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

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Road Trip!!!!!!


 On a whim I decided to take the girls on a road trip! We had planned to go to Mexico to visit with family but other things came up for our Tijuana clan and we had to reschedule....so with our nieces Keely and Kira and my daughter Sienna all ready to go somewhere, I decided to take them to HOLLYWOOD!!! 

We picked up Keely from work and took her to her house to get some things for the weekend. Out on the balcony she showed us these gorgeous baby birds sitting with their mama! How cute are they!



On Saturday morning we jumped in the car and headed North. I was a little anxious about the hotel I'd booked. It was....um...on the cheaper side but close to the Walk of Fame. We were pleasantly surprised by the Dixie Boutique Hotel and I plan on leaving a great review!



I made up a photographic competition for the girls to take some quirky pics to encapsulate Hollywood. Oh there was plenty of quirkiness to go around! 

We all loved this giant billboard featuring an "actual doctor"!



On the metro map we discovered a whole mountain range named after US!!



Down in the metro a kaleidoscope of coloured tiles and pics of the fossils found there whilst excavating. We fumbled at the ticket machine like tourists.......oh thats right! We are tourists!



 We entered weird and wonderful shops along Hollywood Boulevarde...like this one!



and were surprised to see a bunch of dads on the corner with prams...on closer look there were no babies inside, but huge video cameras! Paparazzi?? Undercover cops?? Who knows....I didn't want to blow their cover (especially after Keely had just yelled out "Why are there cameras everywhere??? Look there in the stroller!!")....so I took this shot from far away.......see the guy in the blue shirt and the one standing next to him? That's them!



we explored thrift stores galore! In this one a guy had just bought a complete Mickey Mouse costume with a giant head and proceeded to wear it outside in the street:



 we gave away many dollars to talented buskers....including this plastic bucket drummer


and happy Sienna got to sit where all the Harry Potter stars had been


 while happy me got to put my hand in Johnny Depps.............handprint that is :)


we walked and walked and walked and then I realised that I had only had a piece of toast and a Starbucks all day and I started feeling woozy. 

Luckily the Thai across the street from our hotel was FAST and DELICIOUS!!


Next morning we decided on a change of scenery so after we checked out we headed to VENICE BEACH!!



Our eyes didn't know where to look first!! The beautiful long stretch of sand...


the amazing athletic prowess all around us!


the fun street performers like this guys inside a huge black T shirt who tapped unsuspecting people on the shoulder as they walked by....


my mind boggled more than once at the strangeness of this place where young pretty girls paid for oxygen hits, sitting at the bar with tubes up their nose while next door "Green Doctors" offered medical marijuana cards to everyone that walked by!




we couldn't resist paying this guy a dollar or two for some shitty advice!



and then.......I cant believe I actually did this but the girls wanted to see the Venice Beach Freakshow so we paid to go inside and see this guy do horrible things like put a nail up his nose and have it come out his mouth. Well now I can say I have been to a Freakshow and I don't care to repeat the experience!


we walked and walked and walked......


and on the way back some old hippies (their words not mine) were giving away these signs...we were happy to wear them :)) Kinda made me feel better about going into the Freak show.......it was funny to see peoples reactions to the four of us wearing "be love", "more love" signs...ranging from confusion to skepticism, to affirmation, to suggestive remarks.  My favourite reaction was from a young guy who walked up with a big smile on his face saying "be love...alright!" while giving me a High 5 :)



Keely made a couple of new friends...


and we played a while before jumping in the car to head home where we all decided 
we definitely needed a nap!


This Friday I head off to explore San Francisco before travelling on to Petaluma next week to teach at the fabulous Art Is You Art Retreat!! Woohoo! After that its back down South to teach Paint Mojo Orange County and then on to CT, NY, Texas, N.Carolina and Florida.



I'm over the moon that all of my workshops are full although we could squeeze one or two extra into the Texas retreat so holler if you'd like to join us October 26-28 under the starry skies at the Lotus Ranch Texas!!


I'll be bringing prints and cards with me

and some itty bitty originals!!

Until next time!! Hope your life is filled with scrumptious loveliness
hugs from sunny California!
Tracy xoxox


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

a painting just for you :)




I don't think I've mentioned here just how much I love to paint commissioned works! There is something very magical for me in being able to take a glimpse inside someones life and then come up with a creation especially for them.....its like a shared collaborative work......where we put our heads together and talk about the colours that excite them and the meaning they would like their painting to convey. 

This painting "Love Lives Here" was created for a very special client I now call friend, who, after the devastating loss of her husband at a young age, wanted me to paint something that would make the whole family happy when they saw it each day. 

Her resilient spirit, beautiful gentle nature, strength, and fierce love for her kids inspired me while I painted......



I feel so grateful to have found my passion and to share it with others...

love does indeed live here, 
and there
and everywhere


i wrote a little more on the topic of love over here this week at Louise Gale's beautiful site Your Heart Makes a Difference

amor y paz!
Tracy xoxox