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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Hellooooooo nature!!

On Saturday mi amor walks by me as I sit at my usual spot in front of the computer, 
working on a hundred things at once, 
and says........

"No work tomorrow ok? Lets go for a picnic somewhere. 
I cant believe you've never been to Steamers Beach...."

a slight sense of anxiety passes over me....I have become accustomed to filling my days with work, 
grateful that I have the luxury of doing the things I love and calling it work, 
frenetic about all the possibilities and all I want to put out into the world.....
 I have forgotten what it is to actually take a whole day off
and then.... a sense of relief washes over me.....

Yes, I say. That would be wonderful!

8 kms later....
a day of breathing in the beauty,
 the simplest of picnics on the most gorgeous of beaches....
 and I am feeling totally replenished.

I want every Sunday to be a new adventure!
Hold me to it ok?

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.  ~Kahlil Gibran

 “Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees.”
— Karle Wilson Baker

 “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
— Henry David Thoreau

“Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.”
— Terry Tempest Williams

 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

 Adopt the pace of nature:  her secret is patience.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.  ~Henry David Thoreau

 “Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

It isn't hard to be inspired....

Tracy Verdugo. 2014. Nature Speaks. Acrylic on book page. 12x17cm(unframed) 28x23cm(matted and framed) Available for purchase.

So grateful for this little adventure and also for an opportunity to pay it forward below...first five people who comment on my post today will receive a piece of art from me some time in 2014!

i saw this on Irenes blog and decided to join in the fun!  How about you?

* Pay It Forward Art-making Project for 2014 *

I promise to make a small work of art for the first five people who comment on this post and say "YES, I want in". A 'like' alone is not enough of a commitment, nor is a comment about thinking Pay It Forward is a great idea.

You must in turn post this as your status update and make something for the first five who comment on your status.

The rules are simple:
– It has to be your work, made by you, and the recipient must receive it before 2014 ends.
РIt can be anything art-based: a drawing/illustration or a conceptual work of art, a photograph, a knitted item, cross-stitch, paper mach̩ Рor anything in between.

I'm paying this forward thanks to Irene Rafael 
 Yes, you can be on each other's pay it forward lists.

First five, GO!
ps I've decided to learn to play the ukelele
I might even sing you a song some time soon! 
Love to all! 
Ciao for now bellas ♥
Tracy xoxox

Friday, April 18, 2014

Well this is very cool!! ♥

Art Prints

Just spent the morning creating an Instaprint gallery so that you guys can now order selected prints on canvas, cards, phone covers or as framed works. All delivered directly to you! How cool is that! ♥

Will add more images through the week and if you have any favourites that you want me to add let me know!

off to the studio now for some more of this

 a little bit of this...

 and a smidgen of this!

Love to all! May you find time this weekend to frolic in a meadow, wear flowers in your hair and munch a little (or a lot of) chocolate ♥
Tracy xoxo

Monday, April 14, 2014

Its a celebration!! Two paintings to giveaway....Woohoo!! ♥

I have a lot to celebrate in my life and am so grateful that many of my creative dreams are now coming true but I have to be honest, the path to so much celebration has meant a lot of hard work over many years and my fair share of ups and downs, mistakes, failures and life lessons along the way.

Sometimes when I'm not travelling to teach,  when its just me sitting here at the computer for hours on end, tackling yet another techy learning curve, or alone in my studio losing myself in paint and listening to inspiring podcasts, I feel just a teeny bit lonely and I want to reach out to community and have you share the joy with me. 

I want you to know that my celebrations have a lot to do with all of you and how you walk this creative path alongside of me, with grace and gusto, strong strides or faltering steps, uncertainty and courage; some of you I've met and others I have yet to (and cant wait to :)),  but it still makes my heart smile so big when I get little messages like this one on FB or in my inbox....from someone who has never reached out before.....and to know that finally I can say that I have found my way and that what I am putting out into the world is true and good and love-full ♥

 "This may sound odd but although I don't know u in "real life" I would like to tell u that you've been an inspiration in art and mind. ... had a really emotionally rough year but you've sparked my creativity and it is much appreciated.....everyone should know when they are appreciated or when they have touched the lives of friends or strangers"

So here's to celebrating our blessings and achievements...

Two huge things this week as my Paint Mojo group on Facebook nudges towards 2000 members. 
Please come on over and join us here.
My first e Course announcement has generated a huge buzz with over 500 people joining the ecourse mailing list already to await the opening of registration in July!! 

Sign up here if you'd like to keep posted too ♥

To make it a real celebration I'd like to give away the two little paintings above to two lucky readers. 

Please leave a comment and your email to be in the draw and let me in on something you are dreaming of~ when you declare it the Universe listens :)

If you would be so kind to share my eCourse news on your blog, FB, twitter, Pinterest or other social media I would be soooo grateful. 

