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Monday, December 22, 2014

The scoop on 2014!! AND my biggest giveaway ever!! ♥

My dear awesome, wonderful, talented, creative friends!

It's that time of the year again, a time for recaps and reflections....

a time to ponder the wonders of 2014 (and I hope you have had many)
and time for me to celebrate the gratitude I feel so deeply by holding a very special GIVEAWAY!
The biggest yet in fact!

So after you read all the way through, please leave me a comment as we see out the old year and prepare to bring in the new. I would LOVE to hear what you are dreaming into being in 2015! 
P.S Please make sure you also leave your email contact so we can let you know if you've won!
*please feel free to tweet, pin, reblog, post anywhere and let me know how many shares cos thats how many chances you'll have to win! <3 p="">

TEN lucky winners will win either the original painting shown above OR one of three free spots in my upcoming Paint Mojo ecourse which opens for Earlybird registration on Jan 1st OR one of six hand painted postcards  to be sent from a mystery European destination during my travels next year!
*winners announced Dec 31st*

Did I mention I LOVE giving stuff away!! :)

I've been thinking about the whole WORD of the year thing and have decided that it doesn't really work for me. 
I've never been that good at focusing on one thing for a long period of time so this year I want to move forward with several intentions rather than a word.

So here goes....

As I move into the New Year I intend

to work on balancing my body and mind, giving care and time to my physical needs and balancing out the disproportionate amount of time I spend "in my head".

to journey forth with a brave and open mind and to embrace more adventures even if they are momentarily scary.

to practice seeing myself as a strong and vibrant energetic force. I see this reflected back at me all the time from you beautiful people but mostly I have trouble believing it for myself.

I would love for you to share your intentions with me also.

I must confess.....
I don't quite know where to start with this years recap..
its been big, different, amazing, confronting, enlightening, funny, scary, wonderful and BUSY! 

but a HUGE lesson I have learned in the past twelve months is that I don't have to do it ALL!!

This gorgeous woman saved my sanity by showing up two or three days a week, always bringing a sunshiny smile with her and taking over a whole bunch of stuff that was tying me to the computer. Thank you Kyla for being a multitasking queen and a wonderful friend! xo

Its also been a year of very big FIRSTS!

My FIRST book which sold out of its FIRST print run super quickly, and sat in the number one bestseller position in painting and mixed media for weeks!

Many of you sent me awesome pics as you received your books around the world and it made me feel sooooo good, like a little part of me was right there with you as you opened yourself up to more creative mojo in your lives.

It was also the year for my very FIRST Ecourse and oh man what a learning curve that was! Thank you to Kyla once again, Louise Gale, Luke Sheehan and my sweet Sienna for help with registrations, websites, filming and editing. I could NOT have done it all on my own!

The ecourse content unfolded organically and beautifully and the community of more than 400 eager students who joined the first session have made me feel like a proud mama as I have watched them blossom and shine. I adore in person teaching at my workshops and wondered how I could navigate a large ecourse group with the same kinds of hands on advice and care I give in "real" life but the feedback I have received makes me feel like I gave it my all and I cant wait for the second session to begin Feb 14th. Earlybird registration opens here in just nine days.

Would love for you to join me and I promise to ignite your mojo and spark your inspiration bigtime!

” You have such fresh ideas, content, and a great organized, yet spontaneous, teaching style. Truly an incredible class by which all others will be compared.” ~Sheila

(a little collage below of just a few of the hundreds, maybe thousands of amazing student images that came forth from Paint Mojo the ecourse~session one!)

"I wanted to find out if I could paint from my heart/my head, rather than paint what I physically see around me. This class is so chock full of different ideas that actually help to pull creativity out of your bones! Tracy is a loving, generous, kind and wise soul. She teaches and lives out of her heart, and is willing to share whatever she can to help a fellow 'creative' play with no judgement of ability or talent" D Weiland

Hamming it up for the camera!

the very first ecourse mind mapping session!

Screenshot from one of the Canvas Immersion Videos (courtesy Luke Sheehan)

In 2014 I also.....  did my fair share of waiting in airport gates

on my way to Paint Mojo workshops around Australia, meeting old friends and new   
   and staying a little closer to home this year while our baby girl Sienna wrapped up her senior year (with flying colors).

The one place I did visit outside of Australia marked another first with my FIRST longer all inclusive retreat in beautiful Bali! Oh my, I fell hard for this languid, soulful, picturesque and welcoming.

