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

Saturday, March 31, 2012

on solitude, nature and inspiration ♥


There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more.
~George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

too often I forget that right outside my door is the medicine to soothe my overwhelm, infuse my spirit with a feeling of absolute freedom and connect me to my muse.

it really isn't even that I forget...i just get caught up in a cycle of DOINGNESS until I STOP and reevaluate and remember the need for BEINGNESS...

This morning I took a long, lovely walk on the beach, alone.
My purpose was not to exercise but just to wander,
to feel the sand beneath my feet and WONDER.
I noticed the marks made by the little pippies (clams)
like some ancient script willing us to remember our connection

and the way the clouds filled the sky in ripples.

and how the water split the sand in tiny rivulets

I noticed the tiny pink shells along the tide line and the curled edge of the seaweed speaking to me in salty chartreuse. I smiled at everyone that passed me by and they smiled back and I felt GOOD.

It reminded me of the day I took myself on artists date,
all by myself,
all day long,
at first feeling lost and a little overwhelmed by the BIGNESS of nature, and then, over time, settling into my own smallness within the beauty and wildness of the landscape,
taking notes,

noticing colours,

hearing sounds and dreaming the landscape with my hand and pen

I played with the rocks
taking them on a journey with me


collected shells

and bought them home along with my memories

to inspire new art

and new beginnings


How do you find inspiration in Nature?
I'd so love to hear your stories....


until next time!
lots of love
Tracy♥♥♥

Monday, March 26, 2012

I love my mini-moo cards!


I've had my Mini Moo cards for several months now and am just about ready to order some more. I adore their teeny loveliness and carry them with me everywhere inside a special leather holder on my key chain.
You can have up to 100 different designs and I loved the process of spending hours (days!) sorting through images of my paintings and cropping in to find new surprises and inspiration in a different way!

sometimes

its good

to step away

from the big picture

and focus in

on the small wonders

instead...

being mindful

of the beauty

in each tiny detail

in our lives

and at the same time

being grateful♥

“The simplest things are often the truest.”~Richard Bach –

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Permission to play....... Paint Mojo begins! ♥


This time last week I was up to my elbows in paint,ink and pastels, hanging out in a stable with 13 gorgeously brave creative seekers, surrounded by gum trees, horses, kangaroos and cockatoos! Heaven!

In these beautiful surroundings I got to deliver my very first Paint Mojo two day workshop~ the format I will be bringing to the U.S in Sept.

I can't tell you how much I am loving spending an entire weekend teaching and inspiring others to recognise and own their unique creative mojo and in return being taught and inspired by my students in oh so many ways.



Thank you for allowing me into the landscapes of your lives,

your creative space,
into its wonder..... its childhood memories...
its performance anxiety.... its tender, vulnerable beauty....
its limitless possibilities....its critical voice...


Even though I have been teaching for twelve years I'm feeling something very new unfold inside me and it FEELS SO RIGHT ♥



During the weekend we shared our stories, found new inspiration (EVERYWHERE!) created personal symbols (BIG thanks to the uber-talented Jesse Reno) for allowing me to reference his work and share some of his symbols), explored making art with meaning (thank you also to Orly Avineri whose work makes me giddy in a good way), lost ourselves in making marks and found ourselves in making decisions.
I am super grateful to have spent this time with you all ♥




If you'd like to join me for an upcoming workshop either here in Australia or in the U.S and Mexico this Fall keep an eye on this page and send me your email so I can keep you posted!
Big thanks to Dennis,Fiona and Mandy for sharing their Paint Mojo experience on their gorgeous blogs!

This weekend I've taken some time to smell the roses outside my studio...literally!

and to focus on my own play and exploration, building layers on unfinished pieces, allowing paintings to unfold and tell me their stories while I tell them mine ♥
Wishing you all a wondrous week...lots of love!
Tracy ♥♥♥





Saturday, March 10, 2012

Art Is You Art Retreats!!

Hello lovelies....just wanted to share this beautiful interview with Rice, Sallianne and Ellen! It gave me chills and made me teary at the same time.....



It still doesn't feel quite real that in 6 months time I'll be teaching at my first BIG retreat and judging from this heartful podcast and from the interaction already happening at the Art Is You Yahoo group I've chosen the right one for my initiation.

I will be teaching three workshops at both retreats, Petaluma, California and Stamford, Connecticut. Sacred Marks will be a two day intensive where I will encourage students to dig deep into their own wellspring of creativity to find the contemplative space to create personal symbols and their own unique narrative.


Students will explore a multitude of abstract techniques using paint, ink, oil pastel and collage. Text and imagery will be woven together to create a unique, personal art language.

On Friday we will throw our preconceived notions to the winds and spend the day exploring playful, expressive, intuitive painting and learning new ways to tap into our creative flow with my Feel Good Friday Workshop.



Or you can join me for a “muy fantastico” one day workshop "Viva Mexico Monoprints!" where we will take a creative journey into the enchanting and whimsical world of Mexican art exploring the vibrancy and quirkiness of some of Mexico’s leading artists and finding inspiration to create our own playful and vivid artworks!



There is so much on offer at Art Is You...I have one non teaching day and I am in a quandary trying to decide which amazing teacher to spend it with!

Find out all the juicy details here

Its been a hugely exciting week for me with REGISTRATION now being opened for my Paint Mojo workshops in Texas and California. Both workshops are filling quickly so please have a peek at my workshop page for information on both of these. Now off to the studio to prepare for the very first Paint Mojo workshop here in Australia!!! Woohoo!!

Have a lovely week everyone!
hugs Tracy xo