Please share the pic below and a link to my blog here and let me know if you did for an extra chance to win for every share :)

you can simply share the link to this post and that will count too.

mil besos amigos xoxox

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

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

First Light

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay
My, oh my, what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine headin' my way
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay

Mister Bluebird's on my shoulder
It's the truth, it's actual
Ev'rything is satisfactual
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay
Wonderful feeling, wonderful day, yes sir!

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay
My, oh my, what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine headin' my way
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay

There's a bright golden haze on the meadow,
There's a bright golden haze on the meadow,
The corn is as high as an elephant's eye,
An' it looks like its climbin' clear up to the sky.

Oh what a beautiful morning,
Oh what a beautiful day,
I've got a wonderful feeling,
Everything's going my way.

All the sounds of the earth are like music,
All the sounds of the earth are like music,
The breeze is so busy it don't miss a tree,
And an ol' Weepin' Willer is laughin' at me.

Oh what a beautiful morning,
Oh what a beautiful day,
I've got a wonderful feeling,
Everything's going my way.

are you singing yet?
Let me hear you.....
I promise your day will go better
 if you start it off by belting out one of these in your best showgirl/showboy style :)

if you wanna tap dance a little that's even better
Have a shiny day everyone! ♥

Happiness is....

I've been watching so many "no make Up" pics online to promote cancer awareness and it made me think a lot about perceptions of beauty and the first time I put on make up and how it made me feel so much more beautiful at 16.....truly as if I was suddenly a supermodel and not just an average Aussie girl. I am both philosophical and outraged by the fact that it has taken me nearly fifty years to be ok with my "natural" face... All my mi amor has always loved me "au naturel" I only hope that our girls have been with me on this journey of self discovery and self worth.....Got a pretty good feeling they're on top of it❤️️

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sorry to leave you hanging but spontaneous is just more my style!

 Tracy Verdugo. 2014 Dancing on the Edge of Sublime. Acrylic on canvas. 30x30". $1750.

Well Helloooooooooo!!!

So sorry to leave you hanging! 

It seems short and sweet just isn't my style so lets get back to posts that are intermittent, sporadic, inconsistent,spontaneous, wordy, sparse, elaborate or just generally wherever the mood takes me!
Now that sounds more like me! :)
 Tracy Verdugo. 2014. Kitty in the house. acrylic/mixed media on ply. 30x30" $325.

Less time on the computer has meant more time in my studio and for that I am truly grateful!!

 Tracy Verdugo. 2014, Where the Current Takes me. acrylic/mixed media on canvas. 30x40" $2200

Tracy Verdugo. 2014. Going with the Flow. acrylic/mixed media on canvas. 30x30". Sold.

 I even finally started work on a very LARGE commission for my sweet Aunt Robbie in Florida! It was so daunting to begin but I am loving working on it now that I have started!

 The main reason I have been able to spend so much more time in my studio is this beautiful girl!!
If you haven't virtually met Kyla yet she is the lifesaver who has taken over most of my emails, registrations and general office shenanigans allowing me more time to PAINT, PAINT, PAINT!!

This is us at Kyla's beautiful Great Gatsby style wedding last month to her handsome guy Adam!

The wedding was amazing!
A totally dreamy day ♥

In other momentous news this cheeky little munchkin turned 17!!
Happy birthday Sienna!! ♥

and this gorgeous girl took off with her handsome (and super sweet) guy for two months of adventures in California, New York, Miami and Mexico!

We miss you already Santana and Jacob but Viber makes you seem not so far away and I'm going to love keeping up to date on your blog

While she is travelling Santana will be working on a very cool collaboration with Oh Deer Boutique. They have the best vintage clothes and have given her several of the cutest dresses to take with her for a travelling self portrait photo shoot. Cannot wait to see what comes! Feel free to follow her adventures!

 I may have already mentioned but I was over the moon thrilled to be featured in this step by step tutorial in the current Spring Edition of Somerset Apprentice AND will also be featured in an 8-10 page spread in Somerset Studio in July right before my book comes out!! 

How amazingly cool is that!!!!

and...last but not least......drum roll please!

I have started work on my very first E Course!!

Kyla and I have started shooting video and the ideas are flowing big time. ......jumping in at the deep end again but that's how I roll! 
I'm so excited about this as I truly feel that there is a creative revolution happening, that the more people on the planet who find their creative mojo, the more we will be moving, as a whole, in the direction of love, flow and positive harmony. 
That I get to have even the tiniest part in this kind of change makes my heart sing! ♥

We're giving ourselves a six month lead in because I want it to be amazing AND we have quite a learning curve to navigate (thank you Megan Auman for your fab course Do-teach)! 

Please sign up here for all the details as they come into being ♥

May you scatter rainbows and love everywhere you go today ♥
(feel free to print her out and hang her on your wall as a reminder)

lots of love Tracy xoxox