Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Day 21, 22, 23 & 24!~Thirty days of gratitude♥


Hi beautiful people! 

Well, I missed a few days so have some catching up to do. 
Life sometimes gets in the way of blogging but never in the way of gratitude! 

Come on! 

Lets take a walk in the garden...Spring has officially spring here in Australia and I am always grateful to welcome my favourite season :)

 still lots of oranges, limes and grapefruits on the trees and I'm grateful for this bounty and the fresh juice Marco makes most mornings....

 the daisies are growing wild and beautiful...just like you!
 Vitamin C and Vitamin D all in one pic!

 Little seedlings of coriander (cilantro) emerge from the mulch all by themselves, self seeded from last years crop.....
seaside daisies front and back!

 the front garden..an oasis of green :)

 welcome Spring! Come on in!

 a riot of azaleas on the front deck....

 beams of sunlight making the plants and me smile :)



and to make it official...the first leaf buds on the dwarf mulberry tree!!

“I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.”
― E.E. Cummings

One of the reasons I didn't get to blog over the weekend was that I was far too busy having fun in a leafy beachside suburb of Sydney named Avalon.....

 On Friday afternoon I checked into my cute airbnb cabin, wandered down to the village centre, ordered a delish veggie pizza and enjoyed it with a glass of red before tucking myself in for an early night in anticipation of a wonderful Paint Mojo weekend........
 
 I am so grateful that I get to meet so many amazing women on their own creative journeys

 and that I get to share their smiles
 their amazing explorations...

 community...sharing...

 and the blossoming of new friendships....

 truly grateful to witness personal stories unfold organically....

 in tides of happy....

 and to be able to share in the same process as my own paintings begin to talk....

 and evolve in front of the class....


it feels vulnerable at times to be the teacher and not know where I'm heading but there is beauty in sharing our vulnerabilities....

 I'm so grateful to Mandy Kopelke for hosting me so wonderfully and for Clare Gordon who was also a great help over the weekend! I am always indebted to my awesome hosts around the world!

 One thing that I am really grateful for is that as my workshops evolve I am finding new ways to encourage my students to make their own choices and let their paintings speak to them and guide them...more and more at the end of the weekend the array of paintings takes my breath away....


 all so different and unique...from moody and mystical



 to magically whimsical!

The lovely Suzi Poland wrote a great post about all of our weekend fun on her blog here. Thank you Suzi! 

Love this pic from Suzi's blog of the group enjoying dinner. 
Look at the love heart in the centre of the group! ♥

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit” ― E.E. Cummings

Last but not least I'm grateful for a very special surprise that arrived in the mail from my friend Kristin Hyde across the ditch who customised some of my art onto beautiful heart necklaces and brooches, just for me to wear when I'm on the road. Thank you Kristin! I love presents!

 “(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide) and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)~ E.E. Cummings” 


What are you grateful for today. Leave me a little note. I'd love to know and for every comment on my thirty days of gratitude blog you get a chance to win an original painting which I will be drawing just before I leave for the U.S.

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Until tomorrow

Lots of love
Tracy xoxo


15 comments:

Seasonal Transitions...For Your Home & Garden said...

Loved the picture
of the group with the love heart.
I saw that right away.
Beautiful ladies.
Beautiful photograph.
Goodnight.

Kate Palmer said...

What a beautiful home and garden you have - your own little oasis, it would make me smile too!

annie lockhart said...

tracy...it's been way too long since i've visited mojo or here! look what i've been missing!!! i am beyond inspired! so happy for your dream life!!! xxo annie

Debbie Derouin said...

Coming to your page Tracy is always such a breath of fresh air! You just have no idea how "Therapeutic" it is. When I leave you comments "I really feel that moment" Thanks xoxo

Crazy Art Girl said...

Always lovely pictures. Love what you shared. I just started school. Grateful for my team. They are always there for me and have helped me out tremendously.

Clare Wassermann said...

I'm really enjoying keeping up with your whirlwind!
Today I am practising gratitude all day as the autumn moves nearer and the fruits and veggies proliferate in my allotment. I will say how grateful I am to the ability to grow them in times of austerity and also I am so grateful for the women and children that I shared a wonderful walk with yesterday in Middle England's Attingham Park amongst the deer and two hundred year old trees. The sun shone on our faces and we laughed. X

Creatively yours Fi said...

Hey Tracy I LOVE your E Cummings quotes..just amazing! I think I'll write them all over my garage walls...I so understand you talking about feeling vulnerable as a teacher relating to not knowing where you re headed. I find in my Art play classes students wanting for me to tell them what to do every step of the way. It has its challenges but so rewarding when they begin to listen to their own voice and produce such unique work. Today I'm grateful for brother sun :) and foryour sharing ...Thanks Tracy x

Pauley. said...

Hi Tracey, I love to read your inspiring words, and there is always a reminder to be grateful for the things we have right now. Your words echo my thoughts completely. It is amazing to see your Students Art; how beautiful to just notice those snippets of imagination coming to the surface in vibrant colour and conversation. I am grateful for the moments. Thank you Tracey for your love and your Insight.
PauleyC.


Susan Duffield said...

Tracey, your words and images combine in such a beautiful display of dance. They evoke possibility and delight. I am so excited to have the opportunity to spend a weekend with you this fall here in the US...Thank you for sharing ALL of you! <3 Susan

Chasing Claire de Lune said...

I love your blog!! I'm starting a "Gratitude Journal" now, so everyday I'll be reminding myself of all the blessings in my life that I so often overlook. Thank You!! xoxo

LaLa

Cathy H said...

Hi Tracy.....life is very busy at the moment.....like everyone else....I am grateful that I found you and your blog.....it has made me take time to enjoy the little things of everyday life.....I take my morning coffee out to the veranda and watch the sunrise nearly everyday......I am grateful that I can enjoy the sunrise....listen to the birds and breathe the fresh morning air......and today we are packing for a road trip to Airlie Beach to have a week with my family to celebrate birthdays....wedding anniversarys....house warming.... and we are expecting a new baby in the family soon.....I am grateful that we will be spending time together....

Kathy, PaperPumpkin said...

Today I am especially grateful for the genuinely peaceful feeling that I was able to hold onto and feel light with, even on my first day back to work! I practiced my meditation and used what I have learned this summer, and I felt the difference!

Patsy Paterno said...

How exciting this must be! Watching the creativity and gifts of others unfold and blossom. I am so grateful for generous ladies like you who give of themselves so beautifully! Patsy

Lei Salario said...

Hello Tracy...I am Grateful for my family, my protector, my friends, animals of all shapes and sizes and creative and positive souls, like you, who inspire and lift me everyday :) xoxoxo

katie said...

"it feels vulnerable at times to be the teacher and not know where I'm heading but there is beauty in sharing our vulnerabilities...." - oh yes, how true that feels to me as well and something I am grateful to read as I prepare myself for teaching a workshop this weekend. Loved seeing the beautiful class work. xo