How blessed I was to spend almost a month here, facilitating two 8 day retreats and enjoying every minute with two small intimate groups of sweet and talented women in the perfect setting at Sanur Beach Villas. Grateful also for the company of my dear friend Louise Gale who, as a guest teacher, shared her talent and knowledge with the students for our altered book project. I have already grabbed the dates at this fabulous venue for Sacred Marks Bali 2016 so make sure you let me know if you want me to keep you in the loop! 

2014 also had its moments where our feet didn't feel so firmly planted on the ground!

I spent four days in hospital in early Feb after months of unsettling symptoms and came home with a diagnosis of Ulcerative colitis. I have since taken major corrective steps with my diet and although I am not symptom free yet I feel like I am on track.
Santana, around the same time, after months of nausea attacks and trialing every food under the sun to see what was causing it, finally had a definitive blood test result confirming severe coeliac. Needless to say her diet has changed radically as well.
The news didn't stop her and her gorgeous guy Jacob from heading off on a two months adventure shortly after and enjoying it all with gusto and romance

   Not to be outdone mi amor went and almost lost a finger while kite surfing and had to undergo extensive microsurgery to try to save it. Several months and surgeries later it is almost as good as new and he is back out in the water....

and I get to listen to him strum his guitar each night as I cook dinner :)

All in all I am blessed.....learning to take more time to chillax and  smell the roses with reminders from Bella and Luna....

Learning to let go of the thoughts, habits, actions that no longer serve me and focus on what makes me feel joy....

learning to move forward towards my year of turning fifty with a greater feeling of self love and acceptance...
Even my work feels like it is collaborating with me to tune me into a quieter more introspective place of creating, and it feels GOOD....

I am grateful for so much, deepening friendships

magic forays into new lands and wise words from ancient poets to guide me...

an ever widening lens of wonder with which to view an ever expanding and enchanting world...

and a growing sense of knowing that indeed there is something bigger than we know going on here, that we should all remain open and that the journey ahead can be a magical one.

Much love to you all, many blessings for the holidays, whichever, wherever you celebrate, may you celebrate with love and compassion and move into the New Year aligned with all good things to come your way.

Good luck in my giveaway!
Please don't forget to leave a comment! 
lots of love 
Tracy xoxoxox

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Paint Mojo Portugal July 2015!

Hello my creative adventurers!

Over the next several weeks, each Thursday, we will do some dreaming together as I introduce all of the longer workshops and retreats I will be facilitating in 2015 (and begin to plan for 2016) and invite you to gift yourself the space and time to join me in one of several very special places next year, for a more expansive journey into finding your mojo and nurturing your creative spirit. Some will be all inclusive, others partially so or workshop only. More information on each can be found here

Lets talk about Portugal......

a place of "medieval castles, cobblestoned villages, captivating cities and golden beaches" says Lonely Planet.....

Image credit: Next trip tourism 
A place that I am thrilled to be teaching at in July 2015, and not just a small two day affair mind you, but a full six day creative experience.

"Imagine, explore, create and discover while breathing in the 
inspiration of the gorgeous Estoril~Cascais region in Portugal!
I am so excited to be teaching at Margarida’s lovely studio in 2015. We 
have been planning and dreaming for so long and now it is becoming a 
reality. Portugal has been top of the list as a European destination for 
Marco and I for a long time so this is truly a dream come true. Traveling is 
such a huge love for me, exploring other cultures, connecting, wandering, 
wondering, and learning more about myself by learning about others. I 
hope you can join me!!"

My wonderful friend Margarida Alberty will be my host in her fabulous studio and I am beside myself with excitement thinking about what she has planned for us!

Here's what Margarida has to say about the beautiful area she lives in!
"We want to give you the opportunity to experience the creative side of the workshops, and also discover what Portugal has to offer.
This is a great way to explore places of interest and get in touch with real Portuguese life by experiencing great food, wine, traditions, music (Fado), scenery and history of this beautiful, ancient European country.
We are ideally located at a beach resort near Lisbon (28 km) and close to the hills of Sintra - a historical world heritage site.
You can plan a wonderful vacation where you enjoy Portugal and the Paint Mojo workshop at the same time.
What are you doing between
29th July - 5th August

Why not join me in Estoril?

