but red meat. me, I'll eat anything except offal...blech!

4. I could live in a library! Well, maybe not but I do get excited at the thought of entering them. When I am in Portland visiting family I could pretty much set up camp in Powells City of Books!

5.I am a chronic multitasker. I am often working on five different things at a time (including dishes) flitting from one task to another. My husband is the most focused person I know. I drive him crazy!

6.I talk to butterflies, flowers, animals, leaves, clouds etc. I tend to get along well with others who do the same :)

7.My emotions are directly linked to my stomach. I deal with horrible IBS when I am anxious or stressed. I am working on being less anxious and stressed.

8.I had a hospital birth with our firstborn and a planned home birth with our second. Both were awesome experiences! Being a mum is the BEST thing in my life!

9. I am a scaredy cat when it comes to adventure sports. Sky diving, bungy jumping, kite surfing, rock climbing DO NOT appeal to me. AT ALL. Marco on the other hand is addicted to ADRENALIN!!

10. Traveling fulfills me in a million different ways. I LOVE to immerse myself in other cultures and have vivid memories of myself as a child spending many hours reading a large old book called "People of the World" It was filled with astounding full page black and white images of people with strange hair, bones through their noses, painted skin and piercing eyes. I wanted to meet them all!

11. I have always lived near the ocean. Once, for a year, we rented a house in the country, 25 minutes drive to the sea. I felt lost in that house.

12.I don't dust and I'm not a fan of housework in general. I'd much rather be painting!

13. I have suffered from terrible panic attacks in the past which is probably why adrenalin is not a good feeling for me. I feel like I am on top of it now and have learned many ways to deal with it. It is a horrible, horrible thing to deal with.

14. On my wedding day in 1987 I had a tragic mullet accompanied by a french braid and dangling pearls on my I am NOT going to show you a picture of that! This year for our 25th wedding anniversary Marco and I are going to meet in Taos, New Mexico for a romantic goal is to have GOOD hair!

15. I am known for singing the wrong words to songs!

16. I consider Mexico my second home. Marco spent much of his early childhood with his abuelita there and something in me comes alive when we visit ♥

17. When I was 12 a voice inside told me that one day I would write a book. I remember stopping right in the middle of the street and answering back "I cant write a book! My life is too ordinary" Today I KNOW my life is definitely not ordinary and there is more than one book formulating in my mind.

18. I went to my first art class when I was 33. I never took art in school and considered it to be some magcal talent that only a very few were born with....I know different now :)

19. When I was pregnant with our first born Marco gave me the encouragement to let the world hear me sing. I performed our first gig 8 months pregnant with my midwife in the audience. Since then we have released 3 Cd's and are wrapping up our 4th now.

20.I do not support the Australian governments policy on refugees and would gladly host incoming refugees in our home as they transitioned into a new culture. if only there were such a programme!

21.I have never really traveled alone, besides a short trip here and there. This year when I come to the States and Mexico to teach I will be flying around the country by myself. I feel like a BIG adventure is coming!

22.I speak fairly good Spanish and I know a lot of swear words courtesy of the young surfer boys in Pascuales who taught me what I thought was colloquial language for several weeks until Marco finally walked past me cursing out someones mother and had to pull me aside...those boys were rolling on the ground laughing!

23. I believe in miracles and that our thoughts create our reality.

24. I used to be my own worst critic but I have learned to just give myself a break :)

25. I like to have a glass of wine while I'm cooking dinner and will often burst into song with lyrics such as "The Hills are alive with the Sound of Music" or "Ay, ay, ay, ay canta no llores" or "When the sun hits your eye like a big piece of pie thats amore!" Yes I include the accent and no I probably wouldn't do that at your house.

26. I consider myself an introvert/extrovert and generally respond to those around me. After a whole bunch of excitement I need some quiet time. My perfect career would be to spend half the year alone painting and half the year with my creative tribe teaching and exhibiting.

27. I often fantasize about selling up (getting rid of mortgage!) and moving to a shack on the beach in Mexico.

28. When I learn something new that excites me the first thing I want to do is run out and share it with others...this is how I know that teaching is my calling.

29. I found out I was adopted when I was 29. I love my mum and dad and my biological mum too. I will probably never seek out my biological dad.

30. I get to work 4 days a week with the most gorgeous, challenging and interesting kids in special ed and the funniest, warmest staff ever!


wildchild said...

This is fantastic Tracy. Such a great way to share your wonderful personality with the world. I can relate to you on so many levels - but I already knew that for some reason. Perhaps all arty crative spirits have kindrid ways of being. I also talk about living in a library on my web site! It is my dream fantasy too - books complete me....oh, what is 'dusting'!? lol xxx

Shells said...

Awesome post, loved learning more about you.

Rachél Payne - Creativity Tribe said...

I love the self-portraits paired with the facts about yourself. I have found you post a few days before my birthday and am going to play with sharing some facts about myself. Too bad I am not still 21 or even 33, that would make it much easier!

WrightStuff said...

What a great post. You sure know how to write a blog post girl, and I just know that the book is there waiting to come out. I adore your art. The explosion of colour and pattern has you drawn right in. It's so great to be on this course with people like you - we're all inspiring each other to greatness!

Creatively yours Fi said...

Brilliant Tracy! I'd never EVER have guessed you had suffered from anxiety attacks!! You seem very much at peace with your self...a real calmness...I share A LOT of your traits...(singing, bad accents & aversion to housework :)not the hunky hubby tho..tee day maybe I'll get me one of those x

Ann Marie said...

Wonderful Tracy! So much fun to get to know you even better. You're a good soul. :)

Dion Dior said...

Wow Tracy, Once again I am so blessed to know you. Your beauty, your generosity and your precious soul shines through everything you do. Thank you for sharing yourself with have inspired me to do the same. I can't wait for your tour in the USA....hugs xx

cri-cri said...

nice to learn you know better ...some of this things ´re so reconizable...

Selah Gay said...

Hmmm... Thinking 'bout cancelling Dan as our cook and plugging you in there for at least one meal at our retreat! Wanna experience that cooking/singing thing with you...I almost remember the words to Cielito lindo from 5th grade chorus least the sounds that sound like words! lol Love Every Part Of YOU!!! <3

Anonymous said...

Awesome post, Tracy; I so loved reading this - thank you for sharing! xxx

Lynn Richards said...

Hi Tracy, I found your blog through Christy Nimeh, on FB.
SO glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you through your self portraits.
Can't wait to come back.

Bev said...

oh we have so much in common good and bad lol the bad IBS , panic attacks, flitting from one thing to another including the washing up lol i talk to most things especially moving things , i really truely believe in angels and the fae , i love to paint and hate housework its for the obsessive people who like show home look lol i like the comfort nesting i live here look ( but i do clean ) lol only cause i live alone so im it... i adore ornaments with dangley legs they perch on my kitchen window and i have been known to talk to them while washing up ... i leave things half done and am quite happy to finish things off between a painting , just to get my legs moving and lastly i would love to be going to Mexico with u so i will be buying lottery tickets , i met up with Frida Kahlo's books years ago before i found journaling and was delighted to see how well liked she was , as she should be ... well do i ramble on or what lol anyway love the current paintings u are doing im just finishing one that is making me happy ...

hugz bev

jeanne @ Inspiring Ideas said...

Beautiful! Love the sea, as well!!

Stephanie said...

Love to read all about what makes you, YOU. the part about learning something and wanting to run out and share it, is so ME too! Not surprisingly I taught middle school kids for ten years..teaching is just in us. love the self portraits, they rock.

Unknown said...

You are certainly magical and a warm and generous spirit. I'm so blessed to know you...even on Facebook. Thank you for your honesty and inspiration! I'm honored to learn from you...and I do (everyday)! Thank you so much!

wanda miller said...

a BEAUTIFUL and WONDERFUL post and a BEAUTIFUL and WONDERFUL woman you are to share! xo

Kolleen said...

i adore you.

such an inspiration!


lizmaynz said...

so Awesome Tracy loved it really opens up parts of the mind you thought you would never open again.
but this time with the right tools to face it :O)

Paula said...

Hi Tracy, in regard to your first point, I am "Anastasia" and I have a somewhat odd Russian/Swedish/German accent and come from ze highlands, so high up that the place doez not haz a name, hehe. My daughter absolutely loves it. Anastasia has not visited for a while, so I will have to see if she is available for my daughter's birthday tomorrow. ;)

Tracy Verdugo said...

Thank you everyone for your so sweet comments. I love that we can connect this way! ♥