Cost-$925-workshop price only

**students are responsible for their own accommodation, meals and transportation**
Some affordable accommodation is available at Margarida's lovely property and can be organised directly through her. Many other options available close by. Airbnb is one of my favorite places to book accommodation and they have some awesome places in Estoril!
During this wonderful week of painting, sketching, photography, mixed media and playful exploration in Portugal, you will intermingle your senses, rekindle your creative mojo and find ways to cultivate your own authentic mark, all from a place of curiosity, wonder and gratitude!
With camera and sketchbook in hand, we will gather daily inspiration from forays into the surrounding towns, to markets and monuments, beautiful beaches and colourful village streetscapes, feeling the passion of our surroundings, and bringing all of this to our art practice each day in Margarida’s large and delightful studio.
(morning or afternoon sessions with one day free to explore).
Our tastebuds will also be titillated as we dine on the delicious regional foods, of course with seafood and local wines a specialty!
This special week will enliven your senses, enhance your creative journey and expand your joy parameters!
Suitable for all levels of creative exploration...

Estoril Cascais
"That's where we'll be having the workshop. It's a beach town with a lot to see. There is a promenade along the Atlantic with small creeks and beaches, Restaurants and Handicrafts fair, Cabo the Roca, the most western part of Europe with great views, and natural landscapes. 
I can also take you to some little secrets..." says Margarida.

A world heritage site with so many palaces and castles and beautiful sights. A wonderland with magic. (just 15 minute ride from studio).

Would love to hang out in Portugal with you!
Last week we dreamt about Ireland
Next week we talk about Italy!
Until then
lots of love Tracy xox

ps remember you can find more info on all of my upcoming workshops and online courses here :)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Paint Mojo Ireland~ coming up soon!

Hello my creative adventurers!!

Long time, no see, in this bloggity part of the world!
I hope all is wonder-filled in your lives and that your troubles are small and few, 
or even non existent!

my sincere apologies
I entered the zone of no return once more, by not posting for so long, 
that it became too overwhelming to share all the amazingness, 
so I just didn't.

Things are settling a little now though, and I am back on board, ready to pull up a chair, 
share a cuppa with you all and fill you in, 
(in bite size chunks~goodbye overwhelm!) 
on happenings past, present and future! 

So today, lets talk TRAVEL!!

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
Marcel Proust

Over the next few weeks, each Thursday, we will do some dreaming together as I introduce all of the longer retreats I will be facilitating in 2015 (and begin to plan for 2016) and invite you to gift yourself the space and time to join me in one of several very special places next year, for a longer journey into finding your mojo and nurturing your creative spirit.

Lets talk about Ireland, 
a place of dreams and mystery, music and dance, 
history and enchantment, 
Guinness and giggles... (well hearty laughs more like it!) 

A place that I am thrilled to be teaching at in June 2015, and not just a small two day affair mind you, but a full immersion, 
no holds barred Irish Mojo finding retreat
in astoundingly beautiful West Cork with 4 whole days/5 nights to explore and be inspired!

My wonderful friend and super talented artist herself, Pauline Agnew will be my host and I am beside myself with excitement thinking about what she has planned for us!

What are you doing between
14th-19th June, 2015?

Why not join me here?

Here's what Pauline had to say about our destination when she first put the idea out to me!

Needless to say it didn't take much to convince me!

"Clonakilty is an award winning seaside town with lots of colour and flowers, a feature of West Cork towns in general, but Clon as we call it here is my favourite!

It has great restaurants, pubs and the people are really friendly.

The Paint Mojo Ireland retreat will be held at 'Fernhill House Hotel and Gardens' on the outskirts of the town and here is your workshop space! This marquee has plenty of space for creative play and is set in four acres of beautiful gardens with a glorious view. VERY inspiring for artists! There are also bathroom facilities right beside the marquee and I will provide a tea and coffee station.

Each participant will have a private room and bathroom. That will really appeal, and the bedrooms are lovely. It's a family hotel and has 27 bedrooms. It's warm, bright,and welcoming as you can see from the reception area, and the staff are lovely."

This trip of a lifetime includes:
- opening night wine reception.
- 5 nights bed and breakfast in a PRIVATE room with bath, in Fernhill House Hotel.
- 4 day workshop with Tracy.
-  Gathering inspiration Day trip by boat to Garinish Island, West Cork, a magical location.
- ‘A taste of West Cork’ evening cookery class
-  Final night dinner with wine at Fernhill House Hotel
-  4 delicious lunches catered by Fernhill House.
Please note: Fee does not include travel costs to this destination.

Paint Mojo – Ireland
Event Fee = €1175/$1598 US

Places are limited and starting to fill so don't wait too long. 
Head on over here to register today!

You might also want to extend your trip a little before or after the workshop. So much BEAUTY to explore!!

Image Credit: Great Island Photography
This last image from a great blog that will have you even more inspired! 

Well thats all for now. Let me know if you're tempted
as my great uncle Tas used to say

"Top of the morning to you!"

I wont leave it so long between drinks next time